Welshpool, Wales: Kimberley Georgina Dixon and Calum Scott Jones

#TheList Kimberley Georgina Dixon, born 13/11/1994,  and Calum Scott Jones, born 20/03/1992, previously of Heol Bowys, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool (they’ve since separated and have new partners) – starved their two dogs to death over a month

Dog killers Kimberley Dixon and Calum Jones from Welshpool
Dog killers Kimberley Dixon and Calum Jones from Welshpool. Inset photo shows the exhumed body of German Shepherd Kiara

Dixon and Jones pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs, a Labrador named Bronson and a German Shepherd named Kiara, by failing to provide them with an adequate diet and a suitable environment.

Dog killers Kimberley Georgina Dixon and Calum Jones from Welshpool
Dixon and Jones have separated and are now with different partners. She now calls herself Kimberley Dixon Roberts.

Mr Huw Wyn Williams, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court the dogs had been starved for a month and locked in a utility room.

Concerns were first raised by Social Services in July 2015, which prompted RSPCA Inspector Lewis to visit the couple’s home.

Inspector Lewis noted the dogs were thin. The dog food brand was changed and by September 2015 the animals had gained weight.

However, further concerns from Social Services were followed by reports on December 18, 2015, that the dogs had died and were buried in the garden.

The couple claimed the dogs were perfectly well the day before.

Dog killers Kimberley Georgina Dixon and Calum Jones from Welshpool
Victim: Kiara was said to be “a picky eater”.

After an exhumation order was granted, the dogs were sent to Liverpool University for examination.

A post mortem stated there was no residual fat on the two pets.

Three days after their death, Bronson, who should had been 25 to 30kg, weighed 8.1kg.

Kiara should have weighed 30 to 40kg, but weighed just 11.6kg.

Dog killers Kimberley Georgina Dixon and Calum Jones from Welshpool
Victim Bronson as a puppy with Calum Jones

In the opinion of the vet, the animals would not have been able to stand, or would have found it very difficult, describing them as little more than skeletons.

The vet’s report also said the dogs would have collapsed 48 hours prior to their death, having not had nutrition for four weeks.

In interview the couple described Kiara as a “picky eater” and claimed that Bronson rushed through his food before throwing up.

Dog killers Kimberley Georgina Dixon and Calum Jones from Welshpool
“Picky eater” Kiara before her owners decided to starve her to death.

Owain Jones, defending the couple, told magistrates three reasons for them not to be jailed.

He said they took full responsibility and accepted they were “grossly negligent on many levels”.

Mr Jones also said they were badly upset, after failing to juggle looking after children and the dogs.

The defendants suffered with anxiety, Dixon also with depression, and Mr Jones described the couple as vulnerable and unable to cope.

Mr Jones also told magistrates he hoped they put a suspended sentence in place for the sake of the couple’s two young children.

He asked magistrates that if they imposed an order banning the couple from owning animals, could they make an exception for birds, as the family had a pet budgie, and if they lost that it would be “too much for the children”.

Magistrates described the couple’s gross negligence as “disturbing”.

Sentencing:
Dixon was given a 12-week jail term, suspended for two years and Jones eight weeks, suspended for two years. Total of £230 costs and charges each.  Both were disqualified from owning animals, apart from birds, for 15 years (expires 2031).

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2018 update:
Calum Scott Jones and Kimberley Georgina Dixon have separated and are both living with new partners. He still lives locally at 10 Trembanwy, Llanfair Caereinion SY21 0DY and but she has relocated to another part of Wales. Her current address is 33 Lower Hill Street, Blaenavon, Pontypool NP4 9EP.

