A prob­lem that goes back sev­eral years

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPECIAL REPORT -

DOG fight­ing in Che­sham is not a new is­sue and sev­eral peo­ple have been jailed in con­nec­tion with the crime.

In 2010, we re­ceived re­ports from wor­ried read­ers about dog fight­ing tak­ing place in the town, in par­tic­u­lar in Cap­tain’s Wood off Hiv­ings Hill and in open spa­ces in the Pond Park and Wa­ter­side area.

We ap­proached the po­lice, who then ap­pealed to read­ers with in­for­ma­tion on the crime to come for­ward.

This led to sev­eral read­ers con­tact­ing the pa­per, the po­lice and RSPCA with in­for­ma­tion about dog fight­ing in the town.

As a re­sult four men from Che­sham were found guilty of dog fight­ing of­fences.

In Novem­ber 2011, Mo­hammed Butt pleaded guilty to three counts of caus­ing an an­i­mal fight and two of keep­ing an an­i­mal for fight­ing and he was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.

Javed Ja­hangir and Sa­jid Mah­mood orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty but in March 2012 they changed their plea and Ja­hangir ad­mit­ted to four dog-fight­ing of­fences and one charge of own­ing an il­le­gal pit bull ter­rier-type dog, while Mah­mood ad­mit­ted to three dog-fight­ing charges and one charge of own­ing a pit bull ter­rier-type dog.

They were both also banned from keep­ing an­i­mals for life.

Another man, Danny Bignell, was given a com­mu­nity or­der in Jan­uary 2012 after ad­mit­ting to be­ing present at a dog fight in Che­sham.

He was handed a 12 month su­per­vised com­mu­nity or­der, 150 hours un­paid com­mu­nity work and was banned from keep­ing an an­i­mal for 10 years.

The court saw mo­bile phone video footage of a group of men in a field in Che­sham en­cour­ag­ing the dogs to fight and beat­ing the pit bull ter­ri­ers with sticks.

A raid on the men’s houses led of­fi­cers to find­ing Ja­hangir’s dog, Tyson, a pit bull ter­ri­er­type dog, and Mah­mood’s dog Buster, of the same breed – which is il­le­gal un­der the Dan­ger­ous Dogs Act – with ‘nu­mer­ous fight­ing wounds’.

Buster had more than 120 in­juries on his face, chest, shoul­der and right side.

Both dogs had to be put down.

GUILTY: Javed Ja­hangir (left) and Sa­jid Mah­mood (right) as seen in mo­bile phone footage used to con­vict them of dog fight­ing charges in 2012

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