Upper Rectory Farm, Cirencester kennel owner in court after dog death

Sarah Bliss pleaded guilty to looking after dogs at her home address, Upper Rectory Farm, Daglingworth, near Cirencester without a licence and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog named Fig.  

Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday, Monday, March 6 that Bliss failed to provide look after the dogs in her care during extremely hot temperatures in August last year.

Fig suffered from heatstroke while staying at the residence and subsequently died at the vets later on that day, the court heard.

Heatstroke occurs when a body overheats resulting in multiple organ failure.

Despite previously holding a licence to run a dog kennel, Bliss failed to renew it but still took on new bookings.

The defendant received a £2,000 fine plus a £400 victim surcharge and full court costs were awarded to the council. 

Prosecution was brought by the licensing team at Cotswold District Council with the assistance of the counter fraud and enforcement unit.

Juliet Layton, cabinet member for development management and licencing at CDC, said: “I am very grateful for the work of our licensing team and the counter fraud and enforcement unit on this case.

“It is positive news to hear about the successful outcome of this prosecution.

“Animal cruelty is a despicable crime and Cotswold District Council will not hesitate to take action whenever we learn offences are being committed.

“This verdict should act as a deterrent to anyone who neglects or ill-treats an animal in their care.”

To contact the Council with any concerns about animal welfare or animal licensing email fraud.referrals@cotswold.gov.uk or the licensing team at ers@cotswold.gov.uk 


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