Son of illegal puppy farm man blasts Bury Council for refusing him pet shop licence

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THE son of a man who ran an illegal puppy farm in Walshaw has hit out at Bury Council after he was refused a pet shop licence.

Neil Speakman had applied to Bury Council to sell dogs at Bentley Hall Farm, the site of an illegal puppy farm which was raided by the RSPCA last year.

In September, Neil’s father Jeffery Speakman and brother Richard Speakman were banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after pleading guilty to 11 animal cruelty offences.

A court heard dogs were being kept in cramped, overcrowded and dirty conditions with many thirsty, in pain and suffering from untreated medical conditions.

After a lengthy debate at Bury Council’s licensing committee meeting last Thursday, from which members of the press and public were barred, all 12 councillors voted against granting the licence.

Cllr David Jones, the committee’s chairman, said: “Mr Speakman gave a comprehensive account of his plans and details of how he would ensure the safety of the puppies on the farm.

“He also said his father would have nothing to do with the business, but we felt the licence was a tactic to get round the magistrates’ banning order his father incurred in September.

“The father lives on the farm with him, and part of the order bans him from participating in any arrangement to contribute to a business of selling puppies.

“By allowing another business to take place on the farm, he would be doing this inherently – so on this basis we had to refuse it.”

Councillors were not allowed to hear objections in the meeting but members of the committee received e-mails in their hundreds from animal campaigners from across the country.

In May, a joint RSPCA and Greater Manchester Police raid seized 137 dogs from Bentley Hall Farm because of concerns for their safety.

Neil Speakman was not involved in the case so had no legal ban from keeping dogs at the premises, and after the meeting said he had spent more than £6,000 on readying the farm for a new pet shop.

He said: “It was a disappointing outcome. I think their minds were made up before they even started.

“I’m not my dad and I’m not my brother.

“But I think public perceptions before the hearing swayed the decision – that is what needs changing.

“People need to see this is something completely diffe-rent.

“This would not have been a puppy farm, somewhere where they breed dogs on the premises for cash, but a pet shop, where no dog breeding was going to occur.

“I think the decision was inevitable. It felt like I was fighting a losing battle.”

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5:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

xBuryGirlx says...

You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies! xBuryGirlx

8:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Babbar Divino says...

"After a lengthy debate at Bury Council’s licensing committee meeting last Thursday".

Lengthy debate? Is this licensing committee speak for ROTFL?
"After a lengthy debate at Bury Council’s licensing committee meeting last Thursday". Lengthy debate? Is this licensing committee speak for ROTFL? Babbar Divino

3:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Mr. Marcus says...

The family of dog abusers want to want a licence to run a pet shop?
It is beyond belief.
The father and sons should be locked up for a decent time, not having the face to think they are law lawabiding.
They are not.
Bury Council-refuse an licence to this people.
The family of dog abusers want to want a licence to run a pet shop? It is beyond belief. The father and sons should be locked up for a decent time, not having the face to think they are law lawabiding. They are not. Bury Council-refuse an licence to this people. Mr. Marcus

7:21pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Alethkal69 says...

get over it mate !!!!!! your family are disgusting for doing what they did... and you really think you're going to get a pet shop license??????? ARE YOU FOR REAL??????? You may not have been convicted of the offence.. but i'm pretty **** sure you knew all about it and kept schtum !!!!! No one in your family should be aloowed near animals for the rest of your lives !!!!
get over it mate !!!!!! your family are disgusting for doing what they did... and you really think you're going to get a pet shop license??????? ARE YOU FOR REAL??????? You may not have been convicted of the offence.. but i'm pretty **** sure you knew all about it and kept schtum !!!!! No one in your family should be aloowed near animals for the rest of your lives !!!! Alethkal69

8:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

buckfeed17 says...

xBuryGirlx wrote:
You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)
[quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies![/p][/quote]I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :) buckfeed17

3:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

xBuryGirlx says...

buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote:
You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)
Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty!
[quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies![/p][/quote]I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)[/p][/quote]Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty! xBuryGirlx

10:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

dog trainer and fosterer says...

You are obviously some kind of cretin why would you want to run a pet shop what makes you think you would have made any money, if you were not selling puppies. Dogs are not about to become extinct anywhere in the world and therefore breeding them for monetary gain is morally wrong, and as you have individuals that have commited animal cruelty at the premises, what made you think you had any chance of being granted a license and why would you try
You are obviously some kind of cretin why would you want to run a pet shop what makes you think you would have made any money, if you were not selling puppies. Dogs are not about to become extinct anywhere in the world and therefore breeding them for monetary gain is morally wrong, and as you have individuals that have commited animal cruelty at the premises, what made you think you had any chance of being granted a license and why would you try dog trainer and fosterer

10:07am Wed 26 Feb 14

buckfeed17 says...

xBuryGirlx wrote:
buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)
Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty!
Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha
[quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies![/p][/quote]I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)[/p][/quote]Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty![/p][/quote]Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha buckfeed17

10:44pm Thu 27 Feb 14

xBuryGirlx says...

buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote:
buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)
Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty!
Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha
I once had a fight on a bus with a girl who was shaking a goldfish so we're in the same boat :)
[quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies![/p][/quote]I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)[/p][/quote]Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty![/p][/quote]Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha[/p][/quote]I once had a fight on a bus with a girl who was shaking a goldfish so we're in the same boat :) xBuryGirlx

8:52am Fri 28 Feb 14

buckfeed17 says...

xBuryGirlx wrote:
buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote:
buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)
Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty!
Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha
I once had a fight on a bus with a girl who was shaking a goldfish so we're in the same boat :)
We should patrol the streets looking for people who are cruel to animals. Who's going to be the brains and who's the brawn of the operation? ha
[quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies![/p][/quote]I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)[/p][/quote]Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty![/p][/quote]Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha[/p][/quote]I once had a fight on a bus with a girl who was shaking a goldfish so we're in the same boat :)[/p][/quote]We should patrol the streets looking for people who are cruel to animals. Who's going to be the brains and who's the brawn of the operation? ha buckfeed17

3:53pm Fri 28 Feb 14

xBuryGirlx says...

buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote:
buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote:
buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies!
I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)
Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty!
Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha
I once had a fight on a bus with a girl who was shaking a goldfish so we're in the same boat :)
We should patrol the streets looking for people who are cruel to animals. Who's going to be the brains and who's the brawn of the operation? ha
Haha I'll get stitching us a superhero outfit
[quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: You're an adult whose father and brother were doing a disgusting job of breeding puppies which you must have been aware of and turned a blind eye to. Obviously people will object to your plans. I'd love to put your Dad and brother in a cramped pen and make them whimper they're that thirsty and ill just like they did to other labrador puppies![/p][/quote]I tend to agree with a lot of your comments and most of all this one :)[/p][/quote]Thanks Buckfeed and same to you! Can't stand animal cruelty![/p][/quote]Same here. I once dragged 2 lads back to my house by their collars to apologise to my cat after they pushed her off the wall. I've since forgiven them but the cat still holds a grudge ha[/p][/quote]I once had a fight on a bus with a girl who was shaking a goldfish so we're in the same boat :)[/p][/quote]We should patrol the streets looking for people who are cruel to animals. Who's going to be the brains and who's the brawn of the operation? ha[/p][/quote]Haha I'll get stitching us a superhero outfit xBuryGirlx

8:48am Sat 1 Mar 14

buckfeed17 says...

I'll bring the cape n y fronts ha
I'll bring the cape n y fronts ha buckfeed17

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