Couple spared jail for risking return of rabies in puppy-smuggling scandal

A couple who risked spreading rabies in Britain by importing thousands of potentially sick street dogs to sell as pets have been spared jail. Kennel owners Jodie Fairbrother, 40, and husband Paul, 50, took in 4,600 street dogs – many of which had not undergone the necessary medical checks – from Romania. Shocking footage taken as part of an undercover RSPCA probe into their business 4Paws showed scores of animals being kept in cramped, filthy kennels and cages with no access to food or water.


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