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Suitcase trauma collies reunited

Thursday April 14th 2011

Nine collies have been reunited three years after being rescued from a cupboard in a house in East Sussex.

The dogs were discovered suffering from starvation, dehydration and suffocation in two suitcases in the house in Uckfield in 2008 after a concerned member of the public alerted the RSPCA.

Former owner Amanda Cheadle has since been jailed after admitting causing unnecessary suffering and neglect at Lewes Magistrates' Court. She was also handed a 20-week term and banned from keeping animals for life.

Now the dogs and puppies are on the mend and have attended a reunion at the RSPCA animal shelter in Patcham, near Brighton, East Sussex, with their new owners.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Bell, who found the dogs in 2008, said: "It's really good to see them all together again like this. The owners have done a brilliant job.

"They took on a daunting task but they have done really well."

Sue Townsend and her husband Neil rehomed the mothers of the two litters of puppies, Beth and Flo.

Mr Townsend said: "At first Flo, would start at every noise.

"She would jump if you sneezed. Gradually, she has got more comfortable with us and become less nervous, but she still dislikes traffic."

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