Roseworth, Stockton on Tees: Laura and Daniel Hope

#TheList Daniel James Hope, born 20/11/1984 , and Laura Kate Hope, born 10/12/1986, of Redbrook Villas, Redbrook Avenue, Roseworth, Stockton on Tees TS19 9RB – left a German Shepherd and springer spaniel to starve – one dog described as “skin and bone” 24 hours from death when rescued

Convicted dog abusers Laura and Daniel Hope of Stockton on Tees are banned from keeping animals until September 2021.
Laura and Daniel Hope and one of their two starved dogs

Springer spaniel Vinny was so hungry, he had started eating socks to survive. He underwent an operation where vets removed THREE socks after finding a fourth sock trapped in his intestine. Vets also pulled out pieces of plastic and chocolate wrappers from the starving pooch’s belly. The frail dog then underwent a second operation to remove 20 inches of his damaged intestine.

“Vinny was extremely thin, collapsed and surrounded by piles of vomit,” said RSPCA inspector, who found the dogs. “When we took him to the vets he was literally 24 hours from death. We nearly lost him a couple of times.”

Convicted dog abusers Laura and Daniel Hope of Stockton on Tees are banned from keeping animals until September 2021.
The Hopes pictured outside court, and springer spaniel Vinny whom the pair had allowed to starve

After just eight weeks Vinny put on 51% of his body weight while GSD Ragnor put on 23% of his weight in 30 days.

“His hips and spine were sticking out,” said prosecutor John Ellwood of Vinny’s condition when the charity rescued him in March 2016.

“He was lethargic, unwilling to get up and surrounded by piles of vomit.”

“Obviously the RSPCA were concerned about the dog – Vinny was too poorly to stand and had to be carried by the RSPCA,”

Vets found Vinny dehydrated and flea-ridden – while his coat was “contaminated with flea dirt”.

The prosecutor told Teesside Magistrates’ Court that his owners were in court because they simply should have known something was wrong.

Convicted dog abusers Laura and Daniel Hope of Stockton on Tees are banned from keeping animals until September 2021.

But in interview, the Stockton couple protested their innocence despite pictures disclosed by the RSPCA showing how weak the dogs looked.

Self-employed Daniel Hope admitted Vinny had lost weight and was vomiting – but didn’t think anything was wrong. Both he and wife Laura Hope pleaded guilty earlier to causing unnecessary suffering to the dog.

The court heard Laura Hope had recently gave birth to another child and it was speculated the “lifestyle” the arrival brought on may have had an impact.

The couple held hands as magistrates told them the case was serious enough to send them to prison but instead they received a suspended sentence.

Both dogs were described as being “fit and healthy” following the RSPCA’s care.

Mr Ellwood added: “The intervention of the RSPCA clearly saved the life of Vinny who would have died within approximately 24 hours had the RSPCA not managed to get him to the vet.”

Sentence: eight week prison sentence. suspended for 12 months; banned from keeping animals for five years (expires September 2021).

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Middlesbrough: Anne Allport

#TheList Anne Allport of Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 – left 15yo dog to starve inside her filthy home

Photo montage showing convicted animal abuser Anne Allport, her filthy home and one of her victims, Poppy, who was sadly put to sleep
From top Anne Allport, 15yo Poppy and a view of Allport’s filthy property

Allport’s pet dog Poppy was a “bag of bones” when police found her at death’s door, huddled in a flea-ridden blanket in a property caked in faeces and urine.

Blind, starved and barely even able to stand, the 15-year-old terrier had to be put to sleep by vets.

RSPCA inspector Ian Smith said: “It is really rather depressing for anybody in this day and age to allow a dog to get into this state and do nothing about it.”

Police only discovered the suffering by chance after neighbours reported a disturbance at Allport’s property.

Officers found Poppy, as well as a cat named Jasper, in the “disgusting” home, with the ginger short-haired feline’s skin “crusty and flea bitten”.

When interviewed by police, Allport refused to answer questions.

But she later pleaded guilty to four charges, including causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Unemployed Allport was spared jail after the court heard she had suffered from depression since she was a teenager.

