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Peterculter sheep neglect man David Booth banned for life

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Image caption David Booth was also fined £8,000

A man caught with starving sheep and dead carcasses on his land in Aberdeen has been banned from keeping animals for life.

David Booth, 43, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering by leaving them without adequate care and nutrition at his Peterculter farm.

Animal welfare officers found 28 sheep in a thin and poor condition. A ram and a ewe lamb had to be put down.

The decomposing bodies of 16 sheep were also found.

Booth, who now lives in the Kyle of Lochalsh area, was also fined £8,000 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Annella Cowan said: "I have serious concerns about your position in regard to having any contact with livestock."

Following the case, Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Carle said: "I'm happy enough with the ban and I think that is the heaviest fine I've ever had against any of my cases.

"The important thing about the ban is that he shouldn't have anything to do with animals for the rest of his life."

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