Dead puppies were found on Fox’s Cross Road

Warning over unlicensed dog breeders

Dog lovers are being urged to avoid a firm of dog breeders whose owner was prosecuted after dead puppies turned up on a road near Canterbury.

The city council prosecuted Ian Thomas, who runs Doodlepets, in January and last week refused to grant the firm an operating licence.

But the authority has discovered that Doodlepets’ website remained active. It is preparing to prosecute the company once more.

Prosecuted: Ian Thomas

A council spokesman said: “We are concerned about a website, Doodlepets, which is offering cockapoo puppies for sale.

“The website refers to dog breeding taking place ‘just outside Canterbury’ and the phone number used is a Canterbury code.

“We are familiar with this premises and licensing it is our responsibility. On February 6 we refused an application by an individual for a dog breeding licence for this premises.

“This means there is currently no breeding licence in place to cover the premises and no individual connected with the premises has a licence to keep a dog breeding establishment in our district.”

The council is urging people looking to buy puppies to check with the local authority that breeders are licensed.

Thomas, 42, found himself at Canterbury Magistrates Court after bin bags containing dead puppies along with documents relating to Doodlepets were found on Fox’s Cross Road off the A290 between Canterbury and Whitstable in July.

The breeder claimed that he had been transporting the dead dogs, which are classed as industrial waste, to a tip when the bags they were in fell off a trailer.

He apologised for the incident and was fined and ordered to pay costs. Charges against his partner Angela Manning, who helps him run the business, were dropped.

The city council spokesman added: “Our advice to anyone contemplating buying a puppy from a puppy breeding business is to check first with the council responsible for the area where the business is based that the breeder is properly licensed​.”

Call 01227 862245 for licensing matters in the Canterbury City Council district.

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