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Agenda and draft minutes

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Contact: John Turner, Democratic Services  Email: john.turner@sheffield.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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1.1

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Vickie Priestley.

 

2.

Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

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2.1

No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

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3.1

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 - Dog Breeding - Barbarian Corso Kennel pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer

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4.1

The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report on an application made under the Animal Welfare (Licencing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 for a review of a licence for breeding dogs in respect of the Barbarian Corso Kennel (Ref No. 11/21).

 

 

4.2

Present at the meeting were Mark Parry (Environmental Enforcement Team Manager), Shaun Bell (Animal Control Welfare Officer) and Lindsey Hodkin (Animal Health Inspector) (Environmental Regulation, Applicants), Carmen Pintea (Licence Holder), Claire Bower (Principal Licensing Policy and Strategy Officer), Marie-Claire Frankie (Solicitor to the Sub-Committee) and John Turner (Democratic Services).

 

 

4.3

Claire Bower presented the report to the Sub-Committee and stated  that references submitted by the licence holder had been circulated to Members of the Sub-Committee prior to the hearing.

 

 

4.4

Mark Parry, on behalf of the applicants, reported that on 27th January 2020, Ms Pintea had pleaded guilty in Court for failing to notify the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of a trade import of dogs.  He stated that the facts surrounding the conviction gave the Environmental Regulation Service cause for concern regarding a potential risk to the welfare of the animals covered by the licence.  Ms Pintea had advised that she had never seen the dogs, and that they were being imported as part of her breeding programme.  Mr Parry stressed that any trade imports required a Health Import Certificate and notification being given to DEFRA.  In addition, the dogs were required to be kept at the import address and inspected by a vet.  It was indicated that Ms Pintea was now claiming that the dogs had been imported as pets, although she had never seen them.  When officers from the Environmental Regulation Service visited Ms Pintea’s address to investigate the import, the dogs were not there, and had been passed on to other addresses, meaning that if any of them had any diseases, it could have been spread.  As well as stating that she had mistakenly forgotten to inform DEFRA, Ms Pintea also contrived to import the dogs as pets, which did not require the notification to DEFRA.  Mr Parry added that Ms Pintea had claimed that she was familiar with trade imports.  She had been advised by her partner that the dogs had been imported from Serbia, therefore would have been aware that the rabies control measures had not been observed, but she had not informed the authorities. The Service had further concerns following a visit made to the Pintea’s premises in June 2020, and Mr Parry referred to the written statements of Shaun Bell and Lindsey Hodkin, which were included in the agenda papers, made after such visit.  The officers had found that the number of dogs on the premises had exceeded the maximum number allowed under the licence, and that a cropped and docked dog had been imported from Romania.  Ms Pintea claimed that this dog was old, therefore could not be quarantined.  It was further found that Ms Pintea had provided a false address on the Health Import  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.