#TheList Kim Broadbent of Tyersal Rd, Bradford BD4 – allowed four horses to suffer so severely that a foal died
Broadbent was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the horses by failing to seek appropriate professional veterinary care.
The RSPCA was alerted in January 2015 to a collapsed foal in a field in Pudsey. The foal was found to have died.
Three other adult horses were emaciated. They were taken into possession and placed in RSPCA care by police on veterinary advice.
RSPCA regional chief inspector Nick Welch said: “The defendant received numerous verbal warnings and has received advice and attempts to assist by the RSPCA several times over a long period, but she persistently failed to meet the needs of her horses.
“These poor horses were in a terrible stTate when we found them, and sadly one was already dead.”
Sentence:100 hours of community service; £200 costs; disqualified from keeping horses for life
#TheList Michelle Louise Brown (DoB 14/10/1986) formerly of Jessica Crescent, Totton, Southampton and more recently 125 Farringford Road, Southampton SO19 6PF- buried a starving puppy alive in cardboard box covered by a bin bag before dumping box in a ditch next to a children’s play area
In June 2015 mother-of-three Brown abandoned puppy Narla, who was covered in urine and faeces, in a cardboard box hidden inside a bin bag near a playground on the Hazel Farm estate, Totton.
The emaciated crossbreed was found on the brink of death, whimpering inside the box by a dog walker.
The puppy had been so hungry that she had started to eat the box and had so many infections from such poor living conditions that she couldn’t even open her eyes.
Eventually vets were forced to put down the mistreated animal and were only able to track down Brown because of Narla’s microchip.
Brown told inspectors that she thought the dog was dead and buried her in a hole in the garden, but eventually admitted she neglected the puppy.
In a statement read out to the court, the dog walker who found Narla said her dogs kept sniffing a particular area in the field near some bushes and as she got closer she heard a faint whimpering sound and knew immediately that it was a puppy.
The woman immediately called for the help of a young man nearby, who climbed down into the ditch.
In the ditch, there was a pungent smell. A bin bag was wrapped around a cardboard box, with Narla’s dying, skeletal body inside. She was collapsed and so emaciated she couldn’t even lift her head.
The woman took Narla home and tried to clean her eyes because they were forced shut from an infection which was making her weep, but the puppy seemed too distressed. The pup was rushed to the vets for emergency treatment but couldn’t be saved. She was found to be severely malnourished and dehydrated and vets guessed that she had been starving for between four and eight weeks.
Her body had started to shut down because of malnourishment and she had picked up infections, her breathing was shallow and she was so weak she couldn’t stand or lift her head.
The vet was forced to put her down because Narla would not have recovered from the infections.
RSPCA Inspector Penny Baker visited Brown to investigate what had happened.
Prosecuting, Sarah Wheadon said: “On entering the house Inspector Baker noticed a strong smell of urine.
“She told Miss Brown that Narla had been found alive dumped in a box in a bin bag but had been euthanised.
“Inspector Baker found Miss Brown’s behaviour very odd – she didn’t cry or get angry.”
Brown said Narla was poorly and thought it was because of the weed killer she had put down in the garden.
The next day Brown said she found Narla laying still and she didn’t appear to be breathing so she dug a hole in the garden, put her puppy in a bin bag and buried her.
The court was told that Inspector Parker could not find any evidence of a hole in the garden but Brown insisted that someone must have dug up the grave and stolen Narla.
Mitigating, Brown’s solicitor told the court that her client is a full-time carer for her partner who has cerebral palsy and also battles severe depression, claiming this could have contributed to her serious neglect of the new pet.
RSPCA inspector Penny Baker, who led the investigation, said: “This is honestly one of the most bizarre and horrific cases I have dealt with in my whole career at the RSPCA.
“Narla was a bag of bones and had not been taken to the vets. This was a severe case of neglect.
“We hope this case sends a message to people that not only will cruelty of this nature never be tolerated but it comes with a penalty.”
Sentencing: 12 week suspended sentence; £630 financial penalty; disqualified indefinitely from owning any animal.
#TheList Zamual Mallinson (DoB 02/11/1990), formerly of St Marys Lane, Binbrook, Market Rasen, Lincs – filmed himself kicking rabbit in ‘act of brutality’ and had dogs with facial injuries kept in awful conditions
Mallinson, currently (2018) of Drigh Road, Brookenby, Binbrook, Market Rasen, was found guilty of keeping a Staffordshire bull terrier, a lurcher cross and a patterdale terrier for animal fighting.
He was investigated by the RSPCA’s special operations unit after he bragged on Facebook about how he used his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.
A search at an address on Edinburgh Road, Brookenby, Lincolnshire, in April 2014 found his dogs kept in unsuitable conditions and with injuries consistent with animal fights.
On his phone, which was obtained during the search, footage was discovered of Mallinson walking up behind a wild rabbit and kicking the animal like a football.
Speaking about the case, RSPCA Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: “Our investigation was initially focused on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.”
Sentence: Mallinson was sentenced to 12-week custodial sentences, suspended for 12 months, for each offence, to run concurrently. 150 hours of unpaid work; fine of £7,000, victim surcharge of £80; banned from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires September 2025).