The cruel puppy trade continues to cause suffering here are some media reports -details from newspapers and online articles.
Woman given lifetime animal ban
Johanna Price, 71, of Boscombe in Bournemouth, kept the dogs, six birds and a cat in cages "stacked-up" in her lounge, bedroom, bathroom and shed.
A court heard that the Dorset woman sold some of them for up to £475 each but never allowed anyone into her home.
She was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and of breeding dogs without a licence.
Bournemouth Magistrates' Court heard on Wednesday that Ms Price fed them scraps of food including a raw chicken carcass and leftovers from Chinese restaurants.
A customer reported Ms Price when she saw her swing a dog by its paw.
36 DOGS STOLEN IN £15,000 FARM RAID
The dogs were housed in an outbuilding, and used for breeding and sold as pets.
Stolen all together were five Beagle bitches and 23 puppies, two Jack Russell bitches and three puppies, one King Charles Cavalier bitch and two Yorkshire terrier bitches. Farm owner Tegwyn Jones said the theft was devastating.
He added: "In total, the dogs and puppy litters were worth £15,000. I can't believe it."
Mr Jones and his partner, Mary Tapp, were not at the farm when the theft occurred.
Miss Tapp said: "We were not there on the night.
"A neighbour did phone the farm to warn of a vehicle coming down his track that evening, but we didn't get the message.
"We are really worried about the puppies because two of them were just a day old and were under heated lamps to keep them warm.
"One of the lamps has been damaged, and now those puppies are out there somewhere.
"In one scoop, they were all gone."
She added that it was probable the farm was being watched by thieves who had planned their attack.
"They obviously had time at the farm to steal the dogs, it couldn't have been rushed."
As of August 2007, the value of dogs stolen across the county for the year stood at £24,350.
High-value breeds including adult dogs, bitches and litters have are all been targeted by crooks over the past two years in the Towy, Amman and Gwendraeth valleys.
Spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police Sian George said: "We can confirm an investigation is underway into the theft of dogs in Felingwm Uchaf.
"We are asking anyone with information to come forward and call us."
Call Dyfed-Powys Police on 0845 330 2000.
Puppy Farm Woman In The Dock
Mar 9 2008 By Billy Paterson
Exclusive Dog Dealer In The Dock
A PUPPY farmer is facing more than 50 claims that she conned customers with dying dogs after being exposed by the Sunday Mail.
Liz Baird appeared in court last week after families claimed she deliberately sold them puppies that were terminally ill.
And a flood of heartbroken pet owners have come forward since we revealed how customers paid hundreds of pounds to buy the dogs from Baird.
Hundreds more were spent on vet fees for animals bought from Hillbank Kennels, near Hurlford, Ayrshire.
More than 20 new cases emerged last week - taking the number of complaints to 55.
One of the new customers with horror stories was John Madden, 46, of Renfrew.
He said: "I bought a Cavalier King Charles pup from Baird for our 14-year-old daughter.
"What we didn't know at the time was it had a heart defect. It only lasted 14 weeks before we had to have it put down."
Ann Hodgens, 47, of Stepps, near Glasgow, said: "We bought a Cavalier King Charles puppy from Hillbank for s500. She had an upper respiratory disorder and a temperature. She fell and broke two leg bones.
"We spent s2000 on treatment for her but have not received any compensation from Baird, who told us the dog was registered with the Kennel Club when she wasn't."
Jennifer Thomson, 22, of Kilmarnock, said: "I bought a Cavalier King Charles puppy from Baird for s450.
"She was skin and bone and had a chest infection. I spent over s400 to save my puppy's life.
"I have raised a petition asking for Hillbank to be closed and I have over 300 signatures."
Al ison McMillan, 32, of Hamilton, said: "I bought a Shi Tzu puppy from Baird for my daughter's third birthday.
"A few days later it developed a growth in its tummy which burst.
I only had the pup a week and spent hundreds on vet's bills."
Baird's pastor husband Thomas - attached to the Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church at Johnstone, Renfrewshire - plays an active role in the puppy farm.
Liz Baird, 48, appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Friday to face two charges of breaching the Trade Descriptions Act.
She is accused of advertising and selling Cavalier King Charles puppies, falsely stating they were registered with the Kennel Club.
In a separate civil action brought before the same court last week, East Ayrshire Council Trading Standards Department are trying to get an enforcement order to stop her selling ill pups.
An East Ayrshire Council spokeswoman said: "We are seeking an enforcement order barring her from engaging in the malpractices that have been complained about."
But Baird claims she does not sell sick dogs.
She said: "The puppies I sell are all in good health. Some are traumatised in transit and can die.
"I never claimed the dogs were registered with the Kennel Club.
