Morecambe man fined and banned after unlicensed puppy sales

A Morecambe man has been banned from breeding or selling dogs for a year after being caught selling puppies illegally.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:30 pm
Lancaster Magistrates' Court. Photo by Google Street View

Wayne Cleminson, of Wingate Avenue, appeared before Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on Monday after proceedings were brought by Animal Protection Services, a registered charity that investigates and prosecutes organised animal cruelty.

The prosecution was one of five and followed an investigation into the unlicensed sale of puppies across Lancashire.

Cleminson pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

He was fined £1,010, and was also ordered to pay a £200 contribution to prosecution costs and received a disqualification order from dealing in dogs for 12 months.

Kate Welch, prosecuting on behalf of Animal Protection Services, said: “Trading of puppies without a licence is not acceptable. The undermining of the statutory licensing regime is a risk to animal welfare and consumer protection.

“The illegal puppy trade has become a low risk, high reward trade and we are determined to ensure that opportunists and organised criminals are brought before the courts to face justice."