Bromley, South-East London: Everald James

#TheList Everald Hugh James, born 03/08/1967, formerly of Mottingham, South London and more recently Lewis King House, Plaistow Lane, Bromley BR1 3TE – strangled a bull mastiff and hung him outside his house with rope as the dog gasped for air

Dog killer Everald James from Bromley, South East London

Callous James, who is also known as ‘Shadow’, was found guilty of hanging the three-year-old dog, known as Boyzee, while punching him in the face as the terrified dog “gasped for air”. He had denied the charge, claiming Boyzee died accidentally during a “tug of war”.

Giving evidence, James’ neighbour Harlon Horsford told the court how he had heard shouting at about 8pm on September 6, 2015. He opened the front door and saw James with Boyzee.

He said: “He had the dog with a rope wrapped round its throat, repeatedly hitting the dog in the face and throat with his left hand.”

He stated the rope was wrapped around a metal railing, one end strangling the dog and the other end being pulled by James’ right hand, as he hit him with his left.

Mr Horsford continued: “The dog was secured to the railings.

“I confronted him, I said let go and he wouldn’t. He said he doesn’t care about the police or RSPCA, he’s named Shadow and no one can tell him nothing, It’s his dog.

“So I punched him in the face, he fell back on the floor and Boyzee dropped to the floor.

“I took the rope off of Boyzee’s neck. He couldn’t breathe properly, he was gasping for air. I pushed his tongue to the left, he had saliva all in his mouth, I was trying to breathe air into him.

“His back legs were twitching, he made his last breath and passed away. He was a lovely dog, very loving, very gentle.”

While giving evidence, Mr Horsford broke down in tears and had to compose himself. He said that throughout the attack Boyzee’s legs were not able to reach the floor, and he scrabbled to get a footing.

James was arrested later that day. He initially stated he was taking the dog outside to do his business, and dragged him through a crowd of people, inadvertently strangling it. But while giving evidence he claimed it was actually a tug of war between him and Mr Horsford which accidentally killed the dog.

James, who admitted he had been drinking that day, said: “He grabbed the lead, I said let go of my dog. He said he wanted the dog.

“I just kept pulling my dog not looking back. When I turned back around I saw the dog on the floor.

“I could never harm my dog, it’s what keeps me alive. I’ve got a 15-year-old daughter I can’t see, I bought the dog to keep me company.”

When passing the verdict, magistrates described his testimony as “not credible”.

Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail. Indefinite ban on keeping animals.

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Sutton, South London: Lance Powell

#TheList Lance Paddington Powell, born 02/02/1952, of St Paul’s Close, Carshalton, Sutton SM5 1NR – beat a stray cat repeatedly with a broom before shoving him off 10ft balcony

Cat killer: Lance Paddington Powell from Carshalton, Sutton
Cat killer: Lance Paddington Powell

Angry that the cat had defecated on his balcony, Powell beat the animal several times with a broom before sending him crashing to the pavement 10 feet below.

The stray cat suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries and died the next day
The stray cat suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries and died the next day

The cat, who was a stray, fractured his skull and suffered internal injuries from which he died the next day.

Sentencing Powell, who came to Britain from Zimbabwe, the district judge said the cat had “suffered an agonising and lingering death”.

“This was an offence of cruelty of truly horrific proportions,” he told Powell.

“You acted with callous disregard for a living animal.

“The offence was so serious that only a custodial sentence is justified and I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose one.”

After the case, RSPCA Inspector Lucy Chillery explained how Powell had taken his anger out on the stray cat who was being fed by neighbours.

“Mr Powell was angry he kept defecating on his balcony and so, when he came onto his balcony once more, he hit him again and again with a broom,” said the inspector.

“The violent attack was witnessed by two neighbours who screamed at him to stop beating the dazed and injured cat, who then fell around 10ft off his balcony and onto the pavement below.

“The neighbour rushed the cat to a local vet where he was given emergency treatment but, sadly, died overnight.

“A post mortem showed the cat had suffered from internal bleeding and a fractured skull.

”The RSPCA also praised the witnesses for bringing the case to light.

“This was a shocking and horrific case of cruelty against a defenceless animal,” added Inspector Chillery.

