Doncaster: Barry Scott, Liam Smith and Daniel Davey

#TheList badger baiters Barry Shane Scott, born 12/07/1988, of 35 Norman Crescent, Sunnyfields, Doncaster DN5 8RX, Daniel Paul Davey, born 16/08/1990, of 27 Manor Court, Denaby, Doncaster DN12 4LT, and Liam Smith, born 15/12/1990, of 33 Denaby Avenue, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3NL

Badger baiters Daniel Davey, Barry Scott and Liam Smith from Doncaster
From left Daniel Davey, Barry Scott and Liam Smith

Barry Scott, Liam Smith and Daniel Davey admitted interfering with a badger sett in the Whitwell area and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on 30 November 2011.

The court heard that the trio had gone equipped with spades and tracking equipment to locate a badger. A terrier-type dog suffered severe injuries to her face when she was forced to enter a badger sett.

The men pleaded guilty on the basis that the offences resulted from reckless behaviour. The RSPCA, which prosecuted the case, believed there was deliberate intent and a mini-trial was held to decide what exactly happened.

Daniel Paul Davey
Daniel Paul Davey was described in court as a “prime mover” when it came to the persecution of badgers

Deputy District Judge Goodman said all three had lied about their intentions at the mini-trial in which Davey came across as ‘the prime mover.’ Smith was a willing participant while Scott allowed himself to be led by them.

Sentencing: Davey and Smith were given a 20-week custodial sentence. Scott was handed a 16-week jail term, suspended for a year. He was also ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work, with £250 costs. All three were banned from keeping animals for an indefinite period. Six dogs were seized.

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New Addington, Croydon: Lorraine and Patrick Farrell

#TheList Lorraine Farrell, born 18/11/1966, and husband Patrick Farrell, both of 32 The Coppins, Croydon CR0 9DE – left an injured puppy to starve on a urine-soaked mattress with a bone sticking out of his leg.

Dog killer Lorraine Farrell

The Farrells pleaded guilty to neglecting the Staffordshire bull terrier puppy known as Caesar.

The dog was found in May 2012 after the RSPCA were called to the Farrells’ home by police. He was severely underweight and suffering from infected dog bite injuries all over his body, as well as broken bones that had pierced his skin.

Caesar was given treatment but had to be put to sleep two days later on veterinary advice. A vet estimated that he had been suffering for at least three months.

Injured puppy Caesar who was found starving on a urine-soaked mattress
Despite being given treatment the eight-month-old puppy was put to sleep on veterinary advice.

The couple pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, due to their failure to provide exercise and an adequate diet, veterinary treatment and protection from painful dog bites.

RSPCA Inspector Becky London said: “This is a really sad case and was made worse by the knowledge that the dog couldn’t be saved. Poor Caesar had no joy at all in his short life.

“He spent all of his time in an upstairs bedroom while the other dogs lived downstairs. He had a bone infection and septicaemia, and I’ve never seen a dog with an open fracture before – I was shocked. He had pus and blood coming out of his many wounds”.

Sentencing: Patrick Farrell was sentenced to four months in prison, his wife to just 12 weeks. Both received a 15-year ban on keeping an animal (expires December 2027).

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Workington, Cumbria: Daniel Porter and Jamie Atkinson

#TheList serial wildlife persecutors Jamie Atkinson, born 31/10/1992, of 8 Honister Drive, Workington CA14 3XY, and Daniel James Porter, born c. 1994, of 27 Eskdale Crescent, Workington CA14 3LJ – goaded their lurcher dogs into attacking cats

Social media photos of Jamie Atkinson (and Daniel Porter
Jamie Atkinson (left) and Daniel Porter

Atkinson and Porter went on trial alongside a 17-year-old youth and two 15-year-olds, none of whom could be named for legal reasons.

The youths went on trial in December 2012 and were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering.

Unfortunately all newslinks relating to the sentencing have been removed, though we do know that Atkinson was given a custodial sentence in a young offenders institution and banned from keeping dogs for five years. He was caught breaching that ban in February 2018 and again in October 2018.

