A Waltham Abbey man who was selling kittens without a licence pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before Chelmsford magistrates.
Mustafa Soydag of Orchard Gardens Waltham Abbey was before the court charged with:
- Selling kittens in the course of a business without the necessary licence granted by the Council
Evidence gathered by the Council’s Licensing team stated that Mr Soydag sold two Bengal kittens for a total of £3,000 and that shortly after their purchase they sadly died, despite veterinary intervention.
Investigations showed Mr Soydag did not have the necessary licence to sell the kittens. A licence is required for any premises where animals are sold, including a private home.
For selling the kittens without a licence magistrate gave Mr Soydag the standard credit for pleading guilty at the first available opportunity and imposed a Community Order requiring him to carry out 100 hours unpaid work within the next twelve months under the supervision of the Probation Service.
Mr Soydag was ordered to pay compensation to the purchaser of the kittens amounting to £1,500, as well as a total of £2,799.68 in costs and a victim surcharge payment of £75.
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Noise Abatement Notice
On the same day at Chelmsford Magistrates Court, evidence gathered by Environmental Enforcement Officers saw Mr Soydag also face prosecution for two breaches of a Noise Abatement Notice.
Mr Soydag had been served with a noise abatement notice in July 2020, requiring him to maintain the noise generated by dogs at his property at a level that would not cause a statutory nuisance to occupiers of noise sensitive premises. At a previous court hearing on 11 May 2021 Mr Soydag pleaded guilty to a breach of the abatement notice and received fines and costs totalling £1347.
Due to continuing complaints officers carried out further monitoring and witnessed dogs left unattended barking in the garden late at night on 2 July between 23:00pm and 00:15am and on 24 July between 23:21pm and 00:00am causing what was deemed to be a statutory nuisance.
Having taken advice from the Duty Solicitor Mr Soydag pleaded guilty to:
- 2 x breach of a Noise Abatement Notice served on him in July 2020 requiring him to reduce the level of noise caused by his dogs
The magistrates chose not to impose a separate penalty for breaches of the Noise Abatement Notice.
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