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Devon animal charity boss cleared of cruelty charges

Stuart Ford
Image caption Stuart Ford denied all 10 animal cruelty charges and has been cleared by Exeter Magistrates' Court

A charity boss who was accused of animal cruelty has been cleared of all charges.

Stuart Ford, 54, who runs the Society for the Protection and Rehoming of Animals (SPRA) in Torrington, Devon, was alleged to have suspended dogs off the ground from their necks with a leash.

He denied all 10 animal cruelty charges and was cleared at Exeter Magistrates' Court.

He founded the charity in October 2000.

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