Drug dealer filmed his two dogs ripping badger apart in ‘barbaric’ attack

A crack cocaine dealer was found to have "sickening" footage of his two dogs mauling a badger, in which the man eggs them on, a court heard.

Callum Pullen, 22, was detained by police on drug offences when officers raided his phone, finding the footage that a judge called "barbaric".

Pullen, from Hull, admitted wilfully killing a badger and causing a fight to take place in May, Hull Live reported.

He also admitted possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and supplying the drug on September 7 last year, as well as affray and possessing a knife on July 27.

Stephen Robinson, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that police watched as drug deals took place in a play park.

Pullen was paid cash by a drug user and he handed it over to another man.

He was detained and seven packages of crack cocaine, valued at £140 with 55 per cent purity, were found on him.

Mobile phones were seized and footage of a badger being attacked by two dogs was discovered.

A man's voice was heard encouraging a dog called Pig to attack and shake the badger, which was left badly injured and later died.

The dog was congratulated and called a "good lad" and there was the sound of the badger squealing. Laughter could be heard.

"At times, both dogs have hold of the badger, one at each end," said Mr Robinson.

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"There was clearly at least one other male present. Obvious enjoyment was being derived by the defendant for this activity. The film was kept for further perusal by him."

Judge Sophie McKone said of the badger offences: "The police discovered you involved in the most barbaric practice of using dogs to taunt and kill a badger.

"You did this sickening behaviour for entertainment because you were bored. It's hard to imagine what causes a person to think in any way that this could be viewed as entertainment."

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She went on: "You caused the death of another animal or brought about the death of another animal."

Nigel Clive, mitigating, said the badger footage was "terrible" and a "shocking series of events" but Pullen claimed that he sold the dogs in November and did not have access to them.

Pullen was jailed for two years and 10 months. He was banned from keeping animals indefinitely and the dog, named Pig, will be removed if it turns out that he does still own it.

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