February 01, 2017
Four people have appeared in court to answer a raft of animal cruelty charges which include staging a fight between a dog and a fox.
Jack Crocker, Mikayla Long, Robbie Long and Barry Rowe were all present at Truro Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to a raft of charges.
Crocker, 41, of Creegbrawse, Chacewater, denied four charges but admitted using a bow to kill or take a wild animal on August 27 of last year.
He pleaded not guilty to charges of causing/attempting to cause an animal fight to take place on June 19 and to causing the unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on the same date when he allegedly caused a fox to be attacked by a dog.
He also denied being present at an animal fight and failing in his duty of responsibility to ensure the welfare of a horse on the A30.
Crocker is said to have on May 29 on the A30 failed to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease by trotting it at a fast pace for a significant period of time and over a distance on a hard surface.
Mikayla Long, 24, of Redruth, pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to border terriers between September 9 and 23, 2016. She denied three further charges, spanning the same dates, of causing unnecessary suffering to several border terrier puppies and a black and white terrier.
Details of the charges are that Ms Long failed to provide sufficient nutrition, address an internal parasitic burden or address an animal’s poor bodily condition and a mammary mass in regards the animals.
Robbie Long, 21, also of the same address at Redruth, pleaded not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a lurcher dog by failing to provide veterinary attention to the dog’s two fractures teeth between August 26 and September 23. He also denied causing a dog to attack a fox on June 19, causing/ attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and also being present at an animal fight on June 19.
Rowe, 66, of also of the same address at Redruth, denied one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. He is alleged to have failed to investigate and address a black and white terrier bitch’s poor bodily condition and a mammary mass between September 9 and 23.
All of the defendants will return to court to appear in front of a district judge later this month.
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