Bolton, Greater Manchester: David Lowe

#TheList David Lowe, born c. 1980, of Edward Street, Farnworth, Bolton – starved a 15-year-old lurcher so badly she had to be put down

Dog abuser David Lowe from Bolton is banned from keeping animals for life.
Dog abuser David Lowe from Bolton is banned from keeping animals for life after neglecting lurcher Fly.

Lowe neglected 15-year-old Fly until the animal was less than half her normal body weight. When the tan-coloured lurcher was rescued she was barely breathing and had to be put down.

Vet Angus McKenzie said in a court statement he felt Fly ‘was the most severely emaciated dog dead or alive that he had ever seen in the 30 years he had been in practice.’

Dog abuser David Lowe from Bolton is banned from keeping animals for life after neglecting lurcher Fly.
Fly was so poorly he had to be put to sleep to end his suffering

The dog was 12-15% dehydrated and weighed just 8.1kg, which was less than half her ideal body weight. She had discharge coming from a sinus just below her eye, an abscess in her mouth, overgrown nails and had severe and advanced dental disease.

David Lowe

The court hear that Fly could have been “easily treated” if help had been sought earlier, but she was put down after being found in a “severely emaciated condition”.

Dog abuser David Lowe from Bolton is banned from keeping animals for life after neglecting lurcher Fly.

Lowe avoided jail because he had apparently shown “remorse” for his actions and also had mental health problems.

Sentence: 12-week suspended prison sentence, total of £1,080 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

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In June 2014 Lowe appeared in court again charged with criminal damage. Lowe pleaded guilty to damaging a woman’s window on 17 May 2014. He was given a conditional discharge and restraining order.

Thornton Heath, South London: Tony and Tracey Ford

#TheList backyard breeders Tony John Ford, born 10/07/1978, and wife Tracey Emily Ford, born 12/04/1983, previously of Margate and as of May 2020 of 12 Carew Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7RE – dumped three mange-riddled puppies in the street

Dog abusers Tony Ford and Tracey Ford from Thornton Heath, South London
Despite abandoning three poorly pups in a Margate street, Tony and Tracey Ford were only banned from keeping animals for five years

The Fords’ neglect of the three husky/Staffy cross puppies and their mother had gone on for so long that all four dogs were virtually bald and covered in scabby sores. The vile pair then dumped the puppies in the street where they were discovered by a member of the public.

Thanet Council dog warden John Coomes collected the puppies and took them to a vet, before tracking down their mother – a two-year-old Staffy called Bonnie – at the Fords’ then address in Arnold Street, Margate.

Neglected puppies riddled with mange and infected eyes
The RSPCA dubbed the case one of “appalling” and prolonged neglect”.

All of the dogs were suffering from very severe mange, which had led to extensive fur loss.

The six month-old puppies, one female and two male, were also suffering from heat exposure from being left on the street, as well as having extremely infected eyes.

RSPCA inspector Ed Halligan said: “This was an appalling case of prolonged neglect.

“These poor dogs were in a terrible state – they were virtually bald and covered in scabby sores all over their heads.

“For them to have got this bad they must have been just left without treatment for a long time.

“Thank goodness for John Coomes and the member of the public who found the puppies on the street. Without them these animals would have died there is no doubt.”

Neglected puppies as they were recovering from their ordeal
The pups had to be hand-nursed through the night after suffering bad sunburn

Mr Coomes said: “It broke my heart to see how poorly these little dogs were. The little ones could barely open their eyes they were so red and infected.”

He said it had been touch and go for a while, with the dogs having to be hand-nursed through the night with wet towels to ease the pain from the sunburn after being abandoned on the street.

He added: “But now the dogs are well and ready for rehoming which is lovely – a real happy ending.”

The four dogs were taken into care and have all made a good recovery.

The Fords both admitted charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs and failing to get the proper veterinary treatment needed.

Sentencing: fined £600 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs. Five-year ban on keeping animals (expired 2019).


Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham: Ann-Marie Nash

#TheList Ann Marie Nash, born 02/11/1975, previously of Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham but more recently (2020) of Gladstone Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3EY- banned from keeping animals for five years after her emaciated and dying British Bulldog was discovered lying in a gutter

Ann Marie Nash and Martha
Ann-Marie Nash and Martha, the British bulldog whom she neglected and starved

Qualified veterinary nurse Nash admitted locking the dog, named Martha, out of her house.

Martha was found lying near a gutter in Erdington in July 2013 and was rushed to a vet by a member of the public.

An examination marked her as 1.5 out of 5 on the body mass index chart and found a football-sized blockage of bones in the abdomen and toe nails that were growing into the tissue of her paws.

Nothing could be done to save Martha and Birmingham City Council launched an investigation into how the bulldog got into such an appalling state.

The court was told that Nash was traced because Martha had been micro chipped; Nash had adopted the dog the year before from a charity specialising in rehoming British Bulldogs.

Admitting an animal cruelty charge, Nash told Birmingham Magistrates that she had lost her job and had been forced to rely on food bank handouts to feed herself; she said she was also suffering from depression.

Nash, who had previously fostered abandoned animals, said she was “extremely remorseful” for what she had done.

Martha was gravely ill when discovered abandoned by Ann-Marie Nash and was sadly put to sleep on humane grounds

A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council, said: “This sad case highlights how important it is for people to look after their pets and that they owe them a duty of care.

“While many pet owners love their animals and take good care of them, ensuring they are well fed and maintained, there are some who do not understand their responsibility, and unfortunately our dog wardens are seeing more of these kinds of cases.

“This is why it’s so important to highlight what can happen to the owner, as well as their pet, if they are neglected or disowned, and the judge was very clear that Ms Nash will go to prison if she breaks the terms of her sentence.”

Sentence: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year; 100 hours’ community service, 12-month supervision order, £200 court costs, £80 victim surcharge. Five-year ban (expired 2019).