A DOG breeder is being investigated following claims he sold puppies which carried infectious diseases.
Licensing chiefs from South Derbyshire District Council, as well as a veterinary surgeon, were called in to inspect Andrew Molloy's premises in Bretby after he reapplied to be allowed to breed pups.
It was also claimed that the puppies bred in Greysich Lane were falsely advertised as pedigrees.
Mr Molloy's previous licence expired last year amid a series of complaints from people who had bought puppies.
Six complaints were made to trading standards during 2013. Two puppies were found to have the highly contagious parvovirus infection, which can be fatal, while two others had giardia, an intestinal infection.
Mr Molloy told investigators that the puppies had been imported from his cousin in Ireland, but insisted that he now intends to breed them himself. He has also created an isolation kennel for the puppies in a bid to prevent any spread of disease.
Despite Mr Molloy's pledge, Robert Bostock, from the Cockburn Veterinary Group, who carried out the inspection, said he was worried about 'further outbreaks of disease'.
In a report summarising his findings, Mr Cockburn said: "This level of complaints is a serious issue which I am sure is due to importation of young pups from Ireland.
"I have dealt with facts for Mr Molloy but the facts confirm my worries of the scale of puppy importation, and despite his assertion that everything is fine I worry about further outbreaks of disease."
Should Mr Molloy be given the all clear to resume breeding, he said he intends to breed only huskies and pomskys.
A decision is due to be made at a hearing on September 1.