“I would like to thank the witnesses for their continued support without which we would not have been able to get the justice this poor cat deserved.”

Sentence: jailed for six weeks; £2,998 in costs. Banned from keeping animals for the rest of his life.

Evening Standard

Newcastle upon Tyne: Anthony Bruce

#TheList Anthony Bruce, born 15/09/1996, most recently of Heddon Avenue, Hazlerigg, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 7DA – tried to drown an Old English Sheepdog puppy named Benji before killing him by feeding him toilet paper

Dog killer Anthony Bruce of Newcastle upon Tyne
Dog killer Anthony Bruce originally from Billingham, Co Durham, and more recently Hazlerigg, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photo shows his victim Benji and his partner/Benji’s owner Lauren Brattle

Bruce, who also uses the names Warren Michael Bell and Elliot William Gleave and is originally from Billingham, Co Durham, tried to drown Benji because he didn’t like the attention the dog was getting from his girlfriend, Lauren Brattle.

Bruce pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Denise Jackman, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said Benji was forcibly submerged in water and had suffered. The puppy was also allowed to eat toilet paper.

Ms Jackman said the RSPCA had been contacted by a social worker, who had concerns for Benji and another dog. She had been told that Benji had died on April 26, 2015, while having surgery to remove toilet tissue in his stomach.

It was said that another dog in the house had bitten Benji in his ear, causing it to bleed. Bruce tried to remove the blood and decided to bathe him.

He then went on to submerge the pet’s head in the water until he was unconscious. Benji survived the ordeal but later died.

Bruce said he was sorry and admitted he had gone too far. He also admitted encouraging the pet to eat toilet paper on three separate occasions, knowing the dog was unable to digest the material.

Benji, who was around five-months-old, had previously had surgery to remove paper from his stomach.

Ms Jackman added: “Mr Bruce said his partner gave Benji more attention than she gave him.

“When he was giving him a bath, he became agitated and held the dog’s head under the water until he was unconscious. He said he was jealous of his partner’s contact with the dog.

“He also allowed Benji to eat a large quantity of unpalatable dry tissue under coercion. Mr Bruce was well aware of the consequences of such coercion.

“This suffering was unnecessary and avoidable.”

As at September 2018 Bruce and Benji’s owner Lauren Brattle are very much together and have gone on to have children. In September 2017 Brattle was named on the BBC website as being involved in Facebook raffle scams.

16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute. Banned from owning animals for life.

Daily Mail

eRITH, London: Gary Stockford

#TheList Gary Charles Stockford, born 24/08/1973, previously of Swanscombe, Kent, and more recently (2019) of 8 Kale Road, Erith DA18 4BJ – subjected a dog to a 45-minute beating

The vicious beating delivered by Gary Stockford, in Dartford town centre, lasted 45 minutes, prompting several disgusted shoppers to call the police.

Every time his master called him, the loyal dog, known as Benny, returned to his side, only to be kicked and punched again and again.

Several witnesses called police after they saw Stockford attack his dog near to the Orchard Theatre in July 2015.

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said: “Witnesses saw Benny being repeatedly hit and kicked, in vicious bursts, over a period of about 45 minutes.

“They said the poor dog kept coming back to the defendant when he was called, only to be attacked all over again. They were so distressed by what they saw they called us.

“It is totally unacceptable to be violent in this way towards an animal. Benny showed clear signs of submission and distress.

“Thanks also must go to the witnesses who were brave enough to agree to give evidence so Benny’s owner could be prosecuted.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for 24 months; total of £1244 in costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for just five years (expires December 2020) .


Havant, Hampshire: Cheryl Welch

#TheList Cheryl Welch, born 08/08/1978, of Purbrook Way, Havant PO9 3SG – failed to adequately groom her elderly shih tzu dog and treat her eye condition

Dog abuser Cheryl Welch from Havant, Hampshire, and victim Tam
Despite allowing her pet dog to get into this state Cheryl Welch was not disqualified from having animals and was allowed by magistrate Jennifer Duddridge to keep cats, birds and another dog …

Cheryl Welch admitted causing unnecessary suffering and failing to protect shih-tzu Tam from pain, suffering, injury and disease by failing to adequately groom her

The 10-year-old shih tzu could not see after her fur became so matted it damaged her eyes.

