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WAG accused of ‘witch hunt’


A BREEDER has slammed anti-puppy farming camapign group WAG for conducting a ‘witch hunt’ against her.

Mrs Liz Baird was banned, on 18th March this year, by magistrates from selling puppies or dogs which are not fit, healthy or conform to the breed at time of purchase. The action was brought in Kilmarnock Sherriff Court by East Ayrshire Council’s Trading Standards office.

During the hearing Mrs Baird, of Hillbank Kennels near Hurlford, Ayrshire, bitterly attacked those complaining about her business, singling out specifically the Waterside Action Group (WAG). She also accused Trading Standards of conducting a ‘personal vendetta’.

Mrs Baird told the court: ‘I'm a reputable dealer. There isn't a breeder in the country who hasn't had some pups that are ill or die. ‘If a cow dies in a field nobody has a go at the farmer. It's just a part of the industry I'm in.’

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Ken McKie on behalf of WAG said: ‘Hillbank Kennels and the actions of Mrs Baird has been subject of numerous complaints and this case has highlighted this.’

He added ‘ … if WAG is going to be accused of being behind the troubles of any alleged illegal activities concerning the trade of puppy farming we will see this as a compliment.’

Mrs Baird has decided to continue to go to trial for other offences of which she stands accused. A move welcomed by WAG who feel this will allow the public to judge for themselves as to how she runs her business. ‘We will continue to monitor the situation and where necessary ‘stick our oar in’,’ added Mr McKie.