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Shropshire puppy farm owner who treated horror dog injury with Calpol banned for 10 years

By Rob Smith | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Marcia Hollins-Jones left animals to fight between themselves in the 'maternity wing' of her puppy farm.

Pippa, a Jack Russell-Terrier cross, was treated for an exposed bone and infected leg with Calpol

A woman who ran a puppy farm in Shropshire has been banned from dealing with dogs for 10 years after leaving several animals to fight among themselves.

Marcia Hollins-Jones, aged 73, was said to have shown "no remorse" after mistreating the animals at her puppy-selling business at the Old Crematorium in Sleap, around nine miles north of Shrewsbury.

Inspectors found more than 70 dogs at the site when they visited.

Hollins-Jones pleaded guilty to four animal welfare offences at Telford Magistrates Court this week after the RSPCA visited the farm and found dogs with severe bite wounds, cold concrete kennels with urine-soaked carpets and a Jack Russell-Terrier cross with an injury that left her leg bone exposed.

Pippa, the dog with the exposed bone, was treated with children's medicine Calpol instead of being taken to a vet. Once she was eventually seen by a vet she was suffering so much she had to be put down.

Licence

The court was told that Hollins-Jones lived in a static caravan on the site and had a licence from Shropshire Council to breed dogs.

The RSPCA investigated her business after concerns were raised by her vet, who had examined three dogs Hollins-Jones presented between August 2017 and May 2018.

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Pippa was put down when she was eventually seen by a vet

The vet believed some of the animals had been injured in fights and had been left to suffer for days.

The RSPCA investigator found 38 adult dogs and 35 puppies at risk.

'Prolific failure'

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Inspector Kate Parker said: “The puppies in what Hollins-Jones described to me as 'the maternity wing' were particularly at risk in such a cold and damp environment with no heat lamps as required by law.

“There was a prolific failure by her towards animal welfare. She was breeding the dogs for money and that was her key motivation - she has also shown no remorse for her actions.

“In the sad case of Pippa, she was left for at least two days without veterinary treatment. Instead Hollins-Jones decided to give her Calpol.

"She would have clearly suffered from such an awful injury.”

As well as Pippa, Hollins-Jones was convicted of mistreating two miniature dachshunds named Dexter and Fat Pud's Pup who both had "severe" bite wounds, including to the latter dog's eye.

Both dogs have since recovered.

Past prosecution

The court was also told Hollins-Jones has been prosecuted in the past by the RSPCA and in 2001 received a 10-year disqualification order for all animals.

On Monday [Jan 21]Hollins-Jones pleaded guilty to four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by not providing timely veterinary treatment, relating to Pippa, Dexter and Fat Pud's Pup.

She was also banned from keeping animals for three years, but the ban has been suspended for 28 days while she re-homes the animals she already owns. She was also banned from applying for a breeding licence for 10 years.

Hollins-Jones was ordered to pay £1,600 costs, fined £1,400 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge.

  • Anyone with concerns regarding dog breeding can contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 or relevant local authority.
Rob Smith

By Rob Smith
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Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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