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‘Hoarder’ fined £50,000 after she left more than 100 dogs to suffer at her squalid home


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Lynn Stoker, 62, has been jailed for causing the suffering of more than 100 dogs at her home

A breeder has been jailed after causing the cruel suffering of more than 100 dogs at her home, with many crammed into tiny cages and suffering diseases and fractures.

Lynn Stoker, 62, was also fined £50,000 today after she left the dogs without fresh drinking water with many in such a bad state they had to be put down. 

The ‘hoarder’ from Byrness, Northumberland, was found guilty of 16 charges of cruelty and neglect after RSCPA inspectors discovered her house was full of animals in shocking conditions.

She was breeding the dogs but struggled to sell them and ended up with a house full of animals.

Stoker initially asked for help re-homing the pets but began behaving ‘evasively’ and ‘aggressively’ so a search warrant was issued in May 2018 and the animals were seized.

During her trial, the court heard how two dogs had fractured jaws and many had obvious disease symptoms and were being kept in crowded cages.

The animals didn’t have fresh drinking water and some animals were in such a bad state they needed to be put down.

The RSPCA found the many dogs in an 'advanced state of suffering' with the animals crammed in cages without fresh drinking water

The RSPCA found the many dogs in an ‘advanced state of suffering’ with the animals crammed in cages without fresh drinking water

She was breeding the dogs but struggled to sell them and ended up with a house full of animals

She was breeding the dogs but struggled to sell them and ended up with a house full of animals

Two dogs had fractured jaws and many had obvious disease symptoms and were being kept in crowded cages

Two dogs had fractured jaws and many had obvious disease symptoms and were being kept in crowded cages

Many of the dogs, which hadn’t had veterinary treatment in years in some cases, were ‘at an advanced stage of suffering’, prosecutor Stewart Haywood told South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court.

He added that Stoker had refused to co-operate with the RSPCA, accusing them of a ‘conspiracy’ to remove the dogs in order to make profit for themselves.

Defending, Paul Blanchard said: ‘It’s fair to say circumstances had got beyond my client.

Stoker initially asked for help re-homing the pets but began behaving 'evasively' and 'aggressively' so a search warrant was issued and the animals were seized

Stoker initially asked for help re-homing the pets but began behaving ‘evasively’ and ‘aggressively’ so a search warrant was issued and the animals were seized

Stoker refused to co-operate with the RSPCA, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' to remove the dogs in order to make profit

Stoker refused to co-operate with the RSPCA, accusing them of a ‘conspiracy’ to remove the dogs in order to make profit

Many of the dogs hadn't had veterinary treatment in years and were suffering with diseases

Many of the dogs hadn’t had veterinary treatment in years and were suffering with diseases

‘She has the traits of a hoarder, which is a personality disorder. This wasn’t a deliberate act, it’s a reckless act.

‘She was not dealing with matters as she could have done, she closed her eyes to the reality of the situation.’

Sentencing, District Judge Bernard Begley, said: ‘The report I’ve read shows a repetition of the assertions made by you during the trial of a lack of any fault, the conspiracy of others and, somewhat predictably, not a shred of remorse.

Defending, Paul Blanchard said: 'She has the traits of a hoarder, which is a personality disorder. This wasn't a deliberate act, it's a reckless act'

Defending, Paul Blanchard said: ‘She has the traits of a hoarder, which is a personality disorder. This wasn’t a deliberate act, it’s a reckless act’

Stoker has been disqualified from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years and given a 21-week prison sentence

Stoker has been disqualified from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years and given a 21-week prison sentence

RSCPA inspectors discovered her house was full of animals in shocking conditions after the mistreatment

RSCPA inspectors discovered her house was full of animals in shocking conditions after the mistreatment

He added: ‘I really can’t find any redeeming features in your case.’

Stoker had denied 11 charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, four counts of failing to ensure an animal’s welfare needs were met and one application for animals to be given to the RSPCA. 

But she was found guilty in a trial and was led away in handcuffs today after being handed a 21-week prison sentence.

Stoker denied 11 charges of cruelty towards animals but was found guilty in a trial

Stoker denied 11 charges of cruelty towards animals but was found guilty in a trial

The 62-year-old has been banned from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years, given a 21-week sentence and ordered to pay £50,000

The 62-year-old has been banned from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years, given a 21-week sentence and ordered to pay £50,000

She was also disqualified from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years.

Judge Begley ordered her to pay £50,000 in costs after an initial application from the RSPCA asking for her to pay more than £290,000 back.

She was sentenced at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington.

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