Glasgow & West Scotland

Man admits selling sick puppies at illegal 'pet shop'

Marco Tondo Image copyright Spindrift
Image caption A court heard two of the puppies sold by Marco Tondo had to be put down.

A man has admitted selling a number of sick puppies at an illegal "pet shop".

Marco Tondo kept the dogs in cramped conditions at the address in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, in October 2018.

Two of the animals had to be put down shortly after they were sold while others were found to be unwell and underweight.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court Tondo, 32, pleaded guilty to causing the puppies "unnecessary suffering".

Tondo and co-accused Nadine Campbell, 31, both admitted to a separate crime that they did "keep a pet shop" without proper authority.

This involved the sale of five puppies while they also had eight other young dogs.

'Cramped cage'

Tondo, of Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, and Campbell, who lives at the address in Bishopbriggs, were bailed pending sentencing next month.

Both charges spanned a 10-day period in October 2018.

The single charge Tondo admitted stated he did fail to provide "appropriate accommodation" for the dogs.

During this time prosecutors said two ill puppies were kept in a "cramped cage".

One was sold suffering from a number of conditions including worms and stomach issues.

The animal needed urgent veterinary treatment and later had to be put down.

Another was sold that day also stricken from a host of problems including fleas and parasites.

'Underweight'

A third puppy was then bought on 21 October at an address in Larbert, Stirlingshire.

Prosecutors said the dog - which also had fleas - then "collapsed, was pale and had a fever".

Vets found it had signs of "organ damage". The dog died on 25 October.

A fourth puppy later sold also needed veterinary treatment.

The charge stated a number of puppies at the address in Bishopbriggs were "confined in a small cage" and others in a garden were "underweight".

No further background or information on the charges was heard.

Sheriff Alan Findlay adjourned the case for reports.