Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria: Stacey Louise Dick

#TheList Stacey Louise Dick (born c. 1992) who also uses the names Louise Greer and Stacey Simcox, of Egerton Court, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 – left her four pet cats to die after moving out of her flat; has breached ban on keeping animals twice

In April 2015 Dick was banned from owning pets for 15 years after she left her four pet cats to starve to death in an abandoned property.

The animals all died from multiple organ failure after going without food, and investigators found their lifeless bodies ridden with maggots and fleas.

The neglect occurred between June and September 2014.

RSPCA investigators did not find any food or water in the house, with vets later confirming that none of the cats had been fed for a significant amount of time.

Cat killer Stacey Louise Dick from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Stacey Louise Dick, also known as Louise Greer, abandoned four cats to starve to death and as at January 2019 has breached her 15-year ban on keeping animals twice.

Dick admitted abandoning them when she moved home and claimed that she visited occasionally to feed them.

The court heard how after discovering three of the four cats had died during one visit, Dick left their decaying bodies and the one surviving animal.

Cat killer Stacey Louise Dick from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

She was banned from owning pets for 15 years after allowing pets Rosie, Mojo, Daisy and Cheryl to perish in her home.

Speaking at the time, RSPCA prosecutor Steven Marsh explained how the animals were decomposing, with some missing eyes and riddled with fleas and maggots.

Dick was back before the courts in July 2018 after she was found living at a house in Cameron Street with five dogs.

She argued she had not understood the conditions of the ban and was handed a 12 month community order and tasked with completing 50 hours of unpaid work.

In January 2019 Dick was jailed for just eight weeks after pleading guilty to breaching the ban for a second time.

Original sentence for starving the cats: 18 weeks in jail. Banned from keeping any animal for 15 years (expires April 2030).

Mirror 15/04/2015

Swindon: Sarah Jane Reeves

#TheList Sarah Jane Reeves (DoB 23.11.1995) of Frobisher Drive, Swindon SN3 3HB – owner of a kitten that was beaten and starved to near death

Negligent cat owner Sarah Jane Reeves from Swindon

Reeves  owned a six-month-old kitten. Tilly, who was starved to a third of her body weight and beaten at a home in Haydon Wick

Tilly was ‘clearly dying’ when the RSPCA were called to a property in Speedwell Close and found her under a blanket on the sofa, cold to the touch.

The authorities were only alerted after Reeves discovered a friend had been filmed throwing the tiny cat against the walls of her home.

Despite being rushed to a nearby vet, Tilly was beyond help and had to be euthanised on humane grounds.

Tanya Jones, prosecuting, told the court: “RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson was informed a cat at an address in Swindon had allegedly been beaten two days previously.

“She was told that there was video footage of the incident.

“She could see the cat was emaciated and looked skeletal.

“Her ribs and hip bones were protruding, and the cat was clearly dying.

“The surgeon would have expected a cat that age to weigh about two to three kilogrammes, and in his opinion, it is not something we would expect to happen over a few days.”

Terry McCarthy, defending Reeves, said much of the punishment meted out to the kitten was not her fault.

An identified 16-year-old youth was sentenced separately for his role in Tilly’s suffering.

Sentence:  community order for 12 months, with six months’ supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work; £500 in courts costs and £60 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any animals for 10 years (expires April 2025).

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Wirral, Merseyside: Sean Lawton

#TheList Sean Lawton, born c. 1985, of Big Meadow Road, Upton, Wirral CH49 – left his Staffy in an empty property without food or water and surrounded by mouldy faeces for at least four days

Sean Lawton of the Wirral abandoned Staffy Sam without food or water in an empty property.
Sean Lawton of the Wirral abandoned Staffy Sam without food or water in an empty property.

The court found that Lawton had failed to provide an adequate supply of food and water, appropriate care and supervision, maintain the dog’s body condition and provide a suitable environment.

Chris Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told magistrates the animal welfare charity received a call from a concerned member of the public on October 24, 2014, after the dog, known as Sam, was spotted sitting on the inside window ledge of the property. In desperation Sam had had chewed through the brickwork of the wall and door in order to get to the window ledge to be seen.

The RSPCA placed paper seals on the front door and rear gate of the property. They were checked each day for the next four days but were unbroken, showing that no one had returned to the property.

Conditions inside the property where Sam had been abandoned by his owner Sean Lawton of The Wirral
Conditions inside the property where Sam had been abandoned by his owner

RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes – who had been feeding Sam through the letterbox during this time – entered the property with police and a vet on October 28, 2014, finding it to be in a state of “absolute squalor”.

Mr Murphy told magistrates the property smelled so strongly of ammonia that it “stung the eyes” of those who entered.

No food or water was to be found anywhere in the property.

Sam was taken to a vet, who gave him a body score of just 2 – one being emaciated and five being obese. He weighed 15.3kg when he should have been at least 18.5kg.

Mr Murphy said: “The vet anticipated the dog had been in this condition for four days but due to the amount of faeces, which had gone mouldy, believed the dog had been left alone for longer, at least a week to 10 days.”

The man who left Sam to starve to death was identified as Sean Lawton. Lawton had tried to sell the dog on social media but in the end apparently chose to abandon him in an empty property to starve to death.

Dog abuser Sean Lawton of the Wirral pictured outside court
Dog abuser Sean Lawton pictured outside court

Lawton was convicted in his absence of animal cruelty.

Mr Murphy told the court that Lawton “said his child’s mother had left him and he was left with the dog.

“He said he had lived there since February 2011 and moved out about two weeks before the dog had been taken by the RSPCA. He said he had no money and no way of getting there.

“He said he had left some food and water. He said it was a hungry dog. He accepted it was not acceptable to leave the dog and he knew it was wrong.”

He told police he was working ten hours a day and said he did not want to have the dog put down “because he was a good dog”.

Lawton, who was not represented by a solicitor, told the court: “I just did something stupid”.

Sam’s story was featured in Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers. He programme showed him settling in to his new forever home.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 in costs. 10-year ban on keeping animals with right of appeal after five years.

Liverpool Echo