Culter sheep neglect farmer convicted

BANNED: David Booth is never allowed to keep animals again (sheep pictured are in perfect health and did not belong to Booth)
BANNED: David Booth is never allowed to keep animals again (sheep pictured are in perfect health and did not belong to Booth)

An Aberdeen farmer who neglected two sheep and failed to dispose of 16 carcasses has been banned from owning animals for life and fined £8,000 following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

David Booth, 43, formerly of North Lasts, Peterculter, was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday March 6.

This was a case of gross neglect.

Chief Inspector John Carle

Booth was previously found guilty of failing to provide an adequate diet or care to two sheep, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, and failing to dispose of 16 sheep carcasses, contrary to the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, Chief Inspector John Carle said: ““When I arrived there were two sheep in very poor condition. They were emaciated, weak and unable to stand.

“Sadly a vet advised there was nothing that could be done to save them and they were put to sleep to end their suffering.

“There were also several sheep carcasses lying around the field. Some had been dead for a long period of time as they were badly decomposed and had been eaten by other animals.

“This was a case of gross neglect, with Booth having little or no knowledge of farming. He simply used the sheep as a way of trying to gain planning permission for a house.

“A competent stockman would have readily identified any problems with the livestock on the farm and dealt with them appropriately.

“Despite being found guilty by the court, Booth will still not accept responsibility for what happened.

“We welcome the lifetime ban Booth has received and believe the heavy fine sends out a strong message that those who neglect animals will be dealt with by the courts.”