Outrage as father and son who ran a cruel and heartless puppy farm are only handed a 10-year ban. Rescue services found 56 dogs locked in tiny cages covered in their own waste, many of them gravely ill.
Animal lovers have been left dismayed that 49-year-old Samuel Ronald Hessin and his 22-year-old son, Samuel Arthur Hessin have not been given a lifetime ban on keeping animals.
The puppy farming pair from Balnaroon, Crossroads, Moray, Scotland, kept a mixture of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Labradors, 56 in total, in horrendously dirty conditions. A raid was carried out on their property in September 2019, when vets found the animals to be suffering from respiratory problems, eye infections, and even eating food contaminated with faeces.
Two of the recovered dogs were pregnant at the time, one of them sadly died during labour, which was thought to be her third pregnancy in a single year. After the litters, animal rescue workers were left to care for 78 dogs in total that had been confiscated from the father and son.
Large adult dogs were found locked into small cages with almost no room to move and forced to sit in their own waste, the animals were kept in poorly ventilated areas that had a strong smell of ammonia, and most of the dogs were visibly very unwell.
Three puppies, Danna, Calla, and Tiree were suffering from chronic skin conditions.
Both of the culprits pleaded guilty to failing to provide veterinary treatment or a suitable living environment for the dogs, at Elgin Sheriff Court.
Authorities uncovered that Samuel Arthur Hessin used 18 false names and mobile numbers, 11 email addresses, and three different addresses to convince buyers that they were buying the dogs from a loving family home.
The men were both handed a 10-year ban on owning dogs and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service.
Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA chief superintendent, said: "Securing a conviction is a great result, but we believe anyone convicted of running a puppy farm should get a life ban on owning animals. "Individuals prepared to put profit before welfare to an extent that dogs get seriously ill should not be allowed to keep animals."