A man from Newham has admitted to keeping dogs and puppies in such poor conditions that one animal had to have part of its tail amputated.
Amarpal Singh, 32, of Banks Way, E12, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 at Willesden Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 13 December.
On Thursday, 9 November 2017 officers attended his home address and discovered 23 Alapaha Bulldogs living in squalid conditions. Of these, 16 were puppies.
Singh had previously been issued with an Improvement Notice in March 2015, when Newham Animal Welfare Services and officers from The Met found three dogs living in filthy conditions in his rear garden. The dogs were removed and Singh complied with the notice to clear up the area.
However, officers who went to the address last November found the dogs malnourished, underweight and living in a house with an overpowering smell of urine and faeces.
Police Constable Holly Hoare led the investigation. She said: "This investigation required a lot of persistence over the last 13 months by our team, including PC Marc Clancy from the Status Dog Unit.
“After seeing the conditions the dogs were living in, I wouldn’t want any dogs to be living in this way ever again.
"When we went to the address, the puppies were very quiet and unable to interact with us. A number of the dogs were showing signs of diarrhoea and there was little evidence of water or food.
"They were all living in extremely poor conditions, with excrement that had not be cleared up in a number of days. Some of the dogs were in cages that were too small for them and it was distressing to see them in such a poor state of health."
Singh was sentenced to a Community Order and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £85 and court costs of £1,275.
An order was also made under Section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to disqualify Singh from dealing in dogs, owning them, keeping them, participating in keeping them and from being party to an arrangement where he would be able to control or influence the way in which they are kept for a period of two years. No application for termination of the order may be made within the period of 18 months.