Hamilton, South Lanarkshire: Wilfried Vangenechten

#TheList breeder and kennel owner Wilfried Frederik Anna Vangenechten, born September 1959, of Avon Bridge Lodge, Old Avon Road, Ferniegair, Hamilton ML3 7UH – neglected dogs so badly they had to be put down

Breeder Wilfried Vangenechten neglected dogs in his care
Breeder Wilfried Vangenechten neglected dogs in his care

Wilfried Vangenechten’s kennels business was raided by the Scottish SPCA responding to a tip-off about distressed animals being kept there. Officers discovered a total of 17 dogs including Cairn terriers, West Highland terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Schnauzers and Shih Tzus being kept in horrific conditions.

Dogs rescued from Will Vangenechten's kennels in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Dogs rescued from Will Vangenechten’s disgusting boarding/breeding kennels in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

Some of the dogs were underweight with matted fur and suffering skin complaints. Sadly four of the dogs were so poorly they had to be put to sleep.

Belgian national Vangenechten admitted causing the dogs unnecessary suffering between February and March 2019.

It also emerged that he was operating the business without an appropriate licence.

The sheriff banned him for five years and acknowledged that her decision would shut his business down but allowed him to keep a pet dog and a flock of chickens.

She added: “As I had indicated previously, I have considered all of the matters and information before the court and I have no option but to impose a disqualification order for a period of five years.

“The order will prohibit you keeping any animals apart from your pet dog and the six poultry birds, but you cannot deal, work with or take possession of animals over that period.

“I have given careful consideration to whether any other disposal would be appropriate but after considering all before me I’m not going to impose anything further.

“I acknowledge that the sentence of the court today will shut down your business and livelihood”.

Sentencing: banned from keeping animals for five years.

Daily Record

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