Release date: 14 November 2019
An airline has been ordered to pay more than £4,500 for illegally flying pet dogs into Gatwick Airport.
Norwegian Air UK Ltd was fined £4,200 and ordered to pay £334.86 in costs and a £140 victim surcharge at Worthing Magistrates Court on Friday 8 November following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards.
Dogs illegally travelled in the aircraft cabin four times between February 2019 and July 2019.
None of these animals were recognised assistance dogs and in two cases the dogs had not had the required tapeworm treatment for entry into the UK. This meant they were not compliant with the PETS travel scheme.
The Court heard that the airline has had previous warnings from West Sussex Trading Standards for illegally transporting animals and had accepted simple cautions for similar offences.
Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “Although the dogs were compliant with their rabies vaccinations, it is vital that all other inoculations are also up to date to avoid transmission to people and other animals.
“For the safety of other passengers it is important that only bona-fide assistance dogs, trained by recognised training organisations, are allowed to travel in the cabin of aircraft.”
You can report concerns about illegally imported animals by contacting Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or online.