RSPCA Birmingham With the help of a number of the charity’s sponsors, the animals were taken in along with other centers to help them find new homes
An illegal dog breeder who earned hundreds of thousands of pounds while cruelly keeping more than 40 squalid animals on a farm has been imprisoned.
Alison Bransby, 61, kept dogs and puppies in wooden pens and kennels that were barely the size of a rabbit cage at her home in Telstoke, Shropshire. The RSPCA and police raided her property in February of last year and discovered 41 suffering animals, including 35 dogs, living in appalling conditions.
Two cats, a horse, a lamb, a terrapin, and an African gray parrot were also seized from White House Farm by investigative officers. RSPCA Birmingham She helped shelter some of the animals after the raids.
The court heard that Bransby had amassed £150,000 in just one year of illegally breeding and selling the dogs alongside her stylist’s daughter Kylie Bransby, 31.
The mother and daughter ran the “extensive” business and advertised the project online while “putting the profit on the health of their animals”.
Bransby pleaded guilty to 17 animal welfare offenses involving 27 dogs, eight dogs, two cats, a horse, a lamb, a terrapin and an African gray parrot.
She was imprisoned for 22 weeks in Kidderminster Magistrates Court last Thursday (6/10), denied keeping all the animals for life and ordered to pay £44,000 in costs.
Her daughter confessed to nine animal-related crimes and was given an 11-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. She was also banned from keeping the animals for ten years and ordered to pay a cost of £20,000.
District Judge Ian Strongman said Bransby had long known she couldn’t cope and knew there were organizations that could help.
He added that although the cruelty was not intentional, it “occurred over a long period of time” and it was clear that the animals were suffering.”
Shocking photos released by the animal charity after the case show the cramped and filthy barns in which the animals were forced to live. The court was told to open an investigation following complaints from members of the public who purchased puppies and dogs from the farm. He later became ill.
RSPCA investigators found dozens of other neglected and vulnerable animals on the property, which a vet said had not been adequately cared for for at least nine months.
Among them was a blind and deaf Calver King Charles named Teddy, believed to have been used for breeding, draped in a plastic bed in the corner of a dark kitchen. The emaciated old dog had one tooth in its mouth and its fur was stained with urine. Such was his carelessness that he was put to sleep on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.
Eight puppies, bred to a one-eyed mother dog, were found in an outdoor kennel barn without water whose basic standards for animal husbandry were not met.
Another 15 dogs – some with serious underlying health conditions – lived in dark, scattered, unsanitary conditions in the kitchen with limited access to water and bedding.
They also found two cats with significant ear disease, a lamb with bruises and ulcers on the lower eyelid, and two terrapins with a severely disfigured shell. An African gray parrot with a significant loss of fur in its chest was found living in a filthy cage with a thick layer of dry faeces.
A thoroughbred mare also called Ruby was discovered with overgrown hooves that had not been treated for at least six months and teeth that had not been seen for two years.
Kate Parker, the RSPCA inspector who led the memo, said in her testimony: “There were wooden sheds with fixed doors. Inside, I could see a typical breeding set up for the puppies, with a heat lamp angled over a plastic dog bed, an empty bowl and some soiled rags inside the bed. .
Inside a simple building there was a row of kennels made of metal.
“There was a thin layer of sawdust on the concrete floor, clutter, household appliances and electrical cables dangling inside, each of which dogs could reach.
“I offered Allison Bransby the opportunity to sign animals who were interested in the care of the RSPCA to help reduce the numbers and ease the difficulties of caring for them on site, which she did not agree to.”
Another RSPCA inspector, Mike Scargill, added: “The door of the house led into a very dark corridor where there was a cage on the left side containing an African gray parrot.
“Excrement covered every surface of the cage and the bird showed signs of feather plucking around its chest. The floor was wet underfoot and smelled of strong urine. Then I went to the kitchen area. The smell of urine in this area was overwhelming and the floor was sticky to walk on.”
A veterinarian said none of the animals had been provided a suitable environment and not enough steps had been taken to protect them from pain, injury, suffering and disease.
The vet added: “It was very clear from the property’s layout, dogs present, previous advertisements and presence of the puppies, that the property was being used as a kennel facility, which is not licensed.
“As such, the dogs had to be housed in a dwelling that complied with a licensed breeding establishment, which places specific requirements regarding space availability, as well as the materials from which the kennels are built.
“Outdoor kennels and pens in which the dogs were housed were well below licensing standards, so my expert opinion is that the dogs’ environmental provisions were not appropriate to their needs.”
To mitigate, the court heard that Allison Bransby had physical and mental health problems during the time of the crimes. Her daughter moved to the farm to help take care of her mother and the animals in January 2021, but she admitted she was not being looked after properly.
The RSPCA Animal Centers in Leicester, Birmingham and Aylesbury, with the help of a number of the charity’s sponsors, took in the animals. Since then all but three have been moved. Unfortunately, Ruby the horse and two cats have been put to sleep on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.
Speaking after the ruling, Inspector Ian Briggs of the RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit said: “We would like to thank West Mercia Police officers for their assistance and support in this long-standing case and for their time and assistance in this challenging and disturbing day.
This shocking case illustrates what can happen when breeders and sellers put profits before the health and well-being of their dogs. Small dogs used on puppy farms are not often talked about but Teddy was the saddest example.
Blind and deaf, the defendants had used it all his life for financial gain, yet in his final months he had not even had the kindness of his comfortable resting place and had been simply forgotten, left only to lie in his urine.
“We always encourage anyone considering getting a puppy for adoption rather than buying, and do a lot of research first to make sure they source a dog in a responsible way and don’t end up piling up the pockets of irresponsible people making money out of misery.”
PCSO Hannah Lister, from West Mercia Policesaid: “West Mercia would like to thank members of the public who have come forward to express their concerns about the farm, and to the RSPCA for their assistance, support, and guidance in securing the charges against Allison and Kylie Bransby.
“We want to send a clear message that if evidence emerges that people have committed cruel crimes against animals, we will work with our partners to bring them to justice.”
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