Pedigree dog breeders banned from keeping animals for 10 years after cruelty charges
Jeffrey Speakman, 66, and his son Richard, 22, both of Bury, Greater Manchester were sentenced to four months in jail suspended for 12 months after the RSPCA found almost 140 dogs including Labradors and collies in poor conditions and untreated medical conditions from a farm in Bury in Manchester.
The RSPCA commented on the case and said that the dogs were being used as “breeding machines.” During the raid they even found a Labrador dead on the floor which had died from a womb infection and septicaemia. To add to this a puppy was rescued which later died after a few days and also an Alaskan malamute also did not receive any medical treatment for a neurological disease.
Jeffrey Speakman admitted 13 counts of cruelty while his son admitted to 11 offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. They have also been ordered to pay £500 magistrates costs.
The men placed dogs in a highly unsuitable environment. 40 of the dogs did not have access to an adequate supply of fresh drinking water and 23 had beds with sharp edges. Many of the dogs had untreated medical conditions such as eye and ear problems, lameness and parasites in the digestive system.
Working on the case RSPCA inspector Jason Bowels said that "Some of the dogs were six years old and have been used as nothing more than 'breeding machines', producing litter after litter of puppies to be sold for £250 plus each.
"In interview, the Speakmans said they sold 400 or 500 puppies a year.
"The Speakmans put profit before welfare, as these types of businesses do."
He added that they were "sold a little bit cheaper than they would normally be".
The RSPCA said that the recovered dogs have now been rehomed or are waiting to be rehomed.
Source: Manchester Evening News
Please note: The actual photo used in this article is not from premises of Jeffrey and Richard Speakman.