They are registered with the Dog Lovers' Association."
Breeder Faces Court For Selling Dying Dogs As Pets
Mar 2 2008 By Billy Paterson
Exclusive Rogue Breeder Faces Court For Pocketing Thousands By Selling Dying Dogs As Pets
A PREACHER'S wife is being probed over claims she raked in thousands selling dying puppies as family pets.
Liz Baird breeds shih-tzus and King Charles spaniels at her puppy farm next to husband Pastor Thomas' church.
But she faces court after at least 35 customers complained they were ripped off and left heartbroken.
Little Alana Riddle, five, was devastated when her shih-tzu Pippin died a day after being bought from Baird's Hillbank Kennels near Hurlford, Ayrshire. Her mum and dad - Jill and Colin - splashed out £475 on the pup as a birthday present for the youngster.
Jill, 35, of Glasgow, said: "He was really unwell when we got him home, just lying and whining all the time.
"The next morning we took him to the vet who treated him for dehydration but he got worse. As we were driving back to the vet, Pippin died in Colin's arms."
The Riddles bought another pup, Milo, from a different breeder and contacted Baird to complain.
She agreed to a refund but the cheque bounced.
Jessie Clark, 52, of Perth, is £900 out of pocket after she and friend Mary Meldrum bought two King Charles pups from Baird.
Jessie said: "They became sick and we took them to the vet who explained that one had an upper respiratory infection while both had ear mites."
The dogs' conditions worsened so Jessie returned them to Baird - whose refund cheque again bounced.
Jessie said: "She must be stopped from selling sick puppies to unsuspecting people. She is trading in misery."
Baird and her husband, who is attached to the Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church at Johnstone, Renfrewshire, live in a house beside the kennels.
Two years ago Thomas Baird, 49, stood trial at the High Court after a neighbour claimed he threatened to kill her with a gun but he was cleared.
Last week the pastor posed as Baird's brother and told Sunday Mail reporters she was in Ireland.
He dismissed Jessie and the Riddles' complaints as "a witch-hunt" and added: "The puppies I sell are all in good health."
East Ayrshire Council said criminal proceedings were being taken against Baird over allegations that she falsely claimed pups were Kennel Club registered.
The council are also taking civil action to prevent her running a puppy farm.
'She must be stopped selling sick pups..she is trading in misery'
Duped Jessie Clark
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Cruella Dodges Ban On Selling Sick Pups
Mar 16 2008 By Steve Dinneen
A CALLOUS puppy farmer has dodged an immediate ban on selling sick dogs.
Liz Baird faced court after a flood of complaints about the health of the pups she sells from Hillbank Kennels near Hurlford, Ayrshire.
But she was granted a week's extension to defend her business, although Kilmarnock sheriff Iona McDonald warned she was likely to impose a ban on Tuesday. The sheriff said Baird's dogs must be "fit and healthy for a period of four weeks following purchase".
We have received almost 70 complaints about Baird - dubbed Cruella the Vile - from angry customers who bought sick or dying pups.
The legal action was brought by East Ayrshire Council trading standards.
Baird told the court: "I'm a reputable dealer. There isn't a breeder in the country who hasn't had some pups that are ill or die.
"If a cow dies in a field nobody has a go at the farmer. It's just a part of the industry I'm in."
Tuesday's hearing will also decide whether action will be taken over allegedly misleading adverts and bounced cheques written by Baird. She also faces a criminal trial over claims made in puppy adverts.
March 30th, 2008
Prison Sentance for Puppy Traders
Unlicensed Breeder fined
Mr Davies appeared before magistrates on Wednesday (20th February) and pleaded guilty to a charge of unlicensed dog breeding.
As well as the fine and costs, magistrates added a surcharge of £15 to be paid towards the victims of the crime and witnesses, making a total payable of £2,030.25, which was ordered to be paid within 28 days.
The court also heard that following the visit, Mr Davies expressed a willingness to become licensed and undertook the necessary work required.
Nigel Watts, Trading Standards and Animal Welfare Manager, said: "We are actively looking for unlicensed dog breeders within Pembrokeshire as West Wales has a bad reputation for this trade.
"Unfortunately this is mainly caused by unlicensed breeders who often do not reach the standards we require for licensed premises."
This licence currently costs £140 and applications and advice are welcomed by the Animal Welfare team on 01437 764551.
Mar 20 2008 by Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle
Steven Nicholl, who ran the Paws and Claws shop in High Street East, Wallsend when members of the public were sold the two ill puppies, has now apologised to his customers.
Mr Nicholl appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to four charges of breaching the conditions of his pet shop licence.
The 42-year-old, of Hazelwood Terrace, Howdon, told the court he did not physically sell the animals himself as he was in hospital . But he accepted he breached the licence.
