Borders gamekeepers cleared of dog fight charges

Two Borders gamekeepers have been cleared of causing animal fights by placing a dog in a badger sett which had a fox in it.

A sheriff ruled David Harris, 30, and 42-year-old Graham McLaughlan had no case to answer.

The case followed a raid by Scottish SPCA investigators at the Marchmont Estate near Duns, in December 2008.

Mr Harris, of Duns, and Mr McLaughlan, of Marchmont estate, still face charges of disturbing a badger sett.

Mr Harris is also accused of failing to provide proper medical care for a dog.

The trial has already been part-heard on two occasions and has now been continued to 23 August when the case for the defence will resume.