Dog sitter bans keeping pets after “chronic neglect” of over 100 puppies


Kelly Latuskie, 48, did not get dogs treated for dental disease

Kelly Latuskie, 48, has not allowed dogs to be treated for dental disease, the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court has said.

She kept more animals for breeding and accommodated more in her dog day care than her licenses allowed, it was said.

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Latuskie was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £ 17,090 in costs and a surcharge.

The dogs were kept in squalid conditions

She admitted that four counts admitted four animal welfare offenses in an earlier hearing.

Carlisle City Council has been told she is raising more puppies than her license allows and caring for more dogs than the 30 allowed in her daycare business.

A search of official microchip databases revealed that she had registered and sold at least 117 Cavapoo and Cockapoo puppies between June 2019 and December 2020.

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

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.

Councilor 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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