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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Barrow man filmed his dogs while they attacked sheep

A BARROW man who set his dogs on a sheep while filming the attack pleaded guilty to animal cruelty yesterday.

Andrew Stephen Fenton, 29, of Westway, Barrow, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Mr Steven March, prosecuting the case on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court a raid on Mr Fenton’s home had resulting in the seizure of electronic devices including a phone and a Samsung tablet.

Analysis of the devices recovered videos of the incident, which included audio of Fenton’s voice encouraging the dogs to attack the sheep.

The court heard the attack took place at some point between January 1 and March 19.

Mr March told the court the dogs had been seized and were in RSPCA kennels.

The court heard one of the dogs had been identified by police officers as an American pitbull terrier, a breed banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

He said Fenton disputed this claim and said the dog was a Staffordshire bull terrier.

However, Mr March said the breed of the dog was irrelevant to the case, and the identification of the breed was a police matter.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

During the same hearing, Fenton pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a cat, by baiting dogs to attack it.

He is due to stand trial for that alleged offenceat Furness Magistrates’ Court on November 20.

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