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Last Updated: Monday, 23 August, 2004, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Man denies greyhound mutilation
Mutilated greyhound
Both the greyhound's ears had been cut off
A man accused of cutting off a greyhound's ears and leaving the dog to die on a south Wales mountainside has denied carrying out the attack.

Andrew Gough from Blackwood pleaded not guilty to cruelly ill-treating an animal at the town's magistrates court.

On Monday, Mr Gough, 28, was released on conditional bail and the case was adjourned for four weeks.

A number of animal rights protestors attended the hearing, packing the public gallery.

Outside the court, demonstrators brought along a rescued greyhound and held placards protesting.

In May, the RSPCA revealed that the dog, Last Hope, had its ears cut off and had been shot in the head, possibly with a nail gun.

It is thought that the dog's ears, probably tattooed, had been cut off to stop identification.

The black and white animal was found "extremely distressed" by a member of the public out walking their dog on 2 May on mountainside between Fochriw and Bargoed in the Rhymney valley.

The dog was taken to a vet and put down.

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