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Ellon puppy dealer sentenced to three-year ban on keeping dogs for animal neglect following Scottish SPCA investigation

By David Porter

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A woman from Ellon has pled guilty to animal neglect following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

The Scottish SPCA’s special investigation unit gathered multiple accounts from people who had bought puppies from Stacey McPhee and used them as evidence in their case against her.

All of the pups were sick with life threatening diseases.

An Ellon woman has received a three year ban from selling dogs
An Ellon woman has received a three year ban from selling dogs

McPhee, 23, of Esslemont Circle also had links with a property on St Mary’s Drive.

McPhee pled guilty to failing to provide veterinary care to three puppies under Section 19 (2) (a) & (b) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

She was sentenced to a three-year ban on keeping dogs and six months of supervision at Aberdeen Sherriff Court on Tuesday, August 24.

The Society’s special investigation unit had been gathering intelligence on the case since December 2019.

Numerous adverts on an online selling site were linked to McPhee.

On veterinary examination, the puppies were found not to have been vaccinated which led to them contracting potentially life-threatening diseases.

The three pups were a male cockapoo called Brodie and male and female cavalier King Charles’, called Alfredo and Roxy.

All three were found to have giardia. Without treatment this disease can be lethal.

All of the pups showed symptoms of the disease such as diarrhoea with blood and Alfredo and Brodie had heart murmurs.

Roxy had aspiration pneumonia which was caused by giardia.

An undercover inspector from the Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit said: “We found evidence McPhee has sold many sick or dying puppies to unsuspecting members of the public.

"She was selling these pups from her address and all of the people who bought from her spotted there was something wrong right away and immediately sought veterinary treatment.

“We welcome the sentence and the three-year ban is an ideal disruption tactic for someone such as McPhee who was a prolific offender and caused immeasurable heartbreak to people who bought sick and dying animals from her.

"We would urge members of the public not to buy from individuals like McPhee as no thought is given to the welfare of the animal; only how much money can be made.

“We will continue to do all we can to stop the low-welfare puppy trade, including through leading Operation Delphin, a multi-agency taskforce set up to disrupt the industry.”

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