Scots councillor 'neglected cattle so badly' two cows had to be put down
18.03.2023 - 07:49
An Orkney councillor has been sentenced to more than 100 hours of unpaid work after neglecting his cattle so badly that two of them had to be put down.
James Robert Moar - councillor for East Mainland, Burray and South Ronaldsay - pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his livestock through failing to provide veterinary treatment, an adequate diet or suitable conditions.
Appearing at Kirkwall Sheriff Court today, the 68-year-old, from Deerness, was handed 120 hours of community service and a two-year supervision order.
Scottish SPCA inspector Andy Brown said he first received reports of concern for the cattle on May 5 last year. Upon their arrival to the Moar's premises, inspectors found several of the cows were malnourished and unable to move.
He explained: “We attended the address and could immediately see an emaciated, black cow lying down in a field. There were other cattle who were visibly very lame within the same field.
“Due to our concerns about the condition of the cattle, we immediately contacted a vet to attend and examine the animals. James Moar was out at the time but returned to the property when we called and advised him on the reason for our visit."
Mr Brown said one of the cows was lame on her left back leg, which was significantly swollen, and unable to walk more than four or five steps. Upon examination, the animal was found to have a serious infection, which had likely progressed over several weeks and was now deemed untreatable.
He added: “The cow was suffering from a severe infection in her left hind foot which had progressed to joint infection – this was an end stage foot infection with no chance of recovery. The vet advised Mr Moar that the cow would need to be euthanised immediately to