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Puppy farmers who kept sick dogs in cages to be sentenced

The dogs were kept in cages in dark sheds at a travellers' site. Credit: RSPCA

A puppy farm gang from Essex is due to be sentenced over the fraudulent sale of dogs bred in poor conditions.

The dogs were advertised online as being home-reared, but were actually kept in cages in dark sheds at an Essex travellers' site, with some dying and others suffering serious health problems.

Three women and a man admitted fraud at an earlier hearing at Basildon Crown Court.

Teresa Wade, 57, Roxanne Montgomery, 33, Tony Hammond, 35, and Victoria Montgomery, 55, are due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Some of the dogs were dying and others were suffering serious health problems. Credit: RSPCA