Man denies animal neglect costs after dozens of cats and canine seized from Perthshire farm

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The director of a private security firm has turned down a catalog of charges related to the welfare of 33 dogs, 17 puppies and 15 cats in a remote rural Perthshire location.

The animals are believed to have been housed for more than 16 months at the South Cairnies Farm Cottage in Glenalmond, near the prestigious Glenalmond College, in poor conditions, some without adequate ventilation, light, hydration and nutrition.

The 28-year-old Daanyaal Chowdhury is said to have been the “responsible person” for dogs and cats under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006.

However, it is alleged that he failed to ensure that their needs were met through best practice by not providing dry beds, adequate protection from the elements and adequate rest areas between June 24, 2019 and October 28, 2020 made available.

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He is also accused of exposing them to loose and exposed electrical cables and garden litter hazards, and that they are “not allowed to behave normally”.

In addition, part of one of the detailed charges alleges that Chowdhury exposed the animals to “diarrhea, feces and urine”.

It is further alleged that on a series of dates in 2020 he caused 18 of the dogs and 17 cats – one that later died – “unnecessary suffering” by not providing adequate care and treatment and by not providing veterinary advice or treatment received for them while they were suffering from a number of different conditions.

The cat that is believed to have died was a female Bengal named Bella who reportedly suffered from respiratory and eye disorders, as well as neurological conditions including severe ataxia (impaired coordination). It is said that he failed to give her veterinary advice or treatment.

It is believed that the other 16 cats suffered from health problems such as ear mite infestation and conjunctivitis.

One of the dogs, a black and brown German shepherd named Sophie, is said to have chronic skin diseases, wounds between the toes, hair loss and overgrown nails.

Another, a Spanish Mastiff woman named Dolly, is said to have had dermatitis, eczema, an infected wound, hair loss and matted fur.

In addition to the eight charges brought under the Animal Health and Welfare Act, a ninth count alleges that Chowdhurry violated the 1973 Dog Breeding Act.

In addition to the eight censuses covered by the Animal Health and Welfare Act, a final indictment alleges that between June 24, 2019 and October 28, 2020, Chowdhury again ran a kennel in South Cairnies for dogs that were not under supervision of a license issued in accordance with the provisions of the 1973 Legislature.

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An attorney for the defendant, who gave his address as Meldon Road, Manchester, said he was a director of K9 Cube Ltd.

The lawyer claimed that his client had no “direct control” over the dogs and that he did not run the kennels.

There were handlers who worked for him and had “direct contact” with the animals.

The animals were removed last October under the auspices of the SSPCA.

All charges were found not guilty and were released on bail.

The trial was scheduled for July 13th and an earlier hearing for June 24th.