Plymouth, Devon: Matthew West

#TheList Matthew West, also known as Matthew Ryan, born 06/02/1990, a career criminal originally from 35 Embankment Road, Plymouth PL4 9HX, but with links to Camborne, Cornwall – kicked and dragged a Staffordshire bull terrier; the dog’s leg had to be amputated and she lost the sight of one eye

Drug addict, career criminal and dog abuser Matthew West from Plymouth
Drug addict, career criminal and dog abuser Matthew West from Plymouth

West kicked and dragged five-month-old Staffy Tia so severely that one of her hind legs was badly broken and later had to be amputated.  The court heard that Tia was also found to be blind in one eye, had symptoms of mild concussion and had grazes over her body.

A  passer-by saw West kicking and dragging the puppy down the street and alerted police.

West gave evidence to say that the dog was already injured when he bought her for £250 a few days before. He denied kicking or dragging the dog and said he was just trying to get her to walk.

West’s lawyer said his client had a history of psychiatric problems.

West was found guilty and sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for the animal cruelty offence and banned from keeping animals for 25 years. He was given a further four weeks for a public order offence in which he  had threatened a female housing officer and said he would ‘burn the place down’.

Sentence: 12-week prison sentence; 25-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2036).

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In May 2018 West was jailed for 4 years for his part in an armed raid on a convenience store.


St Ann’s, Nottingham: Ian Procko

#TheList Ian Procko (aka Caim Procko) of Ferrers Walk, St Ann’s, Nottingham NG3 2GN – kicked a dog in the head and stabbed him in the shoulder

Dog abuser Ian Procko aka Caim Procko from St Ann's, Nottingham

The court heard that Ian Procko “flipped” when the dog bit his girlfriend, Georgia Burrows. He took the unnamed animal into the kitchen where he kicked him in the head before stabbing him in the shoulder. The dog survived the attack but was later put down due to an unrelated illness.

Following his court appearance, Procko was assaulted by two men. One attempted to stab him in the chest with a knife. The other attacked Procko with a machete resulting in him sustaining a hand injury. Procko jumped over a wall to escape. Two men were later questioned in connection with the incident.

Sentencing: 12-month community order of 135 hours’ unpaid work. He was not banned from keeping animals.

Source: Nottingham Post (article removed)

Banff, Aberdeenshire: Colin and David Reid

#TheList convicted dogfighters Colin Barclay Reid, born 12/10/1986, of 10 Smith Road, Banff AB45 1BN and brother David Lewis Reid, born 06/10/1988, of 34 High Shore, Macduff AB44 1SN

Convicted dog fighters and all-round pieces of shit Colin and David Reid from Banff/Macduff
Convicted dog fighters and all-round pieces of shit Colin and David Reid from Banff/Macduff

In September 2011 Colin and David Reid pleaded guilty to encouraging bull terrier-type dogs to attack each other at a disused open-air swimming pool in Tarlair between July 29, 2008 and January 20, 2011, and also to keeping dogs for fighting.

Undercover investigators raided the homes of the pair and found  footage of dogfighting on a laptop. The brothers, were believed to have operated among a wider ring of dogfighters.

And it is believed they had been involved in the depraved activity for years.

The case marked the first conviction for animal fighting since new legislation allowed SSPCA inspectors to search and enter homes of suspected dog fight organisers.

The brothers are close associates of a man whose dog was found in a ditch by the SSPCA during the investigation.

The dog had been shot through the skull and investigators are convinced other dogs who had become too old to earn their keep through fighting would also have been killed.

Other fighting dogs were found dead within 20 miles of Banff, showing signs of appalling cruelty and suggesting the problem was widespread.

The dogs are believed to have been killed and dumped to avoid the SSPCA bringing charges against their owners.

In 2006, David Reid was convicted of cutting off part of both ears of two bull terriers. He pleaded guilty and was banned for two years from keeping animals and fined £300.

Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid
2018 photo of Colin Reid. His ban on keeping dogs expired in September 2016.

An undercover investigator said: “The implication of mutilating this animal was that it was a fighting dog.

“Owners do this to ready dogs for fights, to make them look fierce and to stop other dogs locking jaws on their ears while fighting.

“At the time, we couldn’t prove that he was involved in dogfighting but then the case was blown wide open when we saw the video.

“It shows both Reid brothers throwing their own dogs into a fight in the middle of the night at a secluded place not far from their home.”

The investigator added: “We also found videos of dog fights from eastern Europe.”

The probe uncovered evidence from farmers, who believed their cattle may have been attacked by dogfighters training their animals.

The crucial evidence was gathered when the SSPCA investigation team and police raided four homes, seizing six pit bulls.

