A “SICK” pit bull terrier owner trained a dog to fight and then had the fights filmed in graphic detail, a court has found.

Southgate resident Bilal Aldeeb, put his pit bull terrier Rhino in a weighted collar to build up its neck muscles and forced other dogs to fight him.

Video footage showed Aldeeb, 32, attempting to push two exhausted and blood-soaked animals’ heads together to force them to continue.

RSPCA inspectors, who said the footage was some of the most graphic they had ever seen, said Aldeeb had a "sickening fascination in watching two animals rip each other to pieces."

Tapes labelled 'Jordan dog fight', were seized from his home, along with other videos of dog fights which were presented to the court.

As the fights are believed to have taken place in the middle eastern country of Jordan, outside of the court’s jurisdiction, Aldeeb could not be prosecuted for fighting the dogs.

But at Enfield Magistrates Court yesterday he was convicted of keeping and training a red and white pit bull terrier type dog named Rhino for use in connection with an animal fight.

He was also found guilty of having a weighted collar used to train dogs in connection with animal fighting. Both charges are in breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Aldeeb, of Lousada Lodge, Avenue Road, had previously admitted possession of a pit bull terrier type dog, contrary to section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Rhino will now be put to sleep.

Chief inspector Mike Butcher, of the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “The dogs in the video would have suffered horrendous levels of cruelty through the actions of Aldeeb and those who took the footage.

“The footage may have been taken overseas, but this case proves the RSPCA refuses to turn a blind eye to those people who think maintaining their involvement in this barbaric practice to England is acceptable.”

One charge against Aldeeb, of causing unnecessary suffering to Rhino by failing to provide veterinary care for his injuries, was dismissed by the court.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on 24 August.