Kerry Alun Evans, 25, could miss the birth of his first child after being found guilty of numerous charges related to dog fighting.
District Judge John Charles told Evans that all sentencing options were open when he is sentenced at Newport Magistrates’ Court---three days before his baby is due.
Evans denied multiple charges related to keeping or training six Pit Bull Terriers in connection with an animal fight; having possession or custody of a Pit Bull Terrier, and having equipment for use in connection with an animal fight.
But he was found guilty after trial at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court, where the underground world of organized dog fighting in Wales was laid bare.
Evans admitted to one count of having a Pit Bull named Mason, but said he was looking after the family pet for his mother. That claim was rejected by District Judge Charles who stated the evidence supported the fact that the dog was used for fighting.
“I am satisfied that what the defendant has done from the outset is try to minimize his involvement in criminal activity by resorting to a pack of lies in the face of overwhelming evidence,” said the judge.
Five of the Pit Bulls were housed individually at a shed at Pengarnddu, Merthyr Tydfil, and Mason, whose ears were cropped at the base, had scars similar to a deceased dog belonging to Evans and used in dog fighting. All of the dogs had multiple scars, leading Veterinarian Mark Evans to conclude: “In my opinion they were most probably resultant from bites from other animals.”
He told the court the dogs displayed numerous facial and bodily scars, most of which had healed but one which was recent.
Dog fighting has been illegal in Wales since 1835 but RSPCA Chief Inspector with the Special Operations Unit Michael Howard Butcher told the court it had a resurgence in the 1980s with the influx of Pit Bulls which were imported to the country, (The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits Pit Bull Types in the UK.)
“The problem for the defendant was his significant difficulty in telling the difference between truth and lies,” Judge Charles opined. ”The only inference I can draw [from the evidence] is that the purpose for keeping these dogs in the circumstances was for one purpose and one alone – to involve them in future dog fights.”
Evans will appear in court for sentencing on March 3, 2014.
Source: Wales Online