5th July 2018
The RSPCA is urging people to help trace a suspected dog fighter who has failed to attend a number of court hearings.
Officials believe he may have fled the country.
John Herbert Knibbs, of Polyanthus Drive, Sleaford, is accused of possessing a fighting dog, a pit bull terrier, both at Sleaford and in Anglesea in North Wales.
The 54-year-old, who is also known as John Donaghy, is further accused of causing unnecessary suffering at Bloxholm, near Digby, to bull terriers Baddy and Panther by failing to get veterinary care for the dogs’ injuries.
He is also 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.
Currently his whereabouts are unknown.
He has failed to attend three court hearings at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court during April, May and June.
She said: "We’ve failed to reach him so we’re asking the public to help us track him down.
“We’ve tried all the normal avenues and have reason to believe he may have fled to southern Ireland.
“If anyone knows where he is or can assist in our investigation we’d urge them to contact us or police.”
Knibbs is one of five people due in court in connection to the RSPCA investigation into dog fighting.
The animal welfare charity joined North Wales Police and Lincolnshire Police as they executed warrants at three properties in September and December (2017), in which a number of dogs were removed.
Anyone with information on Knibbs should contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for inspector Kirsty Withnall.
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