Kennels owner broke dog ban
Once again Hillbank Kennels is in the news following the latest tenant Ms Nadia Carlyle breaking her ban for keeping dogs. Prosecuted under the 1911 Protection of Animals act for nine charges of causing unnecessary suffering to nineteen Utonagan dogs and puppies which were removed from her Forest of Dean home, by the RSPCA.
RSPCA prosecutor Martin Prowle alleged that Carlyle had kept up to 30 dogs in filthy conditions at her small home. The animals were seized by the charity and police. A bitch was described as being ‘in a shocking condition and emaciated’ and couldn’t feed her pups because she had no milk. Ms Carlyle is appealing against this ban.
Ms Carlyle got round the ban by applying for a licence using a false name. Ms Carlyle took the name of the deceased porn star Paige Summers, the real Ms Summers having died as a result of a drugs overdose in 2003. Calling herself Paige Summers she has applied for a licence to trade as a boarding kennel.
Ken McKie of Waterside Action Group (WAG) told Our Dogs that within a very short time of her getting set up WAG was inundated with information from people who had been to the kennels and were not happy with conditions there. This was also widely reported in two Scottish newspapers one of which was the Kilmarnock Standard. A reporter from the Kilmarnock Standard a Mr Ian Russell visited the kennels and reported “The Utonagans looked underfed and stressed and obviously weren’t used to extensive contact with people. One or two appeared decidedly nervous. Another, named Apollo, had just been brought back from the vet who was said to be ‘shocked’ at the condition of the animal’s condition”.
Some of the dogs escaped from the kennels and worried sheep, killing one and wounding others, on a neighbouring farm, this led to Ms Carlyle being charged under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act and her previous ban and false application for a license came to light.
Had Ms Carlyle been banned under the new Animal Welfare Act she would only be banned from keeping animals in the country in which the ban was made, so if banned in England or Wales this ban would not apply in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Ken McKie said, “This loophole needs to be closed as soon as possible, and WAG will be campaigning to make this happen”.
Ms Carlyle was told on 25th August by the court she must re-home the eighteen dogs she has at her Ayrshire premises. This she has done but with friends who have a kennel in Norfolk, it has been alleged that as soon as she is settled the dogs will be returned to her. Ms Carlyle has moved from the premises in Ayrshire and is now believed to be in Leicestershire where she hopes to re-locate the dogs to, eventually.
Our Dogs has been in touch with Leicestershire County Council to ask if there were any restrictions to setting up keeping dogs as a breeding or boarding kennel generally and were told that while the County Council does not deal with dog licensing or dog issues, all the local district councils in the county have the same guidelines to work with. Usually if any reports are made of dogs causing a nuisance or dogs being neglected they do pass this on to the local RSPCA to deal with. Asked if they could alert local district councils about false applications being made in respect of licensing premises to be used as breeding or boarding kennels they said they could send out a warning to the district councils to be aware.
Ms Carlyle was a founder member of the Utoganan society, but has had her membership revoked under the club rules, any member found to be in breach of the Society’s constitution or Breeders code of Ethics, bringing the society into disrepute, will no longer be allowed to continue being a member.