On 21 March 1997, R Hill & Co's cattle were stolen by Sheriff Michael Fletcher and Procurator Fiscal David Howdle. In an illegal act R Hill & Co's entire herd were removed prior to any criminal proceedings. In so doing both men disregarded with total disdain an 85 year old statute and the rule of law.
Shepherd v. Menzies, 1900 2 F 443: “It has of course to be assumed that cruelty to animals is an offence,—that is to say, a crime. It is not so at common law, but it is made so by the Statute 13 and 14 Vict. cap. 92”.