A DEWSBURY man has been banned from keeping dogs for two years after five of his animals were found with serious injuries.
Anthony Oakes, below, 33, of Edge Lane, pleaded guilty to offences under section four of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, specifically that he caused unnecessary suffering to the dogs by failing to take them to a vet.
Kirklees magistrates heard that in February of this year West Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA executed two warrants in Dewsbury after intelligence was gathered about dogs being injured.
Five Patterdale terriers were found and seized from a property; all had serious injuries to their faces, consistent with badger baiting. One of the dogs had to have an eye removed after an infection went untreated.
Kirklees wildlife crime officer PC Caroline Newsome said: “We welcome the results from this court hearing.
“This is an example of information given to the police which was acted upon and secured a conviction.
“I would continue to urge the public to contact us with any information, as you will be listened to and we will act on any intelligence given to us.”
On top of his ban, magistrates fined Oakes £500 and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service.
All five dogs were signed over to the RSPCA and are now seeking new homes.