Kenneth Purchase, of Allscott, northwest of Telford, sold “at least 321” dogs after placing a number of puppy ads for sale on the Pets4Homes site between March 5 and September 12, 2018.
Several owners, who chose to buy from Purchase due to the fact that he had a legitimate dog breeder’s license and believed he was a responsible person to buy from, found their new pets to be okay. – loved ones faced health problems, including the highly contagious canine parvovirus. which affects a dog’s gastrointestinal tract and has a fatality rate of up to 91 percent if left untreated.
A number of dogs sold by Purchase later died, and one owner described how she kept thinking about the sound of dogs howling when she visited the squalid conditions, and the thought of a dog she had left behind gave her “nightmares”.
Recorder Mr Anthony Hawks told Purchase his record keeping for dogs, including their vaccinations, was “a shame.”
Shrewsbury Crown Court has learned that Purchase has been licensed to breed and sell a maximum of 12 female dogs, each providing one litter per year. A separate license, known as a “pet shop license”, must be obtained in order for a breeder to purchase dogs from other sources and resell them. The court heard that Purchase applied for such a license, but never obtained one.
One of Purchase’s clients said in a victim impact statement heard by the court that during her visit she encountered “a barn full of dogs” and chose to buy a West Highland Terrier puppy “to save him”. The dog suffered from health problems. She said there was another in the pen who “looked lifeless”, and said she “had nightmares” about the dog she left behind.
Another customer, who also bought a Westie puppy, took his dog to the vet to find out he had canine parovirus. He was hospitalized nine days after buying it for £ 545. Purchase told him the dog must have caught the virus from the vet.
A third victim said they named their puppy Bichon Frize Bonnie, after a friend who recently died. The dog, which she bought from Purchase, also suffered from health problems and had to be shot. The landlord said the vet’s bills meant she couldn’t pay her rent and had to move out. “This whole ordeal was extremely stressful,” she said.
Achat, 68, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to an offense of engaging in a trade practice that was a deceptive action, contrary to the 2008 Consumer Protection Against Unfair Trade Practices Regulations and the 1972 European Communities Act.
His lawyer asked the Recorder not to send him to jail because of Purchase’s health issues.
Recorder Hawks told Purchase, “I thought about sending you to jail. You deserve to go to jail.” But, given that the sentencing powers would mean a short period of detention, and Purchase’s health issues would cause problems for prison staff, the Recorder chose to fine him £ 25,000 and order him to pay 25 £ 000 in legal costs.
The purchase was also asked to pay compensation of £ 1,286 to the victims. “You chose to make money by deliberately deceiving people, so now you’re going to have to pay,” added the Recorder.
If he does not pay, Purchase will incur 15 months behind bars.