A judge sitting at Exeter Crown Court said he had 'grave concerns' about Smith's attitude to animal welfare.
But he deferred sentence for six months to give the farmer time to improve the conditions in which the dogs are kept.No. Of course this isn't a first offence. This ghastly specimen of humanity is an experienced, serial animal abuser:
Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said Smith was convicted in 1998 of failing to dispose of animal by-products and in 1999 of welfare offences.
He was banned from keeping sheep and cattle for five years.
In 2008 he was convicted of both offences again, resulting in a second five-year ban - a prohibition which remains in force./facepalm
Judge Cotter QC deferred sentence on all matters until November to give Smith the opportunity to improve conditions for the dogs.
He claimed this would allow Smith to avoid a disqualification from keeping them in the future.He should be disqualified for life from keeping anything bigger than a Madagascan hissing cockroach. And Cotter should be disqualified from the bench.