Dunfermline, Fife: Craig Mills

#TheList Craig John Mills, born 20/01/1994, previously of Lochgelly but with a recent (2020) address of 32 Maitland Street, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 8AF – bit his pet cat hard on the head, struck her several times and threw her against a wall, finally killing her

Cat killer Craig Mills and victim Pippa
Craig Mills was secretly filmed violently beating two-year-old Pippa (pictured) before biting down on her head.

Mills was secretly filmed violently beating his two-year-old pet cat Pippa before biting down on her head.

The disturbing footage, which was uploaded to social media, showed Mills gripping Pippa and striking her hard on her body with his hand at his home in Fife.

Cat killer Craig Mills
Mills is said to have an unstable personality disorder as well as addictions to alcohol and cannabis

After the ninth blow, he can be heard screaming at the cat: ‘Who are you hissing at?’

He then forces the front half of Pippa’s head into his mouth and bites down. The cat desperately fights to spring clear, leaving Mills with an injury to the side of his face.

A court heard that Mills had had been diagnosed with an ‘unstable personality disorder’.

His defending lawyer said Mills had addictions to alcohol and cannabis, and that his childhood had been ‘unsettled at best and tragic at worst’.

Sheriff Craig McSherry called the abuse a ‘disgraceful act of cruelty towards a young animal’.

He added that he would have imposed the maximum 12-month sentence, but Mills’ guilty plea forced him to reduce it to eight months.

An additional six months were added to his sentence for further charges, bringing his total to 14 months.

Cat killer Craig Mills

Harry Huyton, director of animal protection charity OneKind, praised the custodial sentence, but said he was disappointed Mills hadn’t been banned from keeping animals.

‘This is a horrific case of prolonged violence against a family pet which we hoped would have resulted in a lifetime ban on keeping animals,’ he said.

‘The fact the judge handed down the maximum jail sentence available to him reflects the severity of the case so we are deeply disappointed the court didn’t see fit to impose a lifetime ban, or any length of ban, on keeping pets.

‘While Mr Mills will serve time in prison, a lack of ban in our view is an overly lenient sentence for this level of abuse.

‘Given the level of violence involved in this case it seems wholly inappropriate that Craig Mills should be free to own pets again in the future and this is a huge concern to us given the threat he poses to animals.’

Sentence: jailed for 14 months; NO BAN


Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire: Dominic Lee-Woodward and Janine Hartley

#TheList Dominic Lee-Woodward, born 16/03/1994, of Neptune Drive, Bridlington YO16 4EF, and then partner Janine Marie Hartley, aka Janine Robinson, born 06/12/1986, of St Georges Avenue, Bridlington YO15 2ED – neglected and starved two dogs

Convicted dog abusers Dominic Lee-Woodward and his now ex partner Janine Hartley
Convicted dog abusers Dominic Lee-Woodward and his now ex partner Janine Hartley

Unfortunately there’s not much info on this case as it never made the newspapers.

We understand that the pair’s cruelty came to light when they took an emaciated dog to the vet, claiming they had found her. The vet was suspicious and alerted the RSPCA who attended the home the couple shared together. There, inspectors discovered another dog also starved and in very poor condition.

Both dogs were taken into the RSPCA’s care and slowly recovered from their ordeal.

Social media photo of Janine Hartley
Janine Hartley

Following an RSPCA prosecution in August 2016 Dominic Lee-Woodward and Janine Hartley – a mother of three – were banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires August 2026).

Sunderland: Alan Noble

#TheList Alan T Noble, Trinity St, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 2EG – left two rescue Dogues de Bordeaux out in the cold, with no water or shelter; fed them a poor diet

Alan Noble neglected Dogues de Bordeaux Ruby and Hooch
Alan Noble rescued Ruby and Hooch from a shelter but then kept them outside without shelter in the cold and failed to feed them properly or treat their health conditions.

Dogues de Bordeaux Ruby and Hooch had been rescued from a shelter by Alan Noble, but their new home was not a happy one, Instead, Noble left them outside without water or shelter in wintry conditions, and did nothing to address Ruby’s skin and eye condition.

Judith Curry, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said an inspector first visited Noble’s home after an anonymous tip-off.

Miss Curry said: “She met Mr Noble, who refused to allow her through the property, but he did take her to the back garden, where she was shown two dogs through the fence.

“Ruby and Hooch were both in a lean condition, but appeared alert.

“Mr Noble stated that he was in the process of completing a new kennel. He said the back door was always open so they could have access to the house.”

Miss Curry said the inspector came across several breaches of the Animal Welfare Act, including lack of nutrition, shelter or bedding.

She added: “The yard was in a dangerous condition, with a lot of items that pose a threat to animals.”

Mr Noble was given advice on how to rectify the problems, especially in view of the cold weather, and an RSPCA inspector returned a few days later to find Noble was not home.

On December 20, 2015, they went back to the house, where they met Noble outside, refusing to show them the dogs.

“He stated that he had no keys to access the property and that the gates to the back garden were padlocked and the dogs were aggressive.”

Police were called and the inspector examined the dogs, who both had visible and prominent ribs, hips and spines.

“Ruby was very lethargic,” Miss Curry added. “The inspector said the animals needed to see a vet and Mr Noble signed them over to the RSPCA.”

The dogs were taken to see a vet and Hooch, who was underweight but required no treatment, was released to the care of the RSPCA on a special diet. Ruby was hospitalised, suffering from dehydration and a skin and eye condition. They have both been rehomed.

Noble was interviewed, saying he did feed the dogs three times a day with three 15kg bags of dried dog food per week. He said he’d taken in the rescue dogs four months prior and that his care had improved their health.

