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Unlicensed pet shop prosecuted

An unlicenced pet shop, based in Kettering, has received a £300 fine as well as £230 costs and victim surcharge.

At Northampton Magistrates’ Court, Mr Isgar of Avenue Terrace, Kettering pleaded guilty to an offence under the Pet Animals Act 1951.

Following a complaint from a member of the public in August 2015, Kettering Council officers investigated business activities at Mr Isgar’s home address.

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Mr Isgar’s pet shop licence had expired in 2013, but he had continued in business since then, trading as I-Koi Limited, including online on Ebay and Facebook.
Shirley Plenderleith, head of public services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “The Authority is becoming increasingly concerned by the large number of animals, including fish, being sold by private individuals in quantities which indicate that this may be a business falling within pet animal legislation.
“If anyone suspects that someone is selling animals on a commercial basis within the Borough of Kettering then we will investigate any information received.”
Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association, chief executive Keith Davenport has praised the outcome: “I very much welcome the actions taken by Kettering Borough Council and hope it sets an example to other councils.”

“We are concerned that ‘enterprises’ that trade on and through the internet and social media sites can avoid the inspections and costs that bona-fide businesses like our members have to incur. And of course the public do not get the same consumer protection buying from an individual that they do buying from a business.

“Royal Mail has also recently confirmed to us that it will not accept fish (except small fish fry) or hard corals for postage so we would urge customers not to buy from people who say they ship fish or hard corals through the post.”


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