#TheList Lisa Joanne Canning, born August 1967, of 2 Railway Cottages, East Aberthaw, Barry CF62 3DA – ran a dog breeding business that was a front for Welsh puppy farms
Lisa Canning ran a dog breeding business called 4 Small Paws and was the sole director of the company behind it, which was called LJC Kennels.
Prosecutors said the business was originally based at Railway Cottages, but moved to Mount Pleasant Farm, which was not a licensed address.
Canning advertised dogs including a cockapoo (a cocker spaniel-poodle cross) that had no cocker spaniel in it.
Between 2016 and 2017 she operated as 4 Small Paws and made £50,000 from sales.
Canning admitted four charges of fraud and of one unfair commercial practice.
The court heard that while she was a licensed breeder, she bred far more animals than she was permitted and sold puppies for puppy farms in west Wales, lying about their genetic makeup.
Trading from East Aberthaw and then Castle-upon-Alun, she sold dogs as sought-after breeds, falsely claiming they had full vaccination and medical histories.
Some dogs were bred in breach of her licence, while others – such as cockapoos, cocker spaniels, chocolate Labradors, cavipoos, pugs and Scottish terriers – were sourced from unknown locations. Advertising on sites such as Gumtree, she placed 266 adverts for dogs.
The court heard one customer who thought they were buying a cockapoo paid £650 for a DNA test and found there was no cocker spaniel in the dog.
Another woman who bought what she was told was a Labrador discovered it was was 50% cocker spaniel, 37% Labrador and 12% golden retriever, following a £750 DNA test.
Canning’s business was described as “chaotic”. Prosecutors said it was hard to establish how many puppies she bred, but estimated she made £50,000 from the sale of more than 100 puppies.
Following her arrest, a number of her animals were placed with dog welfare charity Hope Rescue.
While she claimed she had been through a difficult divorce and was struggling to cope, Judge Thomas Crowther said her business was “a front for puppy farms”.
He added: “The harm is that you play on people’s emotions, children especially.”
Sentencing: 30-week sentence, suspended for two years, and told she must complete 200 hours unpaid work and pay costs and compensation totalling £50,000.