Bradford, West Yorkshire: Margaret and Gary Mazan

#TheList breeder Margaret Mazan, born 07/02/1961,  and husband Gary Mazan, born c. 1963, of Bradford, West Yorkshire – kept 14 Red Setters in the “worst conditions ever seen” by an RSPCA inspector.

Breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditions
Breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditions

Pedigree breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan had their dogs seized by the RSPCA and police on January 15, 2014 after concerns were raised by a Bradford Council dog warden.

During the raid they found some of the dogs were being kept in filthy cages in a shed, and others in cramped cages in the kitchen.

Breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditions

Breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditionsBreeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditions

Breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditions
One of the dogs rescued from hellish conditions at the Mazans’ house


RSPCA Inspector Emma Ellis said: “The smell in that shed is one that I will never forget and when I look at the photos now the smell comes straight back to me.

“When the shed was opened, the smell literally knocked you over, you had to back off.

“These were the worst conditions I’ve ever seen dogs kept in.

“They couldn’t move and their fur was all matted and covered in faeces.

“Many of them had injuries to their tails where they had been crushed against the cages.

“The way that they were being kept was wholly unacceptable.”

As inspector Ellis attempted to open a gate, the dogs tried to get out and were jumping up with their heads through the bars.

When the dogs were removed, they dragged inspectors towards a white receptacle in the garden which contained a small amount of water.

All the dogs put their heads in there and drank the water before licking it dry.

Another setter was found in the kitchen, in a cage so small it could not stand up and there was no food or water.

A further setter was found in the bathroom with faeces on the floor.

All of the dogs needed veterinary treatment for dehydration, injured tails, eye conditions and had to be “dematted”.

In April 2015 Margaret and Gary Mazan were jailed by magistrates for six months and banned from keeping pets for life for animal welfare offences.

Breeders Margaret and Gary Mazan from Bradford were jailed for animal cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found 14 Red Setters living in appalling conditions
Shameless: convicted dog abuser Margaret Mazan

The jail sentence was later reduced to four months on appeal.

The couple then took the case to the High Court but their pleas were thrown out in February 2016.

In late March 2016 Judge Robert Bartfield activated the original punishments, commenting that he “totally accepted” the RSPCA and police evidence.

The court was told that boarding and veterinary costs for the dogs had run to more than £45,000, and an order to recoup £4,976 from the Mazans to cover the legal costs of the appeal hearings was refused after the pair said they had no savings, with Margaret Mazan claiming she had just £45 in the bank.

Four months in jail. Banned from keeping any animals for life.  

Telegraph and Argus

Alexandria, Dunbartonshire: Jodi Ann Chapman

#TheList Jodi Ann Chapman, born 12/09/1979, of McColl Avenue, Alexandria G83 0JX – abandoned pet cat for four months

Cruel Jodi Ann Chapman from Alexandria, Dunbartonshire and Dillon, the cat she abandoned
Cruel Jodi Ann Chapman from Alexandria, Dunbartonshire and Dillon, the cat she abandoned

Chapman had  left her previous property at Halkett Crescent in May 2015 and not bothered to look for grey and white cat Dillan.

When Scottish SPCA officers found him in September, Dillan was just a week or two from death. He had drunk every drop of water from the toilet and was emaciated, down to just 2.2kg.  His body condition was said to be a one on a scale of five, weighing only 60 per cent of his ideal body weight.

The court her that he would’ve experienced “abdominal pain, joint pain and in prolonged suffering and distress”.

Miraculously, despite his ordeal at the hands of his feckless abuser, Jodi Ann Chapman, Dillan made a full recovery and has a new home.

Jodi Ann Chapman abandoned her pet to die
Jodi Ann Chapman abandoned her pet to die

Chapman pleaded guilty to abandoning Dillan in circumstances likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

Housing officers said they had not been told Chapman had moved out.

When the SSPCA found Chapman, she told them she moved out in May and admitted she had not looked for the cat when she left.

She told them: “The house was doing my nut in. I just wanted to leave.”

Sentence: fined £315; banned from owning or caring for animals for 5 years (expires March 2021)

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter

Wickford, Essex: Loretta Bastin and Clare Toye

#TheList notorious puppy farmers and serial abusers Loretta Bastin (aka Loretta Toye), born 01/04/1951, of Dobe Farm, Meadow Lane, Wickford SS11 7DX and daughter Clare Amanda Toye, born 03/04/1973, of 29 Innes Close, Wickford SS12 9DF

Loretta Bastin and Clare Toye

A total of 42 dogs were seized during a joint RSPCA and Essex Police warrant at Dobe Farm Kennels run by mother and daughter Loretta and Clare Toye.

The pair previously featured in a BBC documentary in 2009, which alleged Loretta Bastin, owner of the kennels, was selling sick and dying dogs.

Bastin admitted one count of animal cruelty, one count of running a pet shop while disqualified from doing so, and one count of breeding dogs without a licence.

