A millionaire in North Lanarkshire, Scotland has been banned for life from ever owning any animals. On Tuesday, the unlicensed dog breeder, Christopher Gorman was sentenced at the Airdrie Sheriff Court after he was found guilty of three charges of animal cruelty for failing to provide veterinary treatment to two mastiff pups suffering from parvo virus, deliberately striking dogs in his care with a strip of wood, and failing to ensure a suitable environment including shelter, warmth and access to appropriate food and water.
Video footage captured by an eyewitness, who heard aggressive barking in the rear of Gorman’s home located at Killearn Crescent, Plains, was turned over to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The disturbing footage filmed on June 3, 2016 showed Gorman repeatedly beating the 11 dogs with a large wooden slat. When animal cruelty investigators arrived at the location, the dogs were found to be living in filthy conditions with feces scattered throughout the yard.
In the kitchen, investigating animal welfare officers found two mastiff puppies lying near the kitchen; one puppy had died and the other was so sick, he had to be humanely euthanized. The puppies suffered from parvo virus; Gorman never consulted with a veterinarian for their care. Gorman had been selling the dogs for profit.
According to Sara Shaw, head of the wildlife and environmental crime unit, Gorman had been guilty of widespread neglect. He had appealed an earlier conviction for animal cruelty that previously banned him from keeping animals for ten years
“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,” Shaw stated.
In addition to the lifetime ban on keeping animals, Gorman was fined $3,440.
(Photos of conditions by Crown Office of unlicensed dog breeder)
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