Daniel Nistor, of Windermere Avenue, Purfleet, failed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Friday (2 August) when he was prosecuted by Thurrock Council under the Animal Health Act and Rabies (Importation of cats, dogs, and other mammals) Order.
The court heard Thurrock Council was informed of concerns that Nestor’s Shar Pei had been brought into the country illegally. Officers visited the address and Nestor confirmed the dog was his and he had brought it into the country through the Channel Tunnel in December 2012.
He also admitted the dog had not been vaccinated against rabies. He agreed to pay for kennelling of the dog.
However, the court was told that although Nestor declined an interview under caution, he had been informed of Friday’s court date and although he was not in court the case was proved in his absence.
Magistrates fined Nistor £1,000, ordered him to pay full prosecution costs of £1,665, and a victim surcharge of £100.