Peterlee, Co Durham: Peter Hamilton-Smith

#TheList Peter Hamilton-Smith, born c. 1947, of 10 Sledmere Close, Peterlee SR8 5JN – left eight dogs in ‘a terrible state’; breached a previous ban on keeping animals. 

Husky puppy found at serial animal abuser Peter Hamilton-Smith's address in Peterlee.
Husky puppy found at serial animal abuser Peter Hamilton-Smith’s address in Peterlee.

Peter Hamilton-Smith was convicted of breaching an existing five-year ban on keeping animals; failing to meet the needs of eight dogs by failing to ensure a suitable environment to live in; failing to provide a suitable diet and protect them from pain, suffering, injury and disease and causing unnecessary suffering to three Husky-type puppies by failing to provide necessary care and supervision to protect them.

He had denied all charges.

He was jailed for a further 60 days for breach of a suspended sentence.

The court heard RSPCA inspector Kaye Smith had visited Hamilton-Smith’s home after a call from police.

Five adult dogs and three puppies were found to be living in dirty and squalid conditions. The adult dogs all had ear mites and the puppies were underweight and had a very high worm burden.

“I had visited the property just days before after receiving a call from a member of the public who had purchased a puppy from the address and was worried about the conditions, but there had been no one at home,” said Insp Smith.

“These dogs were in a terrible state. One of the adult dogs, the mother, and her three puppies were a real worry and were hospitalised overnight at the vet’s for observation.”

Hamilton-Smith admitted living at the property but denied all the allegations.

The court heard the dogs were not his and were owned by a number of other people.

He had been banned from keeping animals for five years in May 2012 after an RSPCA prosecution which resulted in a conviction for causing unnecessary suffering to a female Akita which had to be put down.

“He told the court he had rehomed all of his other dogs but this was obviously not true,” said Insp Smith.

“Judging by the age of the puppies, the mother was pregnant with them at the time. Not only was he breaching his ban on keeping animals, but these other dogs’ needs were not being met and in some cases they were actually suffering.”

Sentencing:
Jailed for six months, fined £1,000 and banned from keeping animals for life.

Source: Sunderland Echo (article removed)
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Rotherham/Leeds: Nathan Parker and Samantha Riley

#TheList Nathan Daniel Parker, born 19/01/1994 previously of Burmantofts in Leeds and as of May 2020 living at 1 Red Kite Mews, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham S63 7FQ, and Samantha Jane Riley, born 13/08/1991, of 115 Cross Green Lane, Crossgates, Leeds LS9 0DG – put their dead dog out with the rubbish after allowing her to starve to death.

Dog killers Nathan Parker and Samantha Riley

Parker (now 21) and Riley (now 23) wrapped the body of Staffy Stella in a duvet cover and bin bag before dumping it.

The animal was found by RSPCA inspectors after a call to the charity’s cruelty line.

Inspector Sarah Bricoe said: “This dog starved and died in their home and was literally put out with the rubbish.”

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how the RSPCA found Stella among rubbish in the bin at the property in November 2012 last year after receiving a tip-off from a concerned member of the public.

A vet estimated she had been starved for six to eight weeks before her death. Parker and Riley initially denied she was theirs, but backed down as evidence mounted up. Witnesses told investigators they owned the dog and CCTV showed them taking the bin bag out.

The duvet cover she was wrapped in matched the pillow cases in the couple’s flat.

Inspector Bricoe added: “This was a very serious case which has rightly resulted in a very serious sentence.

“This dog suffered for a long time – the vet estimated she was starved for six to eight weeks before contracting pneumonia in the last 48 hours, when she would have been struggling to breathe.

“In cases like this we always hope for a life ban on keeping animals as the best way of preventing others from suffering in future.”

Sentence: Parker – who was in prison for other matters – was jailed for 16 weeks. Riley was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. She was also given a 30-day community order and ordered to pay £250 costs. Both were banned from keeping any animals for life.

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