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Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire: Marc Else

#TheList Marc Anthony Else, born 12/10/1989, of 15 Priestsic Road, Huthwaite, near Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 2AE – launched a fatal attack on his pet dog

Marc Else lost his temper with white Staffy Ellie after, he claimed, she had bitten him in the face during the early hours of the morning.

The animal, who had been poorly, then fouled on the carpet and curtains so Else grabbed her by the throat and threw her out of the house causing her abdominal injuries.

He then dragged her back in, putting her in the bath and biting a chunk out of her ear.

Finally Else put the dog in a cage downstairs and admitted himself to hospital because he wanted to undergo a mental health assessment.

The dog, named Ellie, died the next morning and a post-mortem revealed she had been underweight, had fractures to the liver and was bleeding from the left ear which had been partly torn off.

Else, who admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, was said to have been abused when he was a child and was now receiving psychiatric treatment.

Sentencing: suspended 18-week jail sentence and a 10-year ban from keeping animals (expires December 2022).


Accrington, Lancashire: Jordan Morgan

#TheList Jordan Morgan, previously of Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, but as of July 2020 of Lydia Street, Accrington BB5 0PX – set fire to an animal sanctuary, resulting in the deaths of 26 rescue animals

Police mugshot of Jordan Morgan

On March 23, 2011, the then 18-year-old Jordan Morgan and accomplice Karl Heaton of Smithy Lane in St. Annes deliberately set fire to the Easterleigh Animal Shelter in St. Annes, killing five cats, four kittens, 16 chickens and one rabbit. The pair also caused £25,000 worth of damage to the premises of the cash-strapped animal charity.

Facebook photo of Jordan James Morgan
2019 Facebook image of Jordan Morgan

As well as the starting the blaze at Easterleigh, Morgan and Heaton admitted setting fire to the Fylde Scout headquarters on Heyhouse Lane, a Volkswagen van on Clarendon Road, and a garage on Church Road in St Annes.

Jordan James Morgan - Facebook photo of Morgan with girlfriend (her face pixellated)

Morgan was also later convicted of trying to dig his way to freedom at Preston Prison after plotting a Colditz-style escape bid.

During the arson trial, Karl Heaton described Morgan as a ‘nutcase’ and said he was ‘crazy and spontaneous’.

Sentencing (November 2012): four years and four months in jail, later reduced to three years on appeal.

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July 2020 update: Jordan Morgan has three dogs, one of whom has just given birth to 12 puppies. He also has a cat. Morgan’s current girlfriend describes him as “a good egg”.

We don’t have anything new on Heaton yet but any information on him, especially a mugshot and his current whereabouts, would be welcome.

Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside: Paul McCaw

#TheList Paul McCaw, born 03/09/1985, of 66 Laurel Avenue, Newton-le-Willows WA12 8JA – stabbed an arthritic terrier to death before burying her in his back garden

Dog killer Paul McCaw from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside

Staffy Cheech “died an absolutely terrible, violent death” at the hands of her owner McCaw.

RSPCA inspectors visited McCaw’s home after a tip-off from neighbours who noticed Cheech was missing. Some reportedly heard the dog’s cries and yelps the previous evening.

Prosecuting, Peter Mitchell said: “He said that the dog collapsed in pain, so he took it into the back garden and he strangled it.”

But when inspectors dug up the body, they found the ten-year-old dog covered in multiple stab wounds and soaked in blood.

Victim Cheech
RSPCA inspectors found Cheech, pictured, covered in blood and stab wounds buried in the back garden

Mr Mitchell said that one of the wounds looked as if McCaw had attempted to “slash its wrist”. Cheech also had wounds to her head, chest and neck.

In total Cheech suffered 40 wounds – with one puncturing a lung – causing her to collapse. The dog eventually died, drowning in her own blood.

Mark Brown, defending, told magistrates: “He was of the view that Cheech was suffering and needed to be put out of its misery.”

