Dealers have pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with the breeding and selling of sick and dying puppies.
Teresa Wade of Ship Lane, Aveley, in Essex, pleaded guilty to one offence of conspiracy to commit fraud at Basildon Crown Court.
Victoria Montgomery of Melford Avenue, Barking, in London, changed her plea to guilty part-way through the four-week trial.
Her daughter, Roxanne Montgomery of Grafton Road, Dagenham and her partner Tony Hammond of Brunswick Court, Upminster, had already pleaded guilty to the same offence - of making false representations as to the condition of puppies being sold, intending to make a gain.
The RSPCA launched an investigation into these puppy dealers after receiving dozens of calls from members of the public complaining about buying sick and dying puppies.
Undercover investigations for the animal welfare charity found that two houses were being used as front addresses to sell the dogs from, while they were transported there from a travellers’ site.
RSPCA inspector Carroll Lamport, who led the investigation, said: “We received lots of complaints from members of the public who had bought puppies which were really poorly.
“Following some investigations, we found out that this network of puppy breeders and dealers were using front addresses to sell the dogs from, making out that they’d come from loving, family homes.
“The reality was far from that. These dogs were being bred and kept at a travellers’ site in Aveley, until it came time to advertise them online and sell them to unsuspecting members of the public when they were moved to these staged home environments. Sentencing will take place in December.
Police officers are trying to find the owners of a Jack Russell terrier which was found in the back of a van in Eastbourne.
The Jack Russell is a female and aged about 7. She has not been microchipped and there was nothing else to identify her. She is currently safely in kennels.
Sussex Police also recovered a microchipped Yorkshire Terrier which had been stolen in a burglary in Dorset.
The Yorkshire Terrier has been re-united with its owners, but they have not linked the Jack Russell with any recent offences.
Police are anyone who thinks she may belong to them to get in contact.
The RSPCA is calling on the Government to revise the - Dangerous Dogs Act to stop what it calls the "needless death" of hundreds of animals.
The campaign follows dozens of cases in Kent and Sussex where dogs have been put down - sometimes as puppies - not because they pose any danger but because of their breed or appearance.
The RSPCA says the law is failing to keep people safe and means it is forced to destroy animals due to failing legislation. Sarah Saunders has the story.
Dog owners across the region are being warned of the rise of a potentially deadly disease for their pets.
Vets are being asked to report if they treat a dog with suspected Alabama Rot to help with studies to find a cure.
In the New Forest there have been 17 cases of the disease.
Now, we often say that dogs are man's best friend, but are we good friends to them? According to the PDSA, many of us aren't even taking care of the basics, like feeding our pets properly and looking after their teeth. Well this month the veterinary charity has been out on the road giving pets in the Medway towns a free MOT. Andrea Thomas spoke to some dog lovers and veterinary nurse Lorraine Everard.
Thousands of dog owners across the region are at risk of breaking the law - and being handed a fine of up to five hundred pounds - unless they get their pets microchipped over the next week.
New legislation comes into force on the 6th of April requiring all dogs to be chipped - although it is estimated that one in six owners still haven't yet complied. Matt Price reports.
The interviewees are: Derek Hall, an animal welfare officer and Helen Wilkes who works at a dog rescue centre.
The Government has issued guidance on microchipping dogs and who you can go to to get it done.
Harper, just 11 weeks old, has started work at Sussex Police. In about 12 months' time she'll become a key asset to officers across both Sussex and Surrey.
The sable German shepherd has been introduced as a general purpose dog, designed to track, chase and detain suspects, search for stolen property and missing people, and assist public order units with crowd control.
Harper was among a litter of four puppies, all of which will go through the same process as her in a bid to become general purpose police dogs.
Harper is still very young and she's certainly keeping her foster family on their toes. But all going to plan, she will be issued to a handler in December, before going on a full training course in January.
A rescue dog from Kent has now repaid the favour to his owners - by saving one of their lives.
When his owner, Iain, fell unconscious in a park, Dexter the terrier drew the attention of another dogwalker by barking and running around.
Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Iain and his wife Jane, and Michelle Bevan from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.
A man who thought his puppy had been lost forever has been reunited with her a year after she was stolen from his home in Devon.
Zulu, a female brindle lurcher was just 15 weeks old when thieves broke down a fence and stole her from her owner Danny Allan's garden.
She was found at Swanmore College in Hampshire on October 13th 2015 and taken to a vet who called Winchester City Council's Animal Welfare Service that same day.
“Zulu was microchipped, but was registered to a Devon address. I left a message on the telephone number given to say that we had found the dog.
Some people pass dogs on and forget to update the microchip database so, as it was so far away, I wasn’t optimistic that we would locate the owner. “
However, Danny Allan, who now lives in Wiltshire called the next day and collected her. Senior Animal Welfare Officer Dave Griffiths said the reunion was a wonderful outcome, and showed the value of microchipping pets as a deterrent to thieves.
From April 2016 all dogs will need to microchipped by law. Details on the microchip database also need to be updated.