A court in Cardiff (United Kingdom) sentenced Karl and Victoria Shellard, a couple who sold bulldog puppies, to pay about $ 547,000 for forcing their dogs to constantly get pregnant during the last six years in order to maintain their business, which they operated between 2014 and 2020 without having the corresponding permits, informs The Guardian.
The couple were accused of forcing their dogs to have more than one litter a year, in violation of British animal protection laws. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, during the six years they dedicated themselves to raising dogs, they obtained at least 67 layers.
According to the authorities, the puppies could fetch a price of up to $ 27,000, for which it is estimated they obtained an estimated profit of $ 509,849, an amount that they were forced to return to avoid a two-year prison sentence.
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Also, after pleading guilty to raising dogs without a license and nine counts of failing to guarantee the animals’ needs, each was fined $ 26,000, in addition to having to cover court costs, which amount to just under 60,000.
“You ran a puppy kennel and you did it to make money, and you actually earned a lot. You could have run an extremely profitable business if it had been properly registered, but by not doing so you will have to pay the price for your folly,” Judge David said. Wynn Morgan at sentencing.
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