The trial is due to begin today of a Scottish gamekeeper from Millden Estate in the Angus Glens, who is accused of a number of animal welfare offences related to animal fighting.
Police Scotland and the Scottish SPCA raided a property on Millden Estate and another property in Aberdeenshire in October 2019 after intelligence suggested animal fighting was taking place. A number of dogs were seized (see here).
Alleged offences relating to the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 resulted in charges being brought against a gamekeeper in December 2020 (see here).
The charges relate to:
Section 19 concerning offences related to unnecessary suffering.
Section 23 concerning offences related to animal fights.
Section 24 concerning offences related to ensuring the welfare of animals.
This is an interesting case for a number of reasons and there’ll be much to say but for now, comments on this blog post will not be accepted until criminal proceedings have concluded.
UPDATE 2 November 2021: New trial date for Millden Estate gamekeeper accused of animal fighting offences (here)