23 September 2016

A man from Sheffield has been prosecuted and fined £3470 for selling puppies illegally imported from abroad.

Mr Istvan Kiss, 46, of Burngreave Road, pleaded guilty yesterday (Thursday 22 September) at the Magistrates’ Court to bringing dogs into the country without the correct health certificate, and without notifying the appropriate Government department that they were being imported.

Suspicions were raised when Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service received a complaint about the condition of a dog seen at the premises by a person who had seen the puppies advertised.

Officers from the Council and RSPCA visited the premises where six puppies were found, two English Bulldogs and four pugs.

In a formal interview, Mr Kiss admitted that all the pups had been brought into the country for sale, but was unable to show the correct notifications or documents.

Officials had previously advised Mr Kiss in February 2016 about the need to ensure puppies were only brought into the country with the correct documentation. Investigations showed that Mr Kiss had been given the same advice when he imported puppies where he previously lived, in Peterborough.

He was fined £3,000 with costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council said “Individuals importing pets in this way are trying to avoid the strict import controls that have helped keep Britain’s pets and wildlife protected from the most serious of diseases for many years.

“We are pleased that the Magistrates have supported our action, as the damage that such an outbreak might cause is immeasurable. We need to encourage importers to observe the correct controls to keep our country disease free.”