Illingworth, West Yorkshire: Stacey Crawford and Craig Horsfall

#TheList Stacey Crawford, of The Flats, Turner View, Illingworth HX2 8JX, and Craig Horsfall of Keighley Road, Illingworth HX2 9NJ – 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

Halifax Courier

Clay Cross, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire: Richard Canlin

#TheList Richard Canlin, born 23/08/1978,  at the time of John Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S45 9NQ – battered his 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.”

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.”

NDET 1-5-13 MC 1'Richard Canlin RSPCA case

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.

Derbyshire Times

Stourport, Worcestershire: Craig Nunn

#TheList Craig Anthony Nunn, born 12/031985, 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.

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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