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Caerphilly council nabs couple of unlicensed dog breeders

A CAERPHILLY couple bred dogs without a proper license and advertised them for sale on social media.

Callum Pine and Megan Arundel appeared in Newport Magistrates Court for animal welfare offences.

They were caught breeding dogs without the authority of a license issued by Caerphilly County Borough Council, which away from court said reports of such offenses in the borough had ‘increased dramatically’ these last years.

The local authority said the couple, from Kingsley Place, Senghenydd, had ‘bred and sold puppies periodically over the years’ but the quantity has ‘increased significantly during the pandemic’.

“Evidence shows that between March 30, 2020 and March 30, 2021, Pine and Arundel owned 8 breeding female dogs, raising seven litters of six of the female dogs,” the council said.

The couple then announced the puppies through online retail platforms and social media platforms, primarily on Facebook and Instagram.

The council said the scale of the couple’s raising was “extremely high for such a short period”, but “the full extent of the couple’s income is not known”.

The total asking price for the puppies advertised between January 2020 and April 2021 is estimated by the council to be around £50,000.

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In court, Pine was fined £615, ordered to pay a surcharge of £61 and £1,000 for prosecution costs. Arundel was fined £200 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £34 and £1,000 for prosecution costs.

After the trial, Cllr Nigel George, Caerphilly CBC’s cabinet member for the protection of the public, urged anyone with information about possible unauthorized breeders to contact the council’s trading standards or licensing departments.

“Reports of unlicensed dog breeders have increased significantly over the past two years in the borough,” said Cllr George. “We are pleased with the outcome of the fines imposed on the two defendants and hope this will serve as a warning to other criminals who seek to profit from animals for profit.”

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