Tayside and Central Scotland

Man guilty of 'cruel' Plean puppy farm

Image caption Prosecutors said the animals were kept in "deplorable conditions"

A man has admitted keeping dozens of puppies in "appalling" conditions at a farm near Falkirk.

Prosecutors said Charles Swan, from Stirling, had seen the dogs as "nothing more than commodities".

The 57 animals were kept at a farm near Plean between 31 May and 5 August 2011.

Swan, 67, pled guilty to keeping an unlicensed pet shop, failing to ensure the welfare of the animals and causing unnecessary suffering to a number of the dogs.

Shona McJannett, a specialist wildlife prosecutor told Falkirk Sheriff Court: "The condition of the dogs and the manner in which they lived was deplorable yet Charles Swan saw these animals as nothing more than commodities.

"The manner in which Swan conducted his enterprise was not only cruel but undercuts those who are involved in the legitimate pet trade and adhere to best practice in ensuring the welfare of their animals."

The prosecutor said that most of the dogs had now been rehomed by the Scottish SPCA.

She added: "This prosecution should serve as a very clear warning to those who seek to profit in the unregulated trade of domestic pets."

Sentence was deferred until 31 May.

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