Laura Kiseliova was sentenced to four years in prison after importing puppies and passing them off as UK bred and failing to protect animals from suffering.
Kiseliova had been due to appear before Manchester Magistrates’ Court in June 2017 with co-defendant Raimondas Titas, but they did not turn up. The pair had been caught selling dogs, which were kept in dirty, cramped cages, from an illegal pet shop in Prestwich.
It’s estimated that Kiseliova and Titas had made around 680 sales at £800 and £1,000 each.
A local vet also raised the alarm about a puppy that had been sold in Salford, but which had an Eastern European microchip.
Police, along with the RSPCA and trading standards officers, raided two houses in Salford and one in Prestwich. During the raid in Prestwich, in 2013, 41 dogs and puppies and eight cats and kittens were found. Officers found more than 40 pet passports at the property, which didn’t match the dogs at the home.
Speaking at the time of the sentencing, RSPCA SOU Chief Insp Ian Briggs said: “It was obvious that this duo were dealing and trading in a large number of animals and that many of them were not receiving the appropriate care and veterinary attention they needed. Some of the animals were suffering from problems such as conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis or had sore and infected wounds.” Adding “Kiseliova risked importing diseases with the animals she traded so callously as well as defrauding customers and causing them distress.”
On Tuesday (yesterday), Salford City Council confirmed that Kiseliova had been arrested in Spain and is due in court this week.