Noble pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to meet the needs of Ruby and Hooch, in that they were kept in an environment that contained hazardous objects and no adequate shelter; that he failed to provide them with a suitable diet and fresh water; and that he failed to address veterinary care in respect of infections.

Sentence: 12-month community order, with a three-month curfew; total of £210 costs. No ban.

Sunderland Echo

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear: Avril Scott

#TheList Avril Scott of Edgeware Road, Gateshead NE8 – neglected elderly mongrel, left him to suffer ear infection; Benji very sadly put to sleep

Photo of Avril Scott, Co Durham, and Benji, the dog she abused
Avril Scott and Benji, the elderly victim of her neglect

Former careworker Scott, who is originally from Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, failed to take Benji to the vet, despite him suffering an horrific ear infection for weeks.

The dog’s ear had swollen to more than twice its normal size but Scott denied noticing anything was wrong until the day before the RSPCA paid her a visit in January.

The court heard Scott still failed to seek veterinary advice, instead going on a night out.

RSPCA prosecutor Denise Jackman said: “The animal was euthanised three days later.”

She added that this was not purely down to the ear condition, but because the dog was elderly and also had Cushings disease.

Mrs Jackman said a report from an expert said Benji’s ear must have been bad for two to three weeks.

She told Scott: “If you were a hands-on owner, the dog would have yelped, because it would have been in significant pain”,

Sentence: total of £640 fines, costs and surcharges; disqualified from keeping animals, except her two pet goldfish, for three years (ban expired 2019).

Source: Sunderland Echo (article removed)

Market Drayton, Shropshire: Jennifer Jeane Lampe

#TheList Jennifer Jeane Lampe, born c. 1988, of Shropshire Street, Market Drayton – beheaded her two pet snakes with a pair of scissors after downing seven cans of lager in an alcohol binge; also drowned a hamster and abandoned a puppy and kittens

Lampe told police she had killed the snakes because she feared her sister was about to throw her out of the home they shared and did not think she could look after them.

The heads of the two snakes were in her pockets of her jogging bottoms and she was covered in blood when police arrived to arrest her.

Four days prior to cutting the heads off her two pet snakes with a pair of scissors Lampe drowned a hamster because he was noisy and “keeping her up at night”.

The court heard Lampe had also dumped and abandoned two tabby cats and given away a puppy to a stranger in the park because she did not want to look after them any more.

Despite this catalogue of appalling cruelty and neglect, Lampe was given an animal ban of just five years.

Sentencing: Four months in prison, suspended for two years. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expires August 2021).

Shropshire Star
Daily Mail

Nottingham/Sutton-in-Ashfield: Paula Tempest and Andrew James

#TheList Paula Tempest (aka Paula Watson), born 29/12/1978, of 49 Goodall Crescent, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7RT, and Andrew George James, born 02/06/1976, of 45 St Michael’s Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4GN – for the mistreatment of a puppy who had to have a rear leg amputated

Dog abuser Paula Tempest aka Paula Watson from Hucknall in Nottingham
Paula Tempest

Eleven-month-old Staffy cross Ralph was rescued from the vile pair in February 2016. He had a fractured left back leg, three broken ribs and a fractured pelvis which had gone untreated for at least 10 days.

Abused dog Ralph, whose injuries were so severe he lost a leg
Ralph had suffered a catalogue of serious injuries, the cause of which was never established.

It is not known for certain how Ralph sustained the injuries.

The dog’s leg injury was so severe that he had to have his leg amputated.

Watson and James were found guilty in their absence of two offences each. The offences were causing unnecessary suffering to Ralph by failing to seek veterinary care and failing to meet his needs.

Sentence: Watson – eight-week prison sentence suspended for one year; 80 hours of unpaid work; £250 in costs. James – immediate eight-week prison sentence; £80 victim surcharge. Both were disqualified from keeping all animals for life.


Wishaw, North Lanarkshire: Jordan Fleming

#TheList Jordan Fleming, born c. 1995, of XX Maxton Crescent, Wishaw ML2 8SQ – failed to take his cancer-stricken dog Oscar to the vet; Oscar sadly put to sleep

Unemployed loser Jordan Fleming of Wishaw failed to take his cancer-stricken dog, Oscar, to the vet
Unemployed loser Jordan Fleming of Wishaw failed to take his cancer-stricken dog, Oscar, to the vet

Unemployed career criminal Fleming , who lives with partner  and mother of his two children Maureen Susan Hamilton, allowed Staffordshire bull terrier Oscar to become emaciated so that he could barely walk.

Unemployed loser Jordan Fleming of Wishaw failed to take his cancer-stricken dog, Oscar, to the vet

The Scottish SPCA were forced to have the dog put down to end his suffering.

A post-mortem examination showed the pet had not eaten for around six days prior to his death.

Unemployed loser Jordan Fleming of Wishaw failed to take his cancer-stricken dog, Oscar, to the vet
Poor Oscar was put to sleep to end his suffering

Following a Scottish SPCA investigation, Fleming pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Oscar by failing to obtain veterinary treatment and allowing him to become emaciated.

Inspector Heather Lawson said: “Oscar was severely emaciated and he was barely able to walk. He weighed just 12.6kg when a dog of his breed should have been around 18-20kg.

“He also had a large testicular tumour and was very dehydrated.

“Sadly, the vet advised that the kindest option was to put Oscar to sleep to end his pain and suffering as he would not have recovered.

“A post mortem examination revealed that Oscar had no food present within his stomach indicating that he had not eaten for at least 4-6 days.

“This was a tragic case and we welcome the fact Fleming has been dealt with by the court and hope he will give serious consideration about his suitability to care for other animals in the future.”

Sentence: Banned from owning or caring for dogs for two years (expired August 2018); further sentencing deferred for 12 months – no update found.

Evening Times