Man who made £ 34,000 off breeding dogs without a license is fined £ 500



A man who made almost £ 34,000 from breeding dogs without a license has been fined £ 500.

Matthew Thomas, of Green View, New Inn, Llandeilo, admitted he had bred dogs without a license despite being repeatedly told by Carmarthenshire Council not to.

Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard that the 38-year-old first contacted the council for advice on dog breeding and licensing in 2018. On a phone call The following year, animal health officials again reported that under the Dog Breeding Regulations only. two litters of puppies over a 12 month period have been permitted if no breeding permit is in place.

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Thomas said he had three litters on his premises and had received a warning. That same month, claiming to qualify for a breeding license, Thomas called the council to tell them he had an accidental litter. He was warned he had to stop breeding and told to separate dogs from bitches in season.

In February 2020, Thomas contacted the board again and asked if he could breed two more litters because he was running out of money and was told he couldn’t because he didn’t have a license. and that all new requests were pending due to Covid-19 Visiting Restrictions.

A few months later, in July, he was sent a letter giving him four weeks to apply for a permit. An application was received in August but no license was granted as it was incomplete.

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Agents checked the advertising sites and found that Thomas had listed four litters of whippets over a 13 month period.

Thomas admitted he was breeding more than the number of litters allowed, but claimed this was because he was dyslexic and did not understand the wording of the regulations. He said he wanted to work with the board to get a license and was trying to be open and transparent.

He was fined £ 500, costs £ 1,208 and a victim fine surcharge of £ 50.

When questioned by the court about the destination of the money he won, Thomas claimed that it had been returned to his premises.

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Councilor Philip Hughes, a member of the Carmarthenshire Council’s board of directors for public protection and business standards, warned the council “would not hesitate” to take action against people raising dogs without a license.

He said: “Mr. Thomas has received advice on dog breeding regulations time and time again and he totally ignored them and made a lot of money doing it. The licenses are there for a reason and in this case, it is to make sure that the dogs are not over-bred, are well cared for and socialized.

“Let this serve as a warning to anyone considering breeding dogs without a license, we will take action and we will not hesitate to do so.”


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