Update: EU DogFighting Gang Jailed

by Mary Haight on September 26, 2009

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The dog fighting syndicate with links to Northern Ireland paramilitary, as detailed in the England to Finland blog here were sentenced to four and half to six months. It seems a very tame jail term and I wonder how this acts as a deterrent, especially given the involvement of a paramilitary group. I know Americans are looked at as jail happy folks, but the size and scope of this seems to call for something different than a few months in jail, a chance to chat with old friends, and maybe pick up new networks while they are in lock up.

The Judge announced, however, he was not going to get into an argument about sentencing. The RSPCA called the sentencing a “significant prosecution, though not a breakthrough.” They are critical of the length of sentencing for these crimes, and the law is slow to change.

Claire Parker, the first woman involved in dog fighting that I’d heard of—her mother must be so proud—was sentenced to four-and-a-half months. The Judge did not believe her story of not knowing what going on. She is banned from owning a dog for 10 years. Her intial three co-defendants got from 23 to 26 weeks according to Sky News, In the interim, three more people were also sentenced in this action. Read on…

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