Police puppy breeder in cruelty ban
A POLICE wildlife officer has been warned to stop breeding dogs after a probe by animal cruelty experts, after being accused of selling a crippled puppy as a pet.
An investigation into Mhairi Davidson was launched after the Sunday Mail revealed she was being sued by a customer who claims his dog is barely able to stand.
Shaun Nield, 40, of Edinburgh, is suing the Central Scotland Police constable for £35,000 after buying a Bernese mountain dog from her for £750 last year. He had to call in vets within months after it emerged that Zack, now 18 months old, was developing serious leg problems.
Shaun has gone to court claiming Davidson is breaking the law by breeding dogs she knows have a history of health problems. The Scottish SPCA warned Davidson not to continue breeding.
Senior police from Central Scotland professional standards section also launched an inquiry into Davidson, who has been moved to other duties.
Shaun said yesterday: "I'm delighted she has been warned." His £35,000 claim is based on treatment and medication for Zack.
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