Wythenshawe, Manchester: Chantelle Jarvis

#TheList Chantelle Jarvis, born 17/11/1988, previously of Benchill Avenue, Sharston, Wythenshawe, Manchester but as of 2019 living in Blackpool, Lancashire – left a starving dog locked in a filthy house for two weeks

Chantelle Jarvis pictured outside court
Chantelle Jarvis

Jarvis left black and white male cross breed Mylo wallowing in disgusting conditions, saying she could not afford to feed him.

Mylo was discovered after a housing officer visited the property to chase up rent arrears.

He found post hanging out of the letterbox and a ‘pungent aroma’ coming from the house. After revisiting the next day, there were fears over the welfare of Jarvis herself so police were called and an officer forced entry.

Inside they found Mylo gasping for water. He was so thin his ribs could be seen through his fur.

There was no food available whilst there was a cat litter tray with mould on it and large amounts of excrement in the house creating a smell so foul it stung the eyes of the police officer.

Jarvis eventually arrived at the property and insisted she had been feeding the dog, despite him being found to be severely emaciated, weighing around half what he should.

She claimed Mylo had always been thin, but his previous owner was spoken to and denied this.

Jarvis was convicted of causing unnecessary to an animal and failing to ensure its welfare.

Deputy district judge Edward Barr told her: “For whatever reason, for two weeks this dog was completely and utterly ignored.

“The conditions speak for themselves and the photographs showing them make for quite appalling viewing.”

Sentence: four months in prison, suspended for a year; 200 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from owning any animal for life.

Manchester Evening News

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.

Daily Mail

Aberdeen: Kristopher Anderson

#TheList Kristopher John Anderson, born 07/10/1984, of 100 Jasmine Terrace, Aberdeen AB24 5LG – punched and kicked a three-month puppy before throwing her at parked cars, causing her to be scared and injured

Dog abuser Kristopher Anderson from Aberdeen

Anderson admitted punching the Staffordshire bull terrier as well as repeatedly kicking her, before throwing her at parked cars on January 26, 2015, on South Silver Street, North Silver Street and Golden Square, Aberdeen. He then told police officers to kill the dog as he no longer wanted her.

The helpless animal was left with a large cut above her right eye which had to be stapled shut by a vet.

Dog abuser Kristopher Anderson from Aberdeen

The court heard Anderson was seen by a witness and appeared to be drunk.

Anderson’s defence agent Neil McRobert said his client had issues with alcohol.

Sentencing: jailed for 20 weeks for the attack, failing to appear in court and breaching a community order. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires June 2025).

Evening Express

UPDATE: in October 2016 Anderson appeared in court again after being caught with a puppy he had just bought. The outcome of this case isn’t known.

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

The Sun
Northamptonshire Chronicle

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.

Ipswich, Suffolk: Leanne Walsworth

#TheList Leanne Rea Walsworth, born 16/10/1986, of Hayman Road, Ipswich IP3 0HD – neglected two dogs resulting in one needing his leg amputated

Rocky as he was found at Leanne Walsworth's home in Hayman Road, Ipswich.
Rocky as he was found at Leanne Walsworth’s home in Hayman Road, Ipswich.

Single mother Leanne Walsworth admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Lhasa Apso and to not meeting the needs of a Yorkshire terrier.

In February 2015, RSPCA inspector Nicky Thorne went to Walsworth’s home to find the rear garden covered in faeces.

Lhasa Apso Rocky was “reluctant to move” and his leg looked “stiff, swollen and almost rotten”. His hair was matted to the point of being in “solid clumps”.

Ms Throne said: “The matting of his [Rocky’s] fur got so bad that it took hours to clip him. When we managed to get access to his leg we discovered that it had been left for so long that the skin and disease had rotted away, and the bone had become so infected that it was crumbling.

“It was too late to be able to do anything by that stage so poor Rocky lost his leg.”

Yorkshire terrier Jerry had some matting and overgrown nails and the vet determined that the dog’s needs had not been met.

Speaking after the hearing, the RSPCA inspector Ms Thorne said: “Rocky’s condition was truly horrific and one of the worst things the vet and I have ever seen.

“What makes the situation especially sad is that he was that he was previously a well cared for family pet, and the owner did not set out to be neglectful or cruel and has been very remorseful.”

Sentencing: 12-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months. Ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and £400 prosecution charges. Disqualified from keeping, owning or controlling all animals for 10 years.

Ipswich Star