#TheList Jamie Broadbent, born 20/4/1985, as at December 2017 of 20 Clarence Street, Burnley BB11 3HG – abandoned his 2 pet dogs to die from dehydration
Broadbent admitted causing the unnecessary deaths of a German shepherd cross named Roxie and a terrier named Cassie while he lived at a house in Bacup.
He left the dogs on a settee in an upstairs bedroom where they were found by an RSPCA inspector decomposed on May 23rd 2014.The door handle to the bedroom had been removed. The inspector was informed by the landlord that the property had been vacant for 5 weeks.
Broadbent claimed in interview that he was suffering from depression and had recently split up from his girlfriend with whom he had two children.
He said that he could not afford to buy food for the dogs but could not explain why he had not given them water.
Broadbent said that the terrier had died first and that he taken the door handle off to prevent the children from getting into the bedroom.
The RSPCA found two half-full bags of dog food in the room with the dogs, but no water.
Sentence: jailed for 12 weeks and banned from having pets for 10 years (expires December 2024).
#TheList Todd Jenkinson, born 23/02/1989, formerly of Wesley Street in South Elmsall, and as at September 2019 of Abbott Terrace, Wakefield WF1 5PU, and Luke James Kendall, born c. 1986, formerly of Middlecliff Lane, Little Houghton, and now Wakefield Road, Ackworth, Pontefract WF7 7AH – for poaching offences
Todd Jenkinson and accomplice Luke Kendall faced two charges of entering land at Eastoft, Amcotts and Garthorpe with high powered spot lamps for the purpose of taking or destroying game.
=== Todd Jenkinson is a known associate of Dale Shields and Murphy Thorne, who were convicted of badger baiting in September 2019. An active member of notorious Facebook group ‘Let the dog see the hare’ until its removal in August 2019, Jenkinson made no secret of his lust for killing wild animals with dogs. Disturbingly, his reaction to an upsetting post showing a deceased and decomposing lurcher-type dog was one of amusement. He suggested that the poor animal be revived with “purple spray” ( a hilarious group in-joke) and when challenged over his callous attitude said that everyone should “lighten up” and “dunt tek life t serious” (sic).
#TheList Suzanna Falconer, born 1973, and Raymond Spires, born c. 1990, of Albert Avenue, West Hull HU3, for neglecting banned breed dog; dog put to sleep on BSL grounds; Falconer in breach of animal ban for starving 13 pet rats to death.
Tia had to be put to sleep after RSPCA inspectors found her at the home where Suzanna Falconer lived with her partner Raymond Spires.
The dog was suffering from a skin condition and was later found to be a pit bull, a breed banned in the UK.
Falconer, who was banned from keeping animals for five years in 2012 after starving 13 rats to death, pleaded guilty to breaching her disqualification order and failing to meet Tia’s needs.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA takes breaches of disqualification orders very seriously.
“Unfortunately, in this case, it is clear that no lessons had been learnt by Falconer, despite a disqualification from keeping animals.
“She not only breached the terms of the court order but sadly went on to fail to give Tia the care she needed.”
Spires also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of Tia and aiding and abetting the breach of Falconer’s disqualification order.
Falconer was originally banned from keeping animals for five years after neglecting a rabbit called Bugsy, three ferrets and 13 rats and for causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog at her previous home in Downing Grove, east Hull.
The rats were found dead in cages in the shed having been starved to death.
The hedgehog had been kept in captivity and was emaciated.
Falconer had not fed the ferrets properly or protected them from pain, injury, disease and suffering.
RSPCA inspectors and police raided Gill’s house again in September 2013 where they found 20 fish, a corn snake, two Staffordshire bull terriers called Zane and Patch, two terriers called Dufus and Meg, two cats and six kittens.
Dufus and Meg were confined to the kitchen and had been eating out of the bin.
Zane and Patch were found in the rubbish-strewn garden, where there was broken glass jars, rusty metal tins and exposed metal chair springs.
Sentencing: Falconer – eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, £350 costs, £80 victim surcharge. Spires – 80 hours of unpaid work, £350 costs and £60 victim surcharge. Both were banned from keeping animals for seven years (expires November 2021) .
#TheList Gary Steven Marshall, born 16/08/1985, of Fagley Croft, Bradford BD2 3JQ – attacked family dog in a drunken rage; also attacked two women
Gary Marshall was given a nine-month sentence over the incident in which he flung his girlfriend’s pet miniature schnauzer against a wall.
Marshall also picked up a toy pram and battered his girlfriend over the head and back with it during attack at her home in Wakefield.
Leeds Crown Court heard Marshall and his partner had been out in Leeds city centre on August 16, 2014, to celebrate his birthday.
He became aggressive during the evening after taking cocaine and drinking.
Christopher Dunne, prosecuting, said Marshall began approaching strangers and picking fights with them. His partner decided to leave and caught a taxi alone to their home on Copeworth Drive, Hall Green.
Marshall also caught a taxi and turned violent with his partner in the bedroom. He turned the bed over and began shouting abuse at her.
She ran downstairs but Marshall followed her and attacked the dog when it began barking.
Marshall then kicked the kitchen door off its hinges and said to the babysitter: “I don’t like your presence. It’s your fault.”
