Saturday, April 8, 2017

United Kingdom: Puppy mill breeders Louise St John Poulton, 43, and Sean Kerr, 52, banned for life from owning dogs

UNITED KINGDOM -- A puppy farmer who bred sick and dying animals in squalid conditions with her boyfriend has been banned from keeping dogs for life.

Louise St John Poulton, 43, and Sean Kerr, 52, sold the poorly animals to unsuspecting customers on the internet.

The cruel pair ran the commercial farm in Bickenhill, West Mids - where puppies lived in “hellish” conditions.

Horrified RSPCA officials found one dead puppy stuffed inside a plastic bag at the premises.

Kerr is already serving a six-month prison sentence after admitting a string of animal cruelty offences .

His partner pleaded guilty to six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs.


Poulton also admitted three offences of failing to meet the needs of a number of dogs at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court .

She was given a lifetime ban from keeping dogs and handed a 22-week suspended prison term.

Poulton, from St Albans, Herts, was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £15,000.

The couple sold the sick and dying Shi Tzu and Pug puppies for up to £400 to dog lovers on the internet.


RSPCA inspectors found 37 dogs suffering from skin conditions and hypothermia after being left in pitch black darkness.

The Shih Tzu, Pug, Bichon Frise, Cockapoo, Schnauzer, Westie and Chihuahua puppies were found to be underweight.

Some of them were suffering from the potentially deadly parvovirus and other ailments.

One female pup was left with a broken hip for a month and others were living on floors coated with feces.

Four dogs, three of whom were pregnant, were found locked in a dark outbuilding on the filthy farm.

The dogs were sold online and an investigation launched after buyers contacted the RSPCA when their dogs died from parvovirus.


Police and animal welfare officers raided the premises, known as Pastures Farm, in December 2015.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal said: “The dogs were being kept in disgusting conditions and were absolutely terrified. All of the dogs were petrified. The minute you touched them they froze from fear.”

(Mirror UK - April 3, 2017)