Pet-ban man had three dogs, seven puppies and four guinea pigs

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THREE dogs, seven puppies and four guinea pigs were found at the home of a man who is banned for life from owning animals.

Darren Peacock, 43, was given the lifetime ban in 1997 after starving a greyhound.

But he was found to have breached that order when RSPCA inspectors swooped on his home in Tenth Street, in Horden.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how the animals weren’t suffering, but still handed Peacock, said to have a “history of breaching court orders”, an 80-day prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £500. Peacock was again banned from keeping or owning animals for life and was sentenced to two years supervision and an alcohol treatment requirement.