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Sting of the Day: Nottingham ‘barbaric’ badger killer Paul Tomlinson jailed

A man who killed two badgers in a “barbaric” attack using two dogs has been sent to prison. Paul Tomlinson, 29, from Nottingham, filmed the attacks and discussed it on social media, in June 2014.

Tomlinson, of Melford Road, was jailed for 20 weeks and banned from keeping dogs for three years, at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

The RSPCA described Tomlinson’s actions as “barbaric” and would not be tolerated in modern society.

Dog in a cageThe RSPCA said the dogs sustained injuries in the fights too

Tomlinson was charged with two counts of wilfully killing or attempting to kill a badger, contrary to the Protection of Badgers Act, on 5 and 23 June 2014.

He was also accused of keeping three Lurcher dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, contrary to the Animal Welfare Act.

Magistrate Pam Draper told Tomlinson: “You kept and trained dogs for fighting, enabling them to kill the badgers.

“You videoed this happening and posted it on social media and the dogs sustained injuries.”

Dog being led away by RSPCA officersTomlinson was also charged with keeping Lurcher dogs for fighting

After the sentencing Mike Butcher, RSPCA’s chief inspector, said Tomlinson went out to “deliberately attack” animals.

“That can’t be tolerated. In this day and age it’s a barbaric way to pass your time – it’s amazing how many people do this and how prevalent it is,” Mr Butcher said.

“It was organised, it was thought about, so that should always contain a jail sentence.”

Article taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35562978

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Sting of the Day: Six arrested over suspected hare coursing in Wiltshire

Six men have been arrested on suspicion of hare coursing offences in Wiltshire.

Greyhound chasing a hare

Police said they were called by farmers in the Devizes, Avebury and Winterbourne areas after two suspects were seen with Lurcher-type dogs.

Officers also stopped and seized a vehicle believed to be “involved in hare coursing a short time earlier”.

The men have been arrested on suspicion of daytime trespass in search/pursuit of game and are due to appear in court at a later date.

They have also been ordered not to return to Wiltshire before their court appearance, police said.

Since 2005, hare coursing has been illegal throughout the UK. The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs.

Article taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-35181884

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Sting of the Day: Man arrested following cowardly dog attack in Lancashire

A 37 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after a video was released by the RSPCA of a dog being punched.

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Police, with RSPCA inspector Charlotte Booker and dog warden Gareth Aspey, made an arrest of a man in Nelson today. A dog has been seized under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

A spokesman for the RSPCA, said: “A man has been arrested under the Animal Welfare Act after an RSPCA appeal for information.

“The man is now at a local police station and will be interviewed by the RSPCA, who are leading the investigation.

“The dog, an adult bull terrier, has been checked over by a vet and is doing well. She is in RSPCA care.”

RSPCA inspector Booker said: “The response we have had from the public over the past 48 hours has been absolutely huge and we are grateful to everyone who has shared our appeal, and who has been in touch with the information we needed.”

The appeal was viewed 3.5 million times on Facebook, shared more than 16,000 times and generated over 10,700 comments from concerned animal-lovers.

“While we understand people will want more information, this is now an active investigation so we can’t say any more at this time,” added RSPCA inspector Booker.

PC Nigel Keates said: “We understand this is an emotive subject but we urge restraint and request names and addresses are not banded about on social media as this may jeopardise any future prosecution.

Article taken from: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/14148268.Man_arrested_after_video_of_brutal_dog_attack_goes_viral/

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Sting of the Day: Shocking footage show puppies dumped in buckets at illegal puppy farm in Stockport

Shocking footage released over the weekend shows sick and dying puppies dumped in buckets at an illegal puppy farm in Stockport.

The heartbreaking video has been released by the RSPCA after three puppy dealers were jailed and banned from keeping animals for life today.

Peter Jones and Grace Banks – formerly known as Lily Cooper – and Julian King earned up to £35,000 a week by importing and selling sick and dying puppies to heartbroken buyers.

The trio used fake names, homes and even set up their own ‘pedigree registration’ company to con buyers who thought they were buying healthy puppies raised in a home environment.

Details of the five year investigation – the biggest in RSPCA history – have been revealed after Jones, 32, Banks, 28, both of Reed Street, Gorton, Manchester, and King, 30, of The Links, Hyde, were sentenced at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today.

