South Ockenden puppy farm mob saved jail over 300 k fraud – BBC News

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Image caption Teresa Wade was given a 21 -month prison sentence suspended for two years.

A gang of puppy farmers which sold the thousands of bird-dogs kept inside cages on a farm has been spared jail.

The group advertised the pets – which they sold to unsuspecting members of the public for an average of 450 – as “home-reared”.

They treated about 750 puppies within the framework of the “sophisticated enterprise” which was worth up to 500,000, national courts heard.

Each gang member was given a hung penitentiary sentence at Basildon Crown Court.

Teresa Wade, 57, Victoria Montgomery, 54, her daughter Roxanne Montgomery, 33, and Tony Hammond, 34, were convicted in October.

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During sentencing, Judge David Owen-Jones heard how the animals had been advertised online as being home-reared but were actually kept in cages in dark sheds.

Three of the dogs succumbed, four more were put to sleep and others suffered serious health problems.

One of the dogs was “vomiting worms”, some of its hair fell out and it had blood in its faeces, the court heard.

Media captionRSPCA footage of the caged puppies

Since their belief, special courts see, Wade had been involved in a auto disintegrate while Victoria Montgomery was not present at the sentencing as she was in hospital.

Judge Owen-Jones said: “It is my view that immediate imprisonment doorstep was elapsed but I cannot ignore the domestic and health issues.”

Wade, 57, of Ship Lane, Aveley, Essex, was sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment suspended for two years.

Victoria Montgomery receives an 15 -month jail period suspended for two years. Both were curfews from 8p m to 7am monitored by electronic tag.

Roxanne Montgomery, 33, of Grafton Road, Dagenham, Essex, and Tony Hammond, 35, of Brunswick Avenue, Upminster, Essex, were both sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years.

They were ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

All four defendants were ordered to pay 500 each in costs.

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Image caption Some of the swine were so sick they died soon after arriving at their new dwellings

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