An Aylesbury man has been fined thousands of pounds for illegally bringing a dog into the country.
Zoldan Senkar, of Tennyson Road, imported the Pug puppy from Slovakia without proper documents and sold it to a Witney family for £500.
The 43 year old was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 at Oxford Magistrates Court.
After buying the puppy from Senkar, the new owners took it to a vet who discovered it had not been micro-chipped and had not been vaccinated against rabies.
As a result, Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards team carried out an investigation and found Senkar could give no reasonable explanation as to how the pug came into the country.
The puppy was placed in quarantine and has since been re-homed.
Councillor Louise Chapman, cabinet member for policy coordination at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “This family were duped into thinking they had a purchased a dog that was legal to be in this county, therefore having the correct vaccinations and had been micro-chipped.
“There are strict rules in place on movements of pets to protect against rabies entering the UK and to protect the animal’s welfare.
“Those that look to evade these rules are breaking the law and we are determined to crack down on this illegal trade.”