He said McCaw tried to smother the dog, but it didn’t work, so he stabbed her.

Dog killer Paul McCaw from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside

RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said: ‘This dog suffered an absolutely terrible, violent death at the hands of an owner who had been responsible for her for almost her entire life.

‘Though he says he thought he was putting her out of her misery, he actually caused her to suffer much more with the actions he took. First trying to suffocate her then stabbing her many, many times.

‘I can’t imagine what this dog’s final hours must have been like at the hands of someone she loved.

‘It certainly wasn’t the dignified and pain-free end most owners hope for their beloved pets.’

Sentence: jailed for 18 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for 20 years (expires November 2032).

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Manningham/West Bowling, Bradford: Saima Bi and Kiran Hussain

#TheList Saima Bi, born 19/05/1986, of 55 Sunderland Road, Manningham, Bradford BD9 4QJ, and Kiran Hussain, born 09/10/1993, of 21 Ackworth Street, West Bowling, Bradford BD5 7HA – kept a skeletal large breed dog locked up in a squalid hot car covered in faeces because they said she was “violent”

Kiran Hussain (left) and Saima Bi were banned from keeping animals for just five years over their cruel treatment of a dog they kept locked in a faeces-ridden car
Kiran Hussain (left) and Saima Bi were banned from keeping animals for just five years over their cruel treatment of a dog they kept locked in a faeces-ridden car

Saima Bi and Kiran Hussain, who at the time were living together in East Squire Lane, Bradford BD8, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Bella, a Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog, and not giving her a suitable place to live.

Magistrates heard a member of the public tipped off the RSPCA in July 2012 that the dog was living in a car parked outside Bi and Hussain’s then home in Manningham.

Bella was found lying beside her own faeces in the Seat car, left, outside Kiran Hussain and Saima Bi's home in Bradford. The couple refused to let the pet in their house.
Bella was found lying beside her own faeces in the Seat car, left outside Kiran Hussain and Saima Bi’s home in Bradford. The couple refused to let the pet in their house.

When RSPCA Inspector Sarah Brisco went to investigate, she found starved Bella curled up on the seat and thought she was dead.

Nigel Monaghan, prosecuting, said the smell in the car had been “overwhelming” and that Insp Brisco had “never in all her experience seen a dog so thin”.

“The dog was almost skeletal with rib and hip bones sticking up clearly visible, faeces was all over the car and there were flies,” he said.

Bella was found lying beside her own faeces in the Seat car, left, outside Kiran Hussain and Saima Bi's home in Bradford. The couple refused to let the pet in their house.
Bella was desperately thin and lucky to be alive after her ordeal at the hands of her cruel owners

Until the hearing Bi had insisted she wanted Bella back because she was a guard dog and loved her but she did finally did sign her over to the RSPCA to find a new home.

Defending solicitor Zanfar Khan said her clients both held their hands up to show “remorse and upset”.

Miss Khan said Bi and Hussain said it was Bella who got into the car and that because she was violent it was difficult to get her out.

After sentencing, Insp Brisco said Bella was now doing well.

Sentencing: 100 hours of unpaid work with five days of a low-level activity requirement; costs of £260 each. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expired 2017).

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Thetford, Norfolk: Jamie Blake

#TheList Jamie Blake of Thetford, Norfolk (currently at HMP Bedford) for microwaving a stray cat to death while high on crack cocaine.

Crack cocaine addict Jamie Blake from Thetford, Norfolk, and currently in HMP Bedford for false imprisonment
Crack cocaine addict Jamie Blake from Thetford, Norfolk, and currently in HMP Bedford for false imprisonment

Blake  cooked the young male black cat for three minutes in his bedsit while he was in a drug-induced psychosis.

Blake had befriended the cat, which he nicknamed Buddy, by letting him into his room at night and feeding him cheese and tuna.

He claimed that he argued with Buddy because he had told him that his mother’s former partner, now dead, had been injecting her with heroin.

After killing the cat, he later laughed and joked about his death with fellow residents at the John Room House sheltered housing unit where he lived in Thetford, Norfolk.

