Couple jailed after breaching pet order

Dog found at home of Peter and Shirley Chapman 2012
Dog found at home of Peter and Shirley Chapman 2012
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A couple have been handed jail terms after breaching a court order banning them from having pets.

Police carried out a search at the Ilkeston home of Peter and Shirley Chapman and found two dogs and a cat at the address.

The pair, of Oliver Road, Ilkeston, had previously been jailed for 12 weeks and banned for life from keeping animals after pleading guilty to seven animal cruelty charges in June 2012.

When RSPCA inspectors visited the pair’s home in 2012 they found it was in a state of ‘complete squalor’ and the couple had 20 cocker spaniels and a cat.

The couple who said they were breeders were found guilty of failing to meet the welfare needs of animals and five counts of causing unnecessary suffering.

The dogs were found to have a range of ailments including mastitis, ear mites and worms. Two puppies had diarrhoea.

They were arrested on suspicion of breaching an animal disqualification order after the animals were found during the police search on October 15.

Peter Chapman, 55, and Shirley Chapman, 53, admitted breaching the banning order at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday November 18.

They have both been sentenced to 13 weeks in prison.

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood teams in the area carried out the warrant under the Animal Welfare Act.

The animals were taken by RSPCA volunteers to be checked and will be rehomed.