A VEHICLE understood to have been used by suspected badger baiters has been examined in Pembroke Dock.

PC Gerwyn Davies and SO CO John Grenoside from the Dyfed-Powys Police Rural Crime Team examined the vehicle.

Badger baiting is a 'sport' where dogs draw a badger from its sett to fight.

Typically the practice leads to the badger's death and injuries to the dog. Badger baiting has been illegal in the UK since the 1835 Cruelty to Animals Act.

The Rural Crime Team said they were unable to give any further information at this time.

Mike Sharratt from Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed asked for people to be vigilant to help protect badgers.

He said: "Unfortunately badger baiting is still going on. When the hunting act 2004 came in we thought it would end. It's a barbaric act that is still going on and this could be another example.

"We need young people to keep their eyes open for vehicles with dogs and to inform the police and ring the RSPCA immediately.

"It is a protected species, it's amazing to think the badger is still so victimised."