Marshall then hit his partner with the pram when she tried to intervene. He stopped the two women from leaving the house and grabbed the babysitter when she tried to leave.
Police arrived at the property and arrested Marshall. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
James Lake, mitigating, said Marshall, now of Fagley Croft, Bradford, was ashamed of his actions.
Judge Neil Clark said: “Your victim was vulnerable, this was a sustained attack and a weapon was used.”
#TheList Kelly Harrison, born c. 1989, of Bolton Hall Road, Bolton Woods, Bradford BD2 – neglected three horses so badly that two of them had to be put down
Harrison pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to three horses – one of which survived and was re-homed.
The three horses – aged between seven and nine months – were found in an “extremely thin state” by RSPCA officers and needed worming. One of them had collapsed in the field, the court was told.
Nigel Monaghan, prosecuting, said: “There was no supplementary food supply for them and a very small amount of dirty water on offer. The grass in the field was very poor, the field was very muddy and there was no shelter.”
He added: “They were all suffering due to a poor diet. They had been neglected for weeks to a few months, according to the vet.”
In mitigation, the court was told that Harrison had never intended to cause the horses any suffering and had fed them a bale of hay each day.
Her solicitor John Raj said “circumstances overtook her and, particularly, her lack of knowledge”.
He: “She was simply unable to cope with this enormous task of looking after three ponies with very little money.”
The court heard that Harrison, of Bolton Hall Road, Bolton Woods, had bought two of the horses for between £15 and £20 and was given the third free. It was said that the animals were already in a poor state of health when she took them on, which she did out of pity.
Sentencing. 80 hours of unpaid work. Total costs and charges of £250. Banned from keeping or having any care of horses for ten years (expires October 2024)
=== In September 2015 Harrison was back in court after breaching her disqualification order. She was photographed riding horses at the annual travellers fair in Appleby, Cumbria in contravention of her ban. She was told to pay a total of £500.
#TheList Andrew Richard Stewart, born 26/07/1991, of 15 Waverley Court , Lisburn BT28 1TF, and Jamie Downey, born c. 1991, of 1 Chestnut Hall Avenue, Moira, Craigavon BT67 0GG – poured flammable liquid over a border collie dog and set her alight. The dog, Cody, never recovered from her injuries and had to be put to sleep two weeks later.
An infamous animal cruelty incident which took place in Northern Ireland in August 2012, although the two animal abusers in question were only brought to justice in October 2014.
Cody, a three-year-old border collie, had followed Stewart and Downey from her home in Maghaberry, Co Antrim, to a quarry where Stewart doused her in diesel and set her alight. The three-year-old dog was so badly burned that her ribs and other joints were visible through the charred flesh.
Cody made her way back home after the attack but had to be put to sleep a fortnight later due to the severity of her injuries.
In October 2014 Stewart was jailed for 20 months, after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
His co-defendant Downey was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.
The jail terms are the first custodial sentences believed to have been imposed in Northern Ireland under new animal cruelty legislation which came into effect in 2011.
In April 2016 Stewart’s mother, Sharon Stewart, and Downey’s aunt, Caroline Harper (pictured above) were convicted of perverting the course of justice after providing false alibis for the pair. They received six-month suspended jail sentences.
Sentence: Stewart was jailed for 20 months and given a 30-year ban on keeping animals. Downey was jailed for 6 months for perverting the course of justice.
#TheList Frankie Hudson, born 10/04/1995, Martin John Bell, born 08/04/1994, Dominic David Baker, born27/09/1996 and Jordan Steel, born 20/07/1997, all originally of Seaham, County Durham – tortured a mother rabbit to death; the rabbit’s babies all died from starvation.
The female rabbit, named Percy, was stolen from her hutch and taken to a house party and abused with a picture posted on social network Instagram.
The group involved in the abuse comprised Martin Bell of 102 Parkside Crescent, Seaham, Frankie Hudson currently of 10 Langhurst, Sunderland, Dominic Baker, whose family home is 212 Station Road, Seaham but who’s currently studying at Leeds University, and Jordan Steel currently of 24 Stavordale Street, Seaham (addresses correct at July 2018).
The court heard how Hudson, Bell and Baker were already naked in a bath at the party when Steel, who had taken the rabbit from Embleton Mews in Dawdon, threw the animal in with them.
During the ordeal, Percy was washed and attempts made to shave her fur. Bell then threw her from a window.
The attack was captured on a mobile phone and later posted online.
The bench was told the rabbit, who belonged to a local family, suffered a ruptured liver, broken ribs and abdominal injuries, with the most damage caused by her dislocated head.
One of the youths had wrung the rabbit’s neck after finding her on the ground, hurt and unable to stand. Her body was then put into a bin liner and dumped.
The white lion-headed rabbit had only recently given birth to a litter of five, which died because they could not survive without their mother.
All four thugs admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Sentencing: Bell and Hudson were sentenced to an 18-month community order, with supervision, 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs and £50 in compensation. They were also banned from keeping animals for five years (expired 2019).
Baker and Steel were given 12-month referral orders, ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £15 and £50 compensation to the pet owners. They have also been banned from keeping animals for five years.