To the outside world they gave an air of respectability. She worked front of house, wooing would-be pet owners in her front room while, he worked in the back looking after the animals welfare.
In reality Janet Oxlade, 67, and Glen Hayes, 53, were keeping cats and dogs in horrific conditions in their garden, many forced to lie in their own faeces.
The abuse they meted out to pedigree dogs was only found out when a dachshund bought from them died on Christmas Day last year from a virus contracted at their puppy farm.
Crammed into rabbit hutches without enough food and water, they were found to have 38 dogs and 18 cats in freezing conditions.
They have both now appeared in court to answer for their crimes.
RSPCA spokesman Carroll Lamport said: The conditions were horrific, one vet said that the dogs were so matted their fur looked like armour.
Sadly, in some cases, peoples beloved new pet puppies had been so poorly that theyd died.
The house and garden were total mayhem but the living room – the only space prospective buyers were allowed access to – couldnt have been more different – a pristine and impeccably clean space.
Hayes was involved in the day-to-day care of these animals and should have known better than to keep them in such horrendous conditions.
Thankfully, we were able to save these lovely dogs and cats and they will all go on to lead much happier and healthier lives.
RSPCA inspector Cliff Harrison said: There was filth and mud everywhere and the dogs couldnt get out of the mud at all. The animals were smothered in faeces, they just didnt know where to go.
Its utterly disgraceful to keep animals in these conditions while [Oxlade] lived in a clean house.
Oxlades house was raided in January last year where inspectors found breeds including dachshunds, French bulldogs and shih tzus.
The pair had been monitored in the run up to Christmas after complaints from customers who visited their house in Bexleyheath, south east London.
The investigation cost the RSPCA £12,000.
Oxlade and Hayes were both given 20-week prison sentences suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in costs.
All of the animals have since been rehomed or are in foster care awaiting new homes.