A WOMAN who makes a living from importing dogs from Poland has been convicted of bringing animals into the country illegally.
Anna Mazue, 33, of Halliday Crescent, Eastney, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court today to eight charges of importing 29 dogs into Britain from Poland.
Between December 2012 and March 2013, 23 French bulldogs, Beagles and Labradors were imported by Mazur through Portsmouth International Port, but the dogs did not carry the necessary completed, signed health certificates required for importation into the UK.
UK health certificates are the most appropriate means of guaranteeing and monitoring compliance with the requirements to stop rabies being introduced into the UK.
Mazur is an agent for a dog-importing and selling business run by her partner’s family in Poland. She accepts litters of puppies sent by courier from Poland and accommodates the dogs in her flat whilst she advertises and handles their sale through UK websites.
Portsmouth’s environmental health officers were alerted when an Oxford vet became suspicious after examining one of the animals sold by Anna Mazur. When he inspected the animal’s paperwork he realised that it was incorrect and alerted Oxford City Council who contacted colleagues in Portsmouth.
The magistrate took into account the early plea and sentenced her to two years conditional discharge. This means that if the defendant commits any offence within two years then the charges brought about her today will be taken into consideration.
Portsmouth City Council was awarded full costs of £1,466.26.
Steve Bell, team leader from Portsmouth City Council’s Environmental Health Team, said: ‘We are really pleased with the outcome of this case.
‘Legislation is in place to protect the health of UK residents from animal diseases such as rabies and we hope that this case will serve as a deterrent to other people considering carrying out illegal activity in Portsmouth.’
The puppies have now spent the required 21 days in quarantine and are all now back with their new owners.