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‘Hoarder’ who left 100 dogs to suffer in squalid home fined £50,000

Dogs and Lynn Stoker, 62,

Lynn Stoker acted ‘evasively’ towards RSPCA investigators (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

A woman who left more than 100 dogs to suffer in crowded cages and no fresh drinking water has been ordered to pay £50,000.

Lynn Stoker, 62, was breeding dogs but struggled to sell them on and ended up with a house full of animals.

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

RSPCA inspectors found the dogs were found in shocking conditions at he home in Byrness Village, Northumberland.

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.

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Shocking footage show dogs locked up and horrific condition. See SWNS story SWLEcruelty; Woman has been jailed and fined a staggering ?50,000 after being convicted of cruelty charges against more than 100 animals. Lynn Stoker (62) of Raw House Farm, Byrness, was sentenced at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington on Thursday. 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. However, she was found guilty following a four-day trial last month. The RSPCA made an application for more than ?290,000 in costs to be handed over by Stoker. The figure consisted of court costs, housing the animals and veterinary bills. Stoker was ordered to pay ?50,000 costs, as well as a victim surcharge of ?115, to be paid within 12 months.

The dogs were kept in squalid and cramped cages (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

Shocking footage show dogs locked up and horrific condition. See SWNS story SWLEcruelty; Woman has been jailed and fined a staggering ?50,000 after being convicted of cruelty charges against more than 100 animals. Lynn Stoker (62) of Raw House Farm, Byrness, was sentenced at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington on Thursday. 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. However, she was found guilty following a four-day trial last month. The RSPCA made an application for more than ?290,000 in costs to be handed over by Stoker. The figure consisted of court costs, housing the animals and veterinary bills. Stoker was ordered to pay ?50,000 costs, as well as a victim surcharge of ?115, to be paid within 12 months.

Stoker had bred loads of dogs but struggled to sell them on afterwards (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

Many of the dogs hadn’t had veterinary treatment in years and some were ‘at an advanced stage of suffering’, the court heard.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, told South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court Stoker had refused to co-operate with the RSPCA.

She accused them of a ‘conspiracy’ to remove the dogs in order to make a profit for themselves.

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

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

A woman has denied causing suffering to 107 dogs and six puppies that were found at her home. Lynn Stoker was charged with 16 offences after RSPCA officers became concerned about the welfare of the animals she kept at Raw House Farm, Byrness Village, Northumberland. Lynn Stoker of Byrness, Northumberland, leaves Bedlington Magistrates Court

She was jailed for 21 weeks and told to pay £50,000 (Picture: ncjMedia  Ltd)

Shocking footage show dogs locked up and horrific condition. See SWNS story SWLEcruelty; Woman has been jailed and fined a staggering ?50,000 after being convicted of cruelty charges against more than 100 animals. Lynn Stoker (62) of Raw House Farm, Byrness, was sentenced at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington on Thursday. 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. However, she was found guilty following a four-day trial last month. The RSPCA made an application for more than ?290,000 in costs to be handed over by Stoker. The figure consisted of court costs, housing the animals and veterinary bills. Stoker was ordered to pay ?50,000 costs, as well as a victim surcharge of ?115, to be paid within 12 months.

The dogs had no fresh drinking water and many of them were disease ridden (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

‘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 Stoker had ‘not a shred of remorse’ and repeatedly denied any fault.

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

Stoker was led away in handcuffs after being handed a 21-week prison sentence.

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

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



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