#TheList Alice Mary Louise Jones, born 25/08/1997, of Saintbridge Road, Longford, Gloucester GL2 9FN – starved a pony who was found collapsed in a barn
Jones, previously of Raleigh Close, Gloucester, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony, named Blue, after failing to investigate the cause of his weight loss between February 19, 2016 and March 3 2016, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The RSPCA was contacted by a concerned member of the public who had spotted Blue in a collapsed and emaciated state in a barn at Packthorn Farm, Whitminster Lane, Frampton on Severn.
Inspector Mark Lewis said: “Sadly Blue had been starved to the point when he was incredibly thin and unable to stand.
“Unfortunately he was in such a terrible state that he had to be immediately put to sleep to ease his suffering.
“The post mortem showed his condition wasn’t because of an underlying disease – it was simply down to the fact he wasn’t given the food he needed.
“Owners have a responsibility of care to their animals. To allow an animal to get into such a shocking state is inexcusable.”
Sentencing: 180 hours of unpaid work; total of £660 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping horses for five years (expires January 2022).
#TheList Brittany Sandra Louise McCallum (DoB 16/06/1997) of 88 Marswood Green, Hamilton ML3 9EE – allowed her pet dog Buster to become very thin
Single mother McCallum, originally from East Kilbride and with links to Newmains and also Watford, failed to provide the necessary care for Buster and was charged with animal cruelty following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, Inspector Heather Lawson said: “It was instantly clear to me that the dog was being neglected.
“His ribs, spine and pelvic bones were prominent and there was no food or water available for the dog.
“I took the dog straight to the vet where I was informed that he had no fat deposits anywhere suggesting an extended period of inadequate nutrition and weighed only 15.3kgs.
“We welcome the fact that McCallum has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down.
“We hope she will give serious consideration about her suitability to care for other animals in the future”.
Buster recovered from his ordeal and made available for rehoming.
Sentence: 60 hours of community work; banned from keeping animals for just three years (expires January 2020).
#TheList Hayley Perry, born 13/07/1966, of 3xx Teignmouth Road, Torquay TQ1 4RS – eight severely underweight dogs rescued from her two-bedroom flat
Perry, a former breeder of Akitas, Huskies and Eurasiers operating under the name Saxonike who previously lived in Marldon Road, Shiphay, was disqualified from keeping dogs after eight animals in her care were found to be seriously underweight.
The court heard that between March 7, and April 4, 2016, Perry failed to explore the cause of weight loss in eight dogs in her care contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.Perry was found guilty of failing to meet the needs of five of the dogs by not providing a suitable environment contrary to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
RSPCA inspector Jim Farr said: “People have a responsibility to look after their animals properly and to make sure all their needs are met and need to ensure they receive the proper veterinary treatment and care when they need it.”
We understand that Perry appealed against the sentence but this was unsuccessful.
Three dogs that remained in Perry’s care after conviction were confiscated. Five other dogs that were previously signed over to the RSPCA were rehabilitated and found new homes.
Sentence: £1,000 costs; banned from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires January 2027).
#TheList self-proclaimed ‘horse guru’ Jonathan Hurst, born c. 1989, of Kings Elms, Barton Stacey, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 3RG – convicted of cruelty after a pony was left with an eye injury and her tongue split open
Jonathan Hurst had claimed to be a self-taught ‘horse whisperer’ and trainer, but in January 2017 he was found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony at a yard in Hampshire.
The female pony – called Tanzin – was left with “absolutely shocking” spilt tongue and eye injuries which were not treated by a vet, the RSPCA said.
Hurst offered his services to Tanzin’s owner after portraying himself as a horse guru “with the skills to transform even the most wilful horse”, the RSPCA said.
The filly suffered “significant injuries” while under the care of Hurst at a yard in Longparish Road, Wherwell, from 9 March to 14 March 2016.
RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards said: “Tanzin had been left to suffer with absolutely shocking injuries.
“I have never seen anything like the state of her tongue.
“It’s callous to leave an animal to suffer in this way without proper veterinary treatment.”
She added Tanzin’s owner screamed when she first saw her pony’s “greyed out” eye, fearing she had been blinded.
Tanzin had refused to eat before the gash on her tongue was discovered, the RSPCA said.
Sentencing: 120 hours of unpaid work. Fined £300. No ban.
#TheList Anne Smith, born 1956, of Little Beck Rd, Bridlington YO16 4AW, and Benjamin Johnson, born c. 1997, of Woldgate Travellers Site, Bridlington YO16 4XE – allowed their ponies to stray repeatedly onto a busy road resulting in one being killed; a little Shetland pony named Paddy was found entangled around a tree
Gypsies Smith and Johnson were found guilty of neglect following a catalogue of incidents involving their horses roaming loose next to Bessingby Hill. They ignored advice given to them by the RSPCA.
Johnson had also received an RSPCA caution for the same thing but failed to improve the situation.
The pair continued to put the lives of their horses at risk by allowing them to roam freely next to busy traffic and one of their horses ended up being killed after being hit by a car.
During the investigation, threats were made to RSPCA inspectors’ and police officers’ lives.
