Pair sentenced in puppy farm case

A former licensed dog breeder and her father have been sentenced following one of the worst cases of animal mistreatment ever seen by our officers.

At Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Monday 4 November 2019, Sansha Lamb (39) of Draycott Place, Dronfield and her father Peter Lamb (70) of Ashford Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, were sentenced for nine offences of failing to ensure the welfare needs of dogs and also for a further two counts each of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs between January 2 and January 9, 2019.

Sansha Lamb also pleaded guilty to breeding dogs without a licence between July 2018 and January 2019.

Following complaints about the welfare of animals, environmental health officers from North East Derbyshire District Council together with RSPCA officers and a vet raided the puppy farm at Unstone House, Whittington Lane, Unstone, on January 9.

They found kennel floors and walls covered in excrement, a yard filthy with faecal excrement and dogs whose fur was matted with faeces and urine.

In total, 25 mistreated dogs and puppies were found, including the decomposing body of a pug-type bitch, which had been dead for some time.

Many were emaciated or lean in addition to being covered in faeces and urine and riddled with lice, with skin lesions, infections and parasites. Some were also lame or injured and had been traumatised by their mistreatment.

Although Sansha Lamb had been the holder of a licence to breed puppies, she ignored warnings after visits to the site and a letter specifically reminding her that her licence had expired and to continue breeding would be an offence.

At Monday’s hearing, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe sentenced Sansha Lamb to 16 weeks of custody suspended for two years, with a 16-week curfew.

She was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Peter Lamb was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a 12-week curfew with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

In addition, Sansha Lamb was banned from keeping animals for life and Peter Lamb was banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Speaking after the sentencing, North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the worst cases of animal mistreatment ever seen by our officers.

“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.

“So when cases like this are brought to our attention, the public can be assured that the Council will do all it can to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and the animals are protected from further harm.”

All the dogs involved in this case have since been successfully rehomed.