Grange Park, Northampton: Marc Turnbull

#TheList Marc Turnbull (aka Marc Corbett), born 13/02/1975, most recent known address Dainty Grove, Northampton – attempted to kill his pet dog by shooting him five times in the head and battering him with a shovel

Marc Turnbull, who attempted to kill his dog with an air rifle and hammer
Marc Turnbull is banned from keeping animals until 2033

Turnbull claimed that he had no other option but to inflict the appalling injuries on the dog, named Rocky, as he’d been unsuccessful in finding him a new home.

He tied the dog’s lead to a post and then shot him five times in the head with an airgun to “put it out of its misery”. When he thought this ”had not worked” Turnbull hit Rocky with a shovel and left him in a ditch, possibly in a black bin liner that was found nearby.

Abused dog Rocky
Rocky was found in a ditch three days after his ordeal

Amazingly, Rocky was found alive by a council worker who was clearing rubbish from the lay-by three days later. He was taken to a vet and found to have a number of serious injuries, including a deep wound to the back of his head. Both of his eyes were bleeding and he was underweight.

When Rocky was examined by veterinarians, he had severe head injuries and x-rays showed he had been shot five times in the head and once in the leg.

He also had a large open wound on the back of his head which was down to the ridge of the skull and had been caused by a blow to the head.

Abused dog Rocky
Despite the severity of the injuries inflicted on him by his cruel owner Marc Turnbull, Rocky recovered and was rehomed

RSPCA officers managed to track Turnbull as the owner because the dog was microchipped.

An air gun was found at Turnbull’s property and he then voluntarily attended Wellingborough Police Station to be interviewed by an RSPCA officer.

In court in August 2013 Turnbull’s defence lawyer said his client was suffering from anxiety and believed that Rocky was upsetting his wife, Emma Turnbull, and causing his family circumstances to be intolerable.

Rocky miraculously recovered from his horrific injuries and was re-homed with a loving family. They described him as a “lovable dog” and “very good-natured”, adding that he appeared to be suffering from no major after-effects of his ordeal.

Sentence: 20 weeks in jail. 20-year ban on keeping an animal.

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St Erth, Cornwall: Andrew Perkin

#TheList Andrew Perkin, born c. 1971, of 16 Boscarnek, St Erth TR27 6JD – killed a stray cat by shooting her at close range with an air rifle

Cat killer Andrew Perkin from St Erth, Cornwall

Perkin was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the cat, who died an hour after being shot in September 2012.

The RSPCA said the stray cat would have suffered a painful death.

Sentencing: jailed for 24 weeks, suspended for two years. Ordered to pay £4,000 costs.

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Warrington, Cheshire: Karen & John Anderson

#TheList Karen Mary Anderson, born 08/09/1954, and husband John Anderson, born 07/06/1961, both of Kingsway South, Warrington WA4 1LS – kept two dogs in a cage behind a sofa for 22 hours a day for two years leaving them covered in sores and scars

Convicted animal abusers Karen and John Anderson are banned from owning animals until August 2023
Vile: Karen and John Anderson are banned from owning animals until August 2023

The Andersons kept Staffies Jet, aged 10, and Tye, aged 12, locked in a small cage 22 hours a day for two years.

John and Karen Anderson from Warrington shunned their elderly dogs Jet and Tye.
John and Karen Anderson shunned their elderly dogs Jet and Tye.

When rescued by the RSPCA on January 20, 2013, both dogs had damaged teeth and were covered in sores and scars from trying to escape the cage.

Inspectors found the broken wires of the cage were bent back into place by the pair to keep the pets contained, concealed behind an old sofa in a dirty, disused bedroom.

Both dogs were emaciated with ribs, spines and skulls all visible.
Both dogs were emaciated with ribs, spines and skulls all visible.

Kevin Worthington, prosecuting, said both dogs were ‘emaciated with ribs, spines and skulls all visible’.

They were rarely fed while trapped, with paws stained from urine and faeces. Neither dog could walk.

The court heard how the defendants had two other dogs, both Dogue de Bordeaux, who Mrs Anderson described as her ‘babies’.

They slept in the bedroom with the couple and were treated as part of the family. The couple also kept barn owls and tropical fish.

All pets were seized by the RSPCA.

At Halton Magistrates Court, District Judge Bridget Knight said: “This case is truly shocking.

“I have seen the photographs of these two dogs that were family pets kept as prisoners.

