Man convicted of illegally importing dogs

Published Monday, 6th March 2017
Staffordshire bull terrier
Staffordshire bull terrier

A Rotherham man has been ordered to pay fines and compensation after he admitted importing dogs into the United Kingdom without health certificates.

Stefan Lukac, 35, formally of Ramsden Road, Moorgate, now residing at Hollowgate, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 28 February, 2017.

The court heard the imported dogs had not been properly vaccinated against rabies and had been sold to members of the public using well known sites.

In addition to a £120 fine, Mr Lukac was ordered to pay £551.25 compensation to the person he sold one of the imported dogs to. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said the Council will always ensure steps are taken to ensure the community is protected.

She added: “The dogs are now being properly taken care of, but Mr Lukac’s actions by illegally importing dogs put the health of animals and the general public at risk from diseases such as rabies.

“We are pleased that the court supported our action in this case.”