A real-life Cruella de Vil: Cartoon look-alike and her husband admit plot to steal 11 stolen spaniels in raid on dog breeder

Mail Online | 6/8/2018 | Lara Keay For Mailonline
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A couple have been sentenced for handling 11 stolen Cavalier King Charles Spaniels after they were taken from their breeder in a 'devastating' raid.

Bridget Darling, 40, and her husband Barry, 51, were handed 16 and 12-month suspended prison sentences at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday.

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They admitted handling stolen goods after 15 of the spaniels went missing in a raid on commercial breeder Madeline Cowling's home in September 2015.

Eleven of them were found at the Darlings' home, but four others were never found. Among the hounds was a pregnant female.

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The pensioner told the court of how she was forced to start her business in Middle Rasen from scratch.

She said: 'We are just King Charles Cavalier crazy, we've never known life without them - it has just destroyed us.'...
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