Dog breeder banned from keeping animals after neglecting 117 puppies


A dog breeder has been banned from working with or keeping animals after admitting to “chronic neglect” of at least 117 puppies she was caring for.

Kelly Latuskie, 48, has made dogs suffer by not providing them with the proper treatment for dental disease.

Latuskie also took in more dogs than his license allowed, leading to overcrowding, the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court said.

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She was then sentenced to 16 weeks in prison on 6 October, suspended for 18 months, along with a £ 17,090 fee and surcharge, reports WalesOnline.

Council officers were told that she was raising more puppies than she was allowed to do, and that she was looking after more dogs than the maximum of 30 allowed in her daycare business.

Subsequent search of microchip databases revealed that she had registered and sold at least 117 Cavapoo and Cockerpoo puppies over a period between June 2019 and December 2020.

She was only allowed to have one litter at a time.

She was responsible for the neglect of at least 117 puppies

When asked, she did not report this number, so a warrant was obtained from the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court to search her home.

Staff had to look after more than the recommended 10 dogs each, sometimes up to 30.

Officials who visited her home in December found 22 dogs in “gruesome filthy conditions,” the council said.

There were two stallions and 20 breeding bitches, although his license only allows four.

Many had ear infections and dental illnesses and a board-appointed veterinarian said they “were chronically neglected” and their health was deteriorating, the authority said.

Latuskie’s inadequate transportation and housing controls resulted in the deaths of five dogs by other dogs, he said.

He is prohibited from owning, keeping, selling or transporting animals and from working in a business involving animals.

She cannot appeal to have the ban lifted for three years.

And he is prohibited for life from applying for a municipal license to operate a business involving animals.

Cllr Gareth Ellis, Deputy Head of Carlisle City Council, said: “Our officers conducted a thorough investigation and their exceptional diligence and hard work resulted in a successful lawsuit.

“We take our licensing responsibilities very seriously and urge anyone who holds a license to comply with the law. This case highlights serious animal welfare issues.

“These animals deserve to be treated fairly and should not be subjected to any form of neglect.”

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