#TheList Mary Elizabeth Bale (DoB 15/06/1965) of St Michaels Road, Coventry CV2 4EJ – recorded on video stroking a four-year-old tabby cat named Lola before picking her up by the scruff of her neck and dropping her into a wheelie bin.
The distressed cat was found in the bin 15 hours later by her owner.
Bank worker Bale, who was subjected to months of public vilification following the incident, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Sentence: total of £1400 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping or owning animals for five years (expired October 2015).
#TheList Christopher Gallier, born c. 1987, of 111 Canal Street, Oldham OL9 7JR – blasted his pet dog in a shooting spree in his own home
In March 2010 a Sharpei-type dog named Roxy was deliberately shot in the neck with an airgun by her owner Christopher Gallier.
Gallier initially told police that the dog had been injured by glass in his backyard before claiming instead that a pellet had ricocheted and hit Roxy. In the end he admitted that he had deliberately targeted the dog during a shooting spree inside his home.
X-rays revealed a pellet ledged deep in Roxy’s neck muscles – an injury that would have caused her sustained pain over a period of days.
Gallier pleaded guilty to shooting the dog, failing to get her veterinary treatment and failing to keep her and a second dog in a hygienic and hazard free environment.
Roxy survived after an operation and she and another dog were signed over to the RSPCA in August 2010.
Sentencing: Gallier was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for one year and banned from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Paul Hinton, born 07/11/1975, as at 2018 of 17 Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG – killed a stray dog by taping up his muzzle then subjecting him to a violent beating
Hinton tied up the mongrel before subjecting him to a prolonged beating, during which he kicked him in the head, spine, tail, leg and abdomen. He also taped the dog’s muzzle shut. The dog died of impaired breathing and a heart attack as a result of traumatic injury.
Despite the pre-meditated and sustained nature of Hinton’s violent attack on the defenceless animal, a charge of torture was withdrawn.
Hinton alleged that he bound the dog’s muzzle to protect his children, claiming that one of them had been bitten.
Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Garry Palmer said: “What this dog went through is the stuff of nightmares. Thinking about that has caused many a sleepless night for me. The premeditated nature of what happened here makes it one of the most shocking cases I have ever dealt with. It was horrific.”
Sentencing: 10-week prison sentence. Life ban on keeping animals.