Devon men charged with training dogs to fight and kill foxes, badgers and deer

By Western Morning News | September 11, 2015

A group of men have appeared in court charged with training dogs to fight and kill wild animals including foxes, badgers and deer.

The defendants faced numerous cruelty charges – many relating to fights with their dogs that had caused unnecessary suffering to several protected species.

The five men spoke only to confirm their names as the allegations brought against them by the RSPCA were read out at Torquay Magistrates Court.

None of them entered any pleas and the case was adjourned until next month.

Graham Coombes, 40, of Bovey Tracey, was charged with nine offences relating to training dogs for use in animal fighting against section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

He was also accused of three counts of intentionally killing a deer, two of killing a badger, and three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals involving a fox, a pig and a badger.

Ryan Robinson, 19, of Chudleigh, faced six offences relating to animal fighting involving dogs and wild animals, which included intentionally killing a deer.

Daniel Ravenscroft, 36, of Buckfast, faced two animal fighting offences and one offence in conjunction with Graham Coombes of killing a deer.

Gethyn Durham, 26, of Cwmbran, Wales, faced six charges including four of training dogs for use in animal fighting. He also faced a charge of killing a deer and being in possession of a dangerous dog.

John Bellamy, 31, of Chudleigh, also faced two charges relating to animal fighting with trained dogs and another of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by not providing essential veterinary care after one had suffered an injury to its tail.

No further details of the alleged offences were heard by magistrates.

The case adjourned until October 30 when they will reappear at Torquay Magistrates court.

They were all granted unconditional bail.
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