A puppy farmer is awaiting sentencing thanks to an investigation by the Scottish SPCA, which discovered various Bulldog breeds living in appalling conditions at a property in Airdrie. The charity was initially alerted to the situation by concerned puppy buyers.
Yesterday, Christopher Gorman was found guilty of selling dogs without a licence, causing unnecessary suffering, exposing dogs to unsatisfactory conditions and failure to provide the necessary nutrition. He will be sentenced at the end of June.
One dog in Gorman's care was found to be such a poor condition it was put to sleep. Nevertheless, Gorman seems to have run a successful if illegal business on the backs of such suffering, with his assets reportedly worth £1.2 million.
Commenting on both the investigation and court case, an undercover Scottish SPCA inspector said, “Gorman did not have a licence to sell dogs but continued to do so over a long period of time.
“There were 45 animals in his care, all of which were suffering from health problems such as cherry eye, diarrhoea and vomiting.
“Upon inspection, the dogs were seen to be roaming around together and there was no separation for breed, age, sex and size.
“The conditions were not appropriate for the number of dogs being kept and bred, and posed serious hygiene concerns, specifically the ability to disinfect and prevent the spread of infection and disease.
"There were faeces all over the yard and inside the house and this would have increased the risk of spread of disease, worms and infection. There was also no bedding for the dogs in their kennels."
The inspector continued, “Unfortunately, the puppy trade is big business in Scotland with breeders like Gorman operating from their own premises as well as thousands of dogs being brought into the country each year from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They are then sold on at huge profit by the dealers as this kind of business puts profit before an animal’s health and wellbeing.
“We are all continuing to work together which is testament to everyone’s commitment to tackle this growing problem.”
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