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Scottish ‘puppy farmer’ back in business

A PUPPY farmer branded ‘Cruella de Vil’ for selling sickly dogs is back in business just a year after her home was raided by animal protection officers.

Following an investigation by the Sunday Mail newspaper, the Scottish SPCA promised to investigate Christine Sullivan, who has been advertising pedigree puppies for sale at £400 a time from her new base.

Last year the newspaper exposed Sullivan for selling pets from a filthy caravan near Prestwick, Ayrshire. The anti-puppy farm group WAG were closely involved in the investigation which saw Sullivan’s operation closed down. However, she has now moved to a new home near Auchinleck and has started selling Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies for between £350 and £400 a time.

Susan Berry, 24, of Hamilton told the newspaper how a pup she bought from Sullivan died after only five days.

Between June 17 and July 31, six adverts were placed in local newspapers offering the animals for sale and included Sullivan's telephone number.

But Sullivan, who does not have a licence to sell the animals, denied she was back in the pup-selling business.

Last time Sullivan did not face criminal charges because the SSPCA could not prove neglect. However, an SSPCA spokeswoman commented: ‘Given that we have already dealt with Christine Sullivan in the past the Society has concerns that she's now taking puppies again.
Our officers will be paying her a visit in the future’.

Ken McKie, the Secretary of WAG told OUR DOGS: ‘It is a pity that having alerted the authorities it takes a newspaper to get action on this matter. This woman was closed down when in Prestwick and was not charged on the grounds that she would never do this again.

Sadly this is not true. WAG is now keeping a record of adverts in various newspapers and journals identifying various premises, many of which are unlicensed. It begs the question that a voluntary group and charity can identify these adverts but none of the local authorities charged with enforcing the law can.’