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Sunday, Nov 30, 2003
Defendant/Suspect: John Arthur Parker
A man with a previous conviction for dog fighting has been given a two-year community punishment and rehabilitation order after breaching a ban on keeping dogs and possessing a pit bull-type dog.
John Arthur Parker, 40, from, Kexby, near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. Magistrates ruled that as part of the community punishment and rehabilitation order, 80 hours would be made up of work within the community. Parker was also ordered to pay £250 towards costs. He was convicted of cruelty to animals in connection with dog fighting in 1999 when he served a term of imprisonment and was given a 10-year ban on keeping dogs.
The court heard that in December 2003, the RSPCA and police visited a property in Kexby Lane as part of a nationwide operation codenamed 'Gazpacho'. The operation involved a number of raids across England and concentrated on alleged dog fighting. Parker's property contained a number of dogs, eight of which have now been signed over to the RSPCA. After the case Chief Inspector Mike Butcher, from the RSPCA special operations unit, said: "We hope John Parker is a changed man and will not ignore the court's orders in the future."
Parker was the final defendant from the Gazpacho group to come to court. In total nine defendants were prosecuted by the RSPCA - six pleaded guilty, two were found guilty and one case is under appeal.
- RSPCA - January 16, 2006
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