Canterbury City Council has secured a court injunction to prevent a company called Doodlepets Ltd from running a dog breeding establishment or selling puppies anywhere within the Canterbury district.
The injunction also applies to two individuals – Angela Manning, Doodlepets Ltd’s sole director, and Ian Thomas, who has been heavily involved in running the business in the past. The company, which breeds cockapoo puppies, is based in Pilgrims Lane, Whitstable.
Council officers gained the injunction at a hearing at Margate County Court yesterday (Wednesday 4 April). It is a permanent injunction and can only be lifted if the company, or the individuals, applies for, and are granted, a breeding licence from the council.
As well as the injunction, the council was awarded £750 in costs.
The injunction covers the whole of Canterbury district. Council officers will be making neighbouring local authorities aware of the case.
Officers are also liaising closely with the RSPCA regarding the dogs that are still at the premises in Pilgrims Lane.
The council’s Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, Doug Rattray, said: “We’re very pleased the court granted the injunction. It sends a clear message that we will not tolerate unlicensed dog breeders in our district.”
The council has previously successfully prosecuted Mr Thomas after dead cockapoo puppies he was transporting to the tip in Canterbury were discovered strewn across a country lane in Whitstable (as pictured above). He was fined £960 and ordered to pay more than £400 in costs in that case.