A woman who illegally tried to sell imported puppies from her home has been fined £500 and told to pay £1,000 costs by magistrates.
When the animals were discovered in December, they did not have the correct pet passport information and were under 15 weeks old, too young to have travelled.
Five dogs were taken from Rimkiene’s home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and placed in quarantine. One died while there, but the other four were returned to her after she paid the quarantine fees.
Rimkiene, 41, pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates Court on Wednesday, July 22 to five charges under unfair trading regulations, regarding the sale of misdescribed puppies, and importation regulations involving animals brought in without a valid rabies injection, microchip and pet passport.
Charles Snelling, prosecuting, said trading standards officers went to Rimkiene’s home under the pretence of buying a dog after a complaint was made to the RSPCA about the sale of misdescribed puppies.
“When trading standards visited the home, there were no pet passports for the dogs. When the passports were eventually supplied, they did not match the dogs,” he said.
Trading standards investigations found dogs sold by Rimkiene had been imported directly from her home country, Lithuania. She had bought them for £700 and was trying to sell them online for between £750 and £1,200.
Oliver Barrett, for Rimkiene, said the couriers who brought the dogs had given her the wrong documents. He said his client worked as a self-employed cleaner around building sites and she was looking to make a lot more money.
“She accepts it was her responsibility to have the right paperwork,” he said.
The court was told there were no concerns about the treatment of the animals in Rimkiene’s care.