Tuesday, July 21, 1998 Published at 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Top breeder charged over dog deaths
A Newfoundland dog at Crufts
Top dog breeder Phyllis Colgan has been charged in connection with the deaths of 10 of her Newfoundland show dogs.
The dogs were among 31 being transported between Suffolk and Derbyshire in a box van.
They died of heatstroke and eight more dogs had to be treated by a vet who was called to the motorway in May.
She has been charged with permitting unnecessary suffering and her son-in-law is charged with causing the dogs unnecessary suffering.
The maximum penalty for the crime would be a £5,000 fine or six months' imprisonment.
Both have been summoned to appear before Leicester Magistrates Court in August.
The RSPCA's figures indicate animal cruelty is on the rise in Britain. The number of convictions for animal cruelty in 1997 rose by 16%.