The Scottish SPCA has been fined £5,000 for failing to protect the health and safety of workers at a former rescue centre.
The fine – the first in the charity’s 178-year history – was imposed after the society admitted breaching health and safety law at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
The court heard personnel at the now closed Middlebank Wildlife Centre, near Dunfermline, were put at risk of exposure to hazardous allergens from birds’ droppings and feathers.
A Scottish SPCA spokesman said: “This is the first time the society has had criminal proceedings taken against it for failing to comply with its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
“We would like to reassure our staff, supporters and stakeholders all professional advice and recommendations in relation to risks associated with housing wild birds have been acted on.”