Illegal puppy trader jailed

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Illegal puppy trader jailed

An illegal puppy trader has been jailed for more than two and a half years at Peterborough Crown Court.

Aidas Gostautas admitted 14 counts of importing and selling sick and falsely described puppies.

The case is believed to be the biggest of its kind that the UK has seen.

The court heard the city council’s trading standards team established that more than 100 misleading advertisements offering dogs as young as eight weeks for sale had been placed by Gostautas on internet sites such as Gumtree, and Pets4Homes. The dogs were offered for sale for between £650 and £1,000.

The investigation found more than 120 were imported directly from Lithuania, which is designated as being a high risk location for the transmission of rabies.

Gostautus led customers to believe that they were bred in the UK from a family pet.

Read more on this story, including tips on buying puppies, HERE

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