Lancaster City Council has revoked the licenses of two dog breeders after evidence of animal cruelty was found at two sites in Morecambe.
The action was taken under Section 15 of the Animal Welfare (Authorization of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations.
A member of the public has raised concerns about the welfare of dogs housed at the Red Rose Kennels in Overton, prompting a joint visit between Lancashire Police and Lancaster City Council animal licensing officers on June 7.
Twenty-five adult dogs and 23 puppies were found on site in outbuildings. There was evidence to suggest that the dogs had been abandoned for a considerable period. At the time of the visit, the welfare of all dogs was not satisfied and all puppies and adult dogs appeared to be in distress. The decision was made to take 21 dogs in and have them evaluated by a veterinarian.
16 license violations were discovered. All animals were found to be dirty and kept in conditions with no light, no water, no food and very dirty bedding.
One puppy died and several others needed medical attention.
The report also says it is believed that permit holder Jack Reay was out of the country for four days and failed to make adequate animal welfare arrangements in his absence.
He will be summoned for a formal bail interview at a later date, and due to the severity of the welfare breaches and the number of license violations, it is expected that a prosecution case will be filed for this incident.
On the same day, animal licensing officers received a notification from the police raising concerns about the safety and welfare of dogs housed at a licensed dog breeding establishment on the coast road, Hest Bank.
The same agents arrived only to once again find no one there.
Sixteen dogs and nine puppies were discovered in outbuildings, all in conditions with no light, no water, no food and very dirty bedding. They were all taken care of.
There were 11 easily identifiable violations of animal licensing laws.
A report to Lancaster City Council says license holder Emily Sutcliffe is believed to have been out of the country for six days and failed to make adequate animal welfare arrangements in her absence.
She too will be asked to appear for a formal bail interview at a later date, and due to the severity of the welfare breaches and the number of license violations, it is expected that a case file will also be prepared. prosecution for this incident.
It was noted that Sutcliffe had previously told officers that a friend was supposed to take care of the dogs.
Suzanne Lodge, director of communities and the environment at Lancaster City Council, has revoked dog breeding licenses with immediate effect due to the number and severity of breaches of license conditions, and the impact that this had on the health and welfare of the dogs.
Mr. Reay and Ms. Sutcliffe have the right to appeal the decision.
Beyond Radio has contacted Mr. Reay and Ms. Sutcliffe, but has received no response from either as of this writing.