A Fulwood woman has been prosecuted for running an unlicensed dog day-care business from her home.Advertisement
Trading as Go Active Dog Club at Boyes Farm, D’urton Lane, Anna Charnley pleaded guilty to one offence at Preston Magistrates’ Court.
Preston City Council’s regulatory services team received multiple complaints about the standard of care for dogs at the premises.
The council said the minimum standard required for adequate welfare of dogs were not being kept to.
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Ms Charnley had been advised in 2013, 2014 and 2015 about the poor condition of the premises and her requirement to obtain a licence from the city council.
Instead of applying for a licence, the city council said the name of the business was changed.
Ms Charnley was fined £165, ordered to pay investigation and legal costs of £1,729.44 and a £30 victim surcharge.
Cabinet member for planning and regulation councillor Peter Moss said: “This case sends out a clear message that the council will not tolerate unlicensed businesses that potentially put animal welfare at risk.
“We had no option other than to instigate prosecution proceedings. Licences and inspections are important measures to ensure that animals are kept in safe and appropriate conditions – safe from the risk of infection or other harm.”
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The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 says ‘no person shall keep a boarding establishment for animals except under the authority of a licence granted in accordance with the provision of this Act’.
In Preston there are two dog day-care centres, five catteries/kennels and eight home-boarding premises.