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Bulldog breeders ordered to pay £400,000 for what they did to their dogs

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Deciding to get a puppy from a breeder has to be a well thought-through decision. Indeed, you want to make sure you’re dealing with a professional and not a puppy farmer.

By Justine Seraphin

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Karl and Victoria Shellard have been breeding English Bulldogs in South Wales since 2014. 

Over the years, they sold hundreds of puppies and made quite a name for themselves. Thanks to their colourful Instagram account which gained over 40K followers, they became nationally and internationally recognised for breeding their dogs.

Breeders break animal welfare laws

However, when the couple’s home was raided by authorities in 2019, it was discovered that they had never applied for a breeding license. Tools used for artificial insemination were also found, which lead investigators to discovering that the couple had disregarded animal welfare laws.

Indeed, they forced their dogs to have back-to-back litters – usually two a year – whilst the law clearly states dogs should not be having more than one litter a year. Plus, Bulldogs cannot give birth without a C-section, which means they need additional recovery time before they can get pregnant and endure a C-section again. 

After finally applying for a breeding license in February 2021, it was denied them due to poorly-managed health issues, unfit accommodation for the dogs, a lack of understanding of the guidelines and poor isolation facilities for unvaccinated dogs.

Backyard Bulldog breeders pay the price

Over 6 years’ time, it is thought that the couple delivered 67 litters of puppies and made £372K off of them. Some of their pups they sold for a whopping £20,000.


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In court, Judge David Wynn Morgan told the couple: 

"You were running a puppy farm and doing it to make money, and you made a great deal of money 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."

The couple were both fined £19,000 and ordered to pay back £372,531 - or face two years in prison.

See also: Another puppy gone, victim of an illegal puppy farm

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