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Borders gamekeepers cleared of dog fight charges

3 August 2010 - BBC News

Two Borders gamekeepers have been cleared of causing animal fights by placing a dog in a badger sett which had a fox in it. A sheriff ruled that David Harris (aged 30) and Graham McLaughlan (aged 42) had no case to answer on the specifics of the dog-fighting charges.

The case followed a raid by Scottish SPCA investigators at the Marchmont Estate near Duns, in December 2008.

Harris, of Duns, and Mr McLaughlan, of Marchmont Estate, still face charges of disturbing a badger sett. Harris is also accused of failing to provide proper medical care for a dog.

The trial has already been part-heard on two occasions and has now been continued to 23 August 2010 when the case for their defence will resume.

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