Dog breeding

Llandysul couple lose appeal after Ceredigion board denies dog breeding license

A LLANDYSUL couple lost their appeal against a refusal by the departmental council of Ceredigion to renew their dog breeding license.

The appeal of David and Eleri Jones, of Penwern, Capel Dewi, Llandysul, was dismissed by the Swansea Magistrates’ Court on October 16. The appeal followed a two-day hearing held at the Aberystwyth Justice Center on October 1-2.

The court heard how Ceredigion County Council agents tried to work with the dog breeding establishment to improve standards.

However, after several occasions, they had failed to meet the minimum standards expected to ensure animal welfare.

The visits revealed that Mr and Mrs Jones were unable to produce dog breeding records and did not organize annual veterinary health checks.

When the checks were carried out by their own vets, council officials discovered a number of conditions that were inherited in dogs and which animals should not be bred for.

Another veterinary report from May 2019 found dogs with tangled feet and ears, lice, interdigital cysts and anxiety in golden retrievers.

Animal protection officers from the local authority’s public protection team worked hard to address the issues identified and reduced the number of dogs on the premises from 86 to 40 with a limited three-month license with the aim improve standards.

However, during a visit on November 12, 2019, officers and the accompanying veterinarian found that the standards had not improved enough.

Breeding records continued to be very poor, meaning that breeding management could not be assessed, resulting in a risk of minor breeding and repeat breeding in the same year.

There was no evidence of vaccination for adult dogs or of socialization of produced puppies.

A retriever with three week old puppies had no heating with the air temperature recorded at 9⁰C, and there were a number of undocumented dogs without microchips.

The judge clarified that although the local authority provides advice and assistance, it is the dog breeders themselves who are responsible for complying with the terms of their license.

He admitted that there had been improvements in the premises, but felt that these would be short-lived and that they had not fully committed resources to the business, which would seriously compromise the well- be animals.

The district judge dismissed the appeal and supported the local authority’s decision not to renew the dog breeding license. He also awarded costs to the local authority in the amount of £ 4,000.

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