Cornwall

Dogs face destruction over Gunnislake prison sentence

Two dogs could be destroyed while their owner is in prison, in a situation which a judge in Cornwall has described as "dismal".

Bradley Sleep, 26, of Drakewalls, Gunnislake, was jailed for three years after he admitted producing cannabis.

The court heard Sleep's French mastiff and Rottweiler would be put down if no carer was found for them.

At Truro Crown Court, Judge Christopher Harvey said: "If anyone responds to the situation I for one will welcome it."

Barn fire discovery

He said: "It is a dismal prospect to think that if no-one comes forward to look after them they will be put down."

Sleep told the court his dogs, Rocco and Diesel, were likely to be destroyed because they were large, unpopular breeds and his parents could not care for them.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to producing cannabis after 127 plants, capable of producing about £35,000 worth of the drug, were found in his parents' barn which caught fire last April.

Sleep claimed it was for personal use and was "not a commercial operation".

Defending Sleep, Llewellyn Sellick said it was his client's first crop, there was no evidence of commercial activity and he was using it as a shield against the breakdown of his relationship.

But Judge Harvey said: "I have come to a firm conclusion that the production was to a large extent undertaken for commercial reasons."

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