A couple who kept 20 dogs in “horrific conditions” at a filthy Derbyshire home have both been jailed for 12 weeks.

A couple who kept 20 dogs in “horrific conditions” at a filthy Derbyshire home have both been jailed for 12 weeks.

Kitchen at Chapman's Derbyshire homeWheelchair user Peter Chapman, 53, and his 51 year-old wife Shirley were also hit with a lifetime ban on keeping animals after pleading guilty to seven charges of animal cruelty at Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

RSPCA, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire Police raided the Chapman’s home in Tamworth Road, Long Eaton in January, where they rescued 20 dogs and a cat.

John Sutcliffe from the RSPCA told magistrates that some of the dogs were suffering from ear mites, worms and mastitis.

The court also heard how the dogs were given the run of the house, with floors and carpets covered in excrement. The court heard dogs were left to breed uncontrollably in the filth.

One of the rescued dogs from the Chapman's homeMr Sutcliffe said: “In cases of keeping animals in poor conditions, this is about as serious as it gets.”

When questioned, Shirley Chapman said she had kept pets for 30 years and bred them since 1994. The court heard cocker spaniels were being sold for £350 each.

Andrew Colby, for the pair, told the court: “This is a sad case, not a cruel case. The house was inappropriate accommodation for dogs and was probably unfit for human habitation.

“It comes down to whether they could care for that many dogs. It is clear they could not.”

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