A teenage thug who filmed his dogs savagely ripping apart wild animals on night hunts has been banned from keeping pets for 20 years.

Patrick Carter, 19, was made to view his horrendous crimes as footage of his mobile phone videos was played at Greenock Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Carter used his three dogs, a Patterdale-Jack Russell cross called Laddie, and Lurchers Max and Murphy, to inflict suffering on badgers, foxes and deer.

In two scenes, badgers were pinned down by a rake held by an unknown person while Carter filmed his dogs barbarically attacking them.

Patrick Carter, 19, was banned from owning animals
Video grab from horrific footage found of a phone belonging to Patrick Carter, 19
 

Another vile video showed two dogs tearing a fox apart, while it was likely to have still been alive.

But despite his catalogue of savage crimes against animals, which almost cost one of his own dogs its jaw, Carter was spared jail and placed on a community payback order.

Procurator fiscal Ziad Ul Hassan said: “The expert opinion is that the fox may have been alive at the shooting of the clip.”

Sheriff Andrew McIntyre has also banned the teen, from Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland, from owning or keeping any animals for 20 years.

The three dogs have now been successfully rehomed.

Fiscal Mr Ul Hassan said Carter used a ‘high powered portable spotlight’ to find foxes and deer in the dead of night for his canines to attack, fight and kill.

He also used his dogs to lure badgers out from their sett before trapping them at the surface and torturing them, causing extreme pain and suffering, and killing them.

Mr Ul Hassan said: “Laddie was missing all four of his central upper incisors.

Carter used his three dogs to inflict suffering on badgers, foxes and deer
 

“There were multiple areas of extensive scarring of the gums, inside the lips and around the teeth.

“His lower lip was thickened and pigmented from previous severe traumatic injuries.

“It was torn, in part, away from its attachment to the gum of the lower jaw.

“The edge of the lower lip was also deformed due to severe traumatic injury.

“The area under the chin was thickened there were multiple deep scars and multiple previous injuries.”

Carter, who committed the cruel crimes over a period of six months, was exposed last June after concern for his three pets was reported to the Scottish SPCA.

He used Facebook messenger to send his videos, eight of which were played in court, and text messages about the hunts.

A Scottish SPCA investigations team obtained a warrant to search Carter’s two-storey housing association home on June 28 last year.

An officer from the unit said: “The footage and pictures we uncovered are gut-wrenching.

Carter's dogs also suffered injuries in the attacks

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“The animals he set his dogs on would have endured terrible suffering before they were killed.

“All of the videos found were incredibly disturbing to view and the animals involved were clearly in great distress and suffered the most horrific end to their lives.

“Over the animals’ screams, voices can be heard in the footage goading and encouraging the dogs to tear the animals apart.”

Carter pleaded guilty to keeping or training dogs for the purpose of an animal fight between February 6 and July 3 2018, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

As well as his 20-year animal ban, he must complete 225 hours of unpaid work in the community and will be kept under social work supervision for a year.

He has also been placed on an electronic tag and is to remain within his home between 11pm and 7am each day for six months.