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Animal 'house of horrors' sparks new Bill

CREWE'S 'house of horrors' tragedy has sparked a bill for tougher laws on animal sanctuaries.

CREWE'S 'house of horrors' tragedy has sparked a bill for tougher laws on animal sanctuaries.

The Bill follows the town's appalling case of animal cruelty where more than 140 animals perished at the hands of Crewe Animal Rescue owner Ann Stott.

Should it become law, sanctuaries will be inspected regularly by vets or local authorities and have to meet rules to qualify for a one-year licence.

The Animal Sanctuaries Licencing Bill, brought by MP Ian Cawsey, is designed to stop a repeat of the Stott situation.

But animal sanctuaries in Crewe and Nantwich claim they will be wiped out if a new law is passed in Parliament.

Animal rescuers claim that small sanctuaries will be unable to afford the costs of meeting new regulations.

The Stott case horrified the people of Crewe as it emerged that Crewe Animal Rescue was, in fact, a pet cemetery.

RSPCA officers raided Stott's premises, unearthing animal corpses stuffed in drawers and cupboards. She admitted causing the death of 148 pets, which all perished through starvation and neglect.

She walked free from Styal Prison after serving two months for her crimes.

The case, which the RSPCA branded the worst in its history, heralded calls for tighter controls on private sanctuaries.

But Alan Fairhurst, who runs Wistaston Cat Refuge, fears the proposals will only increase the number of suffering animals.

He said: 'Not many people know that the Bill even exists and yet if it passes the second reading in January, it could be law by June.

'But the fact is that this will leave thousands of animals on the streets.

'The RSPCA are not really a rescue organisation. By their own admission, they do not take in animals that need shelter. They only take in victims of cruelty or neglect.

'It is small organisations like ourselves who take in abandoned pets and animals and it is precisely these groups which will suffer.

'There is no way we will be able to meet health and safety regulations, keep accurate records or meet licence fees.

'We will have no choice but to close.'


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