Owner of 4 Paws Rescue to face charges for 51 acts of cruelty
4 Paws Veterinary clinic and rescue centre which was based in South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, was raided back in March 2018 by the RSPCA and Humberside Police. Over 160 animals were removed from the premises.
The RSPCA have brought a private prosecution against three family members for animal cruelty, who have been named as Jodie Fairbrother, her husband Paul and their daughter Libby-Jo.
There are 51 charges in all, of which thirty-nine of them are for causing unnecessary suffering to the animal that were in their care. Each of the family members will face 17 charges.
Allegations include hygiene breaches, failing to control infectious diseases along with physical and mental suffering to the animals.
One of the dogs was said to be suffering from distemper, which is a highly contagious disease, and two dogs were suffering from respiratory infections. A dog named Bear from Romania had an ear infection and was exhibiting unusual behaviour and mental suffering due to being kept in a confined space.
No basic care was given to the animals on the premises and they certainly suffered from lack of proper veterinary care. Ironic considering the premises had a veterinary clinic on site.
They are due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates Court on the 26th of October, and are now believed to be living in Northern Cyprus.
Under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, they can each face an unlimited fine and up to one year in prison.
It really is time that our laws got tougher, is 1 year in prison really going to be a deterrent? This will most likely end up being a suspended sentence.
The fines will also be pitiful and will not compensate the animals for the neglect and suffering that they have endured whilst in the care of the Fairbrother family.
We need to show the public that animal cruelty in any form is not acceptable and won’t be tolerated.
It is also long overdue that so called rescue centres can operate without any kind of licensing or inspections.