Sick poacher fed injured fox to pack of dogs and hacked off tail as trophy – Daily Record

8 September 2015

LIAM Smith, 36, snared the young female fox in an illegal trap before taking it to a location called the ‘rat trap’ where men were waiting with their dogs.

A CRUEL poacher hacked off a fox’s tail as a memento after feeding the injured animal to a pack of dogs .

Liam Smith had caught the fox in an illegal snare after setting six traps in woods near Haddington in East Lothian .

Smith, 36, took the animal to a location called “the Rat Trap”, where men were waiting with their dogs.

The pack were then allowed to rip the young female apart before Smith lopped off the dead animal’s tail as a gruesome trophy.

Fellow poacher Craig Aitken, 43, illegally set snares on the land at the town’s East Bearford Farm.

Both men, from Haddington, admitted the offences, which took place last August, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday and sheriff Frank Crowe deferred sentence until November.
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