Six in court over badger and dog fighting charges
4 SEP 2017
A 13-year-old boy was among the four men and two youths who denied the charges at Caernarfon
Six people have appeared in court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a badger during a fight with dogs.
The incident is alleged to have taken place at a farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog in February this year, magistrates at Caernarfon heard.
The four men and two youths all denied the charges and the matter was adjourned for trial.
Jordan Alexander Houlston, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, faces 10 charges in all.
The 23-year-old denied wilfully injuring a badger at Cwm Bowydd Farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog during an alleged incident on February 5.
He also denied the ill treatment of a badger on the same date and being present and taking part in an animal fight and causing unecessary suffering to the animal.
Houlston also denied that, at Alexandra Road in Llandudno on February 8 this year, he caused unnecessary suffering to four dogs by causing them to fight and later failed to provide veterinary attention for the animals.
Houlston also faces a charge that he failed to properly care for seven other dogs.
He also denied wilfully injuring a badger on April 27 last year and attempting to cause an animal fight to take place.
Marc Wyn Morris, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, denied six charges relating to the alleged incident on February 5 and subsequent care of dogs.
The 26-year-old denied charges of wilfully injuring a badger, taking part in an animal fight and being present at the scene.
He is also accused of not taking reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of two dogs were met on February 8 at Cwm Bowydd.
A further charge alleges that, on or before February 8, he exposed three dogs to the risk of injury by fighting them with other animals.
David William Thomas, 51, also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, faces charges of wilfully injuring a badger, taking part in an animal fight and being present at the alleged incident and causing unnecessary suffering to the animal on February 5, 2017.
He also faces charges of keeping premises for use for an animal fight on or before February 8 this year.
Thomas is also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by confining the animals in cages in close proximity to dogs before February 8.
He is also accused of failing to ensure two dogs were kept watered, and of exposing six dogs to risk of injury by fighting them with other animals.
Evan Bleddyn Thomas, 52, also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, denied a charge of keeping premises for use for an animal fight.
A 17-year-old youth and a 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both denied four charges including wilfully injuring a badger at or near Cwm Bowydd Farm on February 5, 2017.
They also denied taking part in an animal fight, being present at the scene and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
A further hearing will be held at Llandudno next month when arrangements for the trial, which is expected to last several days, will be made.
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