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‘Puppy farm’ couple who illegally imported hundreds of dogs and cats to the UK are wanted by police

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Arrest warrants have been provided for a couple who trafficked designer pet dogs from Eastern Europe offering them unlawfully from a leased rural home.Laura Kiseliova

, 37, and Raimondas Titas, 36, were due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Friday for their part in benefiting from the anguish of the animals they smuggled.But the set, both of Ladywell Avenue, Little Hulton, stopped working to show up for their sentencing hearing.Judge Richard Mansell QC released warrants for the couple who masterminded the highly-lucrative organisation bringing in ₤ 300,000 in 18 months.Playing on the growing desire for canines like Pugs, and French and English bulldogs, pups were sold for approximately ₤ 2,000 each.< figure data-mod=image itemprop =image itemscope =itemscope itemtype =http://schema.org/ImageObject > One of the young puppies recovered from the illegal farm Learn more Buyers, duped by charming online pictures, presumed they were getting animals, typically with Kennel Club registration,

bred in Britain. But they had actually been trafficked from Eastern European nations then offeredheldby

Kiseliova and Titas, showed 308 pets and 202 cats had been

sold.But trading requirements officers who investigated the set reckon the true figure is a lot more, as 729 animals had actually been registered with an animal insurance business. Senior Trading Standards Officer Gareth Hollingsworth with the body of evidence his team gathered to hinder the couple’s prohibited operation Learn more Operation Wolf, the probe into the couple, began in early January 2013

with a tip-off handled by Salford trading standards officer, Gareth Hollingworth.”Intelligence had actually come through that five pet dogs-French bulldogs-that were predestined for Salford, had been stopped at Dover by the Animal and Plant and Health Firm. “They had actually been quarantined because they were not delighted the canines were the best age-to travel they have to be 3 months old, and they were considered

to be a lot more youthful-and they must have been brought in a licensed automobile,”said Gareth.Five days later on he looked out to another 5 pets -pugs-being seized at Dover. They were heading for an address in the exact same street-Kimberley Street in Greater

Broughton -as the very first batch, with incorrect names and addresses.The upper limitation at the time for bringing in pet dogs to the UK was five, before they became a commercial import, and needed extra medical examination.

Raimondas Titas and Laura Kiseliova leaving Manchester Crown Court at a previous hearing

Gareth visited one of the addresses in Feburary 2013 and discovered no pet dogs, but Laura Kiseliova showed up to “equate” for her friend who lived at the house.She declared her

buddy was purchasing and offering pets in Lithuania by means of the web and the young puppies which had actually pertained to England had a new owner who had actually not changed the documents – a tissue of lies.Gareth stated:

” It was clear Laura was controlling the conversation. I was very suspicious of what her friend was stating, and Laura seemed extremely analytical about these pet dogs that had been stopped at Dover. She also chose not to give her name.”

More queries exposed Kiseliova constantly imported animals into the UK using incorrect names and addresses, and that she had actually sold dogs after marketing on a genuine website, from her house in Devonshire Street, Higher Broughton. In July 2013 Bury trading standards then received problems about young puppies purchased from the couple, which had been ill.In November 2013 officers backed by the RSPCA, GMP, and APHA, robbed three properties in Ladywell Opportunity Little Hulton, Devonshire Street, Salford and Green Hill, Prestwich.

“The Little Hulton home they were doing up and were going to have kennels there. At Green Hill we discovered 49 animals – 41 canines and 8 felines,” Gareth said.

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