Whitehawk, Brighton: Derek Goldsmith

#TheList Derek Goldsmith, born c. 1949, of Kingfisher Court, Albourne Close, Brighton BN2 5FX – neglected his dog so badly her front paws dropped off

Neglected dog Florence - as found and following treatment
Elderly Florence also had infections in her eyes and ears and her teeth were so rotten that they had to be taken out.

Shih-tzu cross Florence was found in an appalling state when RSPCA inspectors visited the home of Derek Goldsmith after receiving a tip-off.

The 14-year-old pet had more than 1.5kg of matted fur and when it was clipped it was discovered she had lost her front paws through lack of circulation.

In addition, her eyes and ears were infected, she was suffering from gastroenteritis and her teeth were so rotten they all had to be removed by the vet.

Goldsmith admitted failing to provide Florence with veterinary care for her severed front paws and failing to get treatment for her severe dental disease.

RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley said: “This was one of the most shocking cases of long-term neglect I have witnessed in my 17 years as an inspector.

“As well as her missing paws she had to have more than 1.5kg of matted, encrusted fur removed.

“I am satisfied that the sentence reflects the severity of this neglect and pleased that a ban on keeping animals has been handed out” he added.

Florence went on to make a remarkable recovery.

Vets worked hard to treat her conditions and students at a local college even created a harness on wheels to help her get around without paws.

She was also rehomed with a new owner.

Sentencing: four-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months; community integration order; costs of £2,301. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expired 2018)

Daily Record

Montrose, Angus: Kevin Hutcheon

#TheList Kevin Hutcheon, born 26/01/1989, of Golden Acre, Montrose DD10 0EX – repeatedly stabbed a dog in the street

Kevin  Hutcheon pictured outside court
Kevin Hutcheon adds animal cruelty to his long list of criminal convictions

Violent career criminal Kevin Hutcheon left the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Rocco, “lifeless” after claiming the dog had bitten his foot.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the dog with multiple injuries and covered in blood. Despite his wounds, Rocco survived the attack.

Sergeant James Robertson told the court that he and a colleague found the badly injured dog lying in Victoria Street, Montrose on 9 August 2013.

He said: “When I arrived the dog was heavily covered in blood – it was soaked in blood and lifeless.”

PC Rhiannon McDonald, who also attended the incident, said Hutcheon, who did not own the dog, had said the animal attacked him.

She said: “[Hutcheon] had two small puncture wounds on his foot – he said he had been bitten on the foot and that he had stabbed the dog twice because he had been bitten.

“I had seen the dog a few times before in the street – he was always very happy and friendly and let you pat him.”

A search of Hutcheon’s home later found a blood-soaked knife sitting on a baby’s high chair.

Kevin  Hutcheon pictured outside court

Hutcheon, giving evidence in his own defence, said he “loved animals” – but had been left with no choice but to stab the dog.

He said: “He was trying to take a snap at either my face or my neck. I gave it a kick and the dog went for my foot.

“I love animals. He attacked me and wouldn’t let me go.”

Earlier, a vet told the trial that the dog would have died within an hour if he had not received treatment for a series of wounds, which included a cut to his jugular vein.

A jury convicted Hutcheon of causing a protected animal unnecessary suffering by repeatedly stabbing it with a knife, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare Act, and being in possession of a knife in Victoria Street following the attack.

He was acquitted of charges of threatening two men and a woman at the property, headbutting the woman and being in possession of a knife.

Sentencing: jailed for 12 months on the animal welfare charge and 21 months on the knife charge. Sentences were concurrent.

BBC News

Newbold Verdon/Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire: Sam, Hazel and Damon Hessin

#TheList Sam Hessin, born 15/11/1973, and daughter Hazel Hessin, born 08/12/1994, both of Cadle Street, Leicester LE9 9PA, plus son Damon Hessin (aka Damon Taylor), born 02/07/1991, now of Belvoir Street, Melton Mowbray LE13 1QA – left eight puppies to starve to death in a room in their home

The vile Hessin family from Leicestershire, who locked puppies in a kitchen and left them to starve to death
The vile Hessin family from Leicestershire, who locked puppies in a room and left them to starve to death

This wicked bunch of reprobates are the Hessin family previously all of Melton Mowbray.

Together they are responsible for the death by starvation of eight Staffordshire bull terrier puppies.

The trio barricaded the helpless dogs inside the kitchen of their family home at Wren Close, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and over the next few weeks ignored their desperate howls.

Some of the dogs survived longer by eating the others. Neighbours heard the puppies’ cries but did precisely nothing until it was too late.

Sam and Hazel Hessin
Hazel Hessin with mother Sam Hessin

On 1 May 2013 RSPCA officers raided the Hessins’ home after a tip-off from the family’s landlady. Investigators were shocked to find the rotting remains of the dogs, including two puppies’ SKULLS, in the kitchen.

Prosecutors told magistrates: ‘When the inspector walked into the kitchen the smell was rancid and putrid, to her horror she saw the puppies were in advanced stages of decomposition, on a urine stained bed.

‘Dog faeces was several inches thick and everything in the kitchen was in a total state of disarray.

‘The vet estimated the puppies would have been about six months old when they died. The sight and smell of them was shocking and deeply distressing.’

Damon Hessin, who is now known as Damon Taylor
Damon Hessin is now known as Damon Taylor

Despite the horrific outcome of their actions, the sentence passed on the vile family by Leicester Magistrates’ Court in December 2013 was typically lenient.

Damon and Hazel Hessin were both banned from keeping animals for life and given suspended sentences Their mother was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay an £80 victim surcharge. She was also banned from keeping animals for life.