Filthy Kennels Prosecuted

Press Release: 02/08/2007

A Wickham dog boarding kennels has been prosecuted by Winchester City Council Animal Licensing Inspectors after it was found to be in breach of licence conditions during an inspection prompted by a complaint.

The inspection of the kennels by Senior Animal Welfare Officer Zoë Martin revealed conditions described as totally unsanitary, with urine and deposits of faeces found in the exercise and sleeping areas. In addition, water and bedding had not been provided for dogs staying at the kennels.  Similar conditions were found in the cattery where cat litter trays had not been changed and water had not been provided.  A total of 19 breaches of the license conditions were found.

On Wednesday 1 August Malcolm Ellrich the license holder of Castle Farm Kennels and Cattery, Castle Farm Lane, Wickham, Fareham, pleaded guilty to the offences at Fareham Magistrates Court and was fined £4750 plus £1000 costs.

Commenting on the case, Winchester City Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Safety and the Environment, Councillor Frank Pearson said

“This prosecution demonstrates that the City Council will not tolerate flagrant disregard of legal requirements attached to licenses it issues. Pet owners have every right to expect the highest standards of care for their pets from commercial kennels whilst they are on holiday.

“Our policy has always been to work with businesses to ensure compliance with the law, but we will not hesitate to prosecute when required. I hope this prosecution with reassure pet owners and ensure that such premises within the Winchester City Council District maintain the standards expected”.