Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Full story – How callous Perthshire puppy dealer’s cruelty was exposed

The Courier reveals how heartless Daanyaal Chowdhury's was brought to justice for sickening animal neglect.

Daanyaal Chowdhury admitted neglecting dogs and cats in Perthshire.
Daanyaal Chowdhury admitted neglecting dogs and cats in Perthshire.

Animal welfare officers uncovered a house of horrors when they were called to investigate Daanyaal Chowdhury’s security dog business near Perth.

Local vets raised the alarm when they were presented with two of his dogs, including a German Shepherd called Sophie who was riddled with skin diseases.

Perth Sheriff Court was shown shocking video footage showing kittens and puppies crammed into a tiny, ramshackle cottage in the Glenalmond countryside.

Older dogs kept in outdoor kennels were “desperate to get out” and had even gnawed through walls in a bid to escape, inspectors said.

Conditions at the farm were so bad they posed a public health risk, the court heard.

Hotline complaint sparked probe

Manchester-based Chowdhury, 29, was this week banned from keeping animals for five years after admitting three counts of neglect between April and October 2020.

Fiscal depute Andrew Harding said a complaint about Chowdhury was made to the SSPCA hotline on the morning of October 28, 2020.

Inspectors were told his dog Sophie was being treated at a local vets.

“Areas of her skin were infected and weeping,” Mr Harding said. “Some with blood, some with puss.

“Sophie was squeaking during an inspection of her skin, indicating that areas of her body were painful.”

Sophie’s alarming condition triggered the wider inquiry

As well as chronic skin disease, she had suffered hair loss and overgrown nails.

“Her skin would have been like this for at least two months,” the fiscal depute told the court.

Sophie was rescued from the site

Site inspection

Later that morning, police and SSPCA officers descended on the farm.

“The premises was described as chaotic and hazardous,” Mr Harding said.

Chowdhury was not at the house when they arrived.

The ramshackle site at Glenalmond. Image: DC Thomson

The team found groups of puppies and kittens kept within the property, and larger dogs in homemade kennels out back.

“The stench inside the house of faeces and urine was extremely strong,” Mr Harding told the court. “It was stuffy because all of the windows were closed.

“No food or water was evident in most rooms.”

The court heard that outside kennels were also strewn with filth and dog waste.

There were barely any dog beds and the accommodation was not water tight.

“Some of these kennels had no non-artificial light and all inside areas were dark,” the fiscal depute said.

The site was ruled ‘unacceptable and unhygienic’

“All the dogs themselves seemed to be desperate to get out and had eaten through areas, leaving holes, and had gnawed through wood.”

The court heard the cats’ enclosures were “excessively dirty, to the extent they were overflowing”.

SSPCA inspectors ruled the site was “unacceptable and unhygienic,” leaving dogs prone to disease.

“There was no provision to prevent the spread of disease or infection, therefore likely to cause suffering,” said Mr Harding.

Rescue operation

Documents recovered from the cottage named Chowdhury as the person responsible for the animals.

He was phoned from the site by an SSCPA inspector.

He claimed he was in a Covid tier three area in Manchester, and could not travel to Perthshire.

Daanyaal Chowdhury appeared at Perth Sheriff Court.

The businessman was told that his animals would be seized.

All puppies and a starving Bengal kitten were the first to be rescued. They were loaded into a van and taken to an animal rescue and rehoming centre.

En route, the animals drank from a water bowl “ravenously”.

The kitten – called Bella – was found to be suffering from multiple diseases and a condition known as star-gazing that caused her head to tilt upright.

“Unfortunately, despite working hard to improve Bella’s quality of life, she developed chronic cat flu, due to changes in the bones inside her airways,” Mr Harding said.

“Her welfare was discussed and it was agreed she should be euthanised as they could not secure a quality of life for her.”

SSPCA’s legal success

Mr Harding said that an inspection of the animals found some “zoonotic” pathogens.

“That means they could effect humans as well as other animals,” he said. “Any animals sold from the premises represented a potential public health risk.”

The site was described as “hugely unhygienic, poorly organised, inhumane and placed animals in danger”.

Following legal action against Chowdhury’s firm in 2021, the SSPCA won permission to rehome all the surviving cats and dogs.

“They are all now being groomed and cared for regularly,” said Mr Harding.

For the latest court cases across Tayside and Fife, join our Courts Facebook page.