Plymouth magistrates today ordered him to pay a total of £3,421 including £405 for each offence, £1,748 costs and a victim surcharge of £40.A compensation order of £823 was awarded to the purchasers of the puppy.This was misleading as the information was false – the puppy was not ready for rehoming on that date as it was too young to have a valid rabies vaccination.The puppy was sold with a Pet Passport that contained a false date of birth.Artur Zuchowicz of Kidwell, Carmarthenshire, sold a miss-described French Bulldog puppy to an unsuspecting Plymouth couple who saw his advert on Gumtree.The case, which was brought by Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards related to the fact that the advert failed to state that the defendant was a trader – a banned practice under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations – and that the puppy was ready for rehoming on 25 February 2016. After spending a few days trying to adjust to the fact that the handsome co-leader of my small group was seven years my junior, I had just realized that he was actually eight years younger!
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Puppies are not allowed to be imported into the UK under 15-weeks-old as the earliest age they can be given a rabies vaccination is 12-weeks-old.
A further three week period must elapse before they can enter the UK.
The dogs are accompanied by incomplete, false and forged documentation which lead buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK.” Dogs Trust has advice on how people can help tackle the illegal puppy trade and avoid an upsetting experience: If people are concerned about any puppy they have purchased (or know about) then they should report it to the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 ENDS Notes to editors Trading Standards can enforce animal health legislation and the regulations relating to rabies. For media enquiries: [email protected] or 01268 582240.
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