#TheList Kalson George Abbey, born 28/09/1972, most recent known address Devon Close, Macclesfield SK10 3HB – subjected his dog to regular beatings over three months before she was rescued by a posse of neighbours
Former soldier Kalson Abbey repeatedly whipped six-month-old Northern Inuit Mishka with a braided strap in a series of “punishment” beatings because she kept soiling his carpet.
His aggressive yells of “bad dog” and the terrified yelps of pain from the animal so distressed neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lived that in a dramatic rescue mission they confronted Abbey on his doorstep and forced him to hand over his pet.
They took Mishka to the RSPCA, whose vets discovered savage bruising on her body.
Jobless Abbey denied causing unnecessary suffering and claimed he was the victim of a “vendetta”. But he was convicted after four neighbours gave evidence.
One nearby resident who asked not to be named said yesterday: “Abbey is nothing but a cowardly bully. That dog is only tiny and a fraction of his size. It’s no wonder the neighbours had to step in to rescue her.”
The court heard Abbey had fed and walked Mishka regularly but routinely gave her severe beatings and on one occasion was seen holding the dog off the ground by dangling her from a lead around her neck.
A policeman and an RSPCA officer took Mishka into kennels after her rescue. There, a vet discovered she was suffering from “very extensive bruising and superficial lacerations with one area consistent with an injury from a braided strap or similar object”.
Prosecutor Claire Aldridge said even Abbey’s ex-girlfriend complained about his behaviour and produced a video on her iPhone in which he is heard shouting “bad dog Mishka, bad dog Mishka”.
Miss Aldridge added: “The defendant is an angry man who beats his dog and an incident caused several neighbours to attend his home.
“They acted out of concern for a puppy they felt was in need of rescuing. He inflicted repeated emotional and physical trauma. Even a healthy dog can be an abused dog.”
Abbey’s defence lawyer John Gallagher said his client had two prolapsed discs and could not have harmed the dog. He added: “My instructions are that he intends to appeal.”
But bench chairman Shelagh Mayer said: “The offence occurred over a prolonged period of time and we believe that the act was committed with intent and there was injury.’’
RSPCA officer Emma Timmis said: “We are very happy that he has been given a ban and thankfully Mishka is not going back to him.”
Sentencing: six-week custodial sentence suspended for two years. Ordered to pay £250 towards the £5,000 costs of the prosecution and Mishka’s kennel feels. Banned from keeping any animal for five years (expired March 2018).
#TheList James Neill White, born 08/07/1991, formerly from York but as of April 2020 living at 16 Webster House, Boleyn Road, London N16 8LW – fried a hamster in a drunken prank
Police found the dead Syrian hamster in a frying pan next to a heated oven hob in James White’s flat, but it was unclear whether the animal was dead or alive when it went into the pan.
White, who at the time was studying politics and international relations at the University of York, denied killing the hamster by frying her on February 4, 2013, but admitted animal cruelty.
District judge Roy Anderson heard a post-mortem examination showed the hamster did not die of natural causes, but it was not clear whether she died from being fried or from rough handling minutes before she was put in the pan.
“Quite what happened on that night is still shrouded in a degree of mystery,” he said to White. “You, by your treatment of this small unfortunate rodent, destroyed your good character and earned a criminal conviction.”
Sentencing: 120 hours of unpaid of work in the community; £1,000 costs. Eight-year ban on keeping animals (expires March 2021).
#TheList backyard breeders Timothy Davey (aka Timothy Lee O’Reilly), born 20/07/1985, of Ravenscliffe Avenue, Bradford BD10 0JX and Charlotte Mountain, born c. 1986, of Victoria Avenue, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7AS – banned from keeping animals for just five years after three dogs were found in a shocking state
Charlotte Mountain admitted allowing dogs Gismo, Rino and Bingo to suffer, while partner Timothy Davey, a career criminal with convictions for violence, was found guilty of neglect following a trial.
The bull breed dogs were suffering from severe skin and eye conditions, which saw two of them lose extensive amounts of fur.
RSPCA inspector Nikki Cheetham said: “These dogs were in a shocking state when they came to our attention and could not have looked more different after getting the treatment they needed.
“Gismo had virtually no hair on her body and her skin was red raw from sarcoptic mange. She really was a sad sight. Rino wasn’t much better.”
The dogs came to the RSPCA’s attention in June 2012.
Sentencing: Mountain – 10-week curfew; £100 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years. Davey – banned from keeping animals for five years.