Burnley dog breeder fined

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A BURNLEY dog breeder has been fined after pleading guilty to keeping a breeding establishment for dogs without a licence.

Michael Tomlinson was fined £300 and ordered to pay £320 costs after appearing at Reedley Magistrates’ Court.

Burnley Council visited a livery yard and kennels owned by Tomlinson in November, 2011 where evidence of commercial breeding was found. Officers warned Tomlinson and offered him advice on the work that needed to be done to bring the facilities up to the standards required.

Council officers made a further visit to the premises in July, 2012 and found that unlicensed commercial breeding was continuing to take place. Officers found a total of 25 puppies, four litters in total and evidence that Tomlinson was advertising these for sale on various internet sites.

Licensing and compliance officer John Yardley said: “People who carry on a business of breeding dogs must be licensed so that regular checks can be made on the welfare of the animals and conditions they are kept in, which is paramount.

“Although the dogs and puppies in this case were well cared for, this is not always the case. The council is always willing to offer advice and guidance on these matters in order to ensure people are complying with the law.”