Sunday, 13 July 2014

Three men from Colne jailed for badger and cat cruelty

12 July 2014 Last updated at 12:13

Three men who set dogs on a badger and a cat have been jailed after video of the cruelty was discovered on one of their mobile phones.

Footage showed a badger being attacked and a cat being shaken from a tree, while barking dogs waited below.

Joshua Varey, Shaun Mullens and Paul Ashworth, all from Colne, near Burnley, were jailed at Burnley Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The RSPCA said it was unclear if the badger or cat survived the attacks.

Inspector Carroll Lamport said: "These men were responsible for a vicious, deliberate and vindictive level of animal cruelty.

"We'll never know whether the cat or badger in these clips survived, or whether they were torn to shreds by the dogs set upon them."

'Untold suffering'

Varey, 24, of Duke Street, was sentenced to 126 days in prison while 22-year-old Mullens, of Leach Street, was jailed for 114 days.

Both admitted fighting a dog with a badger, and were banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

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