Three convicted in England dogfighting case
Three people have been convicted for their roles in one of Europe’s largest dog-fighting syndicates — offenses brought to light by a BBC program called “Panorama.”
Claire Parker, 44, from Lincolnshire, Mohammed Farooq, 33, from Birmingham, and a 17-year-old boy were convicted at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court, the BBC reported.
The RSPCA said it was one of the biggest cases of dog-fighting it had prosecuted.
The charges came after the program’s probe into links between a dog-fighter and the gang in Northern Ireland, with paramilitary connections, who supplied illegal U.S. pit bull dogs for fights as far away as Finland.
Parker, a mother of three, was found guilty of holding a fight in the garage at her home in Kexby, which she shared with her husband John Parker. He has since died in prison. She was found guilty of being present at a dog-fight, keeping a premises for dog-fighting and possessing three pit bull dogs.
Mohammed Farooq, 33, of Birmingham, was found guilty on two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and possessing training equipment for dog-fighting.
The 17-year-old was convicted on two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and keeping dog-fighting equipment.
They will be sentenced on September 25.
“Dog-fighting is a barbaric and cruel so-called sport which belongs in the Dark Ages and horrific suffering is caused to the dogs involved,” chief inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said. “Those that continue to pursue this activity should understand that the RSPCA and the police will continue to bring those responsible before the courts.”
Posted by John Woestendiek September 16th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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