Sheep and ewe © Wayne Hutchinson/FLPA / imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock© Wayne Hutchinson/FLPA / imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

A Scottish farmer has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to sheep and cattle.

George Pattullo, 67, from Blairgowrie, in Perthshire, was sentenced at Forfar Sheriff Court on Thursday (15 June) after he admitted animal welfare breaches.

He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 19 cattle, two of which were found decomposing in a shed, and approximately 250 sheep over the 16-month period.

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Inspectors found more than 50 decomposing sheep carcasses on his land in Lintrathen, Angus.

He pleaded guilty to other breaches under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, including failing to provide adequate supplies of nutrition and water, failing to provide dry bedding and a drained area over the same dates, and failing to provide adequate grazing, a suitable diet, and fresh water.

The offences were committed between December 2012 and April 2013.

Mr Pattullo narrowly escaped a jail term, but as well as the ban for keeping animals he was ordered to complete 300 hours of community service.

Sentencing Mr Pattullo, Sheriff Gregor Murray told him that society “expects a high quality of animal husbandry” on its farms.