Sentencing: Johnson was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and Smith to complete 40 hours of unpaid work. Both defendants were also ordered to pay £340 costs. Deprivation order for Shetland pony Paddy. No ban.
#TheList Frank Lyn Lewis (DoB 16/7/1998) of 4 Penderyn Road, Cymmer, Port Talbot SA13 3SR – stole cats from an animal sanctuary to use as “live bait” for his dogs to hunt down to kill.
Lewis broke into the Ty Nant cat sanctuary in Port Talbot late at night and stole a cage with ten cats, which were being nursed back to health by volunteers.
Georgina Buckley, prosecuting, said: “Lewis essentially used the cats for sport. He used his dogs to hunt down and kill them.
“He caused lacerations to the cats himself to try and hinder their escape.”
Miss Buckley told Swansea Crown Court that three cats were foundmauled to death in different spots near the sanctuary in Neath Port Talbot.
Four were found alive and returned but three others are still missing and presumed dead.
Ms Buckley added: “Post mortem gave the cause of death as the result of an attack and having been shaken viciously by an animal, like a dog.”
The court heard Lewis set up his sick game just two weeks after he was sentenced in a youth court for a gruesome attack on a sheep.
Lewis stole the sheep from a field and strung it up upside down to a tree, before cutting its head off with a machete. He then posed for photos next to its bloodied carcass and posted them on Facebook.
The police were alerted and Lewis, who is unemployed and on benefits, was given a referral order at Swansea Youth Court.
But he then went on to strike at the Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary just days later with a 15-year-old accomplice.
Theresa Ahmed, owner of the sanctuary, read out a victim impact statement in court, where she called Lewis “pure evil and a being without a soul.”
Ms Ahmed, who built the sanctuary on the grounds of her family home and has run it with her husband since 1990, said: “The burglary has changed my life forever.
“The sickening realisation that cats were missing and what had happened to them will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
Mr Herd, defending, said Lewis accepted responsibility for the burglary and the deaths of the cats.
He said: “Lewis concedes his dogs were trained to hunt and he knew full well about what the outcome would be.”
Mr Herd said Lewis, whose mother committed suicide five years ago, had been seen by child psychologists after decapitating a sheep, who concluded he showed “psychopathic traits” and signs of a personality disorder.
He pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage at Swansea Crown Court where he appeared for sentencing.
Judge Paul Hopkins told Lewis his acts added with his “extreme right-wing views on race and sexuality” meant he was “dangerous.”
Judge Hopkins said: “You tortured a sheep before beheading it, and then took a photo such was your satisfaction at what had been done.
“You then broke into a cat sanctuary and stole 10 cats. You used them as bait for your dogs. They are acts of great cruelty amounting to sadism.”
Sentence: Lewis was given 30 months in a young offenders institute. nHis 15-year-old accomplice, who was found not to have taken part in the killing of the cats, was given a nine month curfew order.
#TheList Robert Lyn Jenkins, born 1984, of Maes-y-Bryn, Llandysilio, Clunderwen SA66 7SX – neglected Basset Hounds Donut and Fudge and let them become emaciated
Jenkins pleaded guilty to the Animal Welfare Act offences at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on 16 January 2017. This is an absolute ban, as it cannot be appealed for a five-year period.
An RSPCA inspector said the Hounds had been through a “very tough time”, and both were subject to “serious … neglect”.
In October 2016, RSPCA Cymru found the dogs at the Clunderwen property in an heavily emaciated state. This followed reports to the charity that both dogs – named Donut and Fudge – had been left outside the property overnight without adequate shelter.
Keith Hogben, RSPCA inspector, said: “These poor Bassett Hounds were very emaciated – and went through a very tough time, with veterinary opinion confirming that they had both suffered unnecessarily.
“Both dogs put on a lot of weight in a short space of time, solely through the provision of good care and food – which shows the serious nature of neglect involved in this case.
“Donut and Fudge were subject to unnecessary weight loss and poor body condition, and the diet they were provided with was simply not appropriate to their needs.
“This case is another reminder as to the important legal responsibilities people have towards their pets, and the consequences if these are not adhered to. RSPCA Cymru will continue to protect dogs like Donut and Fudge from this sort of neglect.”
Sentencing: Total of £631 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for five years (expires January 2022).
#TheList Donna Prince, born c. 1997, and then partner Kelvin ‘Kenzie; Andrews, born 1994, of Warburton Rd, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 – left their dog suffering with a skin condition which saw him lose most of his hair and become covered in scabs.
Prince and Andrews pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering, between June 13 and June 15, 2016.
The court heard the pair failed to get Tyson the necessary veterinary care for a skin disease which left him itching so badly he scratched off most his hair.
RSPCA Inspector Tina Ward said: “We first became involved in January 2016 and gave advice to seek vet treatment for his skin condition. They did initially but didn’t continue it.
“Pet owners need to realise that they have a responsibility to care for their animals. That includes ensuring any health issues are dealt with promptly to avoid distress to animals in their care.”
Sentence: £50 in court costs plus £30 victim surcharge; deprivation order for dog Tyson; No ban.