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Ipswich pair charged in connection with discovery of 85 stolen dogs at site in West Meadows




Two people have been charged in connection with a police operation in Ipswich which saw more than 80 suspected stolen dogs recovered.

Officers discovered 85 dogs of various breeds and ages - in one of the biggest discoveries of stolen pets in the country - at West Meadows in Ipswich on Saturday, March 20, after which six people were arrested.

Today, a woman and a man answered their bail and were charged in connection with the discovery.

Police discovered the dogs at a site in West Meadows, Ipswich. Picture: Google
Police discovered the dogs at a site in West Meadows, Ipswich. Picture: Google

Maria Lee, 47, of West Meadows 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.

And Stacy Humphrys, 34, also of West Meadows, has been 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.

Both have been bailed and will appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court on Friday, July 23.

Some of the stolen dogs. Picture: Suffolk Police
Some of the stolen dogs. Picture: Suffolk Police

A 39-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman remain released under investigation pending further enquiries.

In April, police released pictures of 48 stolen dogs which were seized during the 10-hour operation as they attempted to reunite the pets with their owners.

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