Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire: Tina Harris and Stuart Ward

#TheList backyard breeders and puppy traders Tina Harris, born February 1985, and Stuart Ward, born February 1986, both of 82 Main Street, Barton under Needwood, Burton-on-Trent DE3 8AB – prosecuted for breeding without a licence

Greeder Tina Harris and her partner Stuart Ward sold English bulldog puppies via Facebook and online classified sites like Pets4Homes

Stuart Ward and Tina Harris, of T&S Four Paws Limited, were raided by Trading Standards and Environmental health on March 6, 2018, after someone complained about a puppy sale.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s investigation found the business had a licence to sell the dogs, but didn’t have one to breed them.

Ward and Harris pleaded guilty to not complying with their licence conditions along with breeding puppies.

Puppy dealer and illegal breeder Tina Harris from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Puppy dealer and illegal breeder Tina Harris

Harris admitted failing to keep a record of each puppy’s date of birth, arrival and sale.

She also admitted falsely marketing a West Highland Terrier as a pedigree animal on September 10, 2017.

And Harris entered a guilty plea to using “false contact details as if (she) were a private seller” on the Pets4homes website.

Sentencing:
Ward received a 12 month community order and has been ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and attend 9 sessions for reading & writing skills. He was fined £1,275.41 with £81.00 surcharge to court.

Harris also received a 12 month community order and has been ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work. She has also been fined £1,275.41 with £81.00 surcharge to court.

Both have been disqualified from having or obtaining a pet shop licence and breeding licence for 2 years. Over £2,500 in cash was seized during the raid, which will be retained to cover the Council’s costs.

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