Norfolk dog breeder duped unsuspecting pet owners, court hears

Lisa Walsh at Norwich Crown Court.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Lisa Walsh at Norwich Crown Court. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
9:31 AM

A woman who paid £495 for a puppy she thought was Kennel Club registered has told a court how the pet had to be treated by a vet after it had diarrhoea.

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Lisa Walsh, 47, whose address held by Norwich Crown Court is Mill Road, Barnham Broom, operated a dog breeding business from a variety of addresses, in Norfolk, including a rental property Greenacres Farm, Tasburgh, as well as in Cheshire.

The prosecution claim she also falsified paperwork to give the misleading impression the puppies had been inoculated prior to sale, against deadly diseases such as parvovirus, when they had not.

Norfolk dog breeder fraudulently traded puppies, court hears

A dog owner who bought a puppy from Walsh in November 2011 after seeing an advert said she paid cash for the puppy after attending an address at Tasburgh.

Norwich Crown Court heard that she was provided with a receipt and a puppy care sheet and was informed the Kennel Club registration would be forwarded onto her.

On arriving home the woman said the puppy was very “subdued” which was initially put down to him having left his litter. But the dog had diarrhoea and was taken to the vets in Dereham where it was put on medication although he continued to have problems.

After a second visit to the vets she was given more antibiotics and a science food plan but despite the special diet the diarrhoea continued.

She contacted Walsh to ask where the Kennel Club registration documents were and was told there were problems as her husband had died and she was trying to get the registration details changed into her name.

When she did eventually get Kennel Club documentation she was sent registration details for a female when it was a male she had purchased.

After the woman, who admitted she was “frustrated”, phoned Walsh back to inform her of the problem with the document she said she was told to “get stuffed” by the defendant who put the phone down.

Jude Durr, defending, suggested the woman was “angry” and “confrontational” when she spoke to Walsh who he said never told her to “get stuffed” and did not put the phone down.

The woman insisted it was not something she had “made up” although admitted it was not in her statement.

Walsh has denied participating in a fraudulent business between September 2009 and October 2012.

She also denied the transfer of criminal property, £43,652, into a Norwich and Peterborough account knowing it was the product of fraudulent trading.

The trial continues.

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