Category Archives: Dog fighting

Dog fighting

Aspenden, Hertfordshire: Neil Forrest

#TheList Neil Forrest, born 26/06/1974, of Meadow View, Aspenden, Buntingford SG9 9PB – ran an abhorrent dog fighting yard at his home

Dog fighter Neil Forrest from Aspenden, Hertfordshire
Dog fighter, heroin addict and all-round pathetic loser Neil Forrest lives to see another day while 3 of his ‘fighting’ dogs weren’t so lucky and were destroyed.

Former heroin addict Forrest trained dogs to fight and had images of dog fighting on his phone. He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier and for possessing three pit bull terrier-type dogs which he used to fight.

District Judge Derek French told Forrest: “You have shown little or no remorse about what these dogs have gone through. These dogs were used by you as fighting dogs.

“This was clearly done with a view of commercial gain.”

On 5 March 2017 a badly injured young female Staffordshire bull terrier was found cowering in a garden by a member of the public in Aspenden, after she managed to escape from Forrest’s home.

Prosecuting, Mark Jones, said: “She was found cowering in a garden with numerous open wounds and scars to her body. There were numerous bite injuries to the muzzle, the mouth, her legs, and near the left eye of the dog.

“The vet who looked at the dog said that the wounds were between three and four days old.”

RSPCA inspector Cliff Harrison said: “This poor dog was absolutely covered in wounds – both fresh and historic – with bite marks, scratches and puncture wounds predominantly around her muzzle, ears and legs.

“These sorts of injuries are exactly the sort of thing we see when dogs are forced to fight another dog and the vet agreed that the injuries were consistent with dog fighting.”

A number of calls were made by Forrest to vets and dog wardens, including from Forrest’s mobile, while they tried to find the missing bull terrier that was being treated at a Buntingford vets.

Dogfighter Neil Forrest from Aspenden, Hertfordshire
Staffy Kali had more than likely been used as a bait dog by lifelong smackhead Neil Forrest

After concluding that the dog belonged to Forrest, who admitted having a 20-year addiction to heroin, the police and RSPCA launched a raid in Aspenden on 19 May 2017, finding books on pit bulls and dog fighting as well as three bull pit type dogs. Two of the dogs were extremely athletic and there were weighing scales and a treadmill to run dogs on in a garage next to the kennels.

Mr Harrison said: “It appears he has tried to run his own dog fighting yard – called Neil’s Yard – but it’s unclear whether he’s had much if any success with that.

“What is clear is that his dogs have significant injuries consistent with dog fighting and have clearly been caused suffering due to his pastime.

“We believe he has been involved in this abhorrent, secretive bloodsport for years.” Judge French said: “These dogs were being used and kept as a livelihood for you. These dogs were going to suffer seriously.”

Forrest was due to stand trial but pleaded guilty just before it was about to start to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, keeping or training animals for use in dog fights and possessing dogs which were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Sentencing:
24 weeks in prison; costs of £750. Banned from owning animals for life. The three pit bull type dogs were ordered to be destroyed.

Hertfordshire Mercury

 

Newmilns, East Ayrshire: Tony Barbara

#TheList Tony Barbara, born 23/09/1964, of 31 High Street, Newmilns, East Ayrshire KA16 9EB – a convicted dog fighter who defied his ban on keeping dogs and went on to commit further cruelty offences

Convicted dog fighter Tony Barbara currently of Newmilns, East Ayrshire, but originally from Dagenham, Essex
Tony Barbara told the Scottish SPCA he had been dog-fighting for the last 20 to 30 years. Photo shows one of the dogs found at his home in Newmilns, Kira. She, along with another dog named Jackie, were put to sleep  as a result of the deprivation order imposed on Barbara.

In February 2013 Tony Barbara was convicted of training pit bull terriers for illegal fights.  Barbara had trained two pit bull terriers called Elaine and Susie and a bull terrier called Gerald for fighting and subjected two of the animals to a catalogue of suffering. He also attempted to carry out DIY treatment on their injuries in case his actions were discovered by the authorities.

Convicted dog fighter Tony Barbara currently of Newmilns, East Ayrshire and originally from Dagenham, Essex
Barbara previously kept a pitbull terrier named Elaine, who had untreated eye and teat injuries

Barbara, who was linked to the Essex underworld, moved to Scotland after receiving a suspended jail sentence and 10-year dog ban.

He resumed his activities within months but was arrested after the Scottish SPCA raided his home in November 2014 and found two injured pit bulls and equipment linked to the illegal activity.