Sentence: 16 weeks in jail, suspended for one year. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Original media: GazetteLive 29/09/2016

Wrexham, North Wales: Christopher Matthew Griffiths

#TheList Christopher Matthew Griffiths (since deceased), born 11/08/1981, from Wrexham LL11 5PF – cut off his dog’s ears with pliers

Christopher Griffith and his victim Victor
Drug-crazed dog abuser Christopher Griffith from Wrexham

Staffy Victor was found to have cocaine in his system when vets treated his horrific injuries. His bone-idle owner, Christopher Matthew Griffiths, who has never worked a day in his shitty life, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and carrying out a prohibited procedure to his dog following the September 2015 incident.

Griffiths – a man who must thank the Lord every day that steroids were invented despite the obvious side effects he has suffered including a stinky attitude, baldness and cock shrinkage – had denied the charges and said he had been the victim of an assault.

He claimed his alleged attacker cut the dog’s ears off when he was unconscious but the court didn’t buy his nonsense.

Dog abuser Christopher Matthew Griffiths from Southsea, Wrexham

RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “When I first saw Victor I was just so shocked as his ears were gaping open wounds. I had never seen anything quite like it before.

“It must have been so painful for him. It was just so heartbreaking. It is awful to imagine what poor Victor went through. It was totally unnecessary.”

Inspector Thomas added: “Since Victor has been in our care he has been doing so well. He is an adorable dog with a lot of love to give. He loves nothing more than to be in your company and loves a cwtch [cuddle] on the sofa.” RSPCA Cymru said:

“We are delighted to say he recovered and is now looking for a home.”

Sentence: 24-week prison sentence; 12-month probation order; disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires September 2026)

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Scarborough, North Yorkshire: Stan Collins

#TheList Stanley Thomas Collins, born 08/02/1986, of Royal Albert Apartments, 60-64 North Marine Road, Scarborough YO12 7PE – subjected a dog he had rehomed from Facebook 10 days earlier to a savage beating

Violent thug Stan Collins and victim Charlie
Violent bullyboy Stan Collins and defenceless victim Charlie

Collins admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a dog called ‘Charlie’, who he had rehomed from Facebook just ten days before.

RSPCA inspector Geoff Edmond said: “This was a really nasty case.

“A neighbour of Collins heard him beating this poor dog and was so concerned they rang 999.

“The police attended very quickly and liaised with me to get Charlie to the vets where he was found to be black and blue.

Violent dog abuser Stan Collins

“Luckily there were no broken bones but he was badly bruised all over, particularly around his rear end, where he had been repeatedly kicked from behind.

“He was in so much pain he had to be sedated to be examined and had to have a catheter fitted so he could urinate.”

Violent dog abuser Stan Collins

Charlie was signed over to the RSPCA and made available for rehoming.

RSPCA inspector Edmond said: “The kennels staff and RSPCA Scarborough & District Branch have done a brilliant job with Charlie – now renamed Seb – giving him the quiet, the time and the patience to start to get his confidence back after this terrible experience.

Violent dog abuser Stan Collins

“He was a very frightened dog when he first came into RSPCA care, and he is still nervous until he gets to know you, but I’m so happy to say he’s recovering well and is looking for a loving, forever home.”

Sentence: 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months; 12-week curfew order; £1800 costs. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

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Newmilns, East Ayrshire: Tony Barbara

#TheList Tony Barbara, born 23/09/1964, of 31 High Street, Newmilns, East Ayrshire KA16 9EB – a convicted dog fighter who defied his ban on keeping dogs and went on to commit further cruelty offences

Convicted dog fighter Tony Barbara currently of Newmilns, East Ayrshire, but originally from Dagenham, Essex
Tony Barbara told the Scottish SPCA he had been dog-fighting for the last 20 to 30 years. Photo shows one of the dogs found at his home in Newmilns, Kira. She, along with another dog named Jackie, were put to sleep  as a result of the deprivation order imposed on Barbara.

In February 2013 Tony Barbara was convicted of training pit bull terriers for illegal fights.  Barbara had trained two pit bull terriers called Elaine and Susie and a bull terrier called Gerald for fighting and subjected two of the animals to a catalogue of suffering. He also attempted to carry out DIY treatment on their injuries in case his actions were discovered by the authorities.

