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Suffolk Police announced that 43-years-old JUSTIN DYER (pictured), was sentenced in relation to the neglect and cruelty of dogs in the town of Sudbury.
On Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Ipswich Magistrates Court, DYER was ridiculously sentenced to twenty-six weeks in jail. In a news release police said that DYER was also given an additional six-month jail sentence after breaching a suspended sentence for possession of a machete following an offence in 2021. This will run consecutively to the twenty-six-week sentence and it equates to a year in custody.
Alongside his custodial sentence, DYER also received a 15-year ban on owning, keeping, or having anything to do with looking after animals and he was ordered to pay around £6,200 ($7,103) in restitution.
DYER was convicted in his absence on October 26, 2022, after failing to appear before court for seven counts of animal neglect and cruelty, and one count of breeding and selling dogs without a license.
DYER was taken into custody on a warrant in London, on the night of Friday, November 4, 2022.
Officials discovered the dogs, who were being kept in abject squalor, on February 10, 2022, at a property on Talbot Road in Sudbury.
Police said the dogs were American Bulldogs mix breed and Shar Pei. Officials removed eight dogs, including one American Bulldog mix puppy and one Shar Pei puppy.
Sgt Brian Calver of Suffolk Police’s Rural and Wildlife Crime team said: “This was a particularly unpleasant case, where a number of dogs were kept in the most appalling conditions, purely for selfish financial gain, with no consideration for their welfare. Dyer has shown no remorse and I hope he reflects upon the harm he’s caused whilst he serves his term of imprisonment.”
I believe that when it comes to sentences related to animal cruelty cases, the UK has A LOT to learn from the U.S. judicial system!
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