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A judge ordered a couple of dog breeders to pay $ 546,000 for forcing the animals to become pregnant multiple times. just to cash in on the increase in pet sales. The events occurred in Wales.
Karl and Victoria Shellard, who are married, established an unlicensed business called ‘PosherBulls’ located in their country home. Here they sold puppies for up to $ 27,000.
The couple took advantage of the growing demand for dogs, especially during the quarantine triggered by the pandemic. The couple forced the animals to have young, then posted photos of the cubs online to promote them..
Eventually it emerged that breeding dogs were being forced to give birth to more than one litter a year, in violation of animal welfare laws.
Karl, 43, and Victoria, 40, were fined $ 25,800 and ordered to pay $ 507,480 or face two years in prison instead..
They were also ordered to pay court costs amounting to $ 59,600.
A court heard that the couple had at least 67 litters in six years, and a female dog named Coco gave birth to six litters in a four-year period.
The couple made up to $ 425,700 selling bulldog puppies to customers through ads on a website and social media.
The couple had been repeatedly asked to apply to the authorities for a license to raise dogs, but they never did. Animal welfare officials first visited the couple in January 2018 to tell them about the breeder license.
Prosecutor Tim Evans said the Shellards presented themselves as seasoned Bulldog breeders
His four-bedroom home in Bonvilston, South Wales, was searched along with two other business-related properties.
The researchers found 20 dogs, as well as a laboratory with microscopes and equipment to collect semen and draw blood..
Officers also found a partially completed and signed breeder license application form that was never submitted.
24 dogs were also found on another nearby property, while six dogs were discovered in a building 15 miles away.
Karl Shellard claimed that he had not submitted the license application because they were trying to sell his house and would have to change the address.
He admitted to practicing dog breeding for six years despite not having a license.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.