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An urban hunter who filmed his dogs as they mauled foxes and badgers to death has been banned from keeping pets for 20 years.
Scots teen Patrick Carter, 19, filmed his Lurchers Murphy and Max, and Patterdale Terrier called Laddie fighting with foxes and dragging badgers from their setts.
In one video, a badger was pinned down while the dogs attacked.
The dogs were also heard howling in pain as the badgers fought back.
Over the animals screams, voices can be heard in the footage goading and encouraging the dogs to tear the animals apart.
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Despite his the dogs' obvious distress, Carter boasted their jaw injuries and didn't take them to the vets.
In June 2018, concerns were raised to the Scottish animal welfare charity the SPCA.
Following search of his home Carter's dogs were found to have suffered severe injuries consistent with animal fighting.
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An undercover Scottish SPCA special investigations unit inspector said: “The videos on Carter’s phone were gut-wrenching. The animals he set his dogs on would have endured terrible suffering before they were killed.
“Whilst his dogs appeared to be in good general health when we searched his property, Laddie had severe facial injuries consistent with animal fighting and Max had scarring to the jaw area and his leg.
“On further examination, Laddie and Max were found to have scarring and deformities within the mouth and nose consistent with previous severe traumatic injuries.
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“Multiple videos of animal fighting were found on Carter’s personal devices, featuring all three of his dogs. All of the videos found were incredibly disturbing to view and the animals involved were clearly in great distress and suffered the most horrific end to their lives.
“There was outcry in the court when the videos were shown due to the horrific content. The Sheriff commented that these were sickening offences and he was disturbed that Carter took pleasure and enjoyment in watching animals in distress.”
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Carter pled guilty at Greenock Sheriff Court on Tuesday to keeping or training dogs for the purpose of an animal.
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Inspectors from the Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit (SIU) also found items associated with animal fighting such as a hunting lamp, clothing and used animal nets.
Along with the ban, Carter was given a 225-hour community payback order, a 12-month supervision order and a restriction of liberty order from 11pm to 7am to last for six months.
All three dogs have since been successfully re-homed.
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