#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 329A 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 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 Amy Denby, born 11/11/1993, of 16 Cherry Drive, Eglinton, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT47 3US – left her pet husky starve to death and allowed another to become severely underweight
Denby pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to two huskies – one a 10-month-old bitch named Cooper that was found dead at Denby’s home, and the other, named Jasper, who has since made a full recovery and been re-homed.
During October 2014, police attended Denby’s then home in Grafton Street, Rosemount, where they found Cooper dead and Jasper severely underweight. Jasper was taken to a local veterinary clinic, where he was treated for malnutrition before being handed over to the local council.
Denby’s defence solicitor told the court that his client “simply was not able to cope with, and to afford to have the dogs but rather than calling for help she internalised the whole thing.”
He said that Denby had now “moved on with her life and shared her present home with her partner, their one-year-old daughter and a dog which is registered in her partner’s name”.
Summing up, the district judge said that Denby “could have gone to an animal rescue centre, contacted the city council or asked for help from animal welfare charities”, adding. “Too many people choose to have dogs in circumstances which are completely unsuitable for them and for the dogs.
He continued: “Huskies are big dogs and they need regular exercise and room in which to run around. Just one husky was the wrong type of dog for this person. Dog owners must realise they have responsibilities towards their pets.”
Sentence: three months in jail, suspended for two years; costs of £2,762; banned for life from keeping animals.
#TheList Georgina ‘Gina’ Inglis (DoB 18/11/1975) of 2 Thurcroft Close, Glen Parva, Leicester LE2 9NE – allowed German Shepherd cross Chase to become severely emaciated
Helpless pooch Chase was rescued from filthy conditions by the RSPCA on 16 September 2016.
On Wednesday 4 January 2017, his former owner Georgina Inglis pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Chase by failing to investigate and address his poor bodily condition, and for failing to ensure his needs were met by failing to provide him with a suitable environment.
The court heard that Chase was being neglected by not being fed regularly and by not living in a clean environment.
The RSPCA’s Chief Inspector for Leicestershire, Jim Lucas, said: “The room of the house where Chase was living was very unpleasant – there was faeces and urine all over the floor and it had an extremely strong smell, as did Chase
“As a result of his neglect, Chase was severely emaciated. It was clear that he was not been cared for, and a lack of exercise meant that his claws had become very long. Unnecessary suffering had been caused for at least four weeks and his neglect would have been much longer.
“The RSPCA believes it is very important that people think carefully and do their research before taking on a pet, as what happened to Chase is an example of what happens when an animal doesn’t get the care they require.
“Thankfully, Chase is now thriving in our care. He is still recovering and is not currently available for rehoming, although we hope that it won’t be long until he can be available for adoption.”
Sentence: total fine and costs of £302; pathetic one-year disqualification order (expires January 2018).
#TheList Andrea Davies (DoB 05/04/1993) of 70 Cherry Lane, Liverpool L4 – left labradoodles Koda and Hachi to starve to death in an abandoned house
Davies locked brothers Koda and Hachi in the property at 1 Stepney Grove, Liverpool, and never returned – condemning them to an agonising death.
Davies failed to tell anyone that the dogs were in the property, after she moved in with her mum and sister.
But her then landlord later called the RSPCA after entering the property on August 9, 2016, around two months after Davies abandoned the house in a filthy state.
RSPCA Inspector Helen Smith found the bodies of the two-year-old dogs decomposing in the kitchen of the property – next to an empty water bowl.
Inspector Smith said the smell of the rotting corpses forced one police officer who attended the scene to leave the house.
Davies pleaded guilty to two charges of animal neglect.
Peter Mitchell, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court Inspector Smith was pointed in the direction of the kitchen by the landlord.
He said: “The door had been closed and when she entered she estimated the floor was 90% covered in dog faeces, some of which had gone mouldy. She saw the two dogs which were clearly dead, and in a bad state of decomposition.
“She could see they were badly malnourished and they were riddled with maggots.”
Mr Mitchell said a post-mortem found the cause of death was likely to be dehydration, which would have taken around four days.
The court heard Davies admitted she had left the house, leaving a bowl of food and water, but then never went back.
James Hatton, defending, said his client had sunk into depression and had “buried her head in the sand.”
Speaking after the case, Inspector Smith told the Echo: “The vet told me the animals would have experienced dehydration very much like us, they would start to panic and pace up and down, then the headaches would start and then the nausea, and eventually they would lose consciousness.
“As far as I’m concerned she did this on purpose, she knew living things were in that house and she knew they would be dead. She could have asked her family for help, she could have asked her partner, she could have picked up the phone to us. The sentence shows we take this very seriously.”
“If she had asked for help she would not have been in court today and those dogs would be in new homes.”
Sentence: 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months; 16-week curfew, monitored by an ankle tag; total of £615 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Stephen Welch, born 11/01/1958, of 5 Wimpole House, Snowshill Close, Daventry NN11 – killed neighbour’s pet cat Charlie after leaving cat food laced with antifreeze in his front garden
Welch pleaded guilty to leaving out the antifreeze, under section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act, in a case brought by the RSPCA.
The court heard that he put a bowl of cat food diluted with antifreeze beneath his car on 27 September 2016, after a neighbour’s cat injured a bird in his front garden
Four-year-old Charlie ate the food and became ill. He was put to sleep the following day to end his suffering.
RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood said: “Welch admitted to putting the antifreeze down as he wanted to scare the cat away from his front garden, where he regularly fed wild birds. He said that he didn’t intend for Charlie to die, however very sadly antifreeze is extremely toxic and can cause kidney failure and death.
“When Charlie returned home he was struggling to walk and was crying. His owners took him to a vets, where sadly he deteriorated and was put to sleep later that day. Tests confirmed that he had ingested antifreeze.
“Charlie would have been in considerable pain in his last few hours as a result of this. It is extremely important for us to get the message out there that antifreeze is a very toxic substance which can cause unnecessary suffering to animals if it is ingested.”