Footage taken by undercover RSPCA officers shows puppies being delivered from Ireland to ‘holding’ kennels at the rear of a house in Marple Road in Stockport, seconds before police and RSPCA inspectors swooped on the defendants.

The bodies of four dead Yorkshire terrier puppies were found at the property – one in a wheelie bin outside, two in a plastic bucket in the footwell of a car parked on the driveway and one in the utility room, which was still in the same pen as a live puppy.

In total inspectors discovered 87 live puppies, including Yorkshire terriers, huskies, West Highland terriers, pomeranians, Labradors, beagles, shih tzus, French bulldogs, cockapoos and more. The average advertised price for these puppies at the time was approximately £600 each.

RSPCA chief inspector Ian Briggs, speaking after the sentencing, said: “They left a trail of broken hearted people in their wake. People who handed over their money in good faith for what they had been told would be a happy and healthy new member of the family.

“Instead, what many were left with was a huge vet bill and the devastation of seeing a much loved pet go through the agony of disease and sickness.

“This case has lifted the lid on the levels of deceit these people will go to in order to make money without any consideration for the sickness and suffering of the puppies they were selling.”

King was jailed for six months, while Jones and Banks will serve five months in custody.

Both Jones and King breached their 10-year bans on keeping dogs after previously being successfully prosecuted by the RSPCA for animal cruelty offences.

King must pay £2,500 costs, Jones will pay £2,100 and Banks must pay £4,500.

All three have now been banned from keeping any animal for life.

Article taken from: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/watch-shocking-footage-show-puppies-10233263

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Sting of the Day: Men jailed for torturing and killing baby deer in Wales

Two men have been jailed for the “barbaric” torture and killing of a baby deer in a video they filmed on a mobile phone in Wales.

baby deer

Toby Humphreys, 22, and Jac Parry Roberts, 19, were each sentenced to eight weeks in prison at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Humphreys was accused of holding down the animal, strangling it with his hands and eventually standing on its neck it tried to escape, the Daily Post reported.

Roberts was seen on the recording punching it in the face and allegedly later slit the deer’s throat with a knife.

Both men, from Porthmadog, pleaded guilty to killing the young roe deer on 17 August last year, in Gwynedd.

The court was told that at least three other people were present during the attack and could be heard talking in the background, with one holding a light and others filming.

Head magistrate Peter Lunt-Williams described the crime as “barbaric”, the BBC reported, but defence lawyers said the deer had already been injured by a dog bite.

The crime was discovered when footage of it was found by police on a mobile phone seized during an unrelated search in December.

Sergeant Rob Taylor, from North Wales Police, said Monday’s sentencing was the “conclusion of a disturbing investigation involving a cruel act on a very young deer”, calling the case “very unpleasant”.

“We will continue to proactively pursue those who engage in this behaviour,” he added.

Article taken from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/men-jailed-for-torturing-and-killing-baby-deer-in-wales-after-police-find-disturbing-video-10259926.html

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Sting of the Day: Northumbria woman banned from keeping birds after cramming owls in filthy, tiny cages

A woman has been banned from looking after birds for life after she turned her garden shed into an over crowded aviary.

Jackie Cullen was so fascinated with owls that she crammed 13 them into tiny cages where they did not have space to flap their wings. Among her sad collection were two types of eagle owl and also a beautiful, pure white snowy owl.

tawny owl

Cullen, who lives in Seahouses, Northumbria, has now been banned from keeping birds for life and ordered to pay £500 compensation after being found guilty of animal welfare offences.

She appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on July 3 after an investigation by the RSPCA.

After the case, the RSPCA put out an alert, asking the public to contact their emergency hotline if Cullen decides to collect any more birds. The RSPCA says it is concerned about people keeping exotic animals as pets and reminds anyone thinking about buying one that they must have the knowledge to provide their welfare needs. RSPCA inspector Cora Peeters described how she was left shocked the moment she saw Cullen’s tragic menagerie.

“It took my breath away when I walked into that shed and saw the rows of these beautiful birds crammed into tiny, filthy cages,” said Inspector Peeters.

“There was just not enough room for them, and they were leading miserable lives. It was heartbreaking to see.

“The defendant is a habitual collector of birds and there is a real concern she may reoffend – so we ask anyone who knows of her collecting birds again to call our cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”

“Owls are stunning animals which appeal to many people but they do not make good pets and are not suited to a domestic setting. “They are wild animals and have specialist needs which are hard to cater for in a captive environment, and we urge anyone wanting to keep them at home to think twice about what they are taking on.

