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Bankrupt breeder sells entire kennel

A NORFOLK-BASED breeder is selling off her entire kennel of Labradors after being declared bankrupt. The pedigree pets normally fetch between £400 and £500. But these dogs are being sold at knock-down prices, such as £350 and, in some cases, as little as £100.

Accountancy firm Baker Tilly is overseeing the sale of the dogs after Christina Cade was declared bankrupt. Miss Cade has been breeding dogs on land at her home in Woodgate Lane, Swanton Morley, near Dereham, for more than a decade.

A spokesman for Baker Tilly said: ‘We are very keen to find good homes for them. They are nice-looking dogs and very friendly.’

He said the firm initially wanted to sell as many dogs as it could. If some of the dogs could not be sold, Baker Tilly would ask Breckland Council to help rehome them.

Miss Cade, who is still caring for the animals, said they were selling well. Her priority was to ensure the welfare of the dogs and to make sure each one was properly matched up with a new owner.

Controversy

A council spokesman said: ‘Breckland Council takes its animal welfare duties very seriously.
‘We will continue to work with the trustee of bankruptcy and with animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA, to ensure the best homes are found for these dogs, and we will make regular visits with a vet to check on the dogs' welfare.’

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said one of the charity's inspectors would be going to check on the dogs each week until they were sold.

Miss Cade's dog-breeding business has been the focus of much controversy over the years, amid complaints from neighbours about disturbance from the kennels.

Last August, she was fined more than £4,000 for running the business without a licence. Miss Cade was also convicted of 11 offences relating to dog breeding in February 2005.

These included: failure to reduce the number of dogs to 120, continued use of sub-standard wooden buildings and failing to produce a water supply, drainage and heating in a new purpose-built building for the dogs.

As punishment she was given a two-year conditional discharge and banned from breeding dogs for a year, although the ban was later revoked.

None of the offences involved cruelty, ill treatment or neglect to her dogs, although to reduce the numbers, several of the younger dogs were rehomed on Miss Cade’s behalf by the RSPCA. Thousands of people flooded a special RSPCA hotline set up to offer the dogs new homes.
Swanton Morley Parish Council declined to comment on the matter.

Miss Cade told OUR DOGS earlier this week: ‘Of course I’m very sad that things have come to this, but I am not letting my dogs down. I am making sure that each and every one of them gets a good new home, where they will be loved and cared for properly.’