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Dog breeder, 37, gets 22 weeks in jail for locking and starving 17 puppies to death

The dog breeder, Emmanuel Paul, was imprisoned for 22 weeks and has been fined £2,000
The pups were kept without bedding, water or toys(Image/ RSPCA)
The pups were kept without bedding, water or toys(Image/ RSPCA)

A dog breeder Emmanuel Paul starved his puppies by hiding and jailing them up inside crates and cat carriers. During the rescue operation held in Rugby, Warickshire three puppies were found in one crate and four in another. The RSPCA conducted the investigation for concerns over five adult dogs and two litters of 17 puppies, all of them were from the breed of Cane Corsos.

The horrifying case of animal abuse came into the limelight in November 2020. The starved puppies were so ill-treated that their bruises, ribs, hips, and spine were visible through their skin. The pups were kept without bedding, water, or toys. During the rescue operation, five cat carriers were found and each of them has a low-birth-weight puppy.


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The dog breeder pleaded guilty at Coventry magistrates court. He has been banned from petting any animals for five years and had to pay a fine of £2,000. He was also imprisoned for 22 weeks.

The rescue operation inspector Nichola Johnson found no food in the apartment where the puppies were found. The dog breeder said that he was out of stock for food. Vet doctors were called immediately and the puppies' health was examined. The reports concluded that they were unreasonably made to suffer.

Rescue operation officer Johnson said Paul could not afford food or any treatment which the vets offered as he had to lacked money or was unwilling to pay for the puppies, the inspector said: “It shows a lack, or unwillingness to spend, money on the animals. animals he has been taking care of since March 2020.

“That makes me worry about why dogs are bred other than to make money. As soon as I entered the apartment, I could hear what sounded like a large number of puppies barking and meowing from the living area,” she said.

The inspector further added, “The smell of ammonia in the property was extremely strong. There is a lot of noise coming from the kitchen area and the space next to it. All I can see are some sheets of paper covering something. I started removing the sheets to find a total of two black crates and five cat crates, all containing puppies. None of the accommodation is provided with water or bedding and is completely devoid of any toys or environmental enrichment.”
The adult dogs have been put in the local housing association and lodged by Dogs Trust. Three of the dogs were lodged for rehoming while two of them who were earlier kept in charity's care can now be rehomed.