Woman ordered to pay £9k for illegally breeding dogs in Lincolnshire
A woman who illegally bred dogs at her home in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has been ordered to pay £9,000 in fines and costs.
Mandy Goodwin, 43, of Surfleet Road, pleaded guilty to two charges under the provisions of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, at Spalding Magistrates' Court.
She was fined £2,000 on a first offence, given no separate penalty for a second and ordered to pay £7,000 in costs to South Holland District Council.
More than five litters were born at Mrs Goodwin's home between April 4, 2010, and March 16, 2011, contrary to Section 1 (89) of the Act.
She also pleaded guilty to selling a pug puppy for £595 to an SHDC licensing officer during a test purchase operation at her home.
Mrs Goodwin originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in October, but changed her plea before the start of her trial.
She bred eight litters during the period of the first offence and the pug puppy that was bought during the investigation has since been re-homed into a loving family.
The breeds of dogs within the litters included pugs, Dogue de Bordeaux and French bulldog, which can be sold for between £600 and £1,000 each.
Mrs Goodwin was twice offered the opportunity to apply for a dog breeding licence, but chose not to do so.
She advertised on the Epupz website under the alias Dave Smith at a different address, which was another property registered to her name.
Councillor Malcolm Chandler, South Holland District Council executive member for licensing, said: "We take animal welfare seriously and ensure that all breeders are following the necessary procedures and veterinary support for the animals they breed.
"This was a very complex and time-consuming case, requiring good investigative skills and evidence gathering by officers of the council.
"Mrs Goodwin was given every reasonable opportunity to apply for a licence and chose to ignore the guidance and the warnings given.
"The licensing requirements for dog breeders serve to protect not only the welfare of the animals but also to ensure that customers are receiving healthy, well-reared dogs."
"The vast majority of breeders carry out their business in a responsible manner. However, I hope that this case acts as a deterrent to those who choose to ignore licensing legislation."
Source: This is Lincolshire