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Men caused unncessary suffering to badger.

TWO men have been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a badger, plus other animal welfare offences, after an RSPCA probe into badger baiting and animal fighting at a Snowdonia farm. They were bailed for pre-sentence reports.

Jordan Houlston, 24, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, was convicted by a district judge at the town's court of ill-treating a badger, and unnecessary suffering by causing a badger to fight with dogs at Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, last February. He was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs and failing to meet the welfare needs of seven dogs.

David Thomas, 51, described as joint owner of Cwm Bowydd Farm, was found guilty of unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with dogs, causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by keeping them caged close to dogs causing the foxes to be terrified, and other animal welfare allegations.

Marc Wyn Morris, 26, of Jones Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, has pleaded guilty to wilfully injuring a badger, being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with a dog.

A boy of 17 admitted being present at an animal fight. Sentencing of them was adjourned last week at the start of the six-day trial. Artificial badger setts were allegedly found at the farm and seven skulls, possibly those of foxes or badgers.

A boy of 13, who denied charges connected to the alleged illegal activities, was cleared after the judge ruled he had no case to answer.

District judge Gwyn Jones said: "All sentencing options are to be considered."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 18, 2018
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