Man banned from having pets after dogs found in dark cages | United Kingdom | New
Jamie Phillips, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday June 30, after previously pleading guilty to breeding and selling animals without a license over a two-year period.
The court has already heard how in July 2021, following reports of such activity, Plymouth City Council, police and the RSPCA executed a warrant at an address Phillips rented in an industrial estate in Estover, Devon.
Six American Bulldogs were found by officers in a dark shed, housed in cages that were too small and with insufficient bedding, reports Plymouth Live.
None of Phillips’ dogs had access to clean water or a toilet in their crates, and when the dogs were released from their crates, they were so desperate to drink that they drank from a bowl of water. dirty water.
The court heard there was a large pile of excrement near the shed door, there was no ventilation, the air was hot and foul, and the dogs were panting excessively.
Phillips’ ban prohibits him from owning, keeping, living with, selling or transporting dogs indefinitely.
If he wants to do any of these things in the future, he will have to go to court.
He was also fined £160 for breeding without a license and an additional £40 for selling the dogs.
He must also pay costs of £1,000 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.
A person needs a dog breeding license if they breed more than two litters in a 12 month period or if they make a profit from the sale of dogs.
Purchasing dogs from a licensed breeder ensures that the dogs are properly cared for.
To obtain a license, the breeder and the dogs are regularly inspected and the breeder must comply with established welfare standards.
When a license is issued, a star rating is assigned based on the welfare standards found at the time of inspection.
The star rating system is a national system intended to provide customers with information about establishments.
Councilor Richard Bingley, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “This is a great achievement for our environmental team whose hard work will have saved animals from suffering in the future.
“Licensing is in place for precisely this reason – to maintain a high standard of animal welfare and to give the public peace of mind when buying a pet.
“We will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who mistreats or causes suffering to animals and we urge those who acquire pets to contact us if they suspect animals are being harmed by suppliers.”