A father and son have been sentenced for digging into and damaging a badger sett with the intent of using dogs to take or kill badgers.

Caught on camera. Photo: Scottish SPCA

At Hamilton Sheriff Court, John Frame Murray and his son, also John, were disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years and sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work each under a Community Payback Order for offences under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. 
Both were found guilty after trial on March 13.
The incident happened at Drummond Hill near to Sandilands, Lanark on February 2, 2012 where they were observed by witnesses digging into what was suspected to be a badger sett. These witnesses took photographs before the accused realised they were being watched and made off from the site after recovering a dog from the ground.
Subsequently, the Scottish SPCA attended the site and discovered an active badger sett that had been recently dug
Further investigation led to a search of the houses of each of the accused and recovery of two terrier type dogs and a blue brindle Staffordshire bull terrier, all of whom had injuries of varying ages consistent with having been used repeatedly in face-to-face confrontation with badgers.
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