Hein in court again
breeder and former vet Dr Helen Hein was in court again last week after
she was prosecuted by her local authority for keeping breeding dogs without
case was heard on November 5th at Guildford Magistrates' Court where Hein
was found guilty of keeping a breeding establishment for dogs, without
a licence, contrary to the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973. The case was adjourned
until December 6th for pre sentencing reports.
had been banned from keeping dogs in 1998 after a prosecution was successfully
brought against her by the RSPCA for neglecting a large number of German
year a further fifty dogs were removed from Hein's home in Guildford in
a joint operation between RSPCA and NCDL officials after she was once
again found to be in breach of the original court order banning her from
Hein had been able to circumvent the order by moving in a "carer" for
the dogs in the form of friend Rachel Stafford.
Ms Stafford left Hein's Amberwells premises, meaning that the dogs were
once again in Hein's care thus breaching the court order.
current action relates to approximately 40 dogs which are believed to
still be on Hein's premises.
Hein was not available for comment. A spokesperson for Guildford Borough
Council simply confirmed that the court hearing had taken place.