A Peterborough woman has been ordered to pay £1,500 after illegally offering imported puppies for sale from her home.
Renata Rimkiene (41) of Eyrescroft, Bretton, offered the two English bulldogs, one French bulldog and one pug for sale on the internet after importing them from Lithuania.
When the animals were discovered in December, they did not have the correct paperwork, and were to young to be sold.
Today (Wednesday) Rimkiene appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of being a trader engaged in a commercial practice which is a misleading omission and two counts of landing an animal with intent to evade rabies regulations.
She was given a £500 fine, and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a surcharge of £50.
Magistrate Blyth Snelling, sentencing, said labelled Rimkiene as ‘naive’ and said: “The rules are designed to protect the UK from rabies and other diseases.”
Prosecuting, Charles Snelling said: “The puppies were purchased for £700, and offered online for £1350.
“Trading standards visited the home after being told about what was happening by the RSPCA.
“When trading standards visited the home, there were no pet passports for the dogs.
“When the passports were eventually supplied, they did not match the dogs in question.”
Oliver Barrett, defending, said the couriers who brought the dogs from Europe had given her the wrong documents.
He said: “She has entered a guilty plea.
“She works as a self employed cleaner around building sites. Her work can dry up in the winter, and she ws looking to make a bot more money.
“She accepts it was her responsibility to have the right paperwork.”
The court heard there were no concerns about the treatment of the animals in Rimkiene’s care.
Donna Hall, Public Protection Manager at Peterborough City Council, said: “The practice of illegally importing animals not only increases the risk of spreading disease to the UK, but it also raises serious welfare concerns for the animals.
“This case highlights some of the unsavoury practices that currently exist within the industry and anyone thinking of buying a puppy should always be cautious and follow some basic precautions if doing so.”