Horrifying pictures show a terrier dog’s ‘horrendous’ injuries after it was forced to fight with a badger by its owners.
The two-year-old brown Patterdale Terrier suffered several puncture wounds to the right side of his face in a suspected badger baiting incident branded ‘cruel and barbaric’ by Derbyshire police.
A landowner challenged two men twice after they were seen digging an active badger sett in an open field in Chinley, Derby. The police were called but arrived after the men fled, leaving the dog behind with ‘horrendous’ injuries that police said were ‘clearly’ caused from it being forced down a badger sett to fight.
The Patterdale Terrier was rushed to hospital for treatment and is recuperating in police kennels after vets cleaned out his wounds and administered antibiotics and pain medication.
Badger baiting is an illegal blood sport – outlawed since 1835 under the Cruelty to Animals Act – that sees a badger drawn out of its sett and threatened, prompting a fight. A baiting session typically results in the death of the badger, and possibly serious injuries to the dog.
Police are on the hunt for the two men, who left the scene in a Silver/Grey large 4×4 Crew cab Type vehicle with a grey rear load bed canopy on Sunday, September 15.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said:
‘We are investigating a Badger Baiting incident that happened in Chinley, Derbyshire, on the morning of Sunday, September 15. ‘Two males were seen to be digging at an active badger sett in an open field. When challenged they made off. ‘The two males returned a short time later and were challenged again by the landowner but again made off.
‘The males were seen to leave the area in a Silver/Grey large 4×4 Crew cab Type vehicle with a grey rear load bed canopy.
‘They left behind a small brown Patterdale terrier type dog with substantial facial injuries which were clearly caused from it being put into the badger sett to fight with the badger as the males dug down to them.
‘The dog was taken straight to the vets by police for its horrendous injuries to be looked at.
‘This is a cruel and barbaric act by the owners of the dog, both against the dog and the badgers in the name of pleasure.’ Police are urging anyone with information – or anyone who knows someone who had a similar dog but no longer has it – to call on 101, quoting reference 190492943.