Skipton, North Yorkshire: Jason Metcalfe

#TheList Jason Metcalfe (aka Jay Jones), born 30/11/1981, formerly of Earby, Pendle, Lancashire and more recently (2019) of Heather View, Skipton BD23 2SD – smashed an elderly cat repeatedly against a wall, killing her.

Serial animal abuser Jason Metcalfe
Jason Metcalfe, who now goes by the name Jay Jones and lives in Skipton

In February 2011 Metcalfe was jailed for 16 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life after admitting repeatedly smashing the 14-year-old cat, known as Bonnie (pictured), against a wall until she died.

Twisted Jason Metcalfe grabbed friendly cat Bonnie by her back legs and swung her against the wall at least four times over 10 minutes, just because she rubbed against him

The sickening incident took place in front of a nine-year-girl who described seeing the cat approach Metcalfe as he was walking along the road and nuzzle against his legs. Metcalfe then picked the cat up by one of her hind legs and swung her against the wall several times until she was dead.

Bonnie was the much-loved family pet of Sarah Lancaster who described her as “a defenceless animal who couldn’t protect herself”.

In May 2011 it emerged that Metcalfe was being investigated for kicking a pet rabbit to death the day before he was sent to prison for killing Bonnie.

Serial animal abuser Jason Metcalfe

The rabbit, a British Giant named Edward, belonged to three young children. Their mother, who runs a rabbit rescue sanctuary, told how friendly Edward had escaped from her garden and wandered into nearby Goodall Close where Metcalfe lived at the time. Two girls told her that they had seen a man kick the rabbit in the head. The RSPCA were making enquiries but no update is available.

When Metcalfe appeared in court for sentencing, his face was plastered up and it was revealed that he had been attacked by a dog, which had bitten off part of his nose.

Sentencing: jailed for 16 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life.

Lancashire Telegraph

Hamilton, South Lanarkshire: Lesleyann Ure

#TheList Lesleyann Ure, born c. 1985, of Neilsland Street, Fairhill, Hamilton ML3 8JN – failed to get treatment for her puppy’s severe skin condition, leaving him to suffer excruciating pain

Convicted animal abuser Lesleyann Ure from Hamilton

Single mother Lesleyann Ure was banned for life from keeping animals over her “horrendous” treatment of her pet dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier named Billy.

Ure didn’t bother to take the nine-month-old dog to the vet when he began to suffer from a severe skin condition.

Neglected puppy Billy
Neglected puppy Billy was put to sleep on humane grounds after his cruel owner failed to look after him

By the time Billy received veterinary attention, his health had deteriorated so badly that he was put down to avoid any further suffering.

Ure admitted failing to get the necessary treatment for her dog and was given a community order and a lifetime ban.

Speaking about the case, Scottish SPCA Insp Gillian Dick said: “Billy was in a horrendous condition as he had a severe skin complaint which caused him a great deal of pain and suffering,” she said.

“Sadly, despite receiving treatment for the condition, Billy’s health did not improve and he had to be put to sleep to end his suffering.

“If veterinary treatment had been sought when Billy’s skin condition had appeared, the pain and discomfort he suffered could have been avoided.”

Sentencing: 100 hours community service. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

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Daily Record