“That’s going to be an interesting trial…”Actually, it was rather less than interesting.
In fact, it was infuriating:
Rowland had pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of fighting dogs at a previous hearing.Clearly, you don’t have to be a gullible moron to be a magistrate.
Blackburn magistrates’ court accepted he did not know they were a banned breed and gave him a 12-month jail term, suspended for a year.
But it must help…
They also imposed a four-week curfew and ordered him to pay £85 costs.Well, that’ll go far, won’t it?
The next day, 60 officers, including an armed team in riot gear, the RSPCA and a lion expert from a zoo were called to Rowland’s home in Baxenden, Lancashire.Perhaps next time, knowing that they are only going to get £85 back (assuming he even pays it!), they’ll reconsider whether they actually need all that to handle two vicious dogs contained in a house, or whether one man with a shotgun could have done a better, quicker job.
Or send the owner in to resolve the problem himself. With a steak tied round his neck…