Freedom of Information Request made to North Kesteven District Council (September 2015)
Summarised Questions and Answers:
Q1: For how many years have Little Rascals or its proprietors been granted a breeding establishment licence pursuant to the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 (as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999).
A: The earliest record of any licence held at those premises is 14 December 2004 as the Council’s Corporate Retention Schedule prescribes that this information should be kept no longer than 7 years.
Q2: Prior to being granted a breeding establishment licence under the current trading name of Little Rascals, were annual breeding establishment licences issued under any other name at the same location (i.e. Smart Puppies) and, if so, for how many years;
A: Licences are issued to the proprietors of the Dairies, Brant Broughton, and not issued to any trading name.
Q3: With regard to inspections which have taken place whilst the proprietors have traded under the name of ‘Little Rascals’, have all such inspections to date, annual or otherwise, been carried out completely unannounced;
Q4: If prior notice has ever been given of an impending inspection about to take place, what amount of notice was given and what form did such notice take (i.e. letter, email, telephone call);
A: Information not recorded.
Q5: Is it the responsibility of the local authority or of the breeding establishment themselves (Little Rascals) to stipulate which buildings and/or properties are used for the purposes of their dog breeding business;
A: The breeding establishment puts forward the buildings/ properties to be covered by the license conditions and these have to be approved if the structures are capable of meeting the license conditions.
Q6: If it is the responsibility of the dog breeding establishment themselves (Little Rascals) to stipulate which buildings and/or properties are used for the purposes of their dog breeding business, will the local authority licence inspector (officer of the authority) then disregard ALL other buildings and/or properties in the same vicinity which are owned by the proprietors of Little Rascals for the purposes of an annual licence inspection;
A: As above.
Q7: Is the local authority aware that other buildings and/or properties are used for dog breeding related purposes at Little Rascals’ business location;
Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act 1999 (Licence conditons 2(2)(i):
Q8: How many Breeding Bitches are Little Rascals licensed for;
A: 200. All requirements on the licence holders are specified in the breeding and pet shop licence for the premises.
Q9: Are breeding bitches officially listed on documents that local authority licence inspectors view during an inspection for any annual breeding licence renewal;
A: In accordance with clause 6.4, sub clauses 6.4.1. and 6.4.2 of the Breeding Licence, e.g:
6.4 RECORD-KEEPING : That accurate records in a form prescribed by regulations are kept at the premises and made available for inspection there by any officer of the local authority, or any veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner, authorised by the local authority to inspect the premises. 6.4.1 The Breeding of Dogs (LiThe Breeding of Dogs (Licensing Records) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999 No 3192) prescribe the form of records to be kept by licensed breeding establishments. These records must be accurate and kept on the premises and made available to local authority inspectors or any veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner authorised by the local authority. 6.4.2 A record must be kept by every licensed dog breeder for each breeding bitch providing the name of the bitch, date of birth, address where she is kept, breed, description, date of mating and details of sire. Licensed dog breeders must also keep a record of any litters, including the sex of the puppies, date of birth, weight, description and total number in the litter. The record must also show the details of sale, namely the date of sale, name and address of who was supplied and the status of the purchaser (i.e. private owner or pet shop).
Q10: If breeding bitches are required to be officially listed on documents but the licence inspectors do not view those documents during an annual inspection, are the proprietors (Little Rascals) required to submit the details of said documents to the local authority at a later date;
Q11: Are Little Rascals required to give the local authority information and details of all dogs that are or have become deceased;
A: There is no requirement in the licence on the proprietors to give the local authority information and details of dogs that are or have become deceased.
Q12: Are Little Rascals required to give the local authority information and details of all dogs which have been destroyed/euthanised;
A: There is no requirement in the licence on the proprietors to give the local authority information and details of dogs which have been destroyed/euthanised.
Q13: Are Little Rascals required to show how and by what means deceased/destroyed dogs and puppies are disposed of;
A: There is no requirement in the licence on the proprietors to show how and by what means deceased/destroyed dogs and puppies are disposed of.
Q14: Do Little Rascals have permission from the local authority to euthanise and dispose of dogs other than via a qualified vet;
A: We do not give permission to the proprietors to euthanise and dispose of dogs other than via a qualified vet. However such permission sits outside of the remit of the licensing regime.
Q15: If Little Rascals have such permission, in what manner do Little Rascals euthanise dogs and how do they dispose of them;
A: Not applicable.
Q16: If Little Rascals have such permission, is the location/means by which dogs and puppies are destroyed inspected as part of an annual licence inspection;
A: No/Not applicable.
Q17: Are Little Rascals required to give the local authority information and details regarding puppies and dogs they import/export from and to breeders/dealers/suppliers outside of the UK;
A: There is no requirement in the licences for the proprietors to show documentary proof or details of dogs and puppies that they sell to pet stores import or export.
Q18: Are Little Rascals required to show documentary proof that the pedigree papers they produce contain genuine information;
A: There is no requirement in the licences for the proprietors to show documentary proof that the pedigree papers they produce contain genuine information.