Badger and dog fight­ing trial date

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE TRIAL of six peo­ple charged with badger and dog fight­ing will be heard in the New Year.

Four men and two youths all deny caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a badger dur­ing a fight with dogs.

The al­leged in­ci­dent is said to have taken place at a farm in Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog, Gwynedd in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Dur­ing a hear­ing yes­ter­day at Caernar­fon Mag­is­trates’ Court the case was ad­journed for trial on Jan­uary 8 at Llan­dudno.

Jor­dan Alexan­der Houl­ston, of Alexan­dra Road, Llan­dudno, faces 10 charges in all.

Marc Wyn Morris, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog, de­nies six charges re­lat­ing to the al­leged in­ci­dent on Fe­bru­ary 5 and sub­se­quent care of dogs.

David Wil­liam Thomas, 51, also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, faces charges of wil­fully in­jur­ing a badger, tak­ing part in an an­i­mal fight and be­ing present at the al­leged in­ci­dent and caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to the an­i­mal on Fe­bru­ary 5, 2017.

He also faces charges of keep­ing premises for use for an an­i­mal fight on or be­fore Fe­bru­ary 8 this year.

Thomas is also ac­cused of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to two foxes by con­fin­ing the an­i­mals in cages in close prox­im­ity to dogs be­fore Fe­bru­ary 8.

He is also ac­cused of fail­ing to en­sure two dogs were kept wa­tered, and of ex­pos­ing six dogs to risk of in­jury by fight­ing them with other an­i­mals.

Evan Bled­dyn Thomas, 52, also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, de­nies a charge of keep­ing premises for use for an an­i­mal fight.

A 17-year-old youth and a 13-year-old boy, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, both de­nied four charges in­clud­ing wil­fully in­jur­ing a badger at or near Cwm Bowydd Farm on Fe­bru­ary 5, 2017.

They also deny tak­ing part in an an­i­mal fight, be­ing present at the scene and caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a pro­tected an­i­mal.

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