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Unlicensed dog breeder given lifetime ban

A man has been given a lifetime ban on keeping animals and fined £2,600 for allowing the death of a puppy in his care and repeatedly striking dogs with a large piece of wood.

54 year old Christopher Gorman, an unlicensed pet shop owner, was found guilty of three charges under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 on 28 September 2017. The offences occurred in June 2016 at his home address in Plains, North Lanarkshire.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard that on 3 June 2016, a witness heard a large pack of dogs barking aggressively in the rear garden at Gorman’s home.

The witness filmed Gorman repeatedly striking the dogs on the body with a piece of wood. The witness contacted the Scottish SPCA and their inspectors were granted permission to carry out a search of the premises.

A large number of dogs were found in the garden with no form of segregation. The conditions were described as filthy, with large quantities of faecal matter over a significant area of the rear garden.

During the search two mastiff puppies were found lying beneath a radiator in a room adjacent to the kitchen.

One of the pups was dead and the other had to be put down. A post mortem examination concluded that one of the pups had died from canine parvovirus.

Sara Shaw, Head of the Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit said:

“I welcome the conviction and sentence of Christopher Gorman.

“This was a case of widespread and indiscriminate neglect and the dogs in Gorman’s care were caused terrible and unnecessary suffering with Gorman failing to provide them with a suitable environment or adequate care.

“We expect the highest standards of commercial dog breeders and are committed to working with the Scottish SPCA and the police to ensure that those who do not meet these standards are held to account.”