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No dogs found at site of 'shocking' cruelty case
10:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
RSPCA inspectors have returned to the site at the centre of a “shocking” animal cruelty case.
It had received a complaint dogs were being kept at the former Crunchy’s Animal Rescue centre, in Faringdon Road, Longworth, despite a disqualification order.
But after an inspection the animal welfare charity said no animals were found on the premises and that it was an “amicable visit”.
Last month Angela Russell, 41, and her son Robert, 24, were jailed for 16 animal cruelty offences. Her father Frederick Russell, 81, and daughter Louise Russell were both given suspended prison sentences and her niece Kirsty Russell was given a community order at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.
All were banned from keeping animals for at least 10 years.
The court case followed a raid on Crunchy’s by the RSPCA in January.
Ninety-five animals were seized, at least 50 of which were suffering from neglect.
District Judge Pattinson said the animals were living in “a sea of mud and faeces containing shocking and dangerous hazards”.
RSPCA spokesman Diane Roberts said: “Although there was a report that people were keeping dogs while disqualified, the RSPCA saw no evidence animals were on the premises.”
Last week Angela Russell lost her appeal against the six-month prison sentence.
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