Dogs for sale after breeder's bankruptcy

You've heard about 101 Dalmations, but how about 200 Labradors?Labradors of every colour, from pups to full-grown dogs, are up for sale after a Norfolk dog breeder was declared bankrupt.

By EMMA KNIGHTS

You've heard about 101 dalmatians, but how about 200 labradors?

Labradors of every colour, from pups to full-grown dogs, are up for sale after a Norfolk dog breeder was declared bankrupt.

The pedigree pets normally fetch between £400 and £500. But these dogs are being sold for up to £350 and, in some cases, as little as £100.

Accountancy firm Baker Tilly is overseeing the sale of the dogs after Christina Cade was declared bankrupt. Miss Cade has been breeding dogs on land at her home in Woodgate Lane, Swanton Morley, near Dereham, for more than a decade.

A spokesman for Baker Tilly said: "We are very keen to find good homes for them. They are nice-looking dogs and very friendly."

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He said the firm initially wanted to sell as many dogs as it could. If some of the dogs could not be sold, Baker Tilly would ask Breckland Council to help rehome them.

Miss Cade, who is still caring for the animals, said they were selling well. Her priority was to ensure the welfare of the dogs and to make sure each one was properly matched up with a new owner.

A council spokesman said: "Breckland Council takes its animal welfare duties very seriously.

"We will continue to work with the trustee of bankruptcy and with animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA, to ensure the best homes are found for these dogs, and we will make regular visits with a vet to check on the dogs' welfare."

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said one of the charity's inspectors would be going to check on the dogs this week.

Miss Cade's dog-breeding business has been the focus of much controversy over the years, amid complaints from neighbours about disturbance from the kennels.

Last August, she was fined

more than £4,000 for running

the business without a licence.

Miss Cade was also convicted of 11 offences relating to dog breeding in February, 2005.

These included: failure to reduce the number of dogs to 120, continued use of sub-standard wooden buildings and failing to produce a water supply, drainage and heating in a new purpose-built building for the dogs.

As punishment she was given a two-year conditional discharge and banned from breeding dogs for a

year, although the ban was later revoked.

None of the offences involved cruelty, ill-treatment or neglect to

her dogs.

Yvonne Fickling, of Buttershall Gun Dogs, based at Thompson, near Watton, said that it sold labradors for between £400 and £500 but did not think the low prices of Miss Cade's dogs would pose a threat to reputable Kennel Club-registered breeders such as themselves.

Swanton Morley Parish Council

did not want to comment on the matter.

For more details on buying one of the dogs ring 01362 637784 after 7pm.