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Guns Returned Before Puppy Farm Shootings
Police returned a number of shotguns to the owner of a puppy farm seven months before a mother and daughter were shot dead there, it has emerged.
The man, named in reports as dog breeder John Lowe, 82, is suspected of killed the two women and four dogs at Keepers Cottage Stud in Farnham, Surrey.
A police spokesman said: "In May 2013 a shotgun licence and a number of licensed shotguns were seized from the address, however the licence and guns were returned in July 2013.
"We are in the process of establishing if one of these licensed guns was the firearm recovered on Sunday.
"Surrey Police is reviewing the return of the licence to ensure compliance with Home Office guidelines and has referred this matter to the IPCC (the Independent Police Complaints Commission)."
Armed police were called to the property at 10am on Sunday where the body of one woman was found inside.
The other woman was found dead outside near animal pens.
The victims were named as Christine Lee, 66, and her 40-year-old daughter, Lucy.
Post-mortem examinations showed they died from gunshot wounds.
A long-barrelled firearm was recovered from the scene.
Three German shepherds and a labrador were also shot dead.
The RSPCA removed the dogs' bodies and rescued a large number of other animals from the property.
A spokesman for the charity said: "We have already removed one cat and 10 dogs, including a number of puppies, from the property. These include chihuahuas, pomeranians, shih tzus and an Old English sheepdog-type.
"Today we will be removing a small number of exotic birds from the property. At present our staff are caring for a large number of chickens at the property and we have bought in our specialist equine workers to ensure the health and welfare of four horses.
"We are currently working with other agencies to make arrangements for their long-term care."
The RSPA confirmed it made a number of visits to the property over the past few years.
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