“I can’t conceive how you as human beings and dog owners could sleep night after night when you knew these two animals were suffering greatly.

“You had grandchildren visiting and I can’t bear to think of young children knowing animals were being treated in this way.

“I almost despair.”

All pets have now been seized by the RSPCA.

Jonathan Conder, defending, said the dogs were separated because they started to fight.

He said: “The defendants fully accept the cage was completely inadequate accommodation for the dogs.

“That wasn’t the right way to keep them.

“The treatment of the dogs is an aberration for people who have kept pets all their lives.”

Sentencing: 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. 26-week curfew. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires August 2023).

John Anderson, on long-term sick from self-employed work as a removal man, was told to pay £600 towards a £4,000 vet bill.

Karen Anderson, who is on benefits, will pay £520.

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Illingworth, West Yorkshire: Stacey Crawford and Craig Horsfall

#TheList Stacey Marie Crawford, born 19/11/1988, of 9 Sefton Terrace, Halifax HX1 5RE, and Craig Ian Horsfall, born 05/10/1985, of 45 Denfield Avenue, Halifax HX3 5NL – left a one-year-old bull terrier named Lenny to starve to death in a puppy cage over several weeks.

Dog killers Stacey Crawford and Craig Horsfall of Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorks
Dog killers Stacey Crawford and Craig Horsfall of Illingworth, near Halifax, West Yorks

Lenny had been living in a cage in a bedroom at the couple’s home. They said that they had stopped feeding him because when they tried to put food in the cage he would bite them. They hadn’t sought help with him because, they said, they had no credit on their phones.

When Lenny finally starved to death, Crawford and Horsfall buried him on public land. This was, however, witnessed by a member of the public who alerted the RSPCA. RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Booker and a police officer then dug up the burial spot where Lenny’s carcass was found.

Crawford and Horsfall locked Lenny in a puppy cage and left him there to starve to death. When he eventually died, they buried him.
Crawford and Horsfall locked Lenny in a puppy cage and left him there to starve to death. When he eventually died, they buried him.

Inspector Booker said: “This was a very harrowing case to deal with and I think the memory of it will stay with me forever.

“I dug this dog’s emaciated body up. He weighed just 10kg, half his ideal weight, and his feet were stained yellow from urine.

“The owners had dog food in the house but they hadn’t fed him. They told me he hadn’t been out of the cage he was living in for four weeks before he died. They had cats, bearded dragons and tropical fish which were all being fed.”

“Lenny starved to death right in front of them,” said Insp Booker.

Crawford and Horsfall locked Lenny in a puppy cage and left him there to starve to death. When he eventually died, they buried him.
Dog killer Stacey Crawford
Crawford and Horsfall locked Lenny in a puppy cage and left him there to starve to death. When he eventually died, they buried him.
Dog killer Craig Horsfall

The two cats were signed over to the RSPCA for rehoming and the bearded dragons and tropical fish were found new homes by the couple.

Sentence: jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life

Source: Halifax Courier (article removed).

Langley Mill, Nottingham: Richard Canlin

#TheList Richard Canlin, born 24/08/1978,  previously of Clay Cross, Derbyshire and as of 2018 of Elnor Street, Langley Mill, Nottingham NG16 4AQ – battered one dog to death and seriously injured another.

Psychopath Richard Canlin subjected Leyla (top) and Daisy to brutal beatings, eventually killing one and severely injuring the other.
Psychopath Richard Canlin subjected Leyla (top) and Daisy to brutal beatings, eventually killing one and severely injuring the other.

Canlin battered his dogs so ferociously that he tried to cover his cruelty by claiming his dogs had been involved in a road traffic collision.

Canlin initially denied causing the injuries to his two Staffordshire bull terriers and claimed his dogs had been involved in a road traffic accident. But a vet said the injuries had been deliberately inflicted and Canlin later admitted five charges, during a hearing at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on May 1, 2013.

The body of Daisy, a white Staffy, was found in a holdall in Canlin’s cellar in 2012. She had suffered multiple head traumas and fractured ribs. Canlin was also charged with failing to provide veterinary care for an eye injury.

A second dog, Staffy-cross Leyla, was found four months later, cowering at the top of the stairs, suffering from head injuries.

The charges, of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to provide appropriate veterinary treatment, date from April to October 2012.

Brian Orsborn, prosecuting said the dogs had suffered deliberate blows to the head.

RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse added: “This is an extremely horrific and disturbing case and it was horrendous to find the dog stuffed in a holdall and see blood on the floor.”

