A 21-year-old man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to animal cruelty offences.
Daniel Lakin, of Beresford Road, Maltby, appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, when he was ordered to pay compensation to the farmer whose sheep had been injured, given a 12-month supervision order and disqualified from owning, keeping or participating in the keeping of any animal for ten years.
In addition, Lakin was given an electronic tag with an imposed curfew.
He pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage and animal cruelty at a hearing in January, after admitting to using his dogs to attack and injure the sheep.
Police were called at around 2pm on Friday, August 15 to a farm in Limekiln Lane, Stainton, following reports from a farmer that his sheep had been injured.
Two sheep, belonging to a 57-year-old man, were found to have bite injuries. One of the sheep was so badly injured, it had to be put down.
A vet concluded that the injuries were consistent with an animal attack.
Lakin was arrested that evening and examination of his mobile phone, which was seized at his home, revealed a number of photographs of his dogs attacking sheep.
PC Dean Stockdale, a specialist wildlife crime officer and dog legislation officer based in Doncaster, said: “The result today sends a strong message that this sort of crime is unacceptable and police will take firm action against individuals who deliberately use their dogs to worry or injure livestock.
“This sort of crime is not a victimless offence – farmers’ livelihoods can be severely impacted by this thoughtless act. Sheep, horses and cattle can be gravely injured, sometimes needing to be put down to spare them further pain, as well as animals dying from exhaustion from being chased.
“Lambing season is approaching and I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to keep their dogs on leads around livestock to prevent incidents like this in future.”
Lakin’s three dogs, two Staffordshire Terrier type dogs and a greyhound/lurcher type dog, were also seized from the address.
One of the dogs has since died and two have been re-housed.