Pug who languished in a puppy farm finds forever home for Christmas | Nature | News

Phoebe the pug was rescued as she languished at a horrendous puppy farm where a dog dealer sold pets online.

As the trader was jailed this week for animal cruelty offences, Phoebe’s new family say she has fallen on her paws and become a cherished companion.

Phoebe was rescued days before Christmas a year ago during a joint RSPCA and police operation centred on a puppy farm in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Shocking video and photographs show the horrendous scenes that greeted officers when they moved in after receiving complaints from dog lovers who had bought puppies that had fallen ill.


Phoebe was discovered hunched in a white washing up bowl when she was rescued from a puppy farm

We found the dogs living in horrendous conditions in dark, dank and cold pens with no warm bedding or dry areas

Pippa Boyd

Besides finding three year old Phoebe hunched and miserable in a white washing up bowl, the rescuers also came across a crossbreed called Patsy in a rear garden outbuilding.

Speaking after the case, Inspector Pippa Boyd, who led the RSPCA’s investigation, said: “We found them living in horrendous conditions in dark, dank and cold pens with no warm bedding or dry areas off of the cold, hard floor. It was a completely inhumane environment to keep dogs.

“Thankfully, we got to them in time and removed them. They were incredibly itchy and Phoebe had serious breathing problems.

“Sadly, we were too late for some, including a little puppy whose body we found wrapped up in a plastic bag at the house.”


Phoebe has now found a forever home in Lancashire, and is taken on at least two walks a day

This week Rocky Knight, 36, was jailed by Bolton Magistrates for 16 weeks after admitting six animal welfare offences.

Inspector Boyd added: “We worked alongside police who executed three warrants at a number of properties in the Bolton area following eight complaints from…

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