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Puppy smugglers who were sentenced to four years in prison after keeping dogs in dirty conditions


Refugees Laura Kiseliova (39) and Raimondas Titas (37) from Little Hulton, Salford, Greater Manchester, were pictured at a trial during the December allegations

A woman who ran an illegal pet shop has been found in Barcelona and faces four years in prison – three years since she fled.

Laura Kiseliova, 40, was found in Spain to avoid her 2016 sentence – two days ago after a European arrest warrant was issued. She was convicted of dog smuggling in Manchester.

Kiseliova and her husband Raimondas Titas made more than £ 300,000 by illegally selling dogs in their Prestwich, Greater Manchester store.

Tita's whereabouts are still unknown, but he was also sentenced in his absence – yesterday at Manchester Crown Court to three years and six months in prison.

Kiseliova first boarded a ferry to Northern Ireland before crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland.

Kiseliova then boarded another ferry to mainland Europe and was arrested in Spain, but it is unclear whether she has vomited herself.

Kiseliova was convicted of smuggling dogs (pictured) that she bought in an illegal pet store in Greater Manchester and kept in tight cages

Kiseliova was convicted of smuggling dogs (pictured) that she bought in an illegal pet store in Greater Manchester and kept in tight cages

The dogs found included English and French bulldogs that were cramped and caged

The dogs found included English and French bulldogs that were cramped and caged

Kiseliova, who appeared in court alongside a Lithuanian interpreter, admitted to having committed an offense against the Bail Act by not turning to the court. She was taken into custody.

The case was adjourned until next week so that the same judge who sentenced Kiseliova three years ago could monitor the hearing.

Kiseliova pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including importing and passing on puppies as British breeding and failing to protect animals from suffering in 2016 – and was sentenced to four years in prison. However, the sentence was postponed by a year when she tried to withdraw her confession of guilt.

When she was to appear in court with her husband a year later, they fled the country and are said to have been hiding in Eastern Europe.

They were convicted in their absence last December after setting up an online puppy farm called "Pets313" and promoting "British bred" puppies.

After the couple were twice prevented from importing dogs into Kent ports, the Salford Council initiated an investigation.

Customers reported that the dogs' health deteriorated rapidly after they returned home - since they were kept in poor, cramped conditions since birth

Customers reported that the dogs' health deteriorated rapidly after they returned home – since they were kept in poor, cramped conditions since birth

The RSPCA said they found "cages and pens with different breeds of dog in almost every room" when they raided the couple's house

This dog was discovered in the couple's house

The RSPCA said they found "cages and pens with different breeds of dog in almost every room" when they raided the couple's house

A local veterinarian had also raised the alarm about a puppy that had been sold in the city but had an Eastern European microchip.

The police, along with RSPCA and trade standards officials, searched two homes in Salford and one in Prestwich.

A total of 41 dogs and puppies, as well as eight cats and kittens were found in the 2013 raid in Prestwich, and some were without important vaccinations.

An RSPCA officer discovered a litter of puppies in his "dirty bathroom" and cages with animals were stacked on top of each other in the garage.

They said in December, "It was clear that there were some cats and puppies that needed veterinary treatment right away, and unfortunately two of the puppies that were brought to the vets for treatment later died of parvovirus."

More than 40 pet passports on the property that didn't fit the dogs at home.

The animals included French bulldogs and pugs, and pedigree cats, and were sold between £ 800 and £ 1,000.

At the time of the conviction, chief inspector of the RSPCA-SOU, Ian Briggs, said: “It was obvious that this duo was trading and trading with a large number of animals and that many of them were not getting the proper care and veterinary care they needed. & # 39;

Some of the animals suffered from conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis or had sore and infected wounds.

Councilor David Lancaster, a leading member of the Salford City Council for environmental and community security, said he was "pleased" that Kiseliova had been caught and would be "brought back to justice" in the four years that she was to serve in 2016.

He added: "Kiseliova risked importing diseases from the animals she was so persistent with, as well as defrauding customers and their needs."

Some of the dogs, including French and English bulldogs, were found caged

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