Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Animals Forced to Fight to the Death; Pair Who Organised and Filmed Sickening Contests Jailed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Animals Forced to Fight to the Death; Pair Who Organised and Filmed Sickening Contests Jailed

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Byline: BRIAN DANIEL

TWO men have been jailed after forcing animals to fight to the death and posting footage on the internet.

Wayne Lumsden and Connor Patterson, both 23, from Northumberland, were sent to prison for 26 and 20 weeks respectively by magistrates at Bedlington for offences relating to badgers, foxes, dogs, cats and cocks.

The pair were also banned from keeping animals for 15 and eight years respectively, after boasting about their antics in text messages and keeping photos - some of which appeared on website Bebo.

Lumsden, of Park Road, Lynemouth, had pleaded guilty to willfully killing a badger and two counts of causing an animal fight to take place.

Farm worker Patterson, of Whitfield, near Hexham, who the court heard had been an apprentice gamekeeper, had pleaded guilty to two counts of causing an animal fight to take place.

The case was brought before South East Northumberland magistrates by Northumbria Police and the RSPCA.

Prosecutor Denise Jackman told the court police had unearthed a series of videos, photos and text messages on Lumsden's mobile phone.

Magistrates were read a series of texts exchanged by the pair in which Lumsden bragged of "killing a badger" with his and another dog - something he described as "mint".

The court was then shown a video of the badger being attacked by the two dogs.

The footage showed a spade and a man's foot being used to restrain the badger and the men could be heard "encouraging" the dogs.

Lumsden's nickname Podge was heard on the footage.

The court was then shown footage of cocks fighting and again men's voices could be heard encouraging them.

Magistrates heard clothes seen in the video were later traced to Lumsden and that a text message of his referred to spurs used in cock fighting.

The court was then shown further video of four dogs - including Lumsden's - attacking a cat. …

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