Holyhead man avoids jail on five counts of animal cruelty


Dean Jones

A HOLYHEAD man has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting a string of animal cruelty charges.

Ross Clark, aged 19, of Gorad Road, pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court to five charges, including one of keeping two dogs in connection with fighting wild animals.

He also admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and two charges of possession of a dead badger.

Clark was also given a 200-hour community order, must pay £450 costs and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said: “This case once again demonstrates the success of joint working between the RSPCA and the police, who are both committed to the fight against wildlife crime.”

Clark was arrested on August 20 last year as part of Operation Morpheus, led by the RSPCA’s special operations unit with North Wales Police.

The court was told photos online and on Clark’s phone showed him holding a dead badger.

There were also images of injuries sustained by his dogs, taken on various dates, and images of his dogs attacking other animals.

The two dogs, a black whippet called Jack and a terrier called Harvey, were seized and a vet concluded both dogs suffered injuries consistent with fighting with wild mammals.

PC Eryl Lloyd, North Wales Police environmental crime officer, said: “This sort of animal cruelty is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in North Wales.

“We work alongside RSPCA officers to detect such offences and will prosecute offences when evidence is found.”

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