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10:20  13 september  2019
10:20  13 september  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A couple who imported over 4000 dogs from overseas over a 15-month period have been given suspended prison sentences . Police and RSPCA officers removed 160 animals, including 144 dogs and 16 cats, from the 4Paws rescue centre in Lincolnshire in February of this year.

A suspended sentence is a legal term for a judge's delaying of a defendant's serving of a sentence after they have been found guilty, in order to allow the defendant to perform a period of probation.

Couple who ran 'overcrowded and inadequate' rescue centre handed suspended prison sentences (RSPCA)

A couple who imported over 4000 dogs from overseas over a 15-month period have been given suspended prison sentences.

Police and RSPCA officers removed 160 animals, including 144 dogs and 16 cats, from the 4Paws rescue centre in Lincolnshire in February of this year.

Jodie Fairbrother and Paul Fairbrother appeared for sentencing at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for a string of offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

Couple who ran 'overcrowded and inadequate' rescue centre handed suspended prison sentences © Provided by Oath Inc. (RSPCA)

When officers raided the property they found many of the animals kept in cramped kennels and cages - without access to food or water.

The body of one deceased dog was found in the onsite clinic.

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A suspended prison sentence is the term given to a prison sentence imposed by the court Prison sentences may also be suspended where young people over 18 are sentenced to However, it can commit the case to the Crown Court if its powers to deal with the defendant are considered inadequate .

Prison overcrowding is one of the key contributing factors to poor prison conditions around the world. For example, the needs of women and children in detention – already often given little attention – tend to be even more neglected in overcrowded and overstretched prison systems.

Jodie Fairbrother was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and banned from keeping or trading in animals for five years.

Couple who ran 'overcrowded and inadequate' rescue centre handed suspended prison sentences © Provided by Oath Inc. (RSPCA)

Paul Fairbrother was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and was also banned from keeping or trading in animals for five years.

Both were ordered to pay £500 costs each and a £115 victim surcharge each and are disqualified from keeping animals.

RSPCA SOU Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: “The kennel blocks were seriously overcrowded. Runs which, at an RSPCA site, would be home to one dog had been split into two with two or three dogs in one half, inside, and another two or three dogs in the other half, outside.

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A Lincolnshire couple who owned a animal kennel have escaped jail despite sharing 13 charges of animal cruelty 'Unlicensed vets' behind 'abhorrent' animal cruelty at filthy, overcrowded vet centre are spared jail after They appeared today at Grimsby Crown Court receiving suspended sentences .

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Couple who ran 'overcrowded and inadequate' rescue centre handed suspended prison sentences

“One dog - a large Romanian shepherd called Bear - was in such a small kennel that he could barely lie down. He was extremely distressed and we had to sedate him to remove him from the site.

We understand that he’d been there, in those conditions, for three years - and had only been out of his kennel three times.

Couple who ran 'overcrowded and inadequate' rescue centre handed suspended prison sentences © Provided by Oath Inc. (RSPCA)

“He’s now in RSPCA care and is coming on leaps and bounds. Thanks to the tireless work of staff and behaviour experts, his confidence is building and he’s beginning to trust people again.

“Other dogs were found living in crates which were too small, stacked on top of each other and lying in their own filth.

“One dog, who couldn’t even stand up in his crate as it was so small, was so thirsty that when our officers gave him water he drank continuously for several minutes.”

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