The court heard that Tam had been a rescue dog and Welch had taken her in.

But she was found by a member of the public and reported to the RSPCA after a freak near-miss when she ran out into the road and was nearly run over.

The driver was so shocked by the matted hair all over Tam that she called the RSPCA.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard how she was suffering from ‘poor husbandry’ with faeces and urine in her hair.

She was also suffering from dry eye, which had gone untreated for six months.

Sarah Wheadon, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: ‘It certainly had been very uncomfortable for Tam and caused a significant degree of irritation.’

She added: ‘This was not a condition that could have gone on unnoticed by the owner.

‘It’s very severe and Tam was giving off a smell.’

Tam was signed over to the RSPCA but Welch was allowed to keep cats, birds and another dog.

Chair of the magistrates’ Jennifer Duddridge made the ruling as there was ‘no evidence of neglect of remaining animals and your children love their pets and they are important to them’.

Sentencing: community order with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement. Total of £160 costs and charges. No ban.

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Willenhall / Wolverhampton, West Midlands: Abigail Clemson and Thomas Webster

#TheList Abigail Clemson, born 14/01/1994, of Astoria Close, Willenhall WV12 5XP and and Thomas Webster, born 13/02/1994, of Arps Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 1SH – left a cat trapped in an empty flat with no food or water

Cat killer Abigail Clemson
Abigail Clemson

The one-year-old black cat was found collapsed and covered in faeces and urine when an RSPCA inspector called at Abigail Clemson’s former apartment.

An examination by a vet showed the animal, who had not been named by the pair, had been suffering for ‘several weeks’.

The unnamed male cat, who was skin and bone after being abandoned by callous Abigail Clemson
The unnamed male cat was skin and bone after being abandoned by callous Abigail Clemson. Sadly he could not be saved.

The creature weighed just over 2lb, or 1kg, and was in such a collapsed state that he had to be put down to prevent further suffering.

Magistrates heard how the cat had been left at Clemson’s former home while she was spending more time at partner Thomas Webster’s home in Codsall.

Both Webster and Clemson were convicted of causing unnecessary suffering.

RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley, who investigated the case, said: “The sight of the cat collapsed behind the door still haunts me.

The couple had told RSPCA staff in interview that they had found the cat as a stray and taken the animal in after taking pity on him.

Cat killer Abigail Clemson

Ms Levesley said: “This was Clemson’s flat but they started spending more time at Webster’s place in Wolverhampton.

“Soon they were not going back to her flat at all. How long they thought the kitten could go without food, I don’t know.

“There is absolutely no excuse for something like this to happen. The cat would have suffered a lot and was in such a bad way that he very sadly did not survive.

“This is such a sad case and one which has stayed with me. It is important for people to remember that it takes less time for an animal to become starved or dehydrated than they might realise.

“Some people are naive and do not realise that it does not take long for an animal to get into this state. This is an important message that we want to get across.”

Webster – 12-month community order; £510 costs.
Clemson – 12-month community order; £560 costs.
Both were banned from keeping animals for 15 years (expires December 2030).

The cases were heard separately last month after they entered different pleas to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to the cat. Clemson pleaded guilty to the offence while Webster was found guilty following a trial in October.

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Queensbury, Bradford: Jamie Sykes Newburn

#TheList backyard breeder Jamie Sykes Newburn, born c. 1973, previously of High Street, Queensbury, Bradford BD13 and as at November 2018 believed  to be in Carlisle, Cumbria – failed to seek help when two bulldog-type puppies received mystery burns at his flat

Dog abuser Jamie Sykes Newburn from Bradford
Dog abuser Jamie Sykes Newburn from Bradford has a history of violence

Newburn admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the puppies between July and August 2015.

Bradford magistrates heard that Newburn had treated the puppies himself with ointment given to him by a friend, an unauthorised breeder who had previously been prosecuted by the RSPCA.

The alarm was raised by a would-be buyer of one of the puppies who was about to hand over £100 when she noticed wounds to one of the pups, Tasha, and a second, unnamed pup.

