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Duo admit to training dogs for fights

Tuesday, 4th October 2011

A father and son who trained dogs for organised fights instead of caring from them properly with dog food and pet toys have been charged with animal cruelty following an RSPCA investigation.

The district judge said dog fighting is "barbaric" and told Ian and Danny Draper that he is considering jail sentences for the pair. They will be sentenced on October 20th.

Katy Davies and Laura Hornsby, the girlfriends of the men, also pleaded guilty to related offences at Swindon Magistrates' Court.

Chief inspector Mike Butcher, from the RSPCA's special operations unit, said: "The simple fact is that dog fighting is one of the most extreme, deliberate and premeditated forms of animal cruelty the RSPCA investigates.

"This case just goes to prove that organised animal crime spreads far and wide and we won't shy away from bringing those responsible to court."

Inspectors found five dogs, three of which had scars, dog fighting books and magazines and a treadmill used to train the animals.