A convicted dog fighter from South Wales has been jailed for six months following a major investigation by covert RSPCA inspectors. David Brinley Braddon was given the maximum possible custodial sentence.
A convicted dog fighter from South Wales has been jailed for six months following a major investigation by covert RSPCA inspectors.
David Brinley Braddon was given the maximum possible custodial sentence and a 15-year ban from keeping animals after it emerged he was identified in several illegal magazines that contained reports of dog fights.
Mr Braddon appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates Court yesterday (July 15) for sentencing following his conviction on June 18 for keeping a dog for fighting and of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by failing to seek veterinary care for its wounds.
He was also convicted of possessing equipment associated with training dogs to fight, and admitted five counts of owning pit bull terrier type dogs at an earlier court hearing.
Mr Braddon was told he cannot appeal the ban on keeping animals for 10 years, and was ordered to pay £1,000 costs.
Chief inspector Ian Briggs from the RSPCA’s special operations unit said: “The RSPCA is delighted the court has realised the seriousness of the offence and the cruelty involved through the sentence imposed. Our inspectors dedicate a huge amount of time and effort into tracking down those involved in dog fighting, which makes it satisfying to see David Braddon brought to justice.”
“The numerous references to him and Otis [a dog found at his home during a search] in the match reports would suggest he has connections deep within the organised dog fighting world.”
Mr Braddon immediately lodged an appeal against conviction and sentence at the end of yesterday’s hearing.