AN EVESHAM man who illegally brought a dog in to the UK without the required rabies jab has walked away from court with a £300 fine.
Ventseslav Georgiev, of Old School Court, Hampton, pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrates Court on Thursday, March 24 to illegally bringing a Chihuahua puppy in to the country
The court heard how Georgiev had bought the puppy whilst on holiday as he knew that it would be cheaper to buy the dog abroad.
Georgiev had also not purchased a ferry ticket for the puppy, therefore failing to disclose that the puppy was being brought in to the UK.
The missing vaccination was spotted in September of last year when Georgiev took the Chihuahua puppy to a local veterinary surgery.
The vets noticed the puppy’s pet passport failed to show the necessary vaccination and then contacted Trading Standards officers at Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS).
Officers then visited the surgery where they confirmed the passport was invalid as the puppy had not been vaccinated and it was then immediately placed in quarantine.
Georgiev was handed a 12 month conditional discharge and was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge, having also paid for the puppy’s quarantine fees and subsequent vaccinations.
A WRS spokesperson said: “Whilst the UK is rabies-free it must be remembered that the disease is present in many other countries throughout the world and consequently the strict legal controls on bringing animals into the UK must be adhered to, to prevent rabies being brought into the country.
“The Animal Health Act 1981 includes controls to prevent the spread or risk of disease to other animals so we take this seriously and this case demonstrates that pet owners must ensure they have the proper paperwork when taking their pets abroad.”