The woman asked Newburn about the injuries and then burst into tears. She described Newburn as “unconcerned, laughing and smiling,” prosecutor Andrew Davidson told the court.

Dog abuser Jamie Sykes Newburn from Bradford

Newburn told the woman that the injuries may have been caused by a radiator or by a larger dog.

A vet who examined the puppies described the injuries as burns or scalds that would have caused a great deal of pain.

One of the injuries was eighteen centimetres long and about two centimetres wide. The unnamed puppy also had a burn under its left ear.

Dog abuser Jamie Sykes Newburn from Bradford

Mr Davidson said an aggravating feature of the case was the “quite severe” suffering caused to the animals and the “fairly sinister” nature of the injuries.

He said injuries to one puppy might be understandable but “two such injuries is clearly a serious case of neglect, however these injuries have arisen.”

Mr Davidson said the puppies had been denied treatment for two weeks and it had been suggested that it was a case of “commercial breeding of puppies for financial gain.”

Upkar Bahia, for Newburn, said his client accepted he had been responsible for the welfare of the puppies.

Newburn accepted the ointment treatment was inadequate and that he ought to have taken the pups to see a vet.

Mr Bahia told magistrates that Newburn did not have any previous convictions of a similar nature and he hadn’t intended to cause any unnecessary suffering.

Magistrates decided to ask the Probation Service to provide a pre-sentence report after hearing that Newburn has previous convictions involving violence.

The defendant was warned by magistrates that they were keeping open all sentencing options, including imprisonment.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on December 18, 2015. Newburn was granted unconditional bail.

Speaking after the hearing, RSPCA inspector Sophie John said: “The injuries to these two puppies were terrible, and no doubt caused a great deal of suffering.

“One of the burns was 18 centimetres long and two centimetres wide, running almost the whole way down the puppy’s side. It was shocking to see. It would have been clear to anyone that it needed urgent treatment.

“We still don’t know how the injuries came to happen, but what we do know is that Newburn failed to seek appropriate veterinary care to treat them as was his responsibility.”

Unconfirmed but believed to be probation and a 12-year ban on keeping animals.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Bourne, Lincolnshire: Andi Kilgallon

#TheList backyard breeder Andi Martin Kilgallon, born 26/08/1992, previously of Swindon and more recently (2020) Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne PE10 9DS – left his pet dog and her four puppies to starve

Police mugshot of Andi Kilgallon
Andi Kilgallon

After reports from a member of the public, the RSPCA went to a property on Spindletree Court, Swindon, in August 2015. There inspectors found a nursing mother dog, Tia, shaking and in a skeletal state surrounded by her pups, all of whom were clearly suffering.

Tia was found shaking and in a skeletal state
Tia was found shaking and in a skeletal state surrounded by her pups. Gravely ill, she was unable to be saved.

All of the dogs were removed from the property and taken to a vet who was shocked at their condition and said that Tia was the skinniest dog that they had ever seen. Sadly two of the dogs, including mother Tia, later had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.

One of Tia's  pups
One of Tia’s four starving pups

Owner Andi Kilgallon, a career criminal with multiple convictions, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his pets by not providing them with sufficient food.

His lawyer told the court his client did not have the money to take the dogs to the vet, he was depressed and struggling with the break-up of his relationship with the mother of his children.

Social services had become involved in the care of his six-month-old son and four-year-old daughter.

Speaking after sentencing, RSPCA inspector Steph Daly said: “This was an awful case of neglect.

“When I found Tia she was a bag of bones and was just lying there in a training cage in the front room with no water to drink and just an old t-shirt to lie on. She was surrounded by her hungry, whimpering pups and she was starved almost to death. It was a heartbreaking sight.

Dog killer Kilgallon pictured outside court in 2015.
Dog killer Kilgallon pictured outside court in 2015. His ban on keeping animals expires in November 2020.

“I just hope that this sentence goes some way to educating people that caring for your animals properly is not only the right thing to do but that it is also a prosecutable offence to neglect them in this way”.

Sentencing: 12-month community order, including 150 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £200 costs to the RSPCA, a £60 victim surcharge and £150 in court costs. Disqualified from owning any animals for a period of five years.

