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Annalise Cawley and her father Joseph Cawley Sr who were sentenced yesterday at Milton Keynes court for selling smuggling puppies.

Annalise Cawley and her father Joseph Cawley Sr who were sentenced yesterday at Milton Keynes court for selling smuggling puppies.

Joseph Cawley jr sentenced at Milton Keynes court for selling smuggling puppies.

Joseph Cawley jr sentenced at Milton Keynes court for selling smuggling puppies.

John Cawley sentenced at Milton Keynes court for his role in the smuggling of puppies.

John Cawley sentenced at Milton Keynes court for his role in the smuggling of puppies.

The dogs were kept in appalling conditions (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

The dogs were kept in appalling conditions (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

An international puppy smuggling ring has been jailed for a total of 18 years after a judge heard how they sold dying dogs to unsuspecting customers who were forced to spend thousands of pounds trying to save the lives of their animals. (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

An international puppy smuggling ring has been jailed for a total of 18 years after a judge heard how they sold dying dogs to unsuspecting customers who were forced to spend thousands of pounds trying to save the lives of their animals. (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

One of the smuggled puppies (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

One of the smuggled puppies (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

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Annalise Cawley and her father Joseph Cawley Sr who were sentenced yesterday at Milton Keynes court for selling smuggling puppies.

MEMBERS of an Irish puppy smuggling ring have been jailed in the UK for their part in a cruel £300k scam.

Several members of the Armagh-based Cawley family sold dying dogs to unsuspecting customers who were forced to spend thousands in veterinary fees to save their animals.

In some cases new owners found their pups falling sick before even getting home and some were so riddled with disease they could not survive.

Judge Francis Sheridan said: "You have all played your part in this disgusting trade and you preyed upon the kindness of British citizens."

Yesterday after a two-day sentencing hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court, Judge Sheridan said: "Not one of the defendants in this case should ever be given a licence to breed animals.

"The effects referred to in this case cannot be regarded by the public as anything other than utterly abhorrent.

"This is a trade in cruelty and misery for the animals and the human beings who sought to buy them. The protection of the public must be foremost in my mind.

"This is a massive industry and that is all it is, an industry of misery."

Judge Sheridan heard how the Cawleys, now from Milton Keynes, Bucks., used frontman Daniel Yeboah (45) to place adverts under false names before luring unsuspecting families into buying the smuggled puppies.

They had used their connections in Ireland to source dogs for the illicit trade.

At an earlier hearing, most of the defendants had admitted conspiring to dishonestly making false representations to make a gain for themselves while other charges included failing to fulfil the duty of a person responsible for an animal to ensure its welfare and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

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An international puppy smuggling ring has been jailed for a total of 18 years after a judge heard how they sold dying dogs to unsuspecting customers who were forced to spend thousands of pounds trying to save the lives of their animals. (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

An international puppy smuggling ring has been jailed for a total of 18 years after a judge heard how they sold dying dogs to unsuspecting customers who were forced to spend thousands of pounds trying to save the lives of their animals. (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

An international puppy smuggling ring has been jailed for a total of 18 years after a judge heard how they sold dying dogs to unsuspecting customers who were forced to spend thousands of pounds trying to save the lives of their animals. (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

In a victim impact statement, Kimberley Duffy, an innocent puppy buyer who had brought her Shih Tzu puppy Barnaby from the swindlers, told the court how the scam had affected her family.

She said: "When I went to see Barnaby and heard he was being bullied by another dog, I instantly decided to take him home. I then decided to surprise my partner at work with Barnaby on her lunch break and video her reaction.

"She was extremely excited and surprised he was an early Christmas present. When the children came home that evening, they too were extremely excited and we all bonded with him instantly."

However, the court heard that their dream puppy soon turned into a nightmare, as Barnaby became ill soon after he arrived home and after a visit to the vet, Ms Duffy and her partner ended up staying up through the night to feed him.

Ms Duffy explained what happened next: "Myself and my partner stayed up all night with Barnaby, giving hourly food, fluids and medication. By 4.30am we decided on one more dose and then allowed him to rest.

