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Six jailed for dog fight


SIX MEN have been given jail sentences over their involvement in one of the largest illegally organised dog-fights ever discovered in the UK.

The convicted men received sentences ranging from four to six months in court last week, having been convicted of their charges at an earlier hearing. However, five of the men have been released on conditional bail pending an appeal to Birmingham Crown Court.

As reported previously, the fight, in a kitchen showroom in Birmingham, ended with one dog dying of its injuries and the other having to be destroyed later. District Judge Khalid Qureshi ruled that five of the men could be released on bail as their trial had lasted for 15 days and involved complex legal arguments.

Had they served their sentences immediately, it is possible they would have completed them by the time their appeals were heard.

Sentencing the men at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Mr Qureshi said dog fighting was an "abhorrent activity" that could only be dealt with by immediate sentences
of custody. "Had the police not acted to force entry into the premises then the fight, in my view, would have continued until one or even both of the dogs had died in that pit," he said. Court officials at the earlier three-week trial had been shown a video tape of the contest in the Alum Rock area of the city. The film showed the two dogs fighting in a makeshift pit, constructed from kitchen parts from the showroom.

Spectators could be heard urging the animals on and squeals of pain from the dogs could also be heard.

The convicted men are: _ Barkat Hussain, 43, of Unett Street, Smethwick, West Midlands. Given six months for causing animals to fight, possessing a pit bull and causing unnecessary suffering; Intikab Hussain, 31, of Sladefield Road, Ward End, Birmingham. Given six months for causing animals to fight, possessing a pit bull and causing unnecessary suffering; Sohail Hussain, 28, of Parkfield Road, Saltley, Birmingham. Given four months for possessing a pit bull; Zahir Ahmed, 31, of Bevington Road, Aston, Birmingham. Given four months for possessing a pit bull; _ Ummar Ahmed, 26, of Phipson Road, Birmingham. Given six months for keeping premises for dog fighting and Zahoor Hussain, 40, of Foley Road, Ward End, Birmingham. Given four months for causing dogs to fight, possessing a pit bull and causing unnecessary suffering.

A seventh man, Waqqas Mughal, 18, of Unett Street, Birmingham, a youth at the time of the fight, was given a four-month detention and training order for causing dogs to fight, possessing a Pit Bull and causing unnecessary suffering.

Barkat Hussain, Intikab Hussain, Sohail Hussain, Zahir Ahmed and Ummar Ahmed have been bailed.

All the men were also convicted of attending the fight and were all banned from owning a dog for five years.

Sadly, according the law enshrined in the Dangerous Dogs Act, which prohibits the ownership of Pit Bull Terriers in the UK, destruction orders were placed on the Pit Bull Terriers in some of the defendants' possession.

Nineteen other men were convicted at an earlier trial and fined between £500 and £1,400 for attending the fight.