A dog breeder subjected dogs to horrendous cruelty - depriving them of food and water - while also having the bodies of decomposing puppies at her home.

Police visited Julie Newcombe's house in Blaenau Gwent and found she was keeping 90 dogs in "disgusting conditions" contaminated by faeces and urine.

Newcombe's vile treatment of the dogs which included Dachshunds, Labradors and French Bulldogs was so extreme that RSCPA officials said it was "amongst the worst [they] had encountered in 20 years". Officers even found a dead dog in a van outside and a number of decomposing puppies outside. Newcombe denied one offence under the Animal Welfare Act but was found guilty of not ensuring the needs of the animals were met.

District judge Sophie Toms said she would struggle to forget the images shown during the trial which she labelled "disgusting." Newcombe, 42, has been banned from keeping dogs for five years.

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