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Dead puppy 'found in bag' during RSPCA Solihull inspection

Sean Kerr and Louise St John Poulton - archive image Image copyright PA
Image caption Sean Kerr and Louise St John Poulton have denied charges

A dead puppy was found in a bag in a van during an inspection of an alleged dog breeding farm, a court heard.

Puppies were also on floors coated with faeces and bedding soaked with urine when more than 30 animals were found at a West Midlands farm and stable block, a district judge was told.

The RSPCA investigated after police executed a warrant on 22 December 2015.

Sean Kerr, 52, and Louise St John Poulton, 42, of Pastures Farm, Coventry Road, Solihull, have denied charges.

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Mr Kerr and Ms Poulton deny seven counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs and five charges relating to improper animal welfare.

Dogs including bichon frises, chihuahuas, cockapoos and pugs were found at the site.

'Complete darkness'

Birmingham Magistrates' Court was shown a video filmed by RSPCA inspector Rick Maskell.

In one shot, Mr Maskell discovered the body of a puppy inside a plastic bag in the passenger footwell of a van.

Other footage showed four puppies being kept in "complete darkness".

The court heard Mr Kerr has previously admitted being involved in the sales of puppies, but he denies breeding the animals.

The trial of Ms Poulton was adjourned due to ill-health.

The case is expected to last up to three weeks.

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