Injured dog used for badger baiting found wandering country lane
Written by Rother Radio News on 26/09/2020
A dog thought to have been seriously injured in an illegal bloodsport was found wandering along a country lane.
Grace the Patterdale terrier was missing half her lower jaw when she was discovered on Horsleygate Road, near Dronfield, Derbyshire, on Wednesday afternoon.
The injuries are thought to have been caused by a badger defending its sett after the dog was sent in by badger baiters.
The dog was wearing a red GPS collar which baiters use to locate their victims as part of a sick bloodsport which has been illegal since 1835.
Grace was rescued by RSPCA inspector Dan Bradshaw after she was spotted by a member of the public.
Dan said: “Grace has these classic injuries. Her bottom jaw has been badly damaged with extensive bite marks around her nose and muzzle. Her jaw is badly infected and she’s now receiving veterinary treatment and will have x-rays to establish the extent of her injuries.
“She’s a friendly, old girl who deserves so much better but has clearly been used for some time for this hideous blood sport, with little regard for her health and welfare.”
In badger baiting a terrier, usually wearing a tracking collar, is sent into a sett. The terrier will attempt to restrain the badger often resulting in horrific injuries to the dog and badger.
The sick baiter will then use the signal from the collar to dig out the badger before using larger dogs to fight and kill it.
Dan said: “It’s absolutely barbaric, for the badger and the dogs.”
Since 1992 it has been illegal to damage, destroy or block access to a badger sett, or to disturb badgers in their setts.
Anyone with information about Grace or her owners should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
If you suspect someone of badger baiting or interfering with a sett call the RSPCA’s emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999.