Fighting dog found in GAA star’s home

Evening Herald, 21/04/2006

Police and animal welfare officials are investigating a top GAA star after a pitbull fighting dog was discovered during a raid on his house.

  Tyrone’s Ger Cavlan was caught in possession of the illegal terrier, dog fighting magazines, a detailed book of local fights, diet sheets and a treadmill.

  The dog found has been linked to the infamous underground practice of dog fights by animal welfare charity the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA).

  After the raid they said they were also extremely worried about the welfare of three more dogs they believe had been in the house.

  While the footballer has denied the ownership of the items he could now be prosecuted for having them in his possession.

  He could face not only a prison sentence – it is illegal to own pitbulls in Northern Ireland – but a hefty fine and a ban on keeling animals.

  In a statement from his solicitor, Mr Cavlan said that while he does keep dogs he did not own the one discovered during the raid at his Dungannon home last Wednesday night.

  The USPCA said that after inspection, a vet had found the male dog’s injuries to be consistent with the kind of wounds that would be inflicted during a dog fight.

Former Tyrone footballer faces badger baiting charge

Tyrone Times, 11/04/2014

DUNGANNON man and former Tyrone GAA star, Gerard Cavlan, has appeared before the local Magistrates Court on a charge of interfering with a badger sett.

  The 38 year-old, from Willows Gardens, appeared alongside Shane Loughran, 33, of Clonmeen Cottages, also Dungannon.

  The men are accused of intentionally or recklessly obstructing access to a badger sett contrary to the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

  Cavlan won an All Ireland medal with Tyrone in 2003.

  Although only minimal details of the allegation were conveyed to Dungannon Magistrates Court, a prosecution lawyer said police were called to an incident of suspected badger-baiting on the Caledon Estate on August 29 last year.

  A defence barrister said he was aware the prosecution had engaged an expert to provide evidence and he required time to study this, requesting a four week adjournment.

  However, District Judge John Meehan adjourned the case for two weeks until April 23 when a contest date is to be fixed.