Property tycoon admits to horrific neglect of animals
A millionaire property tycoon from Northern Ireland has admitted “horrific” neglect of 19 ponies and donkeys in a catalogue of cruelty that shocked animal protection agencies.
One donkey’s head collar was so tight it cut into the animal’s skin and the wound was infested with maggots.
The distressed animal was in so much pain vets had to put it to sleep.
Shocked inspectors in Scotland found the animals bleeding in a field owned by Kathryn Brady in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, 12 miles from her £400,000 home in Lesmahagow.
Another pony had deep cuts and open wounds to its legs caused by debris dumped in the field, including corrugated metal and discarded electric fencing.
Brady — who runs Scottish property firm KBApartments — admitted three charges of animal neglect at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
But she refused to take responsibility when confronted by the Sunday Mail, even trying to blame the SSPCA.
Brady (35), originally from Newry, said: “The animals were in that state when I bought them two years ago for £4,000.
“I bought them over the internet and was conned. I was told they were all healthy.
“I contacted the SSPCA and Trading Standards at the time but they did nothing to help me.”
The Scottish SPCA report on Brady’s animals states: “A one-year-old donkey was found lying on the ground and struggled to get up when approached. Her head was saturated with blood.
“Her collar had become embedded in her head due to it being too tight and had cut the flesh round her nose and ears, the wounds were deep and gaping and maggots were feeding off the dead tissue.
“Due to her extremely poor body condition and suffering the vet advised immediate euthanasia.”
A post-mortem revealed that the collar had penetrated the skin to the level of the bone at two points. Four other donkeys in the field had head collars that were too tight. Another donkey had a painful suspected hernia the size of a football on its side.
Mum-of-one Brady, who owns more than 60 flats and properties in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, now faces a lengthy ban from owning or breeding animals and a huge fine.
Brady, who also breeds Labradors, will be sentenced next month.