A 19-year-old Birmingham man has been banned from keeping animals for life after he admitted breeding and supplying dog fighters with pit bull-types, in a case brought by the RSPCA.
Romy Khunti, of Knowle Road, Sparkhill, ran a sophisticated website where he advertised illegal pit bull-type dogs for sale. He was given a four month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, when he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday (15 December). Khunti was also given a two-year supervision order, a 200-hour community punishment order and instructed to pay £5,000 costs after he admitted six charges relating to dog fighting.
The district judge told Khunti he was passing a severe sentence to reflect the commercial aspect of the defendant’s activities.
Hundreds of photographs of the banned breed were discovered on Khunti’s mobile phone and his home computer following an RSPCA investigation in September 2007.
The teenager was also found to been keeping three pit bull-type [...]
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