Combe Raleigh kennels closes more than a year after owner admitted being at fault for dog’s death

PUBLISHED: 13:49 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 30 October 2018

Barn Close Kennels in Combe Raleigh is closing down today. Inset image: Google

Barn Close Kennels in Combe Raleigh is closing down today. Inset image: Google


A Combe Raleigh kennels and cattery is closing down today - more than a year after its owner admitted being at fault for a pet dog’s death.

Barn Close Kennels hit the headlines in 2017 after owner Paul Sparks admitted a charge under the Animal Welfare Act and four breaches of his licence concerning the death of Archie, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua cross.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Sparks kept the body of Archie in his deep freeze after the dog was killed at the kennels.

He then lied to Archie’s owner by telling her the dog was at the vets, then had been cremated, before finally admitting it was in his deep freeze. He was ordered to pay £1,135 in fines and £3,000 costs.

However, JPs did not ban him from keeping animals or running his kennels.

The status of the kennels appears as ‘permanently closed’ on Google.

The reason for the kennels’ closure has been cited as the ‘owner’s decision’.

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