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).