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Monday, Jan 9, 2006
Abuser names unreleased
THE USPCA uncovered a third Co Down dog fighting and breeding operation within a week on Jan 9 - all of them linked.
The latest premises uncovered is at Dromara, less than 15 miles from the site of two raids in Katesbridge last week, where the charity uncovered 150 dogs at two camps within a mile of each other.
Last night, USPCA chief executive Stephen Philpott said all three operations were "definitely linked".
He said: "We have found over a dozen dogs in Dromara, some of them pit bull terriers, which are legally classified as dangerous.
"We will be pushing for charges against the people responsible and believe we have got the evidence to make the charges stick."
During the raid equipment for training fighting dogs was seized such as lunging rings, a fighting pit, treadmills and weighing scales.
The raid took place on farm outbuildings on Kinallen Road, near Dromara, where the USPCA also found what it believes is evidence of breeding facilities for fighting dogs.
DUP councillor for the area Allan Ewart congratulated the police and USPCA for their seizures.
He said: "It is despicable that people would use dogs to kill each other to make money in gambling.
"I trust more of these dens will be found in soon and urge the public to come forward with information.
"I also urge the courts to hand down stern sentences in due course."
Speaking about the 150 dogs recovered last week, Mr Philpott said the conditions the animals were being kept in were " overcrowded and inadequate".
He added: "Having had time to examine some of the animals we reckon some had been there up to a year. We believe some of these animals have never seen daylight."
- News Letter - Jan 10, 2006
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