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Cocker breeder fined

A NOTTinghamshire Cocker Spaniel breeder has been fined after she sold a pedigree dog that was five years older than she claimed.

Judith Ann Dodd is reported to have sold a seven-year-old cocker spaniel, which cost her £50, to a couple for £150 in January 2008, telling them it was two-years-old and giving them a Kennel Club Breeder Registration Certificate, which related to a completely different dog.

She pleaded guilty to one charge under the Trade Descriptions Act. Nottingham Crown Court heard she had a previous conviction for selling a horse that was older than described.

Judge Bennett said the offence was mean and a dishonest way to make money.

He imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered that she pay compensation of £126 to the purchasers of the dog and £300 court costs.

Coun Mick Murphy, cabinet member for community safety at Notts County Council, said: ‘Animal breeders must stick to the same rules as people selling any other product. By lying about the age of the dog, Mrs Dodd was ripping off the couple she sold it to.