A man has been jailed after admitting a number of animal welfare and fraud offences relating to the selling of dogs.
Jamie Parvizi, of Stone Chair Lane, Scholar Green – on the border of Staffordshire and Cheshire – appeared at Warrington Crown Court on Wednesday last week and was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
He had previously admitted 13 fraud offences – for making false representations as to the condition and breeding of puppies – and eight animal welfare offences.
Parvizi was also disqualified from keeping animals for life by the judge, who said he had sentenced with the ‘financial and emotional harm’ to the victims in mind. He described the case as one of ‘sophisticated fraud’.
The RSPCA launched an investigation into the sale of puppies in Staffordshire in 2014 after receiving a number of reports and complaints from people who had bought dogs that had then fallen ill.
“We do not believe Parvizi was breeding these dogs himself but was importing from abroad and then selling the pups on,” said RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford, who led the investigation.
“We are seeing more and more cases whereby dealers and sellers are going to great lengths in order to convince prospective buyers that the puppies have been home-bred and well looked after and to dupe them out of their money.
“That’s why Parvizi has been charged with fraud offences as well as animal welfare offences.”
The 10 puppies seized by police were taken in by RSPCA centres and placed into foster care. They can now go off to their new homes.