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Image caption Teresa Wade was given a 21 -month prison sentence suspended for two years.

A gang of puppy farmers which exchanged the thousands of dogs kept inside enclosures on a farm has been spared jail.

The group advertised the pets – which they sold to unsuspecting members of the community for an average of 450 – as “home-reared”.

They handled about 750 puppies within the framework of the “sophisticated enterprise” which was worth up to 500,000, a court heard.

Each gang member was given a suspended penitentiary convict at Basildon Crown Court.

Teresa Wade, 57, Victoria Montgomery, 54, her daughter Roxanne Montgomery, 33, and Tony Hammond, 34, were convicted in October.

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During sentencing, Judge David Owen-Jones discovered how the animals had been advertised online as being home-reared but were actually maintained in cages in dark sheds.

Three of the dogs croaked, four more were put to sleep and others lost serious health problems.

One of the dogs was “vomiting worms”, some of its hair fell out and it had blood in its faeces, special courts heard.

Media captionRSPCA footage of the caged puppies

Since their sentence, the court discover, Wade had been involved in a car accident while Victoria Montgomery was not present at the sentencing as she was in hospital.

Judge Owen-Jones said: “It is my view that immediate custody doorstep was overtaken but I cannot ignore the domestic and health issues.”

Wade, 57, of Ship Lane, Aveley, Essex, was sentenced to 21 months in prison suspended for two years.

Victoria Montgomery receives an 15 -month jail word suspended for two years. Both were curfews from 8p m to 7am monitored by electronic tag.

Roxanne Montgomery, 33, of Grafton Road, Dagenham, Essex, and Tony Hammond, 35, of Brunswick Avenue, Upminster, Essex, were both be subject to nine months of imprisonment suspended for two years.

They were ordered to complete 120 hours of payable work.

All four accuseds were ordered to pay 500 each in costs.

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Image caption Some of the animals were so sick they died shortly after arriving at their brand-new dwellings


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