Puppy gang pleads guilty to fraudulently selling sick pets

Puppy gang pleads guilty to fraudulently selling sick pets by falsely claiming they were pedigrees in £850,000 scam

  • The puppies were sold under the guise of pedigrees which were ‘bred at home
  • Kelly and Ricky Bennett, both from Grays, 에 섹스, pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act including fraud and acquiring criminal property
  • It is estimated that the evil gang put out at least 100 adverts of over 500 강아지
  • A gang of fraudulent puppy sellers who made £850,000 have pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act after police found dogs ‘dead in a freezer’.

    It is estimated that the evil gang put out at least 100 adverts, advertising around 500 puppies between December 2018 그리고 3 월 2020 in the Essex areas of Grays, Billericay and Thurrock.

    The RSPCA and a local authority launched an investigation into puppy selling in the Essex area after heartbroken residents claimed to have been victims.

    They were sold poorly pups under the guise of pedigrees.

    Sellers were advertising puppies who were described as being ‘bred at home’.

    슬프게도, the pooches were likely from puppy farms and sourced from Wales, with Welsh vaccination cards containing details cut out or erased.

    They used Gumtree, Preloved and Pets4homes.

    The court even heard that the selling of puppies continued throughout lockdown until May 2021.

    Kelly Bennett, 43, Ricky Bennett, 41, from Weymouth Drive, Chafford Hundred in Grays, Stacey Hayward, 41, and Steven Foster, 42, both of Colliford Road, West Thurrock, all stood trial at Basildon Crown Court on Friday May 13.

    They also entered guilty pleastwo to fraud and two to acquiring criminal property.

    A gang of fraudulent puppy sellers in the Essex areas who made £850,000 have pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act after police found dogs 'dead in a freezer' (pictured is one of the puppies recovered from one of their properties)

    A gang of fraudulent puppy sellers in the Essex areas who made £850,000 have pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act after police found dogs ‘dead in a freezer’ (pictured is one of the puppies recovered from one of their properties)

    Kelly Bennett, 43, and Ricky Bennett, 41, both from Weymouth Drive, 채포드 헌드레드, Grays, pleaded guilty to offences at Basildon Crown Court on Friday May 13 under the Animal Welfare Act.

    Kelly Bennett also gave guilty pleas for two offences concerning the dog-selling, while Ricky Bennett indicated a guilty plea to one similar charge.

    Prosecutor Hazel Stevens said: ‘Members of the public had made complaints to the local authority and the RSPCA about puppies being purchased from said premises. Which soon became ill after sale.

    ‘Twelve witness statements were taken in relation to puppies with health problems which were sold between June and September 2019, and one in March 2019.

    The court was told that Basildon Council had licensed Stacey Hayward to sell puppies over four years ago.

    하나, her licence was revoked in July 2018 due to complaints about sick puppies, with it running out in December 2018.

    Kelly Bennett, 43, and Ricky Bennett, 41, both from Weymouth Drive, 채포드 헌드레드, Grays, pleaded guilty to offences at Basildon Crown Court on Friday May 13 under the Animal Welfare Act. One of the puppies pictured after being rescued

    Kelly Bennett, 43, and Ricky Bennett, 41, both from Weymouth Drive, 채포드 헌드레드, Grays, pleaded guilty to offences at Basildon Crown Court on Friday May 13 under the Animal Welfare Act. One of the puppies pictured after being rescued

    Hayward and her partner, Steven Foster, moved to a new home and, 10 월 2019, complaints began coming into the RSPCA related to an address in Weymouth Drive, occupied by Kelly and Ricky Bennett.

    The RSCPA’s Special Operations Unit (SOU) – a specialist task force that investigates serious, organised and commercial animal cruelty, such as the high-value trade-in puppiesstarted looking into a premises at Crays Hill, Billericay, 8 월 2019.

    It follows complaints from members of the public who bought puppies from the individuals.

    The RSPCA officer visiting in 2019 gave advice about licensing but no licence was ever issued for this address, 법원은 들었다.

    Weymouth Drive was linked to an address in Colliford Road via a witness and this was confirmed as the new residence of Hayward and Foster.

    Many of the heartbreaking accounts from the families who lost their puppies bought from the four individuals to illnesses.

    One family shared how they claimed to have bought a puppy name Mabel from Hayward in Billericay in July 2019, only to tragically lose her to parvovirus days later.

    The RSPCA and a local authority launched an investigation into puppy selling in the Essex area after heartbroken residents claimed to have been victims. They were sold poorly pups under the guise of pedigrees. Sellers were advertising puppies who were described as being 'bred at home' (one of the puppies pictured after being rescued)

    The RSPCA and a local authority launched an investigation into puppy selling in the Essex area after heartbroken residents claimed to have been victims. They were sold poorly pups under the guise of pedigrees. Sellers were advertising puppies who were described as being ‘bred at home’ (one of the puppies pictured after being rescued)

    The RSCPA's Special Operations Unit (SOU) - a specialist task force that investigates serious, organised and commercial animal cruelty, such as the high-value trade-in puppies - started looking into a premises at Crays Hill, Billericay, 8 월 2019. Puppies pictured being recovered from the properties

    The RSCPA’s Special Operations Unit (SOU) – a specialist task force that investigates serious, organised and commercial animal cruelty, such as the high-value trade-in puppiesstarted looking into a premises at Crays Hill, Billericay, 8 월 2019. Puppies pictured being recovered from the properties

    The family said in a statement read to the court: ‘When I saw her she was lifeless. It will be an image I will never get out of my head. I said to the vets that it was best to put her to sleep.

    Both sellers were advertising puppies who were described as being ‘bred at homebut it appears a number of puppies were sourced from Wales, with Welsh vaccination cards containing details cut out or erased.

    Prosecutor Hazel added: '게다가, adverts were placed on the selling sites with various names and numbers. Visitors to the Hayward address were still shown her licence documents despite its revocation.

    ‘Search warrants were executed at both properties and puppies were found to be present at both with some adult dogs. Dead puppies were also found at both properties in the freezer (two at Weymouth and one at Colliford).

    ‘Seizure of paperwork and phones further demonstrates the links between the two addresses and there is evidence of Hayward delivering to Bennett’s address.

    Nine puppies were found living in a shed at the rear of the garden at Colliford Road and they were all seized to be taken into care

    One tested positive for parvovirus and sadly died but the others, who were suffering from Giardia and other health problems, made full recoveries and were rehomed.

    At Weymouth Drive, officers found three adult spaniels, five cocker spaniel puppies and two dead spaniel puppies which ‘appeared to have been dead for days’, Hazel said.

    The court heard that the litter of spaniel puppies tested positive for Giardia, a small parasite that attacks the intestines.

    Tthe Eastern Region Special Operations Unit’s financial investigator, who analysed financial records linked to the sellers, attributed approximately £850,000 of income linked to the sale of puppies.

    Seized phones were analysed and showed many messages responding to adverts for puppies, using different names.

    All four will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on August 12.