Convicted dog fighter Tony Barbara currently of Newmilns, East Ayrshire and originally from Dagenham, Essex
Barbara previously kept a pitbull terrier named Elaine, who had untreated eye and teat injuries

Barbara, who was linked to the Essex underworld, moved to Scotland after receiving a suspended jail sentence and 10-year dog ban.

He resumed his activities within months but was arrested after the Scottish SPCA raided his home in November 2014 and found two injured pit bulls and equipment linked to the illegal activity.

Social media image of dog fighter Tony Barbara

Barbara was found guilty of six charges including breaching the Dangerous Dogs Act by keeping two female pit bull terriers for fighting, having syringes and medications, possessing “breaking sticks” for fights and causing the animals unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate care and treatment.

His solicitor, James Arrol, said heavily-tattooed Barbara was “a man who has a number of psychiatric and health difficulties”.

Scottish SPCA inspector Hannah Medley said Barbara spoke “freely and openly”, using dog-fighting terminology and explaining the terms and rules.

Ms Medley added: “He told us he had been dog-fighting for the last 20 to 30 years and had only seen one dog die, and that when a dog was dying it was still wagging its tail when it died.”

Ms Medley said Barbara described the “etiquette of dog fighting” and used its terminology, such as scratch lines, pits and coming up to scratch.

“He was talking about dog breeds and his fascination with bull breeds”, she said, adding Barbara described knowing vets who would teach how to treat injuries and self-medicate dogs.

After his arrest, Barbara gave “no comment” responses when asked why he had veterinary medication used specifically to treat dog injuries and syringes containing milky liquid.

He also refused to comment on whether the dogs had been identified as American Pit Bull terriers, which are strictly regulated, and attributed scars and injuries to “dives into bushes after rabbits”.

Police and animal welfare inspectors found a “flesh stapler”, a training “flirt pole” and notebooks with accounts of the fights at his previous home in Dagenham, Essex, in 2011, his earlier trial heard.

Sentencing:
Jailed for 8 months and banned from keeping dogs for life.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex: David Farrell

#TheList David Farrell, born 30/06/1969 of Ashdown Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1SF- abandoned a dog to starve to death in an empty house

Gus was found alone and starved to death after being abandoned by his callous owner, David Farrell
Gus was found alone and starved to death after being abandoned by his callous owner, David Farrell

Farrell was found guilty in his absence of failing to meet the needs of a Staffordshire bull terrier called Gus.

The RSPCA was called in May 2015 after Gus was found dead in Farrell’s previous home in Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards-on-Sea. The police had been contacted by a neighbour, who had noticed a smell, and so broke into the house to find the distressing sight of the dog’s dead body.

The RSPCA investigated and learned Farrell had left the home, with Gus alone in it, two months earlier, in March 2015. He claimed he had told a friend to feed and walk the dog but then lost touch with him.

RSPCA inspector Alison Edwards said: “Who knows how long it took this poor dog to die alone in that home.

“We found him curled up on the kitchen floor surrounded by faeces and empty bowls of food.

“His suffering was just so unnecessary. No-one was checking on him, or giving him care. He had simply been shut in a house alone and left to die.

“Simply following up to make sure this dog was cared for would have saved his life and saved the lonely, prolonged death that we can only suppose he suffered.”

A vet estimated the dog had been dead for at least four to five days, and left to suffer for at least two weeks before that.

Sentence: eight weeks in prison, suspended for two years, 150 hours’ unpaid work, £300 costs and £80 victim surcharge; disqualified from keeping all animals for five years (expires September 2021).

