18th April 2024

Unlicensed dog breeders sentenced

A husband and wife who illegally bred dogs from their home have been sentenced following action by Caerphilly Trading Standards.


By JTS Staff
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A couple who operated an unlicensed dog breeding operation from their home and failed to provide sufficient water and living space to the animals in their care have been sentenced following an investigation by Caerphilly Trading Standards.

Colin Williams (46) and Ruth Williams (51) of Glanddu Road, Fleur de Lis, were jointly sentenced at Newport Magistrates Court for unlicensed dog breeding and Animal Welfare Act 2006 offences, as well as offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Colin Williams, who formerly ran a business trading as Valley Ultrasound and Microchipping, was also sentenced for offences under The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Wales) Order 2007.

Colin Williams was jailed for 16 weeks, disqualified from owning, keeping and transporting all animals indefinitely and ordered to pay half the prosecution costs of £5,945.44 plus a £154 victim surcharge.

Ruth Williams received an eight-week suspended sentence, and was disqualified from owning, keeping and transporting all animals for 10 years. She was also ordered to pay half the prosecution costs of £5,945.44 and a £154 victim surcharge.

Dogs were found in cramped conditions with insufficient water (image credit: Caerphilly Trading Standards)

Accompanied by officers from Gwent Police, a veterinary surgeon and colleagues from neighbouring authorities, the Caerphilly Council Trading Standards team executed a number of warrants in June 2023 at the Williams’s home.

They found three French Bulldogs, two British Bulldogs and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels severely confined in pens in one room with no access to water. Another pen which housed two dogs was found in an alcove under the stairs. The cramped conditions provided insufficient space, the animals had no stimulation, and were unable to exhibit normal behaviour.

All nine dogs were found to have conditions including skin and eye diseases which caused them unnecessary suffering, and were removed on certification of the vet.

Lyndsey Smith, Rescue and Adoption Manager at Hope Rescue Centre, which the dogs were removed to, said: “We were pleased to be able to support the local authority by caring for the dogs until their case was resolved. Many of the dogs arrived with health issues so we were shocked to hear they were still being bred from.

“Amongst the group of dogs were a very nervous duo of cavalier bitches. They moved out to foster care together and developed such a lovely relationship, we just had to find them a home where they could stay together.

“It was a lot to find an adopter who would not only take on two dogs together but also to take on two dogs with ongoing health issues, but we were so pleased when a lovely adopter came forward. Both girls are now doing well in their new home.”

Councillor Philippa Leonard, Caerphilly Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “Unlicensed dog breeding is a serious matter and it is hoped that the outcome of this case will serve as a strong deterrent to those who operate in this manner. Unlicensed dog breeding and high standards of animal welfare are a priority for the authority. Anyone who breeds dogs without a licence and causes them unnecessary suffering risks investigation and ultimately prosecution.”

One response to “Unlicensed dog breeders sentenced”

  1. Gary Pugh says:

    And people still buy their pups from unlicensed breeders, often with no health checks done on the parents before breeding.

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