Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire: Emma Clark

#TheList Emma Louise Clark (also known as Emma Lounds or Emma Anderson), originally of St Peters Walk, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,  and more recently at A1 Deerfield Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 9AH – starved three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, a pair of snakes and a lizard to death over a period of nearly four months

Emma Clark/Lounds, now of March, Cambridgeshire, left ten animals to starve to death
Emma Clark/Lounds, now of March, Cambridgeshire, left ten animals to starve to death

Clark’s pets included a German Shepherd called Beast, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Tyson and a Mexican hairless dog called Stanley. She also had a cat called Mittens, a kitten called Lucy and a leopard gecko called Leonard. Clark also had a boa constrictor and a corn snake as well as two domestic rabbits.

Emma Clark/Lounds, now of March, Cambridgeshire, left ten animals to starve to death
A sad end for beautiful loyal dog Beast thanks to his owner Emma Clark/Lounds
Emma Clark/Lounds, now of March, Cambridgeshire, left ten animals to starve to death
Another victim of Emma Clark’s cruelty: one of the two cats left to starve to death.

All of them died as a result of the neglect they suffered.

RSPCA officers had made numerous visits to the house between 1 November 2014 and 22 February 2015, but each time they were told by Clark all the animals had been re-homed.

When they were eventually discovered in March it is thought many of the creatures had been dead for months.

RSPCA officials said it was one of the worst cases of animal neglect they had ever seen, and totally avoidable.

Sheona Morley, from the charity, said: “In my 20 years, this is the most horrific case I’ve ever been to – it is also the saddest.

“It was absolute horror to see all those animals had died from starvation, left in their cages with no access to food or water.”

Magistrates told Clark her animals were effectively locked up and starved to death.

Sentence: 18 weeks in custody and banned from keeping animals for life.

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Long Buckby, Northamptonshire (now Rugby): Steven P Woodhouse

#TheList airline pilot Steven Paul Woodhouse, born 02/03/1962, formerly of Old Watling Street, Long Buckby, Northants and more recently Foxfield Place, Long Lawford, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 9BF – drowned his neighbours’ beloved pet dog, Meg, and lied to cover his tracks

Airline pilot Steven Woodhouse of Long Buckby, and Meg, the dog he drowned because of her barking
Airline pilot Steven Woodhouse and Meg, the dog he drowned because of her barking

Border terrier Meg  was bought as a puppy by Steven Woodhouse’s neighbours Alan and Alison Boddington for their late daughter Lauren, who passed away in 2008, aged 10.

Airline pilot Woodhouse claimed he had become fed up of Meg’s “yap, yap, yapping” and drowned her because he “just had to stop the noise”.

Woodhouse used a water butt in his garden to kill the dog on Saturday, July 26, 2014. He then stuffed the body in a bin liner and hid it in his shed.

The court heard he had tried to cut Meg’s microchip out, hacking her body to pieces in the process.

When the Boddingtons asked Woodhouse to check his outbuildings he panicked and hurled the corpse in a hedge.

Next he stashed Meg in a plastic box in his car boot before moving the body to a remote lane. He finally returned it to his shed.

When there was still no sign of Meg two days later, Alison went to confront Woodhouse and found the boot of his VW Golf unlocked.

She said: “I saw Meg’s fur and a knife and rope. I was shaking. I kept saying, ‘I knew he’d done it’.”

Woodhouse initially told police officers he had lost his temper with the dog and dumped her alive two miles away. He prolonged the family’s agony for a further five days before coming clean.

Steven Woodhouse leaving Corby Magistrates court in Northamptonshire after been found guilty of killing a neighbours dog named 'Meg'

Shortly after he killed Meg, the court also heard how the pilot had driven around with the body in the boot of his car, intending to dispose of it.

He even carried out an overnight flight to the Isle of Man with the body still in the car before returning home.

Mum-of-two Mrs Boddington, 48, had spoken of the heartbreak the death of the family pet had caused after the court hearing in December. “She was one of the only memories we had left of our daughter Lauren. There is just something missing in our house now.’’

Mr Boddington said Meg had brought their late daughter companionship during some of her toughest days. “If Lauren was poorly, Meg would lay by her cot. She was just a very kind, sweet-natured dog.”

He added: “She was only a small dog, it’s not like she was a big loud thing that was causing a lot of noise.”

12-week suspended prison sentence; costs of £2,400 and victim surcharge of £180

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North Shields, Tyne and Wear: Paul Rush

#TheList: perpetual drunk Paul David Rush, born 15/01/1979, formerly of  Wooler Avenue, North Shields NE29 and as at September 2019 at 27/31 Railway Terrace, North Shields NE29 6RP – left his dog Scoobie in a comatose state and suffering from a fractured spine after attack at house party

Lifelong loser Paul David Rush

Rush left cross breed Scoobie comatose on the floor of his North Shields home.

The pet had been badly beaten up during a house party and was left unconscious in the kitchen.

And when police attended Rush’s address and found Scoobie, he was just hours away from death.

Rush pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Paul Rush of North Shields left his badly beaten dog Scoobie to die on the floor of his home

Police were initially called to Rush’s home in the early hours of September 2, 2014, after neighbours reported hearing a woman scream.

In the kitchen, they found Scoobie lying in his own faeces, unable to stand and unconscious. Rush denied there was anything wrong with the dog and attempted to make him stand.

The RSPCA were then called and took Scoobie to the vets. A CT scan revealed he had a fracture at the top of his spine, a broken right cheekbone and numerous broken ribs.

The spine fracture could have easily paralysed Scoobie or caused him to suffocate.

Scoobie was left to die by Paul Rush after being badly beaten
Scoobie was badly beaten and left to die

Thankfully the brave little dog began to respond to treatment. He underwent surgery and subsequently made a “miraculous recovery” with the only residual impairment being “a slighly wobbly walk”.

After the sentencing, RSPCA Inspector Trevor Walker said he was relieved that Rush had been banned from keeping animals.

“I feel the sentence fits the crime,” he said. “There had been a substantial and repeated trauma to this dog.

“From my point of view it is one of the worst cases of injuries caused to a dog I have seen.

“It’s unbelievable he’s survived, but he did and he’s now been rehomed.”

Sentence: jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping pets for life.


2019 update: Rush, who has now racked up 49 previous convictions, was sent to jail for eight weeks after assaulting two shop workers. He was living in Whitley Bay but is now back in North Shields.