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Illegal dog feeding costs Penrith man nearly £3,000

Cumbria trading standards has successfully prosecuted a man who was illegally feeding the carcasses of dead cattle to his pack of hounds. 

Peter Richardson a 52-year-old man from Edenhall, near Penrith, pleaded guilty to breaking rules designed to prevent the spread of animal diseases at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Wednesday 11 March.

He collects dead cattle from local farms and processes them for feeding to his pack of hounds. During April 2014, a vet from Defra’s animal and plant health agency and a Cumbria county council trading standards animal health inspector visited his premises as a follow-up to previous visits where he had received advice for non-compliance. He also has previous convictions for similar offences.

They found that on five occasions between 2 July 2013 and 25 March 2014 he had collected the carcases of cattle aged over 48 months and fed them to his hounds. Cattle over the age of 48 months which die on farms must be brain sampled and tested for the presence of BSE by an approved operator. Mr Richardson is not approved to carry out this test. He had also failed to stain the meat in accordance with regulations and had not kept records relating to the collection of fallen stock.

He was fined £600 with a £30 victim surcharge and prosecution costs of £2126 were awarded, bringing the total to £2756. The offences were under the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2010 and the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013. 

Angela Jones, Cumbria county council’s assistant director for environment and regulatory services, said:

“The rules governing the disposal of fallen farm stock are part of a range of measures to protect the human and animal food chains from the potential risks of animal disease. It is disappointing that, although he was aware of the rules and had been given advice on how to comply, Mr Richardson continued to ignore them.”

For further information contact Cumbria county council's communications team on 01228 221008 or 226601. 

DATE: 13 March 2015