Toye pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty and one count of trading as a pet shop while unlicensed.

The charges stated mother and daughter caused unnecessary suffering to the animals by failing to take steps to protect them from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Dogs who were ill were not properly segregated from those who were healthy, the charges state.

The pair were both involved in running the unlicensed pet shop between June 11, 2013, and June 9, 2015.

Police, the RSPCA and Chelmsford Council carried out a warrant at Dobe Farm, on June 9, 2015, after receiving concerns about the welfare of dogs at the kennels.

In court prosecutors called for the pair to be given immediate disqualifications from owning animals, arguing it was a “serious case”.

But magistrates agreed to postpone disqualification proceedings until the sentencing hearing.

Essex Trading Standards first brought a landmark case against Bastin in 2004. It brought her to court using the Sale of Goods Act, which had never been used in a case of its kind before, in an attempt to stop her trading sick animals.

But five years later she was the subject of a BBC Inside Out documentary which revealed they were still selling puppies with false pedigree and vaccination certificates. Footage of undercover researchers buying a pug and King Charles cross puppy led to prosecutions by Chelmsford Council.

The pair were released on bail, with the condition they do not engage in commercial dog trading or breeding of any kind.

Sentencing: Bastin was sentenced on April 13, 2016 and Toye a week latr. Unfortunately, newspapers failed to report the details of Bastin’s sentence but Toye was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work. She must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £638 costs. She was disqualified from keeping a pet shop for ten years and also banned from keeping or owning any animals for ten years.

Braintree and Witham Times

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire: Aron James Balogh

#TheList Hungarian national Aron James Balogh, born 19/06/1984, of Mitton Way, Tewkesbury, who was found guilty in 2016 of killing his pet dog by breaking her neck.

Hungarian national Aron Balogh, who was found guilty in 2016 of killing his pet dog by breaking her neck.
Monstrous: Balogh killed pet dog Jabby by breaking her neck. He then dumped her body in woodland.

Balogh broke his pet dog’s neck and buried her broken body in woods near Tewkesbury.

The six-year old female grey terrier dog called Jabby, had been living with Balogh and his four housemates for a year. In that time, witnesses had heard him yell at her and hit her several times.

The court was told that on this occasion Balogh had come down the stairs with the body of the small terrier stating ‘I think my dog is dead’.

He went on to put her body in a black sack and left the bag on the patio before, at some time during the early hours, deciding to bury her body in a small grave in some nearby woodland.

A post-mortem examination later revealed that Jabby’s death had been caused by violent force that led to her neck being broken and her spine being severed.

Balogh was found guilty  of using physical violence to kill an animal.

Sentence: Balogh was sentenced to six months in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.

ITV News 24/03/2016

Milnsbridge, Huddersfield: Steven James Allen

#TheList Steven James Allen, born 1979, of Tintern Avenue, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4PX –  attacked wheelchair-bound partner and killed her ten pet fish

Photograph of violent drunk Steven James Allen from Huddersfield.

Allen, described as a carer for Tina Butler, pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage.

He also admitted to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after smashing a tank containing ten fish.

Shamaila Qureshi, prosecuting, described Miss Butler as vulnerable as she is wheelchair bound with mobility and balance issues.

Allen suddenly became aggressive towards her and accused her of having an affair.

Mrs Qureshi said: “He’s pushed her out of her wheelchair, causing her to fall out and bang her head.

“He has then kicked the fish tank, causing it to smash. There were 10 fish in there and they came out the fish tank and died.

“He’s dragged the complainant across the room by her arms, causing her pyjama bottoms to come down.

“The defendant has then slapped her buttocks hard and slapped her face.”

Allen then took Miss Butler’s phone and threw it against the wall, causing it to smash.

He suddenly changed, becoming nice to her and helping her back into her wheelchair.

Allen said he couldn’t recall the incident due to his drinking.

Magistrates were told that he was dependant on alcohol and would consume four litres of cider daily.

Prior to the attack he had drunk vodka instead which he claimed affected him.

He claimed his last memory was watching football before waking up the following morning and being told by Miss Butler what he had done.

Sentencing: 22-week jail term, suspended for 15 months. Alcohol treatment. £85 court costs and £250 compensation to Miss Butler. Two-year restraining order.


Normanton, West Yorkshire: Susan Maude

#TheList Susan Maude, born 08/08/1953, formerly of Wirral, Merseyside, and more recently (2018) Bridge Street, Normanton WF6 2ES – dumped five kittens and three adult cats in zipped-up laundry bag; also abandoned a dog

Vile animal abuser Susan Maude

CCTV cameras recorded Maude leaving her then home in Tranmere, Wirral, with the bag at around midnight and returning empty-handed a short while later.

The same zipped up laundry bag was discovered on land off Southwick Road, Tranmere, the following day. Inside were five kittens and adult cats Polly, Dolly and Dylan.

