Police and animal welfare agencies yesterday rushed into a controversial Lanarkshire veterinary practice amid concerns over animal abuse.
The raid at Platinum Vets and K9 Fertility in Strathaven, came amid an investigation into owner Scott Bennett, who has been linked to the drug race and gang feuds.
The police were accompanied by investigators from the SSPCA, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Drugs Directorate.
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A fire engine also arrived to help officials search the scene.
The home Bennett shares with his partner Lynn Brockett, a mile from Strathaven, was also raided, with officials examining his kennel complex, which was used to swap puppies.
Bennett, 41, has been an extremely controversial figure since moving to Strathaven where he built the kennel without a building permit before obtaining a retrospective permit.
He then opened two pet care stores, including the city’s Common Green premises, specializing in fertility treatment for breeds like French Bulldogs, American Bullies and Chihuahuas.
The Record was informed of the downfall of residents, who were appalled at the growth of Bennett’s businesses in the city, moving into a former bank.
A witness said: “We could see a flood of people entering after the police sealed the door. It seemed like they weren’t letting anyone in and out for a while.
“Serious-looking people came in with clipboards and came out an hour later.”
Police said the raid was “part of a joint investigation into suspected animal welfare violations.”
Bennett was shot in the face in an alleged gang attack in December 2019. It was reported that the bullet got stuck in his neck after being targeted outside a veterinary practice in Cambuslang, near Glasgow .
Bennett, who employs a veterinarian in his Strathaven practice, offers artificial insemination, progesterone testing, DNA sampling and sperm shipping, as well as puppy microchipping.
Just a month before he was shot, his home in Brae Farm was raided by police, trade standards officers and the SSPCA.
Cops seized phones, documents and computers but he was not charged.
Bennett was jailed in 2016 for cannabis trafficking after police found 6kg of drugs and £ 3,940 hidden in the dashboard of his van in Old Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire.
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