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Man admits to running illegal puppy farm in Ramsbottom
6:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A MAN from Ramsbottom has pleaded guilty to keeping dogs in cramped, overcrowded and dirty conditions on an illegal puppy farm.
Richard Speakman, 22, of Fern Street, Ramsbottom, and his dad Jeffery Speakman, 66, of Bentley Hall Farm, Walshaw, admitted 11 animal welfare offences at Bury magistrates court.
In May, a joint RSPCA and Greater Manchester Police raid seized 136 dogs from Bentley Hall Farm because of concerns for their safety and found many thirsty.
The Speakmans admitted two counts of causing suffering to a protected animal and nine counts of failing to ensure animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The pair also admitted to failing to protect 23 dogs from pain, suffering, injury and disease due to their beds having sharp edges and failing to meet the needs of 13 dogs to display normal behaviour.
Five counts related to the injuries of specific dogs, including Labradors with eye, ear and tooth problems. The Speakmans will return to court for sentencing on October 7.
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