9th Nov 2017
Six people deny accusations they were involved in fights involving a badger and dogs earlier this year
The trial of six people charged with badger and dog fighting will be heard in the New Year.
Four men and two youths all deny causing unnecessary suffering to a badger during a fight with dogs.
The alleged incident is said to have have taken place at a farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd in February this year.
During a hearing today at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court the case was adjourned for trial on January 8 at Llandudno.
Jordan Alexander Houlston, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, faces 10 charges in all.
The 24-year-old denies wilfully injuring a badger at Cwm Bowydd Farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog during an alleged incident on February 5.
He also denies the ill treatment of a badger on the same date and being present and taking part in an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.
Houlston also denies 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 denies 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, denies six charges relating to the alleged incident on February 5 and subsequent care of dogs.
The 26-year-old denies 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, denies 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 deny taking part in an animal fight, being present at the scene and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
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