Muddy Paws prosecuted for animal welfare offences
Mrs Jill Louise Crowther and Mr Darren Leslie Crowther both appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 5 April 2017. The court summons was issued to Muddy Paws Huddersfield Pet Services at an address in Moorside Road, Honley.
Mrs Crowther pleaded guilty to operating a dog home boarding establishment without a licence and transporting a dog in a vehicle with inappropriate security, which failed to prevent the dog escaping or falling from the vehicle. Mr Crowther also pleaded guilty to operating a dog home boarding establishment without a licence.
Why were they prosecuted?
The case came to light following a complaint from the owners of a dog called Marmite, who had put their beloved pet into the care of Mr and Mrs Crowther whilst away on holiday in September 2016.
Marmite had to be rescued by a passer-by after either falling or escaping out of the back of a van driven by Mrs Crowther in Meltham Road, Honley. At the time Mrs Crowther was unaware that Marmite after either fallen or escaped out of the back of a van so carried on driving.
What were they fined?
In total, Mr and Mrs Crowther have been fined £700 and ordered to pay £1,246 costs and £70 victim surcharge, totalling £2,016.
Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member for Enforcement Management, said:
“Mr and Mrs Crowther have knowingly operated a dog home boarding business without a licence, despite the fact that they were made aware on several occasions that a licence was required for such an activity.
“The law requires anyone who operates a business of providing accommodation for other people’s dogs to hold and display a licence granted by the Local Authority.
“This includes holiday care, overnight stays or doggy day-care, whether on an individual basis or under a franchise.
“Pet owners looking to board their pet need to ensure the establishment is licenced as this will ensure the safety and welfare of their pet is maintained at all times.”
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