February 12, 2016
A Clifton man was jailed for 20 weeks after his dog attacked two badgers.
Paul Tomlinson, 29, of Haynes Close, Clifton, had been found guilty of keeping dogs for use in an animal fight.
He admitted attempting to kill badgers on June 5 and June 23, 2014.
Nottingham magistrates also banned him from keeping dogs for three years.
The RSPCA, which brought the case, welcomed the sentence.
Chief Inspector Mike Butcher said: "It sends a clear message that this sort of cruelty is not tolerated in the modern day."
The court heard that he was walking a dog through the city, believed to be in Bilborough, when it attacked a badger.
The wild animal, which is protected in law, is thought to have died, but the attack only came to light after Tomlinson posted details on his Facebook page.
When his home was raided, officers seized an iPhone which showed parts of the attack.
This was used as evidence against him.
Inspectors also found dead deers, hares in Tomlinson’s freezer and lamping equipment. Hooks used for hanging carcasses was found in his house, as well as blood on the floor.
His solicitor said Tomlinson’s father was a warden for Quorn Hunt.
She described Tomlinson as a country man brought up in the city.
Tomlinson was found guilty after a trial in January of one charge of keeping three dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, under section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and two charges of willfully killing or attempting to kill a badger, under section 1 of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
Two seized lurcher-type dogs will now be rehomed.
RSPCA inspector Carroll Lamport, who investigated the case, said: "His phone was seized, and on this phone were photos of his dogs attacking badgers. The fact that he did nothing to stop this and stood by and took photos says it all."
Mike Butcher, chief inspector of the RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit, said: "Badger-baiting is an absolutely horrific practice and this shows the sickening levels of needless animal cruelty that people who do this are responsible for.
"It is premeditated animal cruelty – to deliberately go out into the countryside purely to cause horrific injuries to an iconic wild animal is stomach-churning. These badgers would have suffered tremendously during these sickening attacks."
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