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Man banned from keeping pets for selling sick Christmas puppies to families

Man sentenced for animal welfare offences after breeding and selling sick dogs

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Glen Hayes (DoB: 11/07/65) of Beatty Avenue, Gillingham, appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Monday (26 November) for a sentencing hearing having been convicted earlier this month of 10 animal welfare offences.

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A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Dog and puppies

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Dogs looking sad

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Dogs in cage

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Puppy in crate

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Puppy farm survivor becomes Pets as Therapy dog


It was touch and go whether Rolo would survive when he was rescued by the RSPCA - but he’s come a long way…!

When the RSPCA plucked 30 dogs and puppies from an “appalling” puppy farm in Essex just weeks before Christmas, many of the survivors were in a terrible way.

RSPCA inspectors went into the South Ockenden puppy farm in December 2013, removing three adult dogs and three litters all thought to have been bred for the Christmas market.

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Puppy farm survivor spreads happiness

“Rolo also lifts the mood of visitors and most definitely the staff - and has become quite well known now in the hospital. It is very special to hear if patients have been talking about Rolo and asking when he is coming in next.”

Puppy farm survivor is happy

Rolo visits Southend University Hospital every week as a PAT dog, helping patients through extremely difficult times in their lives.

Puppy farm survivor joins Pets as Therapy

Now, aged four, Rolo is the picture of health and happiness. And, after being rescued and given a second chance at life, the crossbreed is now giving something back via Pets As Therapy (PAT).

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