Dog killer Richard Canlin

Felicity Clarke, defending, said Canlin suffered from psychopathic tendencies. She added: “At the age of nine or ten he was in care due to violence in the family and his parents were not able to cope with his behaviour. From that age he had been hearing voices and having blackouts.”

Ms Clark went on: “He has the lowest capacity of intelligence. 99 per cent of the population are more intelligent than him.”

Canlin said that he could not remember what had happened to the dogs but accepted he must have caused the injuries.

Sentencing: Canlin was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.

Source: Derbyshire Times (article removed)

Stourport, Worcestershire: Craig Nunn

#TheList Craig Anthony Nunn, born 12/03/1985, of 1 Sandy Lane, Titton, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9PZ – used a catapult to shoot a marble at a cat’s eye, causing her to have it removed

'Dog person' Craig Nunn bragged to police that he was "a good shot" after firing a glass marble at a sleeping cat
‘Dog person’ Craig Nunn bragged to police that he was “a good shot” after firing a glass marble at a sleeping cat

Gypsy Nunn pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an 11-year-old tortoiseshell cat. The cat, named Misty, had to have one eye removed after Nunn shot a marble at her as she slept on a wall in the garden of her owner’s home.

The court heard that Nunn had been cycling home just before 5am on July 13, 2013, after lamping rabbit with his brother-in-law.

When he came across Misty sleeping peacefully, he pulled the catapult from his pocket and shot a marble at her from about 10ft away.

The marble struck her and she fell from the wall.

When police checked the CCTV, they recognised unemployed Nunn and questioned him.

Craig Nunn pictured outside court

Prosecuting, Peter Love told the court: “He said he had had a bad experience with a cat in the past and the cat he shot looked like that cat.”

Magistrate Trevor Burgess said: “The loss of an eye for the cat would have been extremely painful and will affect it for the rest of its life.”

Craig Nunn had a pathological hatred for cats
Craig Nunn had a pathological hatred for cats

Nunn, who owns two dogs in the house he shares with his partner and their three children, was only disqualified from owning cats.

Sentencing: jailed for 8 weeks; disqualified from owning cats for 10 years. No order was made for court costs or compensation for Misty’s family.

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Chapel Allerton / Beeston, Leeds: Peter-rOBERT Wood and Kieran Wade

#TheList Peter-Robert Wood, born 25/07/1984, of 5 Potternewton Heights, Leeds LS7 3DD, and Kieran Antony Wade, born 22/11/1990, of 72 Garnet Road, Leeds LS11 5HP – left a dog to starve to death in cellar

Kieran Wade pictured outside court
Kieran Wade pictured outside court

The English bull terrier, called Taz, died in misery in a filthy cellar of a house in Leeds after Peter-Robert Wood and Kieran Wade hid the animal from authorities.

Taz weighed just 12kg – less than half his expected body weight – and had ingested more than 50 inedible items as he was so desperate for food.

English bull terrier Taz was starved to death by his cruel owner Peter Wood and his twisted accomplice, Kieran Wade
English bull terrier Taz was starved to death by his cruel owner Peter Wood and his twisted accomplice, Kieran Wade

A post mortem showed Taz had swallowed part of a football and pieces of leather and plastic because he was so “ravenously hungry”.

Both men pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, told the court RSPCA officers made several visits to Wood’s home in late 2011 and early 2012 over concerns for the dog’s welfare.

Wood was given advice after Taz was noted to be underweight and his kennel and the yard he was being kept in was filthy.

On April 25, 2012 RSPCA inspector Sally Bamforth climbed a fence to get into the property and found the dog in an extremely subdued state and reluctant to move. Wood’s mother and sister were in the property at the time and were asked to contact him. The officer then called police and waited in her car outside the house.

Mr Davidson said Taz had “disappeared” when officers went to the property and were told the animal had been stolen.

The prosecutor said it was now known that Wood had arranged for Taz to be moved to the home of his friend Kieran Wade. The animal was found dead five weeks later in the cellar of a house on Trentham Grove, Beeston.

After the case, Inspector Bamforth said: “It has been a very upsetting case from start to finish.

“Taz was a lovely animal.This sentence will not bring him back but it is some justice at last for what happened to him.”

Sentence: Wood – 23 weeks in jail, disqualified from keeping a dog for five years; Wade – 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, 180 hours’ unpaid work. Banned from keeping a dog for five years (bans expired 2018).

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