9 JAN 2018
Footage of injured terriers at a farm where badger baiting and animal fighting are alleged to have taken place has been shown to a court.
The images were taken as part of an RSPCA surveillance operation at Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog in February last year
Among those allegedly involved in the illegal activities had been a hunt terrier man and children, a district judge was told on day two of the trial at Llandudno.
But two of the 10 allegations listed against Jordan Houlston, 24, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, the alleged terrier man, of wilfully injuring a badger and causing an animal fight, were dropped by the prosecution.
He is still accused, and denies offences including ill-treating a live badger at Cwm Bowydd farm being present at an animal fight, and causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs by causing them to fight.
Marc Wyn Morris, 26, of Jones Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, has pleaded guilty to wilfully injuring a badger, being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with a dog.
A boy of 17 admitted being present at an animal fight.
On trial with Houlston is David Thomas, 51, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, who has denied animal welfare allegations including causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by confining them in cages near dogs.
Evan Bleddyn Thomas, 52, a farmer, of Cwm Bowydd, was said to have played no active part in the activities. He denied keeping premises for use for an animal fight.
A boy of 13 also denies charges connected to the alleged illegal activities.
Artificial badger setts were allegedly found at the farm and seven skulls, possibly those of foxes or badgers.
Pippa Boyd, an RSPCA inspector with the charity’s special operations unit, said 23 dogs were removed from the farm.
Houlston made no comment when quizzed about what had been going on.
David Thomas claimed the foxes had been caught “recently” and were going to be released.
The trial before district judge Gwyn Jones continues.
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