On Monday 16th September Miss Sansha Lamb and her father Mr. Peter Lamb appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to nine offences of failing to ensure the welfare needs of dogs in their care were met, and a further two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs in their care.
Following complaints from members of the public, North East Derbyshire District Council Environmental Health officers executed a warrant at Unstone House in assistance with two RSPCA officers on January 9, 2019.
In various outbuildings at the property of a total of 24 live dogs, bitches and puppies as well as the decomposing body of a deceased pug bitch.
The filthy conditions in which the animals were found, and the appalling physical condition of the animals themselves were so bad, the vet ordered the immediate removal of them all in order to prevent further suffering.
There was further evidence at the property that Sansha Lamb had continued to be involved in the breeding and sale of puppies since the expiry of her licence, which expired in December 2017.
When the dogs were examined at the veterinary surgery, many of the dogs were covered in faeces and urine, were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, and many of the dogs had lice infestations causing skin conditions.
The deceased pug was found to have died from a combination of lung disease, caused by breathing high levels of urine related ammonia, and starvation.
All dogs have successfully since been rehomed. Due to the serious nature of the offences District Judge Tadd said he would adjourn the case for the Probation Service to prepare reports on the defendants before he would consider their sentences.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Martin Thacker MBE said, “Tighter regulations were introduced by central government last October to address the illegal “puppy farms” industry, giving councils greater powers to clamp down on the criminals who operate them. This Council fully intends to reflect the desire of residents to use such powers to bring justice to those individuals showing heartless disregard for the welfare needs of animals used in this way. Those individuals can expect the Council to take the most robust enforcement action in response”.
If Miss Sansha Lam and Mr Peter Lamb are convicted of these offences, the court has the power to disqualify each defendant from keeping or being involved with the breeding of dogs as well as to impose up to 51 weeks imprisonment for each defendant.
The sentencing hearing is listed at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court at 2pm on 4 November 2019.