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Stephen Parkes fined after setting two dogs on fox

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Image caption Stephen Parkes was banned from keeping dogs for a year

A man who set two dogs on a fox has been fined £210 after being found guilty of animal cruelty.

Stephen Parkes, 35, from Walsall, was banned from keeping dogs for a year after being convicted of fox hunting at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

Police found a group of men and two dead foxes on waste ground off Goscote Lodge Crescent, Walsall, last November, the hearing was told.

Parkes, of Bloxwich Road, was also ordered to pay £270 in costs.

He denied fox hunting contrary to the 2004 Hunting Act and two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs and was prosecuted by the RSPCA.

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Police officers came across a group of men who scattered leaving Parkes and another man at the scene holding shovels, the court heard.

Commenting on the court hearing, RSPCA inspector Rob Crutchley said: "The two dogs had nasty-looking wounds to their muzzles which a vet later confirmed were consistent with fighting with a fox.

"Likewise, the fox had injuries to his body which were consistent with being attacked by dogs, and a post-mortem examination confirmed this.

"This is a horrific case which not only caused suffering to a fox, but also to the two dogs as well."

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