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Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire: Wayne Keightley

#TheList Wayne Keightley, born c. 1974, of Rutland St, Melton Mowbray LE13 1QR – threw a 9-week-old puppy from the window of his third-floor flat

Cocaine addict, dog abuser and all-round loser Wayne Keightley of Melton Mowbray
Cocaine addict, dog abuser and all-round loser Wayne Keightley

In a prosecution brought by the RSPCA, habitual cocaine user Keightley was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the 9-week-old Staffy named Gypsy after throwing her from the window of his third-floor flat. The distressed puppy suffered injuries to her face, leg and abdomen in the 20-foot fall but has since recovered.

Staffy Gypsy was thrown from a window by cocaine addicted Wayne Keightley of Melton Mowbray
Gypsy suffered injuries to her face, leg and abdomen, but happily recovered.

The court heard how Keightley smashed the window with a vase, threw Gypsy out the window and then jumped out himself minutes later. Sadly he survived with just a fracture to his ankle. He was found on the floor outside in a “rambling” state dragging himself away from the property.

The court heard he told paramedics he had taken a line of cocaine “a couple of hours” before the incident and had also drunk three cans of lager on the same day.

Staffy Gypsy was thrown from a window by cocaine addicted Wayne Keightley of Melton Mowbray

He told the court seven men entered his property to steal watches and were stabbing him in the hands with a pole with a spear-head attached whenever he tried to pick up the frightened puppy. This was not accepted by the court.

Dog abuser Wayne Keightley from Melton Mowbray

As well as having Gypsy confiscated, Keightley is banned from keeping pets of all kinds for the next three years.

He received a 10-week sentence for the offence against Gypsy and a further four-week sentence because he had been subject to a suspended sentence for possessing a knife at the time of this offence.

Staffy Gypsy was thrown from a window by cocaine addicted Wayne Keightley of Melton Mowbray

He spent half of his 14-week sentence in custody and the second half out on licence.

RSPCA inspector Andy Bostock, who investigated, said: “When Gypsy was found on the floor, she was obviously in pain and was very distressed.

“She was immediately taken to a vet and was treated for injuries to her face, leg and abdomen. She is a very, very lucky dog to have not been more seriously injured, considering also how young and delicate she was at nine-weeks-old.

“There is absolutely no excuse to throw an animal out of a window like this – Gypsy would have been terrified and in pain from the various injuries she received. She got off lightly and is now thriving in her foster home.”

Sentence: 10-week prison sentence for animal cruelty (further 4 weeks for knife possession); banned from keeping any animal for three, yes THREE, years (expires September 2019).

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Walcott, Norwich: Amanda Adams

#TheList Amanda Adams previously of Lynton Rd, Walcott, in Norwich – a notorious pet peddlar, backyard breeder and serial animal abuser

In August 2015 Adams – a backyard breeder of large-breed dogs such as wolfhounds and Newfoundlands – was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a 3wo puppy called Hope, whom she left in agony for five days with a fractured rear leg.  A second dog in Adams’ care, wolfhound Rina, was left with a large open wound for 3 days before receiving veterinary treatment. Unemployed Adams was disqualified from keeping dogs for 5 years and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

Weeks later  an RSPCA inspector visited Adams’ property with a warrant to seize the dogs and discovered her passing puppies across a fence in an attempt to avoid her ban on keeping dogs. Other dogs and puppies were found inside the property.

Three rabbits living in appalling conditions in a filthy shed were also found at the property.  One of the rabbits was injured.

Sentence: 6-week prison sentence, suspended for 2 years; £1,000 in costs plus £80 victim surcharge; banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Original media: Great Yarmouth Mercury 9/9/16

Update Oct 2017: we understand that Adams has moved out of the Walcott property and lives in a camper van with (worryingly) a number of dogs. Her precise whereabouts are unknown but she still has family in Walcott and also has links to France.

Update May 2019: now calling herself Amanda Rawlings and living in West Cork, Ireland with eight large dogs.

