Sick Puppy Farmer Kept 20 Dogs In Cold Kennels Without Any Light
Warning: distressing content ahead.
Humans do not deserve dogs - and this is true of some more than others.
Mark Burgess, a cruel puppy farmer, was convicted of shocking animal cruelty after keeping and breeding animals in dark, dank kennels.
When the RSPCA executed a warrant on his property in Brenzett, Kent, they discovered 20 dogs - 12 adults and eight puppies - in cold kennels without any light.
Officers found a German Shepherd tethered to an old wooden kennel with skin disease and muscle wastage.
In a video from the seizure, the poor dog can be seen hobbling out of her kennel, unsteady on her weakened back legs.
Sadly, officers confirmed she could not be saved and had to be put to sleep.
Most shockingly of all, officers discovered a four-week-old Rottweiler puppy dead at the bottom of a blood-soaked freezer.
RSPCA Inspector Carroll Lamport said: "We found a mix of different breeds at the site including beagles, Dalmations, spaniels, and dachshund crosses.
"Some were pregnant, others had litters of tiny puppies while some had clear signs that they'd been used for breeding previously."
She added: "Some of the dogs were extremely frightened and shut down. Some were living in almost complete darkness and others were huddled at the back of their runs."
The RSPCA seized 20 dogs who were put into care. Two cats and three kittens, who were suffering from cat flu, were also seized and signed over.
Before Burgess's arrest, four members of the public bought puppies from the property between December 2017 and February 2018, all of which got sick and died.
The sick farmer, 39, was convicted of eight counts of animal welfare offences at Canterbury Magistrates' Court. Burgess is due back in the same court next month for sentencing.
Let's hope he gets the strongest sentence possible.
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