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Jail for thug who set pit bull on smaller dog

A MAN has been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after setting a Pit Bull onto another dog, and filming it on a mobile phone.

Following an RSPCA prosecution, James Harland, 21, of South Bank, Middlesbrough, was sentenced on May 28th by magistrates to 22 weeks for procuring a dog fight. He was also sentenced to four weeks for failing to attend an earlier court hearing, to run consecutively, and was disqualified from owning dogs for 10 years.

In January this year, Daniel Tate, 20, of Grangetown, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to the same offence and was sentenced to five months in prison. He also pleaded guilty to possessing an illegal dog, under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act and to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog. He received five months custody for each of these charges, to run concurrently, and was disqualified from owning any animal for 10 years.

The latest case came just a few days before a major conference on 'dangerous' dogs, held by the RSPCA in London on Tuesday of this week June 3rd. Police, charities, dog wardens, vets and other dog professionals met to discuss increasing concerns about dog fighting, dogs being used as 'weapons' and 'status' dogs.