Gwynedd farmer kicked dog and put others in rusty cages

A farmer who broke an eight-year ban on keeping dogs has been jailed.

David William Lloyd Thomas, 56, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, has admitted to causing unnecessary pain to a dog by kicking and not properly caring for 29 dogs and two ferrets.

His defense argued that Thomas had no intention of causing the animals to suffer.

Thomas was given a 24-week sentence during a hearing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He also received a new 10-year ban on keeping dogs or ferrets, having previously been banned in 2018 following a badger-baiting case.

The three breaches were spotted during a surveillance operation in November 2021 by the League Against Cruel Sports.

District Judge Gwyn Jones told him: “I am absolutely satisfied that this is a willful, willful and persistent violation of the order.

“You probably would have hoped that over time people would stop caring about how you treat animals.”

The case was brought by the RSPCA who used footage captured by the League Against Cruel Sports as supporting evidence.

When the RSPCA and North Wales Police visited the farm, they found a crossbred terrier alone in a dark barn, tied to a wall and surrounded by its own droppings.

There was no natural light in the barn and to see it the inspector had to use a torch.

A black Patterdale terrier dog was also found in a very small rusty cage, covered with straw and containing a plastic bag, next to an overturned dry bowl.

A black male patterdale terrier was found with an injured jaw and a scarred face. He had a damp kennel full of dirt and feces and a water bowl that contained discolored orange water.

Two ferrets were also found without water.

His defense lawyer, Michael Strain, said he had been “under a microscope for four days” and there was no gratuitous attempt to cause the animals to suffer.

Thomas’ son Carwyn Lloyd Fazakerley, 18, of the same address, admitted failing to provide a suitable environment for 29 dogs at a hearing last November.

At Monday’s hearing, he was ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work, paid £600 in costs and banned from owning dogs for 10 years.

Following the case, RSPCA Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: “It was very sad to see these animals living in such horrendous conditions without their basic needs being met.

“The dogs have been handed over to the RSPCA and following the conclusion of this case they will now be rehomed.”

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