A North Wales man has received a suspended jail term after he admitted using his bull-lurcher-type dog to hunt a fox and keeping the dog to fight other animals.
He was given a 30-day custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping dogs for eight years. Jones, of Cil Isaf, Caernarfon was also fined £120 and must pay £500 in costs and carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.
RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said: “This verdict shows that by working closely with the police, we are able to catch those individuals who believe animal cruelty is an acceptable part of society.
“The RSPCA believes it is not, and this outcome shows neither does the law. We may be a charity that relies on public donations to exist, but we remain as committed as ever in our efforts to catch those who inflict suffering on other animals.”
RSPCA inspectors found nine dogs at his home, including a tan-coloured bull-lurcher-type dog called Celt (pictured).
In interview, Jones said the fresh scarring on Celt was from a fox he had caught three days previously and that older scarring was also from going out and taking foxes. He claimed Celt had caught about six foxes in the time he had owned him, which was approximately a year.