A north London man has been banned from keeping dogs for five years after he was convicted of training a dog to fight following an investigation by covert RSPCA inspectors.

A north London man has been banned from keeping dogs for five years after he was convicted of training a dog to fight following an investigation by covert RSPCA inspectors.
 
Bilal Mohammed Aldeeb was convicted of dog fighting charges following a trial on August 4, in which the court was shown horrific footage of the defendant goading dogs to fight in a yard believed to be somewhere in Jordan.
 
Footage seized from the London  address of Bilal Mohammed AldeebAldeeb, of Avenue Road, Southgate, could not be prosecuted for fighting the dogs in the footage as the incidents took place outside of England and Wales.
 
However, he was today (August 24) given the five year ban, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and must pay £500 costs after the footage was used to prove he had an interest in dog fighting.
 
The court also issued a forfeiture order on a weighted collar and the tapes seized from Aldeeb’s home, as well as a destruction order on Rhino, a red and white pit bull terrier type dog that he was convicted of keeping and training for use in connection with animal fighting.
 
Chief inspector Mike Butcher of the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “The footage seized from Aldeeb’s home was particularly graphic, but it also clearly showed him fighting dogs. Anyone who saw the film could have been in no doubt as to this man’s interest in illegal dog fighting.
 
“If anyone questions the brutality of dog fighting and the terrible cruelty these poor animals suffer at the hands of dog fighters, they only have to watch this footage to see the shocking reality.
 
He added: “Just because this footage was filmed overseas, it doesn’t mean the RSPCA doesn’t take it seriously and we are delighted the court also appreciated the seriousness of Aldeeb’s actions and sentenced him accordingly.”

 

Image courtesy RSPCA
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