"Being exhausted ourselves we fell asleep. At 7.15am on Thursday, October 24, 2019 we were awoken by the traumatic cries of our 11-year-old son who had been into our room and found Barnaby no longer breathing.

"Myself and my partner tried in vain to revive him while our children looked on traumatised and heartbroken. At 7.34am we decided to stop trying. We both broke down in tears, absolutely devastated that our little fur baby hadn’t survived despite our desperate tireless efforts to do all we could."

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The dogs were kept in appalling conditions (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

The dogs were kept in appalling conditions (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

The dogs were kept in appalling conditions (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

The court heard that with vet bills and the price of buying Barnaby from the Cawley's the Duffy's lost more than £1,300.

Describing their emotions, Ms Duffy said: "We feel utter anger, frustration and are furious at the lies we were told by the seller, the sheer neglect and trauma Barnaby suffered at the hands of these vile people.

"The events that took place that morning, the screams and the devastation from our children and the loss and heartbreak will forever haunt us and is irreparable."

Front man Daniel Yeboah, of Avon House, Bletchley, and John Cawley (24) Newport Pagnell, Bucks., were jailed for three and-a-half years for their role in the smuggling.

Joseph Cawley Senior (44) and Margaret Cawley (46) from Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, who was described by Judge Sheridan as "at the heart of the conspiracy", were both jailed for three years and nine months

Michael Cawley (41), of Reeves Croft, Milton Keynes, who the court heard had gained more than £54,000 out of the scam, was jailed for two years and three months.

Austin Paice (34) of Whaddon Way, Bletchley, Bucks., was jailed for 13 months alongside another frontman for the operation John O'Brien (49) of Grangers Croft, Milton Keynes.

O'Brien's wife Wendy, aged 32 years, also of Grangers Croft, was told she only avoided jail because she needed to care for her children while her husband was in jail. She was instead handed a 12 weeks prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Mrs O'Brien will also be subject to a three-month curfew between 6pm and 5am and will have to pay £1,000 in compensation to the victims of the scam.

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John Cawley sentenced at Milton Keynes court for his role in the smuggling of puppies.

John Cawley sentenced at Milton Keynes court for his role in the smuggling of puppies.

John Cawley sentenced at Milton Keynes court for his role in the smuggling of puppies.

Rebecca Hall (30) of Shepherds Close, Newport Pagnell, who allowed her house to be used to sell puppies, was handed a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to pay £750 in compensation, which will be split between the victims of the fraud.

Mary Ward-Jackson (31) of Reeves Croft, Milton Keynes, the wife of Michael Cawley, was given three months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity days.

Joseph Cawley Junior, who was a youth at the time of offences, received a community order that would last for 24 months, including 150 hours of unpaid work and 30 rehabilitation activity days.

Annalise Cawley (22) of Newport Pagnell, Bucks., got 12 months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to do 20 rehabilitation activity days and 150 hours of unpaid work.

James Yeboah (43) of Avon House, Bletchley, was roped in by his brother Daniel to help care for the puppies and add legitimacy to the sales, the court heard. He was given nine months in prison, suspended for two years.

Judge Sheridan banned each of the 13 defendants from owning or controlling any animals for the next 10 years, except for Wendy O'Brien and Rebecca Hall, who were allowed to look after their existing family pets.

Judge Sheridan said he would do what he could to reimburse the victims of the scam. He said: "I will try to reimburse them so they can buy a puppy from a legitimate breeder if that is what they want to do.

"Some of them I suspect will never want an animal again because of the misery they have been through."

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One of the smuggled puppies (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

One of the smuggled puppies (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

One of the smuggled puppies (Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.)

The judge also warned consumers to take care when they bought dogs from the websites, which had been used to facilitate the sale of many of the scammers' puppies.

Judge Sheridan said he would do what he could to reimburse the victims of the scam. He said: "I will try to reimburse them so they can buy a puppy from a legitimate breeder if that is what they want to do.

"Some of them I suspect will never want an animal again because of the misery they have been through."

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