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Warning to dog owners following prosecution of kennels owner for boarding dogs without a licence

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The owner of a boarding kennels in the East Riding has been prosecuted for boarding dogs on unlicensed premises.

Keith Chapman, of Little Weighton Kennels, Neat Marsh Road, Preston, was prosecuted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council at Hull Magistrates Court on Friday 16 November.

Mr Chapman pleaded guilty to two counts of unlicensed dog boarding at the kennels under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, with 21 dogs boarded unlawfully.

The court was told that although the kennels had previously been licensed, they had been unlicensed since 1 January 2018. The site was visited by council officers in March 2018, following reports that dogs were still being boarded there.

At the time of their visit, officers found 14 paid boarders on the site without a valid licence in place. Further information was received in July 2018, when another visit was undertaken and seven paid boarders found on the site without a valid licence in place.

Mr Chapman was given a 12-month conditional discharge and asked to pay costs of £500.

Licensing officers are urging pet owners to check that premises where they leave their animals when they go away, during the day or overnight, do have a valid licence in place.

A change in animal welfare law from 1 October 2018 tightened controls on animal boarding and requires all licensed premises to display their licence details and issuing authority on any advertising such as websites or Facebook accounts.

Louise Wilson, interim licensing manager at the council, said: "I would urge all pet owners to look for licensing information when choosing where to board their dogs, or ask for proof of licence when visiting the premises.

"Our simple message to dog owners is, don't leave your pet anywhere that doesn't hold a licence. Always ask to see the licence or view details on the public register on the council's website.

"If you place your beloved pet with a boarding kennel, stranger, friend or relative for payment and they are unlicensed you have no guarantee that the property is safe, has relevant insurance in place and that it meets animal welfare standards. Do not take the risk, keep your pet safe and only use licensed premises."

A public register of those premises and individuals licensed to board dogs can be found on the council's website at www.eastriding.gov.uk