#TheList Andrew David Summerfield, born 02/07/1968, of 8 Elm Close, Tiptree, Colchester CO5 0NN – shot pet dog 17 times with an air rifle and slashed him eight times in the head with a meat cleaver before attaching a noose and abandoning him on a busy road
Police found the dog, named Barney, with a head wound in which a quarter of the front top of his head was missing.
Flies and maggots had formed a “blanket” over the head wound. He also had a cut to his neck from where a noose had been left.
The officers, who closed the A12 in both directions because Barney was getting up and walking around, arranged for a vet to deliver a lethal injection at the scene.
Summerfield was tracked as the owner because Barney had been microchipped.
At first, Summerfield told police he had sold the dog for £10 the previous day. But an air rifle and meat cleaver found at his home were matched with the incident.
Summerfield’s lawyer said her client had mental health issues and had been diagnosed as bi-polar. Medication for his condition had made him “violent”.
Sentence: 26 weeks’ imprisonment; deprivation order in respect of his remaining animals; the weapons were forfeited and destroyed. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Sean Adam Deakin, born 20/04/1993, as of 2018 of 74 Upper Barker Street, Liversedge WF15 7HJ, but with links to Leeds, Wakefield and Wigan – beat his Staffordshire bull terrier with a hammer before stabbing him to death while girlfriend Sarah Amanda Tame, born 06/07/1992 of 146 Sandy Lane, Hindley, Wigan WN2 4EW, laughed
The pair. who are originally from Wigan and have also lived in Wakefield, responded to a Gumtree advert offering a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Tyson. Just a couple of days after getting Tyson, Deakin viciously attacked him with a hammer at 3am in the morning, smashing down around 20 blows on his head, while girlfriend Sarah laughed.
Three hours later Deakin woke to find that Tyson had urinated on the bed. Deakin chased the terrified dog, gripped him between his legs and stabbed him in the chest with a six inch knife.
For the next 12 hours he allowed Tyson to die slowly, in agony, unable to move, fully conscious and vomiting.
Neither Deakin, nor Tame, who have a child who lives with Tame’s mother, sought help for Tyson during his many hours of agony.
Later under the cover of darkness Deakin wrapped Tyson in a plastic bag and dumped him in a wheelie bin.
Sentence: Deakin – jailed for 20 weeks; Tame – 150 hours’ unpaid work and £200 prosecution costs. Both banned from keeping any animals for 10 years (expires July 2022).
#TheList Richard Alan Atkins, born 12/06/1967, of 178 Oversetts Road, Newhall, Swadlincote DE11 0SW – bred dogs to hunt and kill foxes and badgers
Richard Atkins was jailed after he bred dogs to hunt down and kill foxes and badgers so he could film it for a sick thrill.
Atkins was sentenced to 24 weeks behind bars after a photo showed him smiling with glee as he held a still live fox by the throat.
The father admitted nine charges including causing animals to fight, keeping dogs for the purpose of animal fighting, causing unnecessary suffering and animal welfare offences. when he appeared at Burton upon Trent magistrates on 29 June 2012
Atkins also received a lifetime ban on keeping all animals and the forfeiture of all his dogs and equipment used for baiting and hunting.
Atkins trained his terriers to hunt down and attack wild animals. He then filmed the sickening attacks on a digital video camera which he showed to his equally twisted associates.
The RSPCA were able to successfully bring the prosecution to court when forensic examination of badger baiting footage seized from a digital video camera proved a voice heard in the background was that of Atkins.
The court saw graphic footage of Atkins’s black Patterdale terrier, later named as Pudding (pictured above) and bull lurcher-type dogs carrying out attacks on two badgers and a fox in separate incidents.
In another clip a badger is seen having its leg torn off, while men – including Atkins – can be heard laughing in the background.
As well as the harrowing clips which showed the wild animals being attacked, the dogs used by Atkins also suffered sickening injuries during the fights.
The defendant admitted that he would attempt to treat his dogs’ injuries at home, rather than take them to a vet and raise suspicion.
Both the Patterdale terrier and bull lurcher seen in the footage were found at Atkins’ home when a warrant was carried out by police and the RSPCA.
The Patterdale terrier had suffered huge injuries to her jaw and she was partially blind in one eye. Four other dogs – also believed to have been bred for fighting and hunting – were seized during the warrant, along with paraphernalia, digging equipment and search lights.
Atkins had a similar conviction from 1999 when he was found guilty of digging for a badger in 1999 alongside Lee Robert Burton of Tower Road, Hartshorne.
Three dogs were found on the site and they all had scratches on their faces. A dead badger was found at the scene and the body was still warm. When they were taken back to their house there was a concrete badger on the front garden which all three dogs immediately attacked.
Both men were sentenced to two months in prison.
Magistrates ordered all equipment recovered by police to be destroyed and disqualified both men from owning a dog for three years.
The three dogs were found new homes.
Sentencing (2012): jailed for 24 weeks and banned from keeping all animals for life.