In August, a woman entered the store after seeing a window notice in advertising Jack Russells puppies.
She was told the puppies were being kept at another location. She paid £125 for a puppy and went to collect it the next day.
John Barton, prosecuting for North Tyneside Council, said: “When she arrived at the premises, she was struck by the strong smell of dog excrement and urine. She was told two Jack Russell puppies had sickness and diarrhoea. Having already paid for the animal, she decided to take a puppy home. But she became concerned for him and contacted the PDSA.”
The animal was examined and treated for vomiting and diarrhoea. Despite the efforts made, the pet lapsed into a coma and died.
On another occasion, a woman went to the shop and saw two cross-retriever puppies for sale for £50 each. She bought one, but contacted the RSPCA after becoming concerned for its health.
The animal was found to have a skin disease called sarcoptic mange, a mite infestation, hair loss and dandruff. The pup’s condition deteriorated and it began to vomit and pass diarrhoea before it died in September.
The council said the animals should not have been offered for sale. The licence states all animals must be in good health.
Two charges related to the sale of the two puppies, a third involved a failure to keep accurate records of where some came from and the fourth charge related to not allowing one dog to be acclimatised before being sold.
Mr Nicholl, who wasn’t represented in court, said: “I am here today to apologise. Even though I did not give the customers the animals directly, I accept I was responsible for the licence. Since then the shop has closed. I don’t have an income.”
JPs imposed a total of £500 in fines and ordered him to pay £1,000 in costs. He was banned from applying for a licence for five years.
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___________________________________________________________________________________Banned dog breeder back in business in Hurlford
Aug 8 2008 by Ian Russell, Kilmarnock Standard
A WOLF-DOG breeder banned from keeping dogs after being convicted of animal cruelty is back in business – at the notorious Hillbank Kennels.
Although self-styled ‘K9 Crusader’ Nadia Carlyle is using a different name – that of dead American porn star Paige Summers – she has been positively identified as Carlyle who was, according to the defence solicitor at her trial, living in a caravan without electricity or running water on a farm in Wales.
But by last week she had moved hundreds of miles away to the shabby house and kennels which have already made headlines north of the border and insisted she was Paige Summers.
The ‘real’ Summers was Penthouse Pet of the Year 10 years ago, but died of a drug overdose in 2003.
Carlyle, 34, who had denied nine charges of causing unnecessary suffering to 19 Utonagan dogs and puppies that were removed from her Gloucestershire home by the RSPCA, wasn’t heeding the judge’s advice to ‘take a clean break from keeping dog to reassess her position’.
She also has a post-conviction ASBO against her after pleading guilty to three breaches of a noise abatement notice following a prosecution by the Forest of Dean District Council in August last year.
Ms Carlyle, who is half-Italian and says she was once best man at a friend’s wedding, states on her website: “After starting to breed Utonagans I set up Utonagan Rescue and often have rescued and re-homed animals at my home.
“I am committed to converting as many dog owners as possible to K9 Bonding, as it is in my view the only way forward to happier dogs and a less stressful household.”
What she doesn’t reveal is that at Forest of Dean Magistrates Court in Coleford last month, where her year-long ban was imposed and where she was given a conditional discharge for three years, she was also ordered to pay £300 in compensation to David Pearse who took possession of some of her dogs when she moved.
He told the court that a bitch and pups were vomiting most of the way and continued to do so when they got home. They had parvo virus.
The bitch was ‘in a shocking condition and emaciated’ and couldn’t feed her pups because she had no milk.
During her trial, RSPCA prosecutor Martin Prowle alleged that Carlyle kept up to 30 dogs in filthy conditions at her small home. The animals were seized by the charity and police.
The judge was told that despite being taken straight to a vet two of the puppies died that day.
Carlyle said immediately after the trial that she was planning to launch an appeal.
But it seems she could be in a Scottish court soon no matter the outcome.
Police in Kilmarnock confirmed this week that Summers had been reported to the procurator fiscal here for keeping a dog that was a danger to livestock. It’s understood this relates to a recent alleged attack on a sheep owned by an Irvine Valley farmer.
Since then Paige Summers, as she insists she is to the authorities in East Ayrshire, has been visited again by police, SSPCA inspectors, the council’s environmental health department and a vet in the wake of complaints to EAC.
The raid involving all of the above took place on Wednesday, and came before Carlyle/Summers’ application to the council for a boarding licence for the dogs at Hillbank has even been considered.
Lorraine Niven, from Catrine, secretary of the British Utonagan Association, hit out at the confusion being caused by the Carlyle/Summers ‘identify crisis’.
“This woman has done nothing but harmed our society and upset our members for the last two years,” said Lorraine.
