Poole, Dorset: Samantha Jade Miller

#TheList Samantha Jade Miller, born 1978, of Victoria Rd, Poole BH12 – left dogs Charlie and Tia to suffer without food and failed to treat painful skin conditions while she enjoyed holidays in CyprusConvicted animal abuser Samantha Jade Miller from Poole

Single mother-of-six Miller told RSPCA officers she could not afford veterinary care for the emaciated animals.

But when an RSPCA inspector visited Miller’s home in Victoria Road, Poole, he was told by one of her daughters that she was in Cyprus for the third time in a year.

Miller pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals between November 15 2015 and January 5 2016. She also admitted failing to protect animals from pain and suffering, injury and disease.

Miller was visited four times by an RSPCA inspector who gave her advice and told her to feed the animals and take them to the vet.

But she failed to heed the advice and, when the condition of the dogs deteriorated, they were taken away from her.

Magistrates heard the RSPCA inspector had given Miller food for the dogs, but she criticised it.

The animals had painful skin conditions because they were “riddled” with fleas, open wounds, sores and conjunctivitis and were clearly incredibly uncomfortable and suffering, the court heard.

Miller told the court she was in debt and could not afford the vet. She said she was ashamed and did not realise the seriousness of their condition.

After the hearing, RSPCA inspector Jo Story told the Daily Echo: “I think it is an appropriate sentence. If she didn’t understand it was serious, she wouldn’t understand how to look after other animals.

“We really try to provide help and guidance and my colleague could not have done any more. She ignored the advice continually.”

Charlie and Tia recovered and were rehomed by the RSPCA.

Sentence: 240 hours of unpaid work; victim surcharge of £60; banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires December 2026)

Dorset Echo

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire: Elizabeth Richmond-Watson

#TheList Elizabeth Richmond-Watson, born 02/06/1960, owner of Owlsdene Bengals, of Halfacre, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6DB – neglected 64 Bengal cats

Cat breeder Elizabeth Richmond-Watson from Henley on Thames was banned from keeping animals after ‘extreme neglect’
Cat breeder Elizabeth Richmond-Watson from Henley on Thames was banned from keeping animals after ‘extreme neglect’

Richmond-Watson was found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act of failing to protect 64 Bengal cats in her care because of a lack of disease control programme and appropriate hygiene provisions to prevent the spread of disease.

Cruel cat breeder Elizabeth Richmond-Watson

The RSPCA visited Richmond-Watson’s address in February 2016 after concerns were raised about the welfare of a number of cats bred to sell.

Inspectors found the property in a sordid state with cats roaming the “unhygienic” house and outbuildings.

Food had been left lying around and many of the animals were suffering from illnesses including cat flu and eye infections.

Three animals had to be put down at the scene and another four in the days afterwards due to health and behavioural issues.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “When we arrived there were lots and lots of cats just roaming the house and the outbuildings, which had been built for breeding in completely unhygienic conditions.

“It was chaotic with clutter and rubbish and there was food lying around — a totally unsuitable environment for these cats to be living in.

“Sadly, the owner was just not providing proper care for these cats, leading to some extreme neglect.

“She may have had the best of intentions but the reality was the animals were suffering and we had to act to ensure there was no further suffering.”

Richmond-Watson will be able to appeal for her ban to be lifted after one year.

Sentence: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 60 hours’ unpaid work; ordered to pay £10,000 costs plus victim surcharge; disqualified from keeping animals for three years (expires December 2019 but she could appeal in December 2017).


Grays, Thurrock, Essex: Dean Popham

#TheList Dean Popham, born 31/08/1986, of 99 Wallace Road, Grays RM17 5BB – slit puppy Edley’s throat in the street after swinging him around by his neck

Twisted puppy killer and woman beater Dean Popham of Wallace Rd, Grays, Esses

Popham killed Edley using a kitchen knife taken from a woman’s  flat after leaving her with a cut lip.

The unemployed yob then fought with police officers and bit one on the thumb before they dragged him to the ground.

Loreen Hussain, prosecuting, said the horrific incident in Thames Road, Grays, in September 2016, was preceded by vile sexual threats Popham made over text message and Facebook.

He then stormed round to his victim’s flat in a rage, forced his way in and began kicking Edley.

She said: “The puppy, not knowing any better, was happy to see the defendant.

“He ran towards him but the defendant started kicking him, so much so that he lost one of his shoes.

“It was so bad that Edley lost control of his bowels. The young woman was screaming and told Popham to stop.

