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Woman given ban for dog cruelty

An unlicensed breeder who kept Rottweilers and boxers in dreadful conditions at her home has been banned from keeping dogs for three years.

Deborah Sims from Hailsham, was also given a 12 month supervision order with 160 hours of unpaid work.

The 43 year-old was convicted of seven counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the animals following a trial in October at Hastings Magistrates' Court. The court heard the dogs had painful wounds and were surrounded by faeces.

RSPCA inspectors said the wounds were a result of the animals having their tails docked.

One 12 week-old puppy had an eye protruding from its head and four had been kept in complete darkness in her garage, the RSPCA said.

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