Three dog breeders have been jailed for keeping animals in appalling conditions and burying two puppies alive.
Shocked police and RSPCA officers discovered the tiny animals fighting for life after being freshly buried in the back garden of the home of James and Lorraine Perks
in Tamworth, Staffs, last year.
The helpless Jack Russell puppies were alive when they were pulled from the dirt, but their condition was so bad they had to be put down soon after.
A video of the grim discovery shows the puppies crying as they are unearthed from the dirt 'grave'
Today at Burton Magistrates' Court James Perks, 74, his wife Lorraine, 49, and Jenkins, 35, were all sentenced to 25 weeks in prison - the maximum punishment the court could allow.
Each faced 10 charges of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act from causing unnecessary suffering to failure to protect the needs of the dogs.
Animals were kept in rabbit hutch-like cages and were locked away for 23 hours at a time.
Shockingly one hutch housed four adult terrier dogs, another a Staffordshire bull terrier and her four pups with a further two hutches both containing one adult dog each.
'They were in the back garden and drawn to an area where land had been turned over, one officer saw something moving and it was a puppy.
'It was crying but still had the strength to nip her, then there was another puppy, he too was alive, just.
'All these three defendants knew the puppies were alive before they were buried.'
Magistrate Peter Rolfe said: 'I am sentencing you each to 25 weeks in prison, this is the maximum sentence of our powers, if we could send you to prison for longer we would do.
'If we could have we would have jailed them for far longer - they are all equally to blame because they were all residing at the same address.
'We did not consider a ban on them keeping dogs in future was enough and have given them a life ban from keeping any animal at all.'
James and Lorraine Perks along with Stephen Jenkins were given an order meaning any animals in the care must now be given over to the RSPCA.