12 malnourished dogs found locked in small cages in Cannock

Dogs found locked in cages in Cannock Dogs found locked in cages in Cannock
Image: Cannock Chase District Council

Environmental health officers recently carried out a raid on a property in Cannock and found 12 malnourished dogs living in cramped living conditions. 

A woman from Wolverhampton admitted to animal cruelty charges at Cannock Magistrates Court. 

The 12 dogs, who were locked in small cages, had no access to food or water. They had been given old blankets to use as bedding, which were covered in urine and faeces at the time of the raid. 

One dog was unable to stand upright due to the cage being too small. 

Concerns had been raised regarding illegal dog breeding and concern for animal welfare. 

Staffordshire Police, an RSPCA officer, a vet, a locksmith, and a dog warden were also involved in the raid. 

Elana Steel (28), from Wolverhampton, later pleaded guilty to 12 counts of failing to ensure animal welfare, which falls under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. 

Steel also pleaded guilty to one count of unnecessary suffering, which falls under Section 4 of the same Animal Welfare Act. 

Steel will appear in court on 1 August. 

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