Nicola Ruth Palmer of Adams Place, Kesgrave, Ipswich has been summoned to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court by Animal Protection Services for theft and unlicensed dog breeding offences following an alleged dog theft from Phoenix Rehoming, a dog rescue charity. Nicola Palmer must appear before the Courts on Wednesday 6th January 2021.
Animal Protection Services is a registered charity that investigates and prosecutes organised animal crime. It is an unusual charity in that it both investigates and prosecutes cases, using private prosecution powers contained within section 6 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.
A spokesperson for Animal Protection Services said: “Dog theft is on the rise and should be taken seriously. During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for puppies as pets has increased inciting the involvement of unlicensed breeders, some of whom are opportunists and others connected to organised crime. Whilst the prices charged for pets has doubled, the costs of rearing a litter of puppies has not.”
“According to research, dog thefts were 65% higher during lockdown. We are committed to ending dog theft through adequate enforcement of legislation”, added the spokesperson.
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