In this morning’s [Sept 27] Plea Court, Wendy Francis pleaded guilty to unlawfully breeding Shih Tzu puppies and unlawfully keeping five dogs without permission to do so.
The Court heard that in May 2012, Ms Francis was reported as having a litter of puppies at her Warwick address.
In June 2012, having obtained a warrant, Police and the Animal Warden went to Ms Francis address and found a Shih Tzu and her four puppies, with the puppies kept in a playpen. The five dogs were impounded.
Ms Francis agreed that she did once have a licence for breeding puppies but she admitted that the licence had expired. She thought that she was still entitled to breed the puppies.
Asked what this offence’s maximum penalty was, the Prosecutor told Senior Magistrate Archie Warner that is was $10,000 fine and/or six months in prison.
Commenting: “Surely you don’t expect me to fine her $10,000”, the Magistrate finally set a fine of $400 on each of the two counts but gave Ms Francis until 27th October to pay the $800 total.
Ms Francis said that making the fine deadline would be difficult and asked for more time to pay. The Magistrate did not accede to her request.
A few days ago Ms Francis appeared in Court on another matter, where she denied five charges involving allegations of selling a car and pocketing the proceeds without actually giving over the car.
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