“The dogs themselves are good-natured wolf lookalikes, a rare breed, but one that is becoming more popular, despite people like Nadia Carlyle. We are disgusted at the treatment handed out to some of her animals in the past. She should be giving up any dogs she still has immediately – not trying to sell them for £600 each.”
David Mitchell, EAC’s head of legal services, confirmed on Tuesday that an application had been received from Paige Summers for a licence to board dogs at Hillbank.
“We are aware, from various sources, of statements made regarding this person’s history. We are in the process of making appropriate enquiries and the results of these will be reported to the licensing panel to enable them to make a decision.”
A WOMAN calling herself Paige Summers last week tried to sell me one of many Utonagans wandering about Hillbank Kennels.
The going rate? She is currently charging £600.
When I said that seemed a bit steep she made no offer to drop the price.
I had called at the property on the main Hurlford to Galston road on the pretence of being a dog-lover who had heard by word of mouth that there were wolfhounds up for sale.
Nadia, or Paige as she identified herself to me, asked me into the house which had little in the way of furniture or floor coverings. Immediately four or five Utonagans bounded in my direction.
Ms Carlyle, or Summers, ushered them away and showed me into the kitchen leading out into the back yard. There were more of the dogs there, she explained, and it was a question of what age and size I was after.
Well-spoken and neatly dressed, she pointed out that the Utonagan breed were wolf ‘lookalikes’ and she was keen for the dogs to ‘take’ to their prospective buyers who had to offer a good home.
The former co-founder of the Utonagan Club – her membership has now been revoked – welcomed my request to return later with someone who knew more about dogs than myself to complete a deal.
Studying some of the many photographs on Nadia Carlyle’s website and having met ‘Paige Summers’ in person, it’s simple for me to confirm they are one and the same person.
Hillbank of course has been in the news regularly over the last year.
Elizabeth Baird, the former tenant, has maintained pleas of not guilty to six charges of using a false description of dogs, and supplying animals with a similar description. The offences are alleged to have been committed between last July and November.
Baird, 47, also faces two charges of failing to appear at court on a previous occasion. She is due to stand trial at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in two weeks’ time.
Further links and media articles
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Sep 12 2008
DOG-LOVERS everywhere are hailing the latest Hillbank Kennels ‘flitting’ as good news....
Aug 22 2008
THE Hillbank hounds could soon be on their way to a new home in England....
Aug 15 2008
ROGUE dog breeder Nadia Carlyle hit the road as the Standard highlighted her dodgy past....
Aug 8 2008
A BREEDER banned from keeping dogs after being convicted of animal cruelty is back in business....
A pet shop chain at the centre of puppy-farming allegations has this week denied any wrongdoing.
Petsville International, which has stores in Sutton and Kingston, was accused of keeping up to 20 dogs in cramped cages and buying them in from unscrupulous puppy-farm dealers in Ireland.
The practice is fiercely opposed by animal rights campaigners and involves dogs being “over-bred” in cramped conditions.
Young puppies are then transported hundreds of miles in cages.
Investigators who visited Petsville in Kingston, with a reporter from the Daily Mail newspaper, were concerned about dogs with weepy eyes and in a dirty state.
An ex-veterinary nurse said that she believed one had an “overshot” jaw and worms.
A company spokesman said he was also considering legal action against the Daily Mail, which claimed the paperwork was illegible, making it hard to trace the dealers, and prospective buyers were not able to see the puppies’ mothers, something the RSPCA recommends.
Owners at the shop have vehemently denied the allegations, insisting all their puppies were bought from licensed breeders or local families.
A spokesman for the company confirmed he had bought dogs from Ireland but denied links with Ireland’s biggest puppy-farmer, John Boland.
He said the dogs mentioned in the Daily Mail investigation were given a clean bill of health by vets afterwards and the cage sizes were “more than adequate” according to a national charter.
The shop, which also has a branch in Sutton, has been no stranger to controversy over the past few years.
Campaign group South East Animal Rights lists it as one of its top priorities in the last five years and the RSPCA investigated the Sutton shop in autumn after receiving complaints from worried animal lovers.
The case was later dropped because of lack of evidence.
Complaints have also been made to Kingston Council about the health of the company’s dogs, after a springer spaniel puppy died just three weeks after being bought on January 6 this year.
Four complaints were made to the council last year, but none were substantiated.
Owner Garry Green had to stump up a £1,200 for veterinary fees when 14-week-old Alfie was diagnosed with a cough and a heart murmur.
Mr Green said he never received a full medical history report for the dog, despite several requests for it.
The Petsville spokesman said the shop offered the services of their own vet and this was declined.
A full £522 refund was given for Alfie and half the vet’s bill was paid.