A MAN has appeared in court accused of causing unnecessary suffering to 33 puppies, an Alaskan malamute dog and a mastiff dog.
William John Hartley, of Nook Lane, Tyldesley, was arrested after RSPCA officers and police inspected his farm in January, after receiving information about the dogs’ safety.
Officers seized the animals after concerns were raised about their poor condition by the attending RSPCA vet David Martin.
Mr Hartley, 60, who denies the charges, told Stockport magistrates he had run the farm as animal rescue for 20 years.
The 33 puppies included nine Yorkshire terriers, five West Highland white terriers, five King Charles cavaliers, five Labradors, seven Pomeranians and two King Charles spaniels.
Mr Martin said all the puppies had intestinal disease caused by infection or parasites and some had respiratory infections. Mr Hartley, who represented himself, claimed the puppies did not belong to him and were delivered to one of the farm buildings the previous evening which was rented by two men, Alec Paul Rogers and Michael Emme.
Rogers, 25, of Woodland View, Hyde and Emme, 27, of Sandwich Drive, Macclesfield, had earlier pleaded guilty at Stockport magistrates court for breaching a disqualification order banning them from keeping animals.
Mr Hartley claimed he believed all the puppies had been inoculated and received veterinary care.
The two men had rented the building for the previous six weeks and Mr Hartley said he believed them to be ‘reputable’.
Mr Hartley said he did not see the puppies until the following morning but had prepared the building for the puppies’ arrival by providing clean water, food, blankets and heating lamps.
Andrew Meachin, prosecuting for the RSPCA, accused Mr Hartley of ‘passing the blame’and said no checks were made on the puppies and no inoculation certificates were produced.