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A millionaire couple who cruelly forced bulldogs to have back-to-back pregnancies so they could sell their pups for profit in the pet boom have been ordered to pay back all the money they made.
Karl and Victoria Shellard made nearly £400,000 in the business of breeding, which they did by artificially inseminating the dogs.
They would then sell the young puppies for up to £20,000 each through their business ‘Posher Bulls’, a court has heard.
The pair had ignored advice to apply for a breeding license and managed to breed 67 litters in the years before they were caught out.
The couple claimed they were ‘distinguished, experienced breeders’ – despite making their animals deliver babies twice in a year.
Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, prosecutor Tim Evans chastised the couple and affirmed that the process of inducing repeated pregnancies is something legitimate breeders “never do”.
The couple’s cruel actions only came to light when their South Wales home was raided in 2019.
Yesterday (January 11) Karl, 43, and Victoria, 40, admitted to breaking animal welfare laws and were subsequently ordered to pay back £372,531.
Judge David Wynn Morgan said: “You were running a puppy farm to make money and you made a great deal of it indeed.
“You could have run an extremely profitable business if you were properly registered but you’re going to pay the price for that folly.’
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He added that people in west Wales will still remember the ‘sickening’ stories of the puppy farms and dogs breeding in ‘appalling and squalid’ conditions.
He continued: “The result of those scandals was the legislation put in place to monitor and regulate the breeding of dogs.
“That is why you were obliged to register your business so it could be properly regulated but you chose not to do it.”
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