A woman who made thousands from an illegal puppy business and sold a dying pup to an unsuspecting customer has been spared jail.
Chloe Robinson, 26, admitted operating a business selling puppies without a licence when she appeared at the Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.
Robinson, of Mansell Road, Kensington, was nabbed after selling a sick pug puppy, called Doug, for £1,200.
The purchaser complained to the charity, Animal Protection Services , after the puppy died within hours of being collected.
The vets were unable to do anything to save the dog, which had to be put to sleep to prevent further pain and suffering.
James Parry, prosecuting, told the court that Animal Protection Services had discovered that Robinson had advertised three litters of puppies on two websites and stood to have gained £12,000 from her activities.
He added that Robinson did not have a licence to sell animals as pets as required.
Robinson told the court she was on benefits and had never worked but she had not repaid the money and could not recall what she had spent it on.
Christopher McMaster, defending, told the court that he didn’t think that compensation in this case was relevant because “commercial deals go wrong.”
District Judge James Clarke sentenced Robinson to a 12-month community order, with an electronically monitored curfew lasting eight weeks. She was also ordered to repay the £1,200 purchase price and the costs of the veterinary treatment.
In addition, Robinson was banned from keeping and dealing in dogs for three years.
A spokesman for Animal Protection Services said after sentencing: “We are committed to ending the illegal trade in puppies which causes so much unnecessary suffering to puppies and their families. This was the worst case we have successfully prosecuted to date”.