Two men jailed and banned from keeping animals

Two men have been jailed for five months after they were found guilty of intentionally interfering with a badger sett and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

Daniel Davey, 22, of Manor Court, Denaby, and Liam Smith, 21, of Denaby Avenue, Conisbrough, appeared before North East Derbyshire Dales Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 10, for sentencing.

They were also given an indefinite lifetime ban on keeping all animals.

A third man, Barry Scott, 24, of Norman Crescent, Sunnyfields, Doncaster, was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

He was also and ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay court costs of £250 along with an indefinite lifetime ban on keeping all animals.

The trio had pleaded guilty to recklessly interfering with a badger sett but were found guilty of intentionally interfering with the sett following a newton hearing.

They also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

The RSPCA worked with the police on the case to bring them to justice.

The court was told that the trio had been seen on November 30 2011 in the vicinity of Whitwell Woods, Derbyshire, interfering with a badger sett and a dog called Tonka had entered the sett.

Police and RSPCA officers attend and found the dog had received serious facial injuries to its muzzle.

Speaking after the case, RSPCA Inspector Dave McAdam said: “Badger baiting is a despicable and barbaric act that has no place in today’s society except in our history books.

“Why anyone would wish to participate in this type of disgusting cruelty is beyond me.”

The court also ordered that the four dogs involved in the incident be signed over into the care of the RSPCA.