Businessman accused of neglecting cats and dogs at Perthshire farm

A court date has been set for a businessman charged with neglecting dozens of animals on an alleged dog breeding farm in Perthshire.

Daanyall Chowdhury, who runs a security company in Manchester, is accused of inappropriately treating dogs and cats at South Cairnies Farm Cottage near Glenalmond, causing them psychological distress and unnecessary suffering.

The 28-year-old appeared before the Perth Sheriff Court in May and denied all charges.

The case was called again this week and a trial date previously set for next month has been postponed to November.

Chowdhury, whose address was given as Meldon Road, Manchester, did not appear in court for the final hearing.

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The court had previously heard that 65 dogs were confiscated from the farm in October as part of an operation by the Scottish SPCA.

Fiscal Deputate David Currie said some of the dogs were pregnant and have since given birth, bringing the total number of animals to more than 100.

Chowdhury faces allegations that he exposed animals to loose electrical cables and unsanitary conditions, and did not provide them with adequate ventilation, light and water.

He was temporarily banned from keeping, trading or transporting animals “with the exception of casual contact” as part of his employment.

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South Cairnie Farm Cottage

It is alleged that, as a person responsible for animals, he caused, by act or omission, unnecessary suffering, by failing to provide adequate care or treatment, and by not receiving veterinary advice or treatment for health problems.

According to court records, the animals involved were a black and brown German Shepherd named Sophie – also known as Stacy – who suffered from a chronic skin condition, wounds between the toes, hair loss and overgrown nails.

Another dog in his care, a Spanish Mastiff-type dog named Dolly, is said to have suffered from dermatitis, eczema, an infected wound, hair loss and a matted coat.

Chowdhury is also alleged to have failed to properly treat a Bengal cat named Bella or T who had eye conditions, breathing problems, and neurological conditions including severe ataxia.

It has since died, according to court records.

It is said that six dogs – Vixen, Sky, Sheba, Simba, Lexi and Kilo – suffered from orthopedic conditions including dysplasia and the dogs Vixen, Holland, Flame and Property had ear problems.

Six dogs – named in court records as Flame, Kilo, Nancy, Coco, Roxy and Diago – suffered from dental diseases such as broken teeth, it is said.

Chowdhury is also charged with not treating 16 cats, including one who died from ear mite infestation and conjunctivitis.

“Suffering and Need”

The longest charge against him states that between June 24, 2019 and October 28, 2020, he did not take any steps that were reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the needs of 33 dogs, 17 puppies and 15 cats were met by not providing them with an adequate environment.

It is alleged that he exposed the animals to litter, loose and exposed electrical cables, and garden debris, and failed to provide them with adequate resting places, dry bedding, and adequate protection from the elements.

Prosecutors accuse Chowdhury of inadequate ventilation, light, hydration and food for some of the animals.

Several animals were not properly separated, it is said.

Chowdhury is accused of not allowing them to “display normal behavior” or providing a hygienic environment.

It is alleged that he failed to protect a number of the animals from diseases such as zootonic pathogens, other health conditions and ailments including psychological distress.

Prosecutors allege Chowdhury ran a dog breed on the farm between June 24 and October 28 last year, which was not properly licensed.