Dudley, West Midlands: Emma Spooner

#TheList Emma Michelle Spooner, born 14/11/1980, as at March 2019 of Owen Street, Dudley DY2 7HT – left an elderly rottweiler to starve in his own excrement for five years

Animal abuser Emma Michelle Spooner, now of Dudley, West Midlands, and Kane the dog she left to starve
Animal abuser Emma Michelle Spooner, now of Dudley, West Midlands, and Kane the dog she left to starve

Emma Spooner admitted failing to make sure that her 11-year-old dog, named Kane, was provided with a suitable diet and environment.

The grandmother was slammed by a judge for neglecting the elderly animal and exposing her children to the dangerous possibility of being savaged when he became feral.

Spooner kept Kane alive by throwing him scraps in the back yard of her then home in Peel Way, Tividale, near Birmingham.

Animal abuser Emma Michelle Spooner, now of Dudley, West Midlands, and Kane the dog she left to starve
Spooner spent much of her time out in nightclubs, while her dog was abandoned to starve

Summing up at her trial, Judge Graham Wilkinson: ‘You left this dog to fester in the back yard. This poor animal, for five years, lived in a small space, unloved and mostly neglected.

‘He goes feral, because he is not getting love and attention. He is left to lie in his own filth. He’s occasionally thrown food and he wastes away.

‘Had it not been that someone locally alerted the RSPCA, eventually you would have realised you had not seen him for a few days, because he would have wasted away to nothing.

‘He was left to starve slowly and would probably have died a sad, lonely death. All this time, you allowed your children to be at risk.’

At one stage, the judge also halted the proceedings, ordering Spooner to leave the court because she was chewing gum, although he called the case back about 30 minutes later.

The aging dog was forced to sleep in a damp, open shed in the faeces-strewn back garden of Emma Spooner’s then home in Tividale, near Birmingham.

Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Gaynor Sutton said Inspector Steve Morrall had called at Spooner’s home on January 29, 2013, and could see the dog was ‘very lean’. The yard was covered in faeces.

Inspector Morrall threw some food to the starving animal, who quickly gobbled it up.

Speaking to her local newspaper, Spooner said she had tried to get the RSPCA to put him down, but they had wanted £200 to do the job. She was only willing to pay half.

Spooner, whose 14-year-old daughter had a baby son 17 months earlier, said: ‘The dog belonged to my ex-partner.

‘I was under the impression he would look after it and he should have taken it when he left but he didn’t.

‘I was made out in court to be bad but the dog wasn’t kept outside for five years, like they said. He used to come in at night.’

She added: ‘The dog didn’t like women or children and, apart from biting two of the kids, he went for my throat.’

Sentencing: curfew; costs of £1,000. Banned from keeping an animal for five years (expired September 2018).

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Slough, Berkshire: Micky Smith

#TheList gypsy traveller Micky Smith of Sutton Lane, Langley, Slough SL3 – used a catapult to fire a rock at the face of a cocker spaniel he was trying to steal from a garden

Filth: gypsy traveller Micky Smith - known for preying on the defenceless and vulnerable
Filth: gypsy traveller Micky Smith – known for preying on the defenceless and vulnerable

In September 2013 Smith attempted to steal pedigree dogs from a property on the Elvendon Priory Estate, Goring. CCTV captured the thug approaching the doors to the kennel. When one of the dogs started barking, Smith used a catapult to fire a rock at her face. Thankfully the 5-year-old golden cocker spaniel wasn’t badly injured. Not that Smith cared one way or another.

The dog’s owner called the attack “absolutely disgusting”.

He said that Smith – a career criminal with several convictions to his name for burglary and violence – had “got away with it” adding “It doesn’t send out the correct message. He should have been locked up for five years.”

Sentence:  Smith was fined £110 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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Darlington: Brandon Coulton, Liam Crang, Marcus Hall, Thomas Richardson, Jack Tenwick and Damon Dodsworth

#TheList Brandon Coulton, Liam Crang, Marcus Hall, Thomas Richardson, Jack Tenwick and Damon “Damo” Dodsworth all of Darlington – for animal fighting, keeping dogs in squalid conditions, leaving facial injuries untreated

Wildlife persecutors randon Coulton, Liam Crang, Marcus Hall, Thomas Richardson, Jack Tenwick and Damon "Damo" Dodsworth all of Darlington
Wildlife persecutors and dog abusers Brandon Coulton, Liam Crang, Marcus Hall, Thomas Richardson, Jack Tenwick and Damon “Damo” Dodsworth all of Darlington

The six-strong gang of wildlife persecutors were caught as part of Operation Merlin which saw 69 police and RSPCA officers carry out dawn raids on homes in the town.

Brandon Coulton of 54 Estoril Road South, Liam Crang of 12 Brignall Moor Crescent, Marcus Hall of 137 Neasham Road, Thomas Richardson 8 Headlam Rd and Jack Tenwick of 81 Westminster Road, pleaded guilty to being present at an animal fight. The sixth, Damon Dodsworth of 79 Cobden Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to ensure an animal’s welfare, while Crang and Tenwick each admitted one count. Crang also admitted to setting his dog on a hare in October last year.

