A man and two women have been summoned under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 following illegal sales of puppies in the Bristol and Trowbridge area.
Summons were obtained by prosecutors at Animal Protection Services in July 2020. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic causing a backlog at the Magistrates Court, cases have been adjourned until at least October 2020.
These prosecutions by Animal Protection Services are resulting from a large-scale investigation into unlicensed breeding by the charity.
A spokesman for Animal Protection Services said: “These cases being prosecuted by our charity should send a clear warning to illegal breeders that enforcement activity will happen.
If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial prosecution costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of being disqualified from dealing in animals and a criminal conviction on your records. It is simply not worth it.”
The charity will release further details following the court hearings.
Animal Protection Services is a registered charity that investigates and prosecutes organised animal cruelty. We are an unusual charity in that we both investigate and prosecute our cases, using powers contained within section 6 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.
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