Truro, Cornwall: Theresa Cowling

#TheList Theresa Maria Cowling, born December 1963, of Higher Lamerton Farm, Idless, Truro TR4 9QT – kept cattle and pigs in hazardous and foul conditions

Welfare officers discovered dreadful conditions on Theresa Cowling's farm, with pigs and cattle living up to their bellies in mud. The animals had not been given any bedding and were cold and shivering.
Welfare officers discovered dreadful conditions on Theresa Cowling’s farm, with pigs and cattle living up to their bellies in mud. The animals had not been given any bedding and were cold and shivering.

Cowling pleaded guilty to the following animal welfare offences:

  • failed to provide a farrowing rail to protect piglets from a sow;
  • kept pigs and cattle in muddy, wet conditions, with no suitable lying areas;
  • failed to provide a suitable diet for cattle and pigs;
  • left a boar and pigs with access to potential injury from protruding nails and broken, rusty corrugated sheeting; and
  • failed to ensure cattle with overgrown feet were protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Kevin Hill for Cornwall Council, said the offences arose after visits to the farm in July and December of 2015, and January, February and March 2016, after initial complaints that defendant’s cattle were straying on to neighbouring farmland.

Welfare officers discovered dreadful conditions on Theresa Cowling's farm, with pigs and cattle living up to their bellies in mud. The animals had not been given any bedding and were cold and shivering.

Cattle and pigs were found in poor condition. Pigs were being fed from oranges and bananas which are illegal food for them. There was no rail to prevent a sow from crushing her piglets. Conditions for pigs and cattle were wet and muddy. There was dirty drinking water, and no dry lying areas. There were protruding nails and rusty, corrugated metal sheeting in a pig area, with pigs in poor condition and one shivering.

There were more than 30 Dexter cows on the farm which had little grazing and a shelter which was too small to house them all, and bedding wet with faeces.

After she was given advice, Cowling provided better bedding and clean water, but the shelter for the cattle was still too small, cows were standing in thick mud at their feeder, and still in poor condition.

One pig had a leg wound likely to have come from a nail.

Some of the cows had overgrown feet and were struggling to walk properly.

Mr Hill said that after Cowling was given advice on how to put things right, problems were still found on return visits. Things were put right, but then would slip by the next visit. Some could have been addressed relatively easily, but she was either not able to or was unwilling to comply.

He asked the magistrates to disqualify her from keeping farm animals.

Cowling said in court that she and her helpers had had to tackle horrendous wet weather conditions which had led to some of the offences, as straw was getting wet very quickly. She had never lost piglets with a sow as the mothers were very good, and they had been seen daily.

The Dexters were living-out animals, and had lived outside with her all their lives. After advice, their shelter was to be extended this month.

She said she was shocked to hear that the council wanted her to stop keeping her animals.

She said she had followed the advice given to her and had then been given the “all clear” by investigating welfare officers.

“I was very conscious of looking after my animals” she said. “I would not harm anything. I love them all.”

She said she would give her helpers things to do but they did not always do as she would have liked. If she had any problems with her animals she would call her vet.

She said she bred the animals for meat, but there was no profit in it whatsoever. She had reduced the numbers of both pigs and cows as advised.

As well as running her smallholding, she did work at a local college, and gardening.

The farm had belonged to her grandfather and she was born there. “I love it there and I don’t want to lose it” she said.

Cowling asked the magistrates: ”If everything has been put right, why do the council want to disqualify me?”

Answering to the Bench Stephanie Martin, an animal welfare officer, agreed the pigs and cattle were now in good condition, with good bedding and water, but the cattle shed was not.

”I fear that when the bad weather comes again this is all going to happen again” she said.

Sentencing: 12-month community order, with 150 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £1,250 costs and £60 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping farm animals (period not specified).

Falmouth Packet

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Update February 2017: Cowling’s appeal hearing was held at Truro Crown Court on 7 February 2017.

Judge Recorder Midgley found the cattle on the farm still had insufficient dry bedding, with nails and sharp metal still protruding from the pigs housing as recently as 6 February 2017. Cowling had also failed to respond to clear advice.

Consequently Cowling’s appeal was dismissed and she was banned from keeping cattle and pigs for three years (expired February 2020).

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