22nd May 2018
The RSPCA is prosecuting five people for their alleged involvement in dog fighting in Lincolnshire and in Wales.
The charges date from June to November 2017 and include keeping fighting dogs, causing unnecessary suffering to animals and training dogs to fight.
Stephen Gardner, 56, of Willows End, Bloxholm, near Digby, is accused of aiding and abetting John Herbert Knibbs to breach an animal banning order at Bloxholm between September 27 and November 2, last year.
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court has issued a warrant for Gardner to appear in court.
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John Herbert Knibbs, aka John Donaghy, 54, of Polyanthus Drive, Sleaford, is accused of possessing a fighting dog, a pit bull terrier, at Sleaford and at Anglesey, North Wales.
He is further accused of causing unnecessary suffering at Bloxholm to bull terriers Baddy and Panther by failing to get veterinary care for the dogs’ injuries.
He is charged with possessing a flirt pole and break stick used during dog fights, cropping a dog’s ears, keeping a fighting dog at Sleaford and breaching a 10-year banning order imposed by Grantham Magistrates’ Court in 2009 after a dead dog was found at his Grantham home.
His current whereabouts are unknown.
Rachel Pearce, 21, from Anglesey, is accused of possessing four pit bull ‘fighting’ dogs in North Wales and aiding an abetting John Knibbs to breach his ban at Anglesey.
She denies the charges.
Adam Scott, 33, from Anglesey, is co-accused of the same charges, which he denies.
Kimberleigh Steele, 28, of Durban Road, Plymouth, previously of Polyanthus Drive, Sleaford, is charged with possessing a pit bull dog and helping John Knibbs breach his ban.
She denies both charges.
The case has been adjourned for a management hearing before a district judge at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on June 18.
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