A champion dog breeder has a ban imposed by the Kennel Club cut by the High Court

The High Court has reduced a Kennel Club ban on champion dog breeder, Phyllis Colgan, whose 10giant Newfoundlands died from heat exhaustion while being transported in a van in May 1998.

It ruled that a ban of five years was “disproportionate” and should be cut to three years in respect of registration and two years in relation to other canine activities.

This will mean she is entitled to get back to business immediately.

The Kennel Club says it is now “considering the judgement carefully in consultation with its legal advisers” to see if any further action is required.

The dogs died when temperatures in the back of the van reportedly reached 100 degrees F.

Phyllis Colgan and her son-in-law were said to have spent an hour pouring water and ice over the dogs before the RSPCA, a vet and the fire brigade arrived.

She wastransporting the dogs worth a total of £100,000 to Derbyshire.

Spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, Estelle Vincent, said: “If animals are being transported there needs to be a good airflow in the vehicle and they should never be left unattended at any time.

“During a journey dogs should be regularly checked, exercised and given sufficient water and toilet breaks.”