Bradford: Top dog owners kept pets in squalor

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Two championship winning dog owners were found keeping more than 100 animals in “horrific” conditions, a council said today.

Mother and daughter Violet and Shareem Humes were found to have 104 dogs at their home in Bradford, when police, council officers and the RSPCA raided it in February last year.

The 71-year-old and the 45-year-old pleaded guilty to 23 animal welfare offences at Bradford Crown Court yesterday by a judge who heard how 24 of 89 dogs which were seized had to be destroyed. The only reason some dogs were left behind at the property in Pine Street was because the authorities could not deal with so many animals at once.

Today, Ghazanfer Khaliq, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, said: “This was the biggest case of animal mistreatment we have ever dealt with and the scale and severity of it was deeply shocking.

“The conditions inside the Humes’ property were, frankly, horrific and our officers were appalled by the way the dogs were being kept.

“With the help of the RSPCA, police, kennels and our veterinary consultant, thankfully we were able to rehome 67 animals in what was essentially a rescue operation.

“Animals should be treated fairly and with care and the Humes were doing the exact opposite.”

The teams which went into the house found flithy conditions with rooms full of dog faeces. Some of the dogs were running free and others were crammed into cages.

The council said the pair also admitted offences relating to unauthorised veterinary drugs found at the house.

Lawyers for the defendant said they were national champions and the case was about the number of dogs being kept rather than any suggestion of cruelty.

The Humes were given three-year community orders and each barred from keeping more than five dogs.

Dog breeding websites said the pair were exhibitors and breeders of poodles, Yorkshire terriers and dachshunds.

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