Kittens dumped by Susan Maude
RSPCA photo of five kittens who were dumped in a zipped-up bag in Tranmere by evil Susan Maude

Maude was charged with failing to ensure a suitable environment for the kittens and a dog named Rusty, and failing to protect them from pain, suffering, injury or disease through dumping the cats and letting the dog loose.

Vile animal abuser Susan Maude

She was prosecuted by the RSPCA and the case was presented at Birkenhead Magistrates’ Court.

But Maude did not attend, leading to her being found guilty in her absence.

A warrant was issued for her arrest for sentencing,

Wirral RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “If they had not been found when they were we could easily have been dealing with a bag full of dead animals.

“The eight cats and kittens were covered in faeces and urine and were suffering with stress and exhaustion when they were discovered.
“They were dumped without any regard at all for their welfare in a place where they were unlikely to be found.

“This is completely unacceptable – on every level.”

Sentence: 12-month community order; £500 in costs; banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires March 2026).

Liverpool Echo

Leicester: Christopher Dean Cornell

#TheList Christopher Dean Cornell, born 01/04/1989, of 278 Checkland Road, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8NZ – caused unnecessary suffering to a dog during a violent domestic incident

Woman and dog beater Christopher Dean Cornell from Thurmaston, Leicester
Headcase Christopher Dean Cornell from Thurmaston, Leicester

Details on this case are sketchy as the animal abuse was just one of a number of charges faced by headcase Cornell, who has a long history of convictions for violence.

The dog pictured is/was Cornell’s dog Kieser, but no information on the nature or extent of the suffering inflicted on him by his alcohol-abusing mentally deficient thug of an owner.

Animal abuser Christopher Cornell from Leicester

No mention of Cornell being banned from keeping animals either.

The original news item on the Leicester Mercury (since removed) read as follows:

Cornell pleaded guilty to damaging or destroying a door, lighting and plates, value unknown, at a house in Syston on February 29. He was given a community order including six months’ alcohol dependency treatment and rehabilitation activity requirement to attend appointments or take part in activities for up to 10 days. A restraining order was made preventing him from contacting a named person or going to a specified address. Cornell was ordered to pay £50 compensation, £80 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. The sentence also covered a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on the same date to which he also pleaded guilty.

Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland: Nakita Coulter (now Gilmore)

#TheList Nakita Coulter (DoB 15/12/1989) of Beechfield Avenue, Carrickfergus BT38 7SN – allowed a dog to become emaciated.

Dog abuser Nakita Coulter (now Gilmore)
Nakita Coulter (now Gilmore), a mother-of-two from Carrickfergus, who allowed a dog named Ghostie to become emaciated.

Coulter had denied failing to ensure the welfare of Ghostie but was convicted by Laganside magistrates on Tuesday 15/3/16.

Pictures of the neglected dog on the day she was found reveal her prominent bones and small frame.

The charge was brought against Coulter by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

David Wilson, a spokesman for animal welfare charity the USPCA, said that the council should consider appealing the sentence as it could be viewed as not being tough enough.

“The USPCA would regard this as being a case where the sentence is very lenient and we feel the council welfare should look again at the court’s decision and if possible appeal the sentence,” he said.

“The maximum sentence for that type of offence is five years custodial, though I am not suggesting that is applied here, but I do think if sentences are to act as a deterrent they will have to be handed down on that basis.

“It could be pointed out that banning [Coulter] from keeping pets is available to the court.”

Mr Wilson added: “A person who allows an animal to suffer needlessly in that manner should be banned from keeping animals for life.”

Sentence: conditional discharge and £366 council costs; NO ban.

Belfast Telegraph

Darlington, County Durham: Pearl Barker

#TheList Pearl Barker of Ardmore Drive, Darlington DL1 3QB – neglected a German Shepherd dog, breached disqualification order twice

Pearl Barker and the German Shepherd dog she allowed to become thin and flea-ridden.
Negligent Pearl Barker and the German Shepherd dog she allowed to become thin and flea-ridden.

Barker had a cat and dog removed from her property in 2008 after an RSPCA vet found her German Shepherd had been neglected.

The dog weighed around 10kg less than the normal weight for his breed and he was found to have a severe flea problem which had not been treated.

Convicted animal abuser Pearl Barker from Darlington, UK

The RSPCA issued a disqualification order to stop Barker from keeping any animals from 2008 until November 2018.

But two inspections at Barker’s flat in 2012 and 2015 found she had rabbits, cats and goldfish in her property.

Her original ten-year ban was extended by one year, but in 2016 Barker appealed to have her disqualification overturned.  She told the court she missed the company of animals and hoped magistrates could see she had turned her life around.

But the RSPCA recommended that the ban should remain in place while Barker continues to adjust aspects of her life.

Prosecutor Kevin Campbell said: “This application is premature.

“The law is here to protect the animals and this case is not about her, it’s about the animals – we’re looking out for them.”

Chairman of the bench, Ruth Dent, said: “We’ve judged your application very carefully and while we realise you’ve made changes we feel this application is premature.”

Barker was told she must serve the rest of the ban until at least November 2017 before she can apply to own animals again.

Northern Echo