Hartlepool: Ryan Young

#TheList Ryan Young (DoB 22/04/1992), of 23 Windermere Rd, Hartlepool TS25 – refused to seek vet treatment for emaciated Yorkie’s horrific injuries

Dog abuser Ryan Young from Hartlepool and his victim Princess Armani
Dog abuser Ryan Young from Hartlepool and his victim Princess Armani

Injuries suffered by the dog, named Princess Armani, included a badly damaged eye that was falling out of its socket and a skin infection that was caused by boiling water or hot oil.

Irresponsible Young, who had been left to look after Princess, who had numerous other injuries, did not her to a vet after she suffered the eye injury supposedly in a dog attack.

An RSPCA inspector described Princess’s injuries as the worst he had ever seen. Thankfully she made a full recovery and was rehomed.

Sentence: In September 2014 Young was found guilty and given six months in prison suspended for 12 months with supervision. Young was also ordered to pay £260 costs. He was banned from owning any animal for the next 10 years. 

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Newcastle upon Tyne: Amie Smith

#TheList Amie Smith, born c. 1991, most recent known address Walkerdene House, Tumulus Avenue, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4UX – left pet dog to die in hunger and squalor.

Amie Smith from Newcastle upon Tyne left her pet dog to starve to death

Smith had locked the starving animal – a white Staffy named Rocky – in a filthy kitchen, without access to food or water, where he was surrounded by mounds of rubbish and faeces.

Amie Smith from Newcastle upon Tyne left her pet dog to starve to death

His emaciated body was found near an empty water bowl and tin cans which he had attempted to eat in his desperate state.

Amie Smith from Newcastle upon Tyne left her pet dog to starve to death
Heartbreaking: starving Rocky had chewed on some tin cans in desperation

When his body was examined by a vet, he was found to be just over half the weight he should have been.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal between February 5 and March 26 2014.

The RSPCA prosecutor said a post-mortem showed Rocky would have suffered “an enormous amount of stress” before he died.
She added that Rocky’s pain had been “severe, prolonged and avoidable”.

Sentence: suspended six-month prison sentence, three-month curfew; £700 costs; life-long disqualification from owning an animal.

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Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Veronica Reid, Jon Allen and Paul Brown

#TheList Veronica Reid, born c. 1972, and Jon Paul Allen (aka Jon Paul Davis), born c. 1987, of Woolpack Meadows, Trowbridge BA14 7SU and Paul Brown, born 12/03/1962, of Okehampton Road, Exeter – tied a noose around collie’s neck and hung him with a rope from the attic, punched and kicked him to ensure she was dead.

Dog killers: from left to right Jon Allen, Paul Brown and Veronica Reid and the innocent victim of their cruelty, collie Shandy
Dog killers: from left to right Jon Allen, Paul Brown and Veronica Reid and the innocent victim of their cruelty, collie Shandy

Veronica Reid and Jon Allen pleaded guilty to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a collie by hanging him until he died. A third defendant, Paul Brown, pleaded guilty at the court separately.

Dog killers Jon Allen and Veronica Reid from Trowbridge, Wiltshire pictured outside court
Veronica Reid and Jon Allen pictured outside court

The court heard how Allen and Brown went to a vets practice in Trowbridge on January 17, 2014, to inquire about having the dog, a collie named Shandy, put down claiming he had become aggressive.

Dog killers: Jon Allen from Trowbridge and Paul Brown from Exeter
Jon Allen and Paul Brown

When the vet told them it would cost ‘more than £100’ , the pair took matters into their own hands and decided to kill the dog themselves.

Dog killer Jon Allen from Trowbridge

It took up to 10 minutes for the dog to die by hanging, Brown punched and kicked him to make sure he was dead. The trio then buried him in the garden.

Dog killers Jon Allen and Veronica Reid from Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Their crime came to a light during a conversation between Reid and a neighbour. The neighbour told the RSPCA: “[Reid] was sat waiting for a bus one day and we started having a chat.

“I asked her what had happened to the dog, as it used to bark constantly. She then told me it was gone. I asked her what she meant, thinking she had taken it to a dog’s home or something, and then she made a hanging gesture. She also told me that the squealing noise it made sounded like when you boil a lobster.”

Sentence: Brown – 18-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months, Reid – 18-week suspended jail sentence, 6-month curfew, Allen – 23-week suspended sentence and 300 hours’ unpaid work. All three abusers – 10 year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2024).

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Darlington, County Durham: Jon Soley

#TheList Jon Soley, born 13/10/1980, based at 1 Corbridge Crescent, Darlington DL1 2QH but as at October 2019 living at 1 Elliott Court, Darlington DL1 4FF – captured on video kicking his dog in the ribs and hitting the dog repeatedly in the face with a dead rabbit

Animal abuser Jon Soley from Darlington, County Durham, UK
Jon Soley was only banned from keeping animals for three years after being convicted of cruelty to his dog.

Mobile phone footage played in court showed Jon Soley forcefully kicking his Patterdale Terrier, known as Billy, after the dog had caught a rabbit.

Onlookers can also be heard laughing and cheering as Soley repeatedly hits Billy in the face with the rabbit.

Animal abuser Jon Soley from Darlington, County Durham, UK

Wildlife persecutor Soley initially denied causing unnecessary suffering to the dog and another of failing to meet his needs by not seeking veterinary treatment for a mouth ulcer, but was found guilty following a trial.

He also admitted two offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of possessing a cage trap and attempting to take a wild bird.

Kevin Campbell, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court: “He struck the dog and caused it to suffer. Anyone who treats a dog like that causes it to suffer.”

Animal abuser Jon Soley from Darlington, County Durham, UK
Jon Soley’s lawyer told the court his client had no previous convictions for animal cruelty.

In mitigation, John Grierson said that while he agreed the footage was disturbing, his client had no previous convictions for animal cruelty and had kept dogs all his life.

He told the court Soley had not sought treatment for his pet’s mouth ulcer because it did not appear to be causing him any discomfort.

“Billy was a family pet – he went out for walks with the children in the family. He will regret the loss of the dog,” he said.

Soley was arrested during dawn raids in May last year as part of Operation Stockholm – a joint initiative by the RSPCA and Darlington police to tackle animal cruelty in the area.

Speaking after the hearing, RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said he was pleased with the result and hoped it would act as a deterrent for others.

He said: “This is a prime example of where we have undertaken a joint operation focussing on things that have been put on the internet and brought those people to justice.”

Billy was signed over to the RSPCA and magistrates ordered the destruction of the mobile phone and bird cages.

Sentencing: Ordered to pay £1,620 in costs, charges and vet fees. 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work. A three-year ban on keeping animals (expired September 2017).

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