Brandon Coulton outside court
Brandon Coulton

Damon Dodsworth outside court
Damon Dodsworth

Jack Tenwick outside court
Jack Tenwick

Marcus Hall outside court
Marcus Hall

Thomas Richardson outside court
Thomas Richardson

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Liam Crang

RSPCA footage shows hare coursing and squalid conditions dogs were kept in by a group of Darlington men. The court heard that in March 2011 they had allowed their dogs to chase and kill a fox and posed for a picture with the dead animal afterwards.

Brandon Coulton, Liam Crang, Marcus Hall, Thomas Richardson, Jack Tenwick and Damon "Damo" Dodsworth from Darlington pose with a dead fox
The feral teens pose with a fox brutally killed by dogs

When officers raided the men’s homes they found that lurchers owned by Crang, Dodsworth and Tenwick were living in squalid conditions and bore fresh cuts and old scars.

In mitigation the court heard that the men were all teenagers at the time of the offences, and that those who kept their dogs in poor conditions did so through failure to understand the animals’ needs.

Sentence (Sep ’13): 12-month community order of 140 hours unpaid work; £160 in court costs and charges. Crang, Dodsworth and Tenwick were banned from keeping dogs for ten years, while the other three were given a five-year ban. Crang was also fined £200 for a hunting offence.

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Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire: Jason Appleby

#TheList Jason Barry Appleby, born 12/07/1975, most recent known address Kirkfield Road, Withernsea HU19 2JZ – caught on camera beating puppy with a piece of wood

Violent thug Jason Appleby subjected Dogue de Bordeaux puppy Bonnie to a terrifying ordeal
Violent thug Jason Appleby subjected Dogue de Bordeaux puppy Bonnie to a terrifying ordeal.

The video filmed by a neighbour shows Appleby hitting and jabbing six-month-old Dogue de Bordeaux Bonnie with the wood several times while she tries to escape. She runs into a child’s playhouse, which Appleby then kicks into the air.

The court heard he gave ‘sarcastic’ answers to RSPCA officers trying to interview him after his arrest, even telling them: “I should have killed [Bonnie] with a hammer.”

Appleby said he was hitting the ground and fence to scare Bonnie after she tore up a dirty nappy in his kitchen.

Violent thug Jason Appleby subjected Dogue de Bordeaux puppy Bonnie to a terrifying ordeal
Jason Appleby told shocked RSPCA officials he wished he’d used a hammer on the dog.

Bonnie escaped with just minor injuries and was fostered and later adopted by Terry Morrill. Speaking at the time Mr Morrill said: “I have never known a dog so nervous in all my life as she was when I first got her. It was heartbreaking to see.

“If anybody came too close to her, or you tried to put a lead on her, she would be trying to get away. She would be petrified. She is so much better now, which is good to see. You couldn’t ask for a better dog, she is lovely.”

Shameless Appleby eventually pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Bonnie on the day he was due to stand trial.

Sentence: jailed for 4 months, lifetime ban on keeping an animal.

Mirror

Stockton-on-Tees: Christopher Bowman

#TheList Christopher Bowman Watson (DoB 04/09/1994) of 9 Northbourne Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0HN – used a broom to batter a shih-tzu so badly that she was left with 24 fractures

Christopher Bowman Watson and Coco the Shih-Tzu
Violent dog abuser Christopher Bowman Watson and his victim Coco, who miraculously recovered from her ordeal

Watson, who has links to the Hartlepool area, subjected the tiny dog, named Coco, to a violent sustained attack. When found, Coco was emaciated, soaked in urine, found it difficult to walk and was “extremely lucky to be alive” according to a vet’s report.  The force of the attacks carried out by the thug were “so savage they were akin to the dog being involved in a road traffic accident”.

A “kindly neighbour” alerted the RSPCA after seeing Coco being beaten. She saw the defendant take a handle of a broom and repeatedly strike the dog on its back with the weighted end. A few days later the same neighbour saw Watson repeatedly kicking the dog. An attempt was made to video this but all that could be seen is the dog apparently being kicked into the air.

RSPCA inspector Aislinn Balderston called at the house but Watson became abusive and threatened violence to the person who had called the RSPCA.

She returned another day with police back-up. Watson ran off but was later found and charged.

Coco was found to have 17 fractures to her pelvis and seven to her ribs. The plucky little dog was housed with a foster family, renamed Maggie, and has made a full recovery.

Yob Watson – a father of two – was sentenced to the jail term despite asking justices for “mercy” and not to send him to prison.

But as he was led away he turned to the RSPCA representative who was sat in court, called her a “rat” and said he would “stamp all over her head”.

Sentence: 18 weeks in prison, banned from keeping animals for life

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