“He said; ‘I don’t care, he’s lucky I don’t throw him out the window.’”

Popham then picked Edley up by the ears and swung him around by his neck. “You can imagine the pain that he must have felt,” Miss Hussain said.

Popham headbutted his girlfriend before marching out of the flat clutching Edley and a knife.

The police officers who later found Popham covered in blood said he told them “meeting me is the worst mistake” before biting one of them.

Edley’s body was found nearby. A vet told police the wound would have caused Edley “pain, unnecessary suffering and distress”.

Miss Hussein said: “Not only did the victim have to deal with her own injuries and her upset children, but she had to deal with the death of a much-loved family pet.”

Popham, who has previous convictions for violence and cultivating cannabis, suffers from emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Popham was jailed for 12 months for causing actual bodily harm to his partner, six months for actual bodily harm to the police officer and two months for criminal damage to the dog, all to run consecutively.

He was handed one month each for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and assaulting a police officer, to run concurrently to each other and the other sentences.

Sentence for animal cruelty and assault: 20 months in prison (includes total of just 3 months for killing Edley)

Thurrock Gazette

Ricky Lee Tomlinson, Chesterfield

#TheList Ricky Lee Tomlinson of Cauldon Drive, Holme Hall, Chesterfield – spray-painted horse’s face during vandalism spree

Trio of photos of Ricky Lee Tomlinson, horse abuser from Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Ricky Lee Tomlinson, horse abuser from Chesterfield, Derbyshire

In October 2014 Tomlinson sprayed paint on the  face of a horse, the  blanket of another horse,  and on signs, doors, walls  and a bin in the Unstone  and Dronfield areas of Derbyshire.

His not guilty plea was not accepted by magistrates, who convicted him on all charges.

Sentence: 3 months in jail suspended for 12 months, 8-week curfew. Ordered to pay £1,085 in compensation, £310 in costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Original media: Derbyshire Times, 21/12/2016

Alfreton, Derbyshire: Keane Mitchell Thorpe, Ethan Lewis, Mitch Smith and Seif Naili

#TheList Keane Mitchell Thorpe, Ethan Lewis, Mitch Smith and Seif Naili all of Riddings, nr Alfreton, Derbyshire – mutilated the body of a pet cat named Leo after he had been killed by a dog

Twisted youths from Riddings near Alfreton filmed themselves mutilating the body of much loved family cat Leo
Twisted youths from Riddings near Alfreton filmed themselves mutilating the body of much loved family cat Leo

The four cowardly teenagers named above carried out and filmed a disgusting attack on the body of a much-loved family cat in Riddings Park. The boys, who at the time were aged 15, 15, 16 and 17,  ‘egged’ each other on as they smashed a rock on the head of the three-year-old cat, hit him with a stick, tied him up with rope before filming and boasting about it on Snapchat.

Leo’s badly mutilated body was found on a path by a dog walker at about 2.30pm on August 11, 2016, in the park with multiple injuries and rope tied around its waist.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Leo was already dead before the attack after bite wounds believed to have been inflicted by a ‘large breed dog’ were found. He had suffered horrific injuries to his abdomen, back, head and chest.

The youths all pleaded guilty to carrying out an act of outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner, namely beating a cat. They all appeared in court together with their parents.

The court heard the youths and their families had been subjected to threats after the sickening attack. Windows of their homes had been smashed and they’d been forced to fit panic alarms and live in hotels [gutted for them].

The teens each received a 12-month youth referral order and were ordered to  pay costs and compensation to the cat’s owner 

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Derbyshire Times

Eyemouth, Berwickshire: James McLelland

#TheList James McLelland, born ca 1949, of 21 Deanhead Drive, Eyemouth TD14 5RZ – failed to provide veterinary treatment for his dog’s painful skin condition and flea infestation

Trixie, the dog neglected by James McLelland of Eyemouth, Berwickshire

McLelland was charged for failing to provide adequate and necessary veterinary attention for his 4-year-old terrier named Trixie, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Trixie, had very little hair along her back legs and her skin was thickened and dark grey. Her skin was raised in small hard boils with open wounds where she had been scratching due to a severe flea infestation.

Trixie was immediately taken to a vet where she was assessed and administered pain relief, steroids, antibiotics and flea treatment.

McLelland failed to provide even the most basic level of care for Trixie, to the extent where she was in a lot of pain due to the longstanding and untreated skin and flea condition.

With the proper treatment Trixie recovered and was rehomed.

Sentence: fined £300. Banned from owning animals for 5 years (expires December 2021).

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