A dog breeder from Talsarn near Lampeter has been found guilty for four charges relating to his dog breeding licence.

On 2 October 2020, at Aberystwyth Justice Centre, Mr Dorian Wyn Jones, who operates a licensed dog breeding establishment known as Dorwan Kennels from Penrheol, Talsarn, Lampeter was found guilty of 4 charges relating to contraventions of his dog breeding license conditions.

Over the three day trial, the Court heard evidence that Mr Dorian Wyn Jones had been granted a licence for 33 dogs. However, during a visit undertaken by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers on the 7 August 2019, they found 91 dogs at the premises excluding puppies, in clear breach of his license. In a further visit on the 4 September 2019, Council officers found the number of dogs had increased even further to 97 dogs.

As the kennels were not designed for such an increased number of dogs, they were found to be overcrowded on both visits in contravention of the minimum space standards that is required by the license conditions. The dogs had very little space in which to express normal behaviour, and were not given an appropriate environment that was free from fear and distress.

The District Judge found Mr Jones guilty of exceeding his licensed number of dogs and housing the animals in overcrowded conditions. The case was referred to the Crown Court for sentencing, and to determine an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.