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.

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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.

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

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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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