A Sheffield man has been spared jail after he admitted to breeding, selling and possessing a number of fighting dogs, who the court have now ordered to be 'destroyed'.
Tomas Evison, of Shirecliffe Road, Shirecliffe appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court this morning after admitting to two counts of possession of a fighting dog, one count of selling a fighting dog and one count of breeding fighting dogs at an earlier hearing.
He was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work, 25 days supervision, a fine of £145 and banned from keeping, owning or participating in the keeping or selling dogs for five years by the magistrates.
An order was also made to destroy the dogs.
In July last year, officers from South Yorkshire Police executed a warrant at Evison’s address, where they found a male and female pit bull terrier – dogs which are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The female pit bull terrier was found to be pregnant when officers seized the animals, but Evison disclaimed the litter.
Temporary Sergeant Matt Duffy from the Status Dogs team said: “Evison’s activities potentially put the lives of his family, friends and the wider community at risk by breeding and selling banned breeds.
“His actions could have led to the suffering of other dogs and animals, as well as the potential to cause significant distress to dog owners if their dogs have to be taken from them.
“We are committed to protecting our communities and will always investigate reports relating to the ownership, breeding and/or selling of banned breeds.
“If you have any information about this criminality, you can call police on 101 or report it to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”