Buddy’s body was later found discarded in a wheelie bin along with the defendant’s microwave.

Staff at the unit viewed CCTV footage which showed him picking the cat up by the scruff of his neck and taking him into his room.

The footage showed him later leaving his room with a carrier bag which appeared to have the cat in it and then disposing of the microwave the following day.

Cat hair and other ‘matter associated’ with the cat was found in the microwave.

A post mortem carried out on Buddy confirmed that he had been microwaved to death.

Sally Dale, mitigating for Blake, said her client had a personality disorder which had been exacerbated by the use of crack cocaine.

Sentence: 22 weeks in a young offenders’ institution, banned from keeping animals for life

In September 2015 Blake was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for his part in the systematic torture of a man over two days over a drug debt. At the time of writing (7/7/18) he remains in custody at HMP Bedford.

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Walsall, West Midlands: Dean Edwards

#TheList Dean Andrew Edwards, born 22/04/1968, formerly of Smith House, Stoney Lane, Walsall and more recently  40 Ingot Close, Walsall WS2 7DD – battered his dog to death before hurling him 60ft off a block of flats in an attempt to cover up the attack

Dog killer Dean Edwards from Walsall and his victim, Diesel
Dean Edwards beat his dog to death and threw his lifeless body over his balcony in an attempt to cover up what he’d done.

Dean Edwards beat his two-and-a-half-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Diesel so badly his internal organs suffered “catastrophic injuries”.

He then threw the body of the dog over his balcony at Smith House. The animal was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the ground by another resident of the tower block the next morning, and police and RSPCA were called.

Vicious Edwards claimed at the time that the first he knew of Diesel being on the ground was when he was alerted by a neighbour. He told the neighbour he thought the dog had been sleeping on his balcony and must have rolled off the edge.

But when Edwards’ flat was inspected “splatters” of blood were on the inside of the balcony, the floor and also on radiators.

Baseball and rounders bats were also seized and Edwards was arrested.

A post-mortem revealed that Diesel suffered a “blunt blow” to his chest, causing “massive injury” to his heart and surrounding arteries. He suffered no fractured bones and had limited bruising to his body because he was dead before falling from the balcony.

Edwards has been banned from keeping dogs for life after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Sentencing him, District Judge Michael Morris said: ‘I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt you struck a fatal blow to Diesel and attempted to throw Diesel to the ground to cover your actions.’

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: ‘We are pleased to hear Mr Edwards was convicted of the offences and the sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence.’

Sentence: six months in prison. Banned from keeping dogs for life

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Abington, Northampton: David Meehan

#TheList David Meehan, born 01/05/1981, of Edith Street, Northampton NN1 5EP – left his dog to starve to death after “suffering a life crisis”

Abandoned dog Kingston's remains were found amidst a scene of devastation where the floors and fixtures were encrusted with dirt and waste.
Abandoned dog Kingston’s starved remains were found amidst a scene of devastation where the floors and fixtures were encrusted with dirt and waste.

Meehan failed to feed his starving dog, named Kingston, after his marriage broke up.

Police were called to the property after a repossession company found Kingston’s decomposing body at the bottom of the stairs, surrounded by rubbish.

A sheet had been placed over the dog by Meehan, who told the RSPCA he had returned to the house to find he had died. He had left the dog’s dead body in the house for “two to three weeks” before he was found.

A post-mortem concluded Kingston had starved to death over a prolonged period. Experts said the dog was likely to have suffered for between four to six months.

The dog had become so desperate for food that plastic, hair, wool and foam were discovered in his stomach.

Sentencing Meehan, district judge Tim Daber said: “Even for someone with a strong constitution, the photos of this poor dog and the conditions within the house are shocking. The veterinary opinion is the neglect of the dog could have gone on for months. I treat this as a case of chronic, long-term neglect.” The district judge also rejected Meehan’s excuse of suffering a “life crisis”.

Sentence: jailed for 12 weeks and disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Source: Northampton Chronicle (article removed).