“Owls are by nature generally shy and reclusive birds, preferring to spend most of their time roosting in a secluded place, and most species are nocturnal. They need a very large aviary with a sheltered roosting area and a specialist diet. They also have sharp talons and strong feet that can inflict deep puncture wounds and scratches.”

Among the owls crammed into cages were a Bengal eagle owl, Turkmenian eagle owl, Chaco owl, snowy owl and a great horned owl. All the owls have now been been re-homed by a specialist.

[ Editor’s note: I am aware this was from a few days ago. Still great news she’s been banned though! ]

Article taken from: http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/589513/harry-potter-owls-birds-cages-animal-cruelty

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Sting of the Day: Man arrested after ‘snatched’ fox cubs raised ‘to be slaughtered in a hunt’

A man has been arrested after 16 fox cubs were found in a barn linked to a fox hunt.

The animals, aged between six and eight weeks, were rescued following an undercover operation by worried activists.

The League Against Cruel Sports alleged they were being reared as prey for hounds and huntsmen on horseback to pursue them across the countryside for pleasure.

But a huntsman and landowner insisted the claim was “rubbish”.

The League’s Dr Toni Shephard said that in her opinion the cubs had been “kidnapped for cruelty” because no adult foxes were in the shed.

She added that it would “blow apart the argument that (fox) hunting is ‘wildlife management’”, if it was proved.

Video footage shot last month shows a man entering a barn on land linked to the Middleton Foxhounds Hunt in North Yorkshire.

He was covertly filmed going into the shed, which anti-hunt campaigners said contained the cubs.

Ten officers later raided the barn and rescued the animals, though one later died.

Police confirmed the cubs were fed while they were kept in the property.

A man who works part-time for the hunt was arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

The Countryside Alliance told the BBC the Middleton Hunt was confident no-one associated with the Hunt had committed any criminal offence.

Police said: “Officers conducted a search of an outbuilding near Malton on Sunday morning, under the Animal Welfare Act.

“They found 16 fox cubs, all aged from about six to eight weeks old.

“Officers rescued the cubs and they are now being cared for in an animal sanctuary outside North Yorkshire.

“The foxes were being fed and had access to water, but police need further information as to how they got in the barn, why they were there, and who put them there.

“A man has been arrested in connection with this incident, and has been released on police bail as the investigation continues.”

The discovery came after the League Against Cruel Sports was tipped off about the cubs on the Birdsall Estate in Malton, North Yorks. The Middleton Hunt keeps kennels on the land.

No vixens or adult foxes were seen in film from the inside the barn.

The charity said it believes this showed the young foxes had been “forcibly removed” from their den

Dr Shepard added: “Footage, the intelligence we have received, and testimony from people who have been involved in hunts all show that raising foxes to be hunted was, and still is, a common practice among hunts.

“Why would people working for a hunt be keeping young foxes?”

She added that in the League’s opinion, “the answer is simple but terrible – they capture foxes so there is always a ready supply of animals to be chased by the hunt”.

The Birdsall Estate’s Lord Middleton, who hunted three times last year, denied the cubs were being raised as quarry.

Speaking as the landowner, he said: “That’s rubbish. We’re not allowed to hunt foxes with hounds.

“They’re not being kept for hunting. (But) it’s not illegal to keep foxes.”

Lord Middleton said he “had no idea whatsoever” the cubs were being kept on his land, but added that they were not being mistreated.

He said he did not “condone” keeping foxes, and suggested the cubs were being cared for by the Hunt for kind reasons.

“I think people have rung up and said, ‘Hey, look I’ve got foxes that needs rescuing, their mother’s dead’, or, ‘I can’t live with them where they are, can you look after them?’

“The Hunt obviously has a supply of meat from farmers etc and it would be able to feed and look after them and then release them back to the wild.”

Pro-hunting campaigners have stepped-up their calls for MPs to be given a vote on axing the 10-year-old hunting ban in the wake of the Tories’ election win.

David Cameron promised to give the Commons a say on scrapping the Hunting Act.

The Mirror revealed last month how the Prime Minister texted bloodsports’ supporters moments after his May 7 victory to thank them for their backing.

Article taken from: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-arrested-after-snatched-fox-5866849