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RSPCA finds 17 decomposing dogs, cats and rabbits in the dog breeder’s house

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A dog breeder has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after the RSPCA found the bodies of 17 decomposing dogs, cats and rabbits in his home.

In December 2019, RSPCA inspectors were called by police to Mark Blackburn’s property in Eccles, Salford, where they discovered the dead animals.

RSPCA Inspector Danni Jennings, who said she could smell dead bodies before entering the house, found rotten Akita dogs all over the house and three pugs in various stages of decomposition.

She also discovered a number of cardboard boxes containing dead rabbits and four dead cats – all of which appeared to have been left without food or water.

Mark Blackburn, 35, pleaded guilty to four animal welfare offenses in Manchester Magistrates’ Court on September 14.

He was given a 10-year ban from keeping animals and was also jailed for four months, with a six-month suspension for each violation. The sentences must run simultaneously.

RSPCA inspectors found the bodies of 17 decomposing dogs, cats and rabbits in Mark Blackburn’s home

Upon arrival at the property, in Eccles, Salford, the RSPCA found decomposed Akita dogs throughout the house and three pug-type dogs

Upon arrival at the property, in Eccles, Salford, the RSPCA found decomposed Akita dogs throughout the house and three pug-type dogs

Upon arrival at the property, Inspector Jennings said the kitchen still contained a rotten Akita and a cardboard box with a dead rabbit in it.

Two other dead rabbits were found in cardboard boxes in the hallway, again without food or water.

While searching upstairs, Inspector Jennings found another decomposed Akita in one bedroom and found the remains of four dead and decomposing cats in another.

Five live Akitas were also found at the property, but all were underweight and three had to be brought in because they were dehydrated.

Inspector Jennings said, “Before entering the premises, I noticed a distinct odor resembling corpses.

“In the living room, immediately off the hallway on the right, was a dead black adult rabbit in a wooden box. This box contained no food or water.

‘Under the window, behind a headboard of the bed, lay another dead, black, adult rabbit. In the center of this room was a decomposing, what looked like a pug.

“This dog appeared to have been snatched because part of its paws and face were missing and there was a heavy maggot infestation.

“In a dog crate at the back of this room were two more pugs. These too were in a state of dissolution. No food or water was visible in this chest.

‘In a room next to the kitchen was a filthy room.

Dead rabbits were found in cardboard boxes in the hallway, again without food or water

Dead rabbits were found in cardboard boxes in the hallway, again without food or water

The RSPCA found five live Akita dogs on the property, but all were underweight and three had to be IVs due to dehydration

The RSPCA found five live Akita dogs on the property, but all were underweight and three had to be IVs due to dehydration

Four of the Akitas have been returned to their owners and have been recovered, the RSPCA said

Four of the Akitas have been returned to their owners and have been recovered, the RSPCA said

“The conditions in this room were appalling. Dirty dog ​​crates with no bedding, food or water, three of which contain the rotten remains of Akita dogs.”

Four of the Akitas have been returned to their owners and have been recovered, the RSPCA said.

One was owned by Blackburn and was turned over to the RSCPCA to be relocated.

An expert veterinarian said the animals’ decomposition suggested they died from dehydration at different times, as there was no drinking water in the house.

He added: “Anyone would have suffered from the mechanisms of pain, headache, disorientation, intense thirst, weakness, fatigue, eventual collapse, organ failure and death for a period of at least five days, possibly longer.”

As a mitigating circumstance, the court heard that Blackburn was suffering from depression and anxiety.

In addition to the 10-year ban on keeping animals, Blackburn was also given a 12-month community service order, which included a 15-day rehabilitation and activity requirement, and was ordered to pay £900 in costs.

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