Seven people appear in court after police and RSPCA investigation in dog and animal fighting


By Plymouth Herald: October 10, 2014

SEVEN people have appeared in court following a joint investigation by police and the RSPCA into dog and animal fighting.

The six men and one woman – Nathan Baker, Jack Curnow, Craig Ford, Benjamin Luscombe, Craige McCormick, Alex Salt and Kerry Wrightson – were summonsed to Plymouth Magistrates Court to face a total of 35 counts under the Animal Welfare Act, the Protection of Badgers Act and the Deer Act.

Baker, aged 21, from River Park, Horrabridge faces two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, one of not ensuring the welfare of an animal, one count of killing a deer at night, one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place, one count of wilfully killing a badger and two counts of being present at an animal fight.

Curnow, aged 23, of no fixed abode, faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight and one of killing a deer at night. Ford, aged 24, of Bampfylde Way, Southway faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one count of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and one of wilfully killing a badger.

Luscombe, aged 25, of Kennel Hill Close, Plymouth, faces one count of not ensuring the welfare of an animal, one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one count of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place, one count of wilfully killing a badger and one of killing a deer at night.

McCormick, age 24, of Summerlands Gardens, Chaddlewood, faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, two counts of killing a deer at night, three counts of wilfully killing a badger and three counts of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place.

Salt, aged 24, of Coldrennick Street, Barne Barton faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one of wilfully killing a badger and one count of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place. Wrightson, aged 21, from River Park, Horrabridge faces two counts of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and one count of not ensuring the welfare of an animal.

No pleas were entered.

Prosecutor for the RSPCA John Wyatt told magistrates the joint investigation ran from July 2013 to the beginning of this year. He evidence included mobile phone analysis and DVD footage.

The case was adjourned to be heard before a district judge on December 2

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