Cleator Moor, Cumbria: Michelle Porter

#TheList Michelle ‘Shelly’ Porter, born 22/09/1988, of Heather Bank, Cleator Moor CA25 5HW – let one dog starve to death and another fighting for his life

Dog abuser Michelle Porter from Cleator Moor in Cumbria
Mother of two Shelly Porter was jailed after leaving her dogs to starve

Heroin addict Michelle Porter admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire bull terriers Zelda and Diesel.

RSPCA officers found the carcass of five-year-old Zelda, when they went to Porter’s home. Zelda’s son, one-year-old Diesel, was emaciated.

Diesel was skeletal when rescued by the RSPCA. Happily he recovered and was rehomed.

It is believed both dogs had been left to starve for three weeks, despite a large bag of open dog food and six tins of dog food being only two metres away from the cages the dogs were kept in.

Peter Sharp, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court that Zelda’s hips, ribs and spine were clearly visible when she was found by an RSPCA inspector and the floor was sodden with urine.

Dog abuser Michelle Porter from Cleator Moor in Cumbria

Presiding magistrate David Wilson told Porter the offences were so serious that only custody could be justified.

Diesel recovered and was rehomed.

Sentencing: 120 days in a young offenders institute for each of the four animal cruelty charges, to run concurrently. Banned from keeping animals for life.

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Yate, South Gloucestershire: Ricky Jefferies

#TheList Ricky Jefferies, born 05/04/1979, previously of Edgeworth in Yate and as of 2020 of Stanshawe Crescent, Yate, Bristol BS37 4EW – kicked a hedgehog repeatedly in the street

Hedgehog abuser Ricky Jefferies

The court heard that Jefferies kicked the hedgehog after discovering his fiancee of seven years was having an affair with his best friend.

Police saw Jefferies run towards the hedgehog and kick her six or seven metres, then kick her again.

Jefferies admitted inflicting unnecessary suffering to a wild animal when he appeared before North Avon magistrates on 02/07/2009. He was fined £140, ordered to pay £55 court costs and £15 towards the Victim Support Fund.

The fate of the hedgehog is not known.

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Update 2020: Jefferies went on to marry the woman whose infidelity caused him to attack a defenceless hedgehog. They have three children together.