A man who set two dogs on a fox has been fined £210 after being found guilty of animal cruelty.

Stephen Parkes, 35, was also banned from keeping dogs for a year and ordered to pay £270 in costs after being convicted of fox-hunting following a trial at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, the RSPCA said.

The two-day hearing was told Parkes, of Bloxwich Road, Walsall, was charged after police found a group of men and two dead foxes on waste ground last November.

Police also discovered two Jack Russell terriers named Bully and Ted, with blood-covered muzzles, belonging to Parkes, at the scene off Goscote Lodge Crescent, Walsall.

Parkes, who denied fox-hunting contrary to the 2004 Hunting Act, and two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs, was prosecuted by the RSPCA.

Commenting on the court hearing, RSPCA inspector Rob Crutchley said: "The two dogs had nasty-looking wounds to their muzzles which a vet later confirmed were consistent with fighting with a fox.

"Likewise, the fox had injuries to his body which were consistent with being attacked by dogs, and a post-mortem examination confirmed this.

"This is a horrific case which not only caused suffering to a fox, but also to the two dogs as well, who had to be treated for injuries which they should never have received in the first place."