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'Barbaric' brothers jailed for dog fighting ring

David and Colin Reid, from Aberdeenshire, were 'heavily involved' in the illegal sport.

Evidence: Brothers filmed encouraging the animals to fight.
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Two "barbaric" brothers have been jailed for their part in a dog fighting ring after an undercover investigation by an animal welfare charity.

David and Colin Reid admitted taking part in an animal fight and keeping a dog for fighting purposes when they appeared at Banff Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Scottish SPCA inspectors removed six animals from the Reid brothers and discovered graphic video footage of dog fights during raids on their Banff and MacDuff homes.

It is the first conviction for animal fighting under section 23 of the 2006 Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act and only the second ever in Scotland - the first was made under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

David Reid, 22, of Banff, was jailed for six months while 24-year-old Colin Reid, of MacDuff, was jailed for four months. Both men have been banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said he was disappointed the “cruel” men were not banned from keeping dogs for life.

He said: “Our undercover investigation revealed both David and Colin Reid were heavily involved in dog fighting, a sickening crime which causes dogs horrendous injuries and can often be fatal.

"It is testament to our inspectors involved that these extremely cruel and barbaric men are serving jail sentences.

"During raids on the Reid brothers we discovered video evidence which not only proved their guilt but also clearly demonstrated their fascination in watching the poor dogs involved viciously fight each other.

"We also removed six dogs, including three pit bull terrier type dogs which are illegal having been classified as dangerous, veterinary equipment and various paraphernalia associated with dog fighting.”

Chief Supt Flynn added: “It is pleasing that custodial sentences have been imposed as these were serious offences. We had expected the ban to be for life as these men are evidently unfit to be in possession of a dog.

"We are continually gathering intelligence throughout the country and are particularly concerned about the prevalence of dog fighting in the north-east.

"This case sends a clear message that we will pursue anyone taking part in this abhorrent activity."

In 2006, David Reid was banned for two years from keeping animals and fined £300 after pleading guilty to cutting off part of both ears of two bull terrier dogs, cruelly ill treating them and causing them unnecessary suffering at Banff Sheriff Court.

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