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Darlington, County Durham: Danny Peel

#TheList Daniel Michael Peel, born 22/03/1986, of 15 Blackmoor Close, Darlington DL1 4RU – caught on CCTV repeatedly kicking and stamping on his dog’s head, causing her to howl in pain

Father-of-three Danny Peel dodged jail despite kicking a defenceless dog's head like a football
Father-of-three Danny Peel dodged jail despite kicking a defenceless dog’s head like a football

CCTV footage showed lifelong thug Daniel Peel kicking the female bull terrier-type dog, named Sacha, at a bus stop near The Navy Club on North Road, Darlington, on May 17, 2015.

He then rounded the corner towards Northgate and stamped on the dog’s head five or six times causing the animal to whine loudly.

One witness, who was standing at the bus stop, said: “He brought his left knee up high and stamped down five or six times on the dog’s head. He put all his force into it. He did it with venom and anger.

“When he made contact with the dog I heard a crunching sound and a thud. It made me feel sick.”

The witness added that they shouted after Peel and wanted to pursue him but “felt scared”.

Dog abuser Danny Peel from Darlington pictured outside court

Prosecutor Kevin Campbell told Darlington Magistrates’ Court how the RSPCA received several complaints and spoke to witnesses who came forward following the incident, one of which identified Peel from his tribal tattoos.

Peel offered no comment when asked by the RSPCA why he attacked the dog.

The court heard how Peel had been subjected to a barrage of hate mail and threats on social media since the attack, which caused the breakdown of a long-term relationship.

Dog abuser Danny Peel from Darlington
Peel was identified by witnesses from his tribal tattoos

“Cruelty to animals will never be tolerated by the court,” said chairman of the bench, Nick Edger.

“We have seen just one aspect of what you did on that day and witnesses have come forward to say you did more.

A vet assessed Sacha and confirmed severe bruising on such muscular breeds is not always visible but she had experienced a lot of suffering.

After seeing the CCTV footage of the incident the vet said it was “a vicious attack” and there was “no justification”.

Peel later admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Sacha, who was owned by his former partner.

RSPCA officer, Clare Wilson, said: “It’s really down to the public that we managed to get the court to take this so seriously because of the response we had.”

Sentence: 12-month community order including 80 hours’ unpaid work; £1,500 court costs; banned from owning animals for five years (expires November 2020).

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Additional information: Danny Peel runs a business called DP Window and Pressure Cleaning Services.

Hayes, West London: Sylwia Pietras

#TheList Sylwia Pietras, born c 1991, of Dawson Close, Hayes, West London UB3 – left cocker spaniel to suffer with a painful skin condition

Sylwia Pietras was given a suspended prison sentence after leaving her pet spaniel in severe pain with an extreme skin condition
Sylwia Pietras was given a suspended prison sentence after leaving her pet spaniel in severe pain with an extreme skin condition

Pietras pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a tan-coloured cocker spaniel between March 24 and June 24, 2015.

The Polish national failed to provide adequate veterinary care and attention for a skin condition that affected the dog’s body, face and paws.

RSPCA inspector Becky Timberlake said the three-year-old cocker spaniel – named Deizi – was discovered in a “disgusting” condition and her skin was “stinking” from infection.

Speaking after the hearing, inspector Timberlake said: “When Pietras first got Deizi, she claims she took her to the vet and was prescribed with antibiotics to clear up a skin problem.

“She told us that when it started to get bad again, she waited three weeks before seeking any veterinary treatment. When the problem returned, Pietras said she didn’t think she could give Deizi antibiotics long-term so didn’t treat her.

“She said she thought the drying puss and foul smell meant it was getting better. Of course, it didn’t mean that. I dread to think of the pain and discomfort Deizi had to put up with for months.

“When we first saw her, huge patches of her coat had fallen out and her skin was red-raw.

“Luckily for Deizi, she has now made a full recovery and will soon be ready to go to a new home. She is a really lovely dog and will make a wonderful family pet.”

Deizi was renamed Daisy by RSPCA staff and rehomed.

Sentence: 12 weeks in prison, suspended for one year; 100 hours of unpaid work, costs totalling £860; disqualified from owning any animal for a mere two years (expired November 2017).

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