Anonymous tip-offs to the RSPCA have resulted in a St Albans’ man being given an increased ban on keeping animals.
Lee Turner, aged 28, had been running an online dog security company called “Max K9 security” since 2009, which involved him offering trained dogs for sale.
That same year he was disqualified from keeping all animals for five years, after pleading guilty to three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
He was running the company from his parents’ address in Ver Road, St Albans but keeping his dogs at the home of his ex-girlfriend at 421a Hatfield Road.
A series of anonymous calls were made to the RSPCA in July 2012 claiming that Turner had started up the business again.
A police warrant was issued when it became clear that he was breaching his ban and a Belgian Shepherd cross dog, called Luga, was seized from the address in Hatfield Road.
He pleaded guilty to breaching his disqualification order at Watford Magistrates Court.
The court was told that he had been involved in working with dogs from early 2012 and until November 2012. He had been advertising dogs for sale on the internet and recruiting dog handlers.
Turner was fined £1,000, ordered to pay costs of £2,333.54 together with a victim surcharge of £15 and a seizure order was made in respect of the dog, Luga. The magistrates also extended his ban on all animals by six months to 25 March 2015.
RSPCA Inspector, Kirsty Withnall, said: “We are very grateful to the people who called to let us know that Turner was still pursuing his business and pleased that the court has seen fit to extend his ban on keeping animals.”
Ryan O'Meara is group editor at Total Pet Publishing. A former professional dog trainer, Ryan is a frequent commentator in the media on a wide variety of canine issues including dog attacks, animal welfare and dog behaviour.