A Manchester businessman has appeared in court accused of neglecting dozens of animals at an illicit dog breeding farm in Perthshire.
Daanyall Chowdhury faces allegations that he failed to get proper treatment for dogs and cats at South Cairnies Farm Cottage, near Glenalmond and caused them psychological distress and unnecessary suffering.
It is alleged the 28-year-old, who runs a security dog business called K9 Cube, exposed animals to loose electrical cables and unhygienic conditions, and failed to provide them with adequate ventilation, light and water.
Chowdhury appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on Friday and denied all charges against him.
The court heard about 65 dogs were seized from the farm in October as part of an operation involving the Scottish SPCA.
Fiscal depute David Currie said some of the dogs were pregnant and had since given birth, bringing the total number of animals to more than 100.
Chowdhury, whose address was given as Meldon Road, Manchester, will stand trial in July.
He has been handed an interim ban on keeping, dealing or transporting any animals “with the exception of any incidental contact” he may have as part of his employment.
It is alleged that, as a person responsible for animals, he did by act or omission cause them unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate care or treatment and fail to get veterinary advice or treatment for a series of health conditions.
According to court papers, the animals involved included a black and tan German Shepherd named Sophie – also known as Stacy – which had chronic skin disease, wounds between her toes, hair loss and overgrown nails.
It is further alleged another dog in his care, a female Spanish Mastiff-type dog called Dolly, suffered from dermatitis, eczema, an infected wound, hair loss and a matted coat.
Chowdhury is also accused of failing to get proper treatment for a Bengal cat called Bella or T, which had eye conditions, respiratory problems and neurological disease including severe ataxia.
It has since died.
It is alleged six dogs – Vixen, Sky, Sheba, Simba, Lexi and Kilo – suffered orthopaedic conditions including degrees of dysplasia and dogs Vixen, Holland, Flame and Property had ear conditions.
Six dogs – named in court documents as Flame, Kilo, Nancy, Coco, Roxy and Diago – suffered dental diseases, such as fractured teeth, it is alleged.
Chowdhury is further accused of failing to treat 16 cats, including one which has died, which had ear mite infestations and conjunctivitis.
Suffering and distress
The largest charge he faces states that between June 24, 2019 and October 28, 2020, he failed to take such steps as were reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the needs of 33 dogs, 17 puppies and 15 cats were met, by failing to provide them with an adequate environment.
It is alleged he exposed the animals to diarrhoea, faeces, urine, loose and exposed electrical cables and garden debris hazards and failed to provide them with adequate resting areas, dry bedding and adequate shelter from the elements.
Prosecutors accuse Chowdhury of failing to provide some of the animals with adequate ventilation, light, hydration, nutrition.
Several animals were not properly segregated, it is claimed.
Chowdhury is accused of failing to allow them to “exhibit normal behaviour patterns” or provide them with an hygienic environment.
It is claimed he failed to protect a number of the animals from disease, such as zootonic pathogens, other health conditions and suffering including psychological distress.
It is alleged by prosecutors that, between June 24 and October 28, last year, Chowdhury kept a breeding establishment for dogs at the farm which was not properly licensed.
Chowdhury, who tended pleas of not guilty to all of the nine charges, is scheduled to stand trial in July.
- In our initial report on these court proceedings, the wrong address was stated. Chowdhury is accused of offences at South Cairnies Farm Cottage. The Courier would like to make clear the property has no connection to South Cairnies Farm and the two are entirely separate. We are happy to clarify this matter and apologise for distress caused by this error.