Mother-of-three ‘staged bloody pit bull fights at her home’





Mother-of-three ‘staged bloody pit bull fights at her home’
09th September 2009

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A breeder was part of a nationwide dog-fighting ring which staged a bloody ’bout’ in her garage, a court heard yesterday.

Claire Parker, a mother of three, sat impassively as a judge heard stomach-churning evidence of the fights staged by the gang.

At least one badly-injured losing dog was electrocuted by being wired to the mains.

Others were forced to fight until they were at the brink of death, her trial was told.Successful dogs were forced to breed with a ‘rape harness’ and conditioned using treadmills and swimming tanks, the court heard.


Mrs Parker, a 44-year-old Boston terrier breeder, and her husband John were arrested after an undercover investigation by the BBC’s Panorama found they had staged one of the dog fights.

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One of the animals involved, called Pablo, was left so scarred around his nose, ears, face and legs he looked as though he had been ‘hit by a shotgun’.

He was last seen in April 2008 and is now thought to be dead.

His owner, Gary Adamson, 38, was the North East’s representative of a Northern Irish dogfighting ring called the Farmer Boys, who have links to paramilitaries.

The court heard Adamson considered himself the ‘Don King of dog fighting’, a reference to the boxing promoter, and was a top breeder and trader in pit bulls.

Prosecutor Michael Shorrock QC told Lincoln Magistrates Court how Adamson, who has admitted all charges, travelled from his home in Yarm, Cleveland, to the Parkers’ cottage near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire for the fight in May 2007.

He was later filmed telling undercover reporter Steve Ibinson that Pablo ‘would have been dead in another five minutes’ if the fight had not been halted.

Mr Ibinson, a former SAS operative, died of natural causes in April this year while working as a security guard in Afghanistan.

Three days later, John Parker, who was in jail for cannabis possession, died of a heart attack.

He had previous convictions for dog fighting and was disqualified from owning pit bulls.

In March 2007, Mr Ibinson had accompanied Adamson and other Farmer Boys for a night’s ‘entertainmentin a barn 90 minutes from Helsinki in Finland.

The evening ended with at least one losing animal being connected to the mains electricity supply by its tail and ear after a fight lasting 41 minutes..

When the Parkers’ cottage was raided in April 2008, officers found treadmills, harnesses and ‘break sticks’ used to separate fighting dogs, the court heard.

Similar equipment was found at two Nottinghamshire properties connected to gang member Kenny King, 35, and the Birmingham homes of Mohammed Nasir Farooq and a 17-year-old youth.

At interview, Mrs Parker denied any knowledge of the dog fighting taking place in her garage.

Mrs Parker, Mr Farooq and the 17-year-old deny charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Adamson, King and three others have admitted charges against them.

The case continues.