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FINED: Maidstone Springers owner prosecuted for running kennel without licence

Wednesday 19th February 2020

A DOG boarding company owner has pleaded guilty to running his business without a licence after a dog allegedly suffered serious injuries when in his care.

Maidstone Borough Council successfully prosecuted Leslie Roberts of Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, act for operating a home dog boarding business without a license to run it.

Last summer a customer of Maidstone Springers, who had returned from holiday, had to have her miniature Pomeranian put to sleep due to injuries allegedly sustained whilst being in Roberts care.

Roberts told Downs Mail last summer he was “mystified” by the circumstances of the 10-month-old Pomeranian injuries. He insisted he was not the cause and said he has been the victim of an online “kangaroo court” after the puppy’s plight went viral.

He said: “I love dogs, and what’s happened would have been awful regardless of the online attacks. But with the abuse on top of everything else, it’s been hell.”

Roberts pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a £430 fine and may not be granted future licenses needed to operate businesses involving a licensed animal activity ever again.

Denise Joy, the Chair of Licensing Committee at Maidstone Borough Council said: “This case sends a strong message to anyone operating an animal boarding business without the appropriate license to run it that we will prosecute them.

“The reformed legislation introduced last year makes it very clear that it is a legal requirement to have a license to run a business like this. Animal boarding businesses, even those in people’s homes, need to be inspected and approved by the local Council to ensure they provide a safe environment for pet owners to leave their most treasured possessions.”