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Sheffield man fined £1,900 for selling illegally imported puppies

Sheffield City Council has prosecuted a Sheffield resident for selling puppies that were illegally imported from abroad.

Sandor Juhasz-Vedres, 56, of Castledale Grove, Manor pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 5 May 2016 to bringing dogs into the country without the correct health certificate, and without notifying the appropriate Government department that they were being imported. He also pleaded guilty to running a pet shop from his previous home address at Darnall Road, in the city.

Acting on information from a Trading Standards officer in the Midlands, the Animal Health Inspector from Sheffield City Council’s environmental protection service investigated, and found that Juhasz-Vedres was importing puppies from Hungary to sell in the UK.

Juhasz-Vedres imported the puppies without following necessary controls meaning the risk of disease was greatly increased. He also sold the puppies from his home, which was not licenced as a pet shop, meaning no controls were in place to ensure the puppies were kept in good conditions.

He was fined £1,000 with costs of £911, and a victim surcharge of £50.

Councillor Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Sheffield City Council, said: “When people import pets in this way they evade the strict import controls that have helped keep Britain’s pets and wildlife protected from the most serious of diseases for many years.

“Failure to follow importing controls could result in a serious outbreak of disease and the damage that could cause is immeasurable. We are pleased that the court supported our action and hope this case highlights why those rules are in place and the importance of following them.”

People can report concerns or suspicions about the illegal trade of animals to the council on 0114 2734567.

The Dogs Trust and RSPCA provide useful guides for people thinking about buying a puppy at https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/advice-for-owners/buying-a-dog/buying-a-dog or http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/puppy/choosing.