Woman accused of keeping unlicensed farm

Two of the dogs at Ethans Pet Resort. The accused, Lin Xiaoqun, 39, allegedly kept a farm without a valid licence and illegally carried out dog breeding activities. She is also accused of keeping eight dogs without a licence at the centre.
Two of the dogs at Ethans Pet Resort. The accused, Lin Xiaoqun, 39, allegedly kept a farm without a valid licence and illegally carried out dog breeding activities. She is also accused of keeping eight dogs without a licence at the centre.PHOTO: AVA

She allegedly kept a farm without a valid licence and illegally carried out dog breeding activities at Ethans Pet Resort at the Farmart Centre in Sungei Tengah Road.

Lin Xiaoqun, 39, was charged in court with the offence yesterday.

She is also accused of keeping eight dogs without a licence at the centre near Old Choa Chu Kang Road. However, the six female and two male dogs were micro- chipped.

The dogs comprised four weimaraners, two golden retrievers, a chow chow and a maremma.

Lin allegedly committed these offences on Feb 3.

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority prosecutor Yap Teck Chuan told the court that he will be proceeding on five charges. The remaining four will be taken into consideration.

Lin, who was unrepresented, said she intended to plead guilty to her offences. She will be back in court on June 14.

If convicted of keeping a farm without a licence and illegally carrying out dog breeding activities, she can be jailed up to a year and fined up to $10,000.

And if convicted of keeping a dog without a licence, she can be fined $5,000 on each charge.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2017, with the headline 'Woman accused of keeping unlicensed farm'. Print Edition | Subscribe