Five in court over dog breeding raids near Lincoln

Five people have appeared in court following an investigation into a Lincolnshire dog breeding business.

The charges relate to a period last year at The Dairies, The Clays in Brant Broughton.

They have been brought forward by the RSPCA following a raid in November last year.

As a result of the operation, 94 dogs were taken from the premises into the care of the RSPCA and the breeders were given a winding-up order on October 22 to close down.

Three women and two men deny a string of charges including an allegation relating to 84 dogs.

They are:

  • Amy Allen, 36, of Jericho Road, Balderton
  • Bridgett Donna Dickens, 56, of The Dairies, The Clays, Brant Broughton
  • Peter William Dickens, 61, of Arch House, The Dairies, The Clays, Brant Broughton
  • Edward Robert Swindells, 44, of Arch Cottage, The Dairies, The Clays in Brant Broughton
  • June Marie Swindells, 77.

All five defendants today appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court for a case management hearing.

District Judge Peter Veits adjourned the case for a further pre-trial hearing on January 16 next year

The trial is expected to last at least four weeks and the date will be fixed at the next hearing.