Do you know any of these scum?

The RSPCA are keen to speak to them in connection with ongoing investigations into animal cruelty in North East Lincolnshire, after these photographs were found among thousands used to convict a Grimsby trio. As reported, Liam Ardito, 33, of Newbury Avenue, Great Coates, Gary Cannon, 27, of Alfred Bannister Mews, Laceby, and Mark Smith, 53 [...]

Family in court for dog fighting

SIX members of the same family appeared in court on Thursday as part of a police investigation into suspected animal cruelty and illegal dog fighting. Jerimiah Samuel and Cathy Kirkwood, both aged 41 and from Parkgate Crescent, Belfast, face a series of charges following raids on properties in the city. Their sons Gary Kirkwood, 18, [...]

Rural gangs linked to drug operations

Poaching and hare coursing gangs often linked with major drugs operations are behind most crimes against wildlife. In Cumbria last year, 363 wildlife crimes were reported to the police and of those 211 involved poaching, hare coursing and lamping – hunting animals at night with high-powered lights. In one incident at Sandysyke near Longtown, three [...]

Dog fight pair from Chesham jailed

TWO Chesham men have been jailed and given a lifetime ban from keeping animals after admitting a series of offences related to illegal dog fighting. Javed Jahangir and Sajid Mahmood were both caged for 20 weeks at Reading Magistrates' Court for offences the RSPCA described as "one of the most premeditated and barbaric forms of [...]

Leader of illegal blood-sports ring gets life ban on keeping animals

THE leader of an illegal badger baiting ring has been banned from owning dogs for life after being convicted under new animal cruelty laws. Andrew Mullen was found to have a haul of photographs showing images of dogs fighting badgers, foxes and deer when his home was raided by police and animal welfare officers following [...]