A FATHER and daughter have been charged with cruelty offences after dogs were allegedly beaten at a dog day care business in Rishton.

John Walker, 67, of Greenhill, Great Harwood, and his daughter Lauren Walker, 27, of Knowles Street, Rishton, are jointly charged with being a person responsible for animal welfare who did not take such steps as were reasonable to ensure the welfare of various dogs were met.

John Walker is also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to seven dogs by the use of physical force between September 2019 and November 2019.

Lauren Walker was also charged with being a responsible person failed to prevent unnecessary suffering being caused to seven dogs during the same period.

The pair were involved in Mucky Pups dog day care business on Harwood Road, Rishton.

The licence to operate the business was suspended when a former employee made allegations of cruelty.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

Neither defendant appeared at court when the case was adjourned until January 6 for a trial which is expected to last two days.