Keighley man faces jail over ‘horror’ badger baiting

Magistrates have warned a Keighley man he faces being sent to jail for a “horrendous” case of badger baiting after he admitted causing his dog to fight the animals.

Anthony Lee, 23, of Coronation Way, Braithwaite, Keighley, pleaded guilty to three counts of badger baiting at Bradford Magistrates’ Court.

The court was shown three videos of dogs attacking badgers at a location in West Yorkshire, taken from his phone seized by the police and RSPCA when they raided a previous address on February 9 last year.

A trial had been due to take place at Bradford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday before Lee pleaded guilty to one count of taking part in an animal fight on May 5, 2010 and two counts of causing his dog Bracken to fight with a badger on June 30 and December 30, 2010.

After the hearing Inspector Carroll Lamport, of the RSPCA’s special operations unit, told the Telegraph & Argus: “This kind of sadistic cruelty by people is totally unnecessary and the suffering to the badger involved here is immense.

“The badger is tormented for a long time and tortured by these dogs as they rip it to pieces.

“The sadists who do it also film it to presumably enjoy it later.”

Lee was granted bail until sentencing on Tuesday, May 22, with the condition that during the interim he was not allowed to own any animals.

Solicitor Nigel Monaghan, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “The chairman of the bench described the footage as being horrendous and that while the magistrates bench couldn’t bind the sentencing bench, having seen the footage he wanted it to be noted that their recommendation was that there should be a custodial sentence.”

Mr Monaghan said Lee also signed over his two bull lurchers Bracken and Titch, seized during the raid last year, to the RSPCA. He said while Titch had been in the RSPCA’s care she had given birth to nine puppies, which were also signed over to the RSPCA by Lee.

He said the chairman of the bench imposed the bail condition for “animal welfare and to prevent any further offences”, while a custodial sentence should “act as both a punishment and a deterrent.”

Mr Monaghan said: “I told the magistrates on the next occasion, at the sentencing hearing, there will be an application for substantial costs that have been incurred by the RSPCA as well as an application for the defendant to be disqualified from owning or keeping any animals.

Insp Lamport said the RSPCA was aware badger baiting was rife in the Bradford and Keighley areas which could also injure the dogs involved.



3 Replies to “Keighley man faces jail over ‘horror’ badger baiting”

  1. What an evil bastard, a priosn sentence is OK but he should be made to suffer like he made the badger suffer, the only thing to do to scum like this is make him feel some severe pain send him round to me I’ll make the bastard suffer. He should definately have a prison sentence and a long one also never keep any animals ever again and of course made to pay all expenses. Personally I would like to chop of his hands.

  2. BBC 1 COUNTRYFILE will feature Badger Baiting on their programme Easter Sunday. Robert Fuller will talk about his distressing experience when he stumbled upon the Howsham Badger Baiting gang.

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