Father and son jailed for fighting dogs

Tuesday, 25th October 2011

A father and son from Oxfordshire have been jailed for training dogs for organised fights that leave many animals in need of pet medication and others beyond saving.

Ian Draper, 47, has been banned from keeping dogs for life and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison. His 25-year-old son Danny was jailed for 12 weeks and is banned from keeping dogs for 15 years.

Chief inspector Mike Butcher said: "There is nothing sporting in watching two dogs being made to tear each other apart.

"We are obviously pleased to see these men successfully through the court, but Ian and Danny Draper are not the first people to be sentenced for dog fighting, and sadly they won't be the last."

He added that most people do not know that dog fighting still happens, and warned that there are still those who cause "untold suffering" to animals through these fights.

Dog fighting was banned in England and Wales in 1835 following the Cruelty to Animals Act.