Jason Cramb trading as XL Fully Loved Bullys, aged 31, of Littlehampton Road, Ferring appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 2nd July 2021 facing offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2018.
The court heard how Mr Cramb was running a business of selling XL American Bully puppies. Mr Cramb said that he had made a net profit of £12,000 from the breeding and sale of puppies.
The proceedings were brought by Animal Protection Services, a registered charity that investigates and prosecutes organised animal cruelty. The prosecution follows intelligence-led investigations into the unlicensed sale of puppies in the Littlehampton and Worthing area.
Mr Cramb pleaded guilty and was fined £616. He was disqualified from dealing in animals for 12 months. He was ordered to pay a £61 victim surcharge and £1,000 contribution to the prosecution costs.
Jacob Lloyd on behalf of Animal Protection Services said: “Trading of puppies without a licence is not acceptable. The undermining of the statutory licensing regime is a risk to animal welfare and consumer protection.”
“The illegal puppy trade has become a low risk, high reward trade and we are determined to ensure that opportunists and organised criminals are brought before the courts to face justice”, Mr. Lloyd added.