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Ipswich pair appear at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in connection with discovery of 83 stolen dogs in West Meadows




A man and woman have today appeared in court to face charges relating to the discovery of 83 stolen dogs in Ipswich earlier this year.

Stacy Humphrys and Maria Lee, both of West Meadows, where the dogs were found during a 10-hour operation on March 20, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court at 10am today charged with several offences which are in breach of the Animal Welfare Act.

Mr Humphrys, 34, is charged with two counts of breach of a disqualification imposed after conviction and one count of failure to be responsible for animals to ensure their welfare under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Suffolk Magistrates Courts in Ipswich. Picture: Mark Westley
Suffolk Magistrates Courts in Ipswich. Picture: Mark Westley

Miss Lee, 47, has been charged with five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, one count of failure to be responsible for animals to ensure their welfare under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and one count of aiding or abetting a breach of a disqualification imposed after conviction.

At the end of the 30-minute hearing, presiding magistrate Anne Walker adjourned the case for seven days.

Mr Humphreys and Miss Lee were both released on conditional bail and are due to return to the court on July 30.

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