Barbara was found guilty of six charges including breaching the Dangerous Dogs Act by keeping two female pit bull terriers for fighting, having syringes and medications, possessing “breaking sticks” for fights and causing the animals unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate care and treatment.

His solicitor, James Arrol, said heavily-tattooed Barbara was “a man who has a number of psychiatric and health difficulties”.

Scottish SPCA inspector Hannah Medley said Barbara spoke “freely and openly”, using dog-fighting terminology and explaining the terms and rules.

Ms Medley added: “He told us he had been dog-fighting for the last 20 to 30 years and had only seen one dog die, and that when a dog was dying it was still wagging its tail when it died.”

Ms Medley said Barbara described the “etiquette of dog fighting” and used its terminology, such as scratch lines, pits and coming up to scratch.

“He was talking about dog breeds and his fascination with bull breeds”, she said, adding Barbara described knowing vets who would teach how to treat injuries and self-medicate dogs.

After his arrest, Barbara gave “no comment” responses when asked why he had veterinary medication used specifically to treat dog injuries and syringes containing milky liquid.

He also refused to comment on whether the dogs had been identified as American Pit Bull terriers, which are strictly regulated, and attributed scars and injuries to “dives into bushes after rabbits”.

Police and animal welfare inspectors found a “flesh stapler”, a training “flirt pole” and notebooks with accounts of the fights at his previous home in Dagenham, Essex, in 2011, his earlier trial heard.

Sentencing:
Jailed for 8 months and banned from keeping dogs for life.

Barking & Dagenham Post
Daily Record
BBC News

Manchester: Alexander Walker

#TheList Alexander Walker, born 14/05/1977, of Cote Royd, Caroline Street, Ashton-under-Lyne –  kept 6 fighting dogs in squalid mess next to bloodied corpse of another dog

Callous Alexander Walker  currently of Ashton-under-Lyne but with links to Prestwich and Bury
Callous Alexander Walker, foul conditions inside his filthy flat and one of the dogs found there

As the newspapers failed to follow-up in this case, we contacted Manchester & Salford Magistrates Court who kindly provided details of Walker’s sentence.

Earlier in 2014 Walker had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to care for his dogs after police caught him digging a grave for a dead dog in woods.

The bulldog called Major died after being savagely attacked in a park by another dog two days before the find

Walker kept three adult American Bulldogs and three puppies next to the wounded corpse at his home in Prestwich for two days.

After following Walker to his flat an inspector found the floor was filled with rubbish and needles. All of the animals had severe wounds from regular fights and excrement was caked into their paws.

The remains of a cannabis factory were also found, and the only food in the flat was a piece of cake next to Major’s corpse.

Although Walker had been warned he  could be imprisoned for  up to a year and fined up to £20,000 for the neglect, he received just 2 months in jail.

Sentence (Oct ’14): 2 months’ imprisonment, disqualified from keeping any animal for life

Manchester Evening News
The Mirror

Bannf, Scotland: Colin and David Reid

#TheList convicted dogfighters Colin Reid of 75 Catherine Street, Banff and brother David Reid, born 06/10/1988, of 34 High Shore, Banff, NE Scotland

Convicted dog fighters and all-round pieces of shit Colin and David Reid from Banff/Macduff
Convicted dog fighters and all-round pieces of shit Colin and David Reid from Banff/Macduff

In September 2011 Colin and David Reid pleaded guilty to encouraging bull terrier-type dogs to attack each other at a disused open-air swimming pool in Tarlair between July 29, 2008 and January 20, 2011, and also to keeping dogs for fighting.

Undercover investigators raided the homes of the pair and found  footage of dog fighting on a laptop. The brothers, were believed to have operated among a wider ring of dog fighters.

And it is believed they had been involved in the depraved activity for years.

The case marked the first conviction for animal fighting since new legislation allowed SSPCA inspectors to search and enter homes of suspected dog fight organisers.

The brothers are close associates of a man whose dog was found in a ditch by the SSPCA during the investigation.

The dog had been shot through the skull and investigators are convinced other dogs who had become too old to earn their keep through fighting would also have been killed.

Other fighting dogs were found dead within 20 miles of Banff, showing signs of appalling cruelty and suggesting the problem was widespread.

The dogs are believed to have been killed and dumped to avoid the SSPCA bringing charges against their owners.

In 2006, David Reid was convicted of cutting off part of both ears of two bull terriers. He pleaded guilty and was banned for two years from keeping animals and fined £300.

Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid
2018 photo of Colin Reid. His ban on keeping dogs expired in September 2016.

An undercover investigator said: “The implication of mutilating this animal was that it was a fighting dog.

“Owners do this to ready dogs for fights, to make them look fierce and to stop other dogs locking jaws on their ears while fighting.

“At the time, we couldn’t prove that he was involved in dog fighting but then the case was blown wide open when we saw the video.

“It shows both Reid brothers throwing their own dogs into a fight in the middle of the night at a secluded place not far from their home.”

The investigator added: “We also found videos of dog fights from eastern Europe.”

The probe uncovered evidence from farmers, who believed their cattle may have been attacked by dog fighters training their animals.

The crucial evidence was gathered when the SSPCA investigation team and police raided four homes, seizing six pit bulls.

Intelligence was received the following month that a dog had been shot and dumped on a farm.

Officers were shocked to see a clear bullet hole through the back of its skull.

The dog’s carcass still held an identifying microchip, which proved it belonged to an associate of the Reid brothers.

Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid in 2018. He's now a father and also owns a dog.
Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid in 2018. He’s now a father and also owns at least one dog.

Psycho David Reid was also sentenced to jail for going on the rampage after he was reported to the SSPCA. He hunted down a man he suspected of “grassing” him and attacked him along with an accomplice, breaking his skull and pelvis.

Sentencing:
David Reid was jailed for six months and Colin Reid was sentenced to four months. They were banned from keeping dogs for just five years (expired September 2016).

The Sun – 21/09/2016
Daily Record – 22/09/2016

Llanbradach, Caerphilly: David Brinley Braddon

#TheList David Brinley Braddon (also known as Dai Brad), born 01/05/1963, of 11 Glyn Llwyfen, Llanbradach, Caerphilly CF83 3PL – owned five banned pit bull terrier dogs and was involved in dog fighting

Dog fighter David Brinley Braddon from Llanbradach, Caerphilly

After a three-day trial in June 2010, father-of-five David Brinley Braddon was found guilty of keeping or training a dog for use in connection of animal fighting, guilty of having articles for use in connection of animal fighting and guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

Braddon, who operates a tattoo studio in Bargoed, Wales called Skin FX and fronts a white supremacist band, also admitted five charges of possessing a banned breed.

A major player in the shady and cruel world of dog fighting David Brinley Braddon in his younger days
A major player in the shady and cruel world of dog fighting David Brinley Braddon in his younger days

On 17 March 2009, officers from the RSPCA special operations unit joined South Wales Police to execute a search warrant at Braddon’s home. A search of the property revealed five pit bull terrier type dogs, four of them being kept in an elaborate kennel set-up in a garage at the rear of the property.

A motorised and a manual treadmill with attachments for dog collars, which are commonly used to train animals before a fight were also discovered.

Braddon’s refrigerator contained a bottle of the penicillin Duphacillin, an animal antibiotic normally only dispensed by a vet. They also discovered a set of weighing scales for use when the dogs were being weighed in before fights and various books on pit bulls and dog fighting including a manual entitled Dogs of Velvet and Steel which was known as the “dog fighter’s bible”.

One of the dogs found at Braddon’s home during the search was known as Otis (pictured). The animal fitted the name, description and photographs of a dog listed in many magazines and fight reports seized by the RSPCA during its investigations into organised dog fighting. Otis featured as having won two fights which was recorded in the Pit Bull Year Book 2008. That dog had 42 separate scars and another dog had 21 scars.

RSPCA chief inspector Mike Butcher said: “It is a major breakthrough for us to successfully prosecute someone like David Braddon.

“He is a major figure among the British dog fighting community, making it all the more pleasing to see him brought to justice.

“Despite this horrific so-called ‘sport’ being banned as long ago as 1835, there remains a network of organised dog fighters still operating across Britain.

“These people are responsible for some of the most deliberate and barbaric acts of animal cruelty the society investigates.

“It remains a constant battle to find these elusive characters and bring them to justice, but the RSPCA remains entirely committed to doing just that.”

Braddon has five children: Emma (born 1984), Amy (born 1986), David James (born 1988), Nikki (born 1990) and Megan Rhian (born 2002).  In 2015 son David James Braddon was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Sentencing: jailed for six months later reduced to 16 weeks on appeal; £1000 costs.  Disqualified from keeping animals for 15 years (expires July 2025). All five banned breed dogs were ordered to be destroyed

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