Woman fined £4k for puppy trafficking

A woman who illegally imported seven puppies through Holyhead port has been fined £4,000.

Jamie Rose Colquhoun from Dundee, was found guilty of four charges of bringing the dogs onto Anglesey without the relevant paperwork.

Colquhoun (28) failed to appear at Caernarfon magistrates court via videolink from Falkirk Sheriff Court on Wednesday. She also failed to turn up at previous hearings.

Prosecutors for Anglesey Council said the Pomeranian puppies were brought into the port in a large bag and a dog carrier – they appeared to be in good condition but had no water and were ‘crammed in’.

Colquhoun claimed she had collected the dogs from a County Meath man for £1500 to give to her family. She was allowed to continue her journey after the puppies were given water.

But just a week before she returned to Holyhead, officers spoke to Colquhoun when she was found carrying four more Pormeranian dogs from Ireland.

The court heard that under welfare regulations, anyone must be authorised to carry more than five dogs.

Colquhoun was previously convicted in Scotland of being involved with illegal breeders dealing in ilicit online trafficking of animals. She had been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

But despite the fresh charges she faced, repeated attempts to contact her had failed and there was no evidence on why she didn’t attend court.

Caernarfon magistrates fined her £1,000 for each of the four charges along with a further £789 in costs and a victim surcharge of £100.

A spokesperson for Anglesey Council said on Thursday: ”Colquhoun blatantly disregarded the law in relation to transportation regulations that ensure the welfare of animals in transport.”

”Commercial transporters of animals must operate within the law and comply with importation and transport rules. These are serious matters and the Isle of Anglesey County Council will investigate such breaches and bring offenders before the courts.”

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