Intelligence was received the following month that a dog had been shot and dumped on a farm.

Officers were shocked to see a clear bullet hole through the back of its skull.

The dog’s carcass still held an identifying microchip, which proved it belonged to an associate of the Reid brothers.

Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid in 2018. He's now a father and also owns a dog.
Convicted dogfighter Colin Reid in 2018. He’s now a father and also owns at least one dog.

Psycho David Reid was also sentenced to jail for going on the rampage after he was reported to the SSPCA. He hunted down a man he suspected of “grassing” him and attacked him along with an accomplice, breaking his skull and pelvis.

David Reid was jailed for six months and Colin Reid was sentenced to four months. They were banned from keeping dogs for just five years (expired September 2016).

The Sun – 21/09/2016
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Wednesfield, Wolverhampton: Matthew Pearson

#TheList Matthew Pearson, born 25/03/1983, of 74 Okement Drive, Wolverhampton WV11 1UZ – allowed five of his parents’ six pets to starve to death while they were away.

Matthew Pearson from  Wolverhampton who left his parents' six pets to starve to death
Matthew Pearson pleaded guilty to 34 animal cruelty charges after he left his family’s six pets to starve to death

Matthew Pearson admitted 34 animal welfare offences relating to two dogs, two cats, a rat and hamster.

The father-of-two, who had been given £1,515 by his mother to feed the animals, had neglected to do so.

Pearson, then of Graisley Lane Wolverhampton, had been left in charge of his parent’s animals at a property in Portway Road, Bilston, in January 2011 when they went to visit family in Cornwall.

Body of dog Buster curled up in his basket in the filthy kitchen
Heartbreaking: starved dog Buster’s emaciated body was found curled up in his basket in the family’s faeces-strewn kitchen

RSPCA inspectors were called to the house in March 2011 after a complaint.

Inspector Jayne Bashford said once inside they were confronted with a “truly horrific and disturbing” scene.

One emaciated bearded collie-type cross-breed dog, Buster, was found curled up dead in a basket in the kitchen. Officers then found two dismembered tortoiseshell cats, a dead hamster and a dead rat.

A second collie-type dog, Beethoven, was found to be just one stage away from being emaciated, weighing 8kg instead of the usual 13kg.

Surviving dog Beethoven
Beethoven survived by feeding on the remains of the two cats that had starved to death.

Tests later revealed the desperate, scavenging dog had torn the cats apart, leaving them as no more than a bag of bones.

Pearson’s lawyer told the court his client had “decided he just couldn’t cope” with the animals after they had become unwell.

The house was littered with dog and cat urine and faeces.

A pathologist confirmed that the animals died as a result of cardio-respiratory failure secondary to chronic malnutrition and emaciation.

Matthew Pearson from  Wolverhampton who left his parents' six pets to starve to death

Speaking after Pearson was sentenced, Inspector Bashford said: “I will never, ever forget the scene upon entering this property.

“All individuals involved, including experienced police officers, were visibly shocked by the conditions and horrific sight of multiple dead animals.

“Particularly disturbing to me were the scratch marks on the rear of the kitchen door where Buster had desperately tried to escape before he was found dead in his bed.”

“To die of starvation is an appalling, painful way for any animal to die and their suffering was so needless and preventable if only help had been sought.”

Beethoven recovered in the RSPCA’s care and was rehomed.

Sentencing: jailed for 20 weeks; £1,000 costs. Banned from keeping pets for ten years (expires September 2021).

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Bedford, Bedfordshire: Hayley Cronin

#TheList Hayley A Cronin, born 24/06/1983, of Kimble Drive, Bedford MK41 9SZ – allowed her dog to die of hyperthermia after leaving him tied up in direct sunlight for several hours

Hayley Cronin pictured outside court
Hayley Cronin

Single mother Cronin pleaded guilty to causing cross-breed Buster unnecessary suffering when she left him tied up in the sun.

The court heard how Cronin, who supports her three young children on benefits, was under severe stress when the incident happened in June 2011.

The court heard how an RSPCA inspector attended the address after concerns were raised that a dog had died at Cronin’s home. Cronin confirmed that the dog had died and took him to a neighbour’s address where Buster was found on the kitchen floor covered in a damp sheet.

A post-mortem later showed that Buster’s temperature had reached 41.9 degrees. A normal temperature is between 37.9 and 38.9 degrees. The vet also reported that Buster had gone through extreme suffering in the run-up to his death.

Cronin was fined £500, which included court costs and a victim surcharge and banned from keeping a dog for seven years. Her father, who attended the hearing, said that he would pay the fine his daughter’s behalf.

Sentence: £500 fine; seven-year ban on keeping dogs (expired 2018).

Source: Bedford Today (article removed).