A Hoyland woman has been fined £3,000 for breeding three litters of puppies without a license, following an investigation by Barnsley Council’s Animal Health team.
Lynn Everett, 65, of Eaden Crescent, Hoyland, pleaded guilty to breeding three litters of puppies within a 12-month period without a licence, at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on July 7.
The court heard that Everett had been a breeder for 20 years, and there were no welfare issues that had been raised concerning the breeding of the puppies.
However, a change in regulations, which Everett had not made herself aware of, led to the prosecution under the animal welfare act 2006.
Everett was was fined a sum of £3,000, and also had to pay costs of £938 as well as a victim’s surcharge of £181, with the total of £4,119.
Julia Burrows, director of public health for Barnsley Council, said: “During the pandemic we have seen a rise in the number of unlicensed dog breeders. Anyone operating a business selling puppies for profit, when this involves the sale of more than two litters of puppies in any 12-month period, must hold a licence with us.
“These licences are important to make sure dog welfare standards are met. This prosecution sends a clear message that any breeders attempting to sell puppies without a licence will face legal action.”
If you want to check whether a Barnsley breeder is licenced, contact [email protected].