Gloucester: Alice Mary Louise Jones

#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

Alice Jones and her pony, Blue. 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, Gloucestershire.
Alice Jones and her pony, Blue. 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, Gloucestershire.

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).

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Hamilton, South Lanarkshire: Brittany McCallum

#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

Irresponsible Brittany McCallum, originally from East Kilbride, and Buster the dog she neglected.
Irresponsible Brittany McCallum, originally from East Kilbride, and Buster the dog she neglected.

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).

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Wheatley Hill, Durham: John Bainbridge and Donna Kennedy

#TheList John Christopher Bainbridge, born 28/12/1982, and Donna Kennedy, born 09/01/1984, of Wheatley Hill, Durham – locked their dog in a dark, filthy shed to starve to death

Evil pair John Bainbridge and Donna Kennedy of Wheatley Hill, Durham, locked a dog in a filthy shed and left him there to starve to death

Bainbridge and Kennedy, who have four children between them, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a male lurcher by failing to provide him with an adequate supply of food and water resulting in his death and failing to seek veterinary care and attention for his pressure sores.

The dog’s emaciated body was found locked inside this garden shed. A concrete slab had been placed against the door to stop him escaping.

RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “RSPCA inspector Aislynn Balderstone found this poor dog, emaciated in a filthy garden shed with no food or water.

The saddest of sights: the starved dog was found dead inside the shed

“There was a concrete slab blocking the shed door preventing it from opening.

“Kennedy claimed not to have known the slab was there even though the front of the shed was only a few feet away from the kitchen window where she washed up daily.

A vet examined the dog who weighed just 12.1kg – his ideal weight would have been 18kg.

Chief inspector Gent said: “The physical and mental suffering this dog endured must have been enormous as he died alone in the dark.

“We hope by bringing this matter to court we have achieved some sort of justice for him.

Sentencing: 18 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years; 100 hours of unpaid work; six-month curfew order; £425 costs each. Lifetime ban on keeping all animals.

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Torquay, Devon: Hayley Perry

#TheList Hayley Perry, born 13/07/1966, of Teignmouth Road, Torquay TQ1 4RS – eight severely underweight dogs rescued from her two-bedroom flat

Convicted animal abuser Hayley Perry from Torquay Devon and two of the dogs rescued from her care

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.

Screenshot of former breeder Perry's Facebook business page
Screenshot of former breeder Perry’s Facebook business page
Convicted dog abuser Hayley Perry from Torquay

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.

Convicted dog abuser and former breeder Hayley Perry from Torquay
Hayley Perry changes her appearance frequently

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).

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Barton Stacey, Winchester: Jonathan Hurst

#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

'Horse Whisperer' Jonathan Hurst was convicted of cruelty to a pony

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.

'Horse Whisperer' Jonathan Hurst was convicted of cruelty to a pony
Tanzin: victim of so-called horse guru Jonathan Hurst of Barton Tracey

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.

'Horse Whisperer' Jonathan Hurst was convicted of cruelty to a pony

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.

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Birkenhead, Wirral: Graham John Williams and Violet Holmes

#TheList Graham John Williams, born 29/07/56, of Falcon Road, Birkenhead – gave gravely ill German Shepherd drugs and then beat her to death with shovel; his partner Violet Holmes failed to take any action to prevent the dog’s suffering

Graham Williams from Birkenhead beat German Shepherd Yarna to death to avoid paying vet bills while his partner Violet Holmes did nothing to prevent the dog from suffering
Graham Williams from Birkenhead beat German Shepherd Yarna to death to avoid paying vet bills while his partner Violet Holmes did nothing to prevent the dog from suffering

Williams fed 11-year-old German Shepherd Yarna (pictured) aspirin and paracetamol to try and kill her, before beating her over the head multiple times with a shovel. Her squeals of agony alerted neighbours who called the RSPCA.

Heartless dog killers Graham Williams and Violet Holmes from Birkenhead
Heartless dog killers Graham Williams and Violet Holmes from Birkenhead

In a separate hearing Williams’ partner Violet Holmes admitted knowing about the dog’s suffering but failing to take any action. Her lawyer said his client suffered from a range of mental health issues including depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

The lawyer described Williams as a “strong-willed man” who put his client in a difficult position because he wasn’t prepared to spend the money that would have alleviated Yarna’s suffering.

Williams bludgeoned GSD Yarna to death with a spade and buried her in a shallow grave in the back garden.
Williams bludgeoned the dog to death with a spade and buried her in a shallow grave in the back garden.

Career criminal Williams, who has a string of previous convictions for offences including affray and burglary, was sentenced for two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to the German shepherd, by subjecting her to blunt force trauma and for failing to provide veterinary treatment for an infected mammary gland tumour.

The judge told the court that he would have imposed a longer sentence on Williams if the law allowed him to and he commended the RSPCA on its work to investigate such cases.

Investigating RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said that the beating came to light after a member of the public heard Williams beating the dog and the dog squealing.

He said: “They were so shocked that they dialed 999 immediately.

“The dog, an 11-year-old German shepherd named Yarna, had been suffering with a melon-sized tumour and Williams decided to end things for her.

“He fed her large amounts of aspirin and paracetamol and said this was an attempt to induce an overdose. Williams then took the dog outside and beat her multiple times over the head with a shovel, eventually leading to her death.

“It was a brutal and barbaric end to her life at the hands of her owner whose responsibility it was to look after her and protect her from harm.

“It is such a horrible way to die and I can’t even begin to imagine what Yarna’s last moments would have been like – the terror and pain she must have felt would have been unbearable.”

A post mortem revealed Yarna had suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries to the head.

Inspector Joynes added: “This was an incredibly distressing case to deal with but I’m pleased that Yarna’s suffering hasn’t gone unanswered.”

Sentencing:
Williams: four months in prison; disqualified from keeping all animals for life.
Holmes: four-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years; £500 in costs. Banned from keeping all animals for life.

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Bridlington, Yorkshire: Anne Smith and Benjamin Johnson

#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

Gypsy traveller  Benjamin Johnson from Bridlington and some of the horses he and Anne Smith allowed to run loose on a busy road.
Gypsy traveller Benjamin Johnson from Bridlington and some of the horses he and Anne Smith allowed to run loose on a busy road.

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.

Gypsy traveller  Benjamin Johnson from Bridlington and some of the horses he and Anne Smith allowed to run loose on a busy road.
Little Shetland Paddy was found entangled around a tree.

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.

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Redditch, Worcestershire: Anthony Poole

#TheList Anthony Roy Poole, born 8 September 1971, of Northleach Close, Redditch B98 8RB – for starving and neglecting two dogs found straying

Dog abuser Anthony Roy Poole from Redditch neglected and starved Rottweiler Zeena and Staffy Obi. Both dogs recovered and were rehomed by the RSPCA.
Dog abuser Anthony Roy Poole from Redditch neglected and starved Rottweiler Zeena and Staffy Obi. Both dogs recovered and were rehomed by the RSPCA.

Anthony Poole pleaded guilty to two contraventions of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

He first came to the attention of Worcestershire Regulatory Services’ dog wardens in November 2014 when a stray Rottweiler was found in the Redditch area.

The dog was underweight, in poor condition and had an eye infection.

When Poole reclaimed the dog he was given help and advice regarding canine care.

In April 2016 the team received a call regarding two stray dogs, a Rottweiler named Zeena and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Obi in the Redditch area.

The dogs were in a very poor condition and were taken to the vets for immediate assessment and treatment.

Clinical reports determined that both were in a poor condition and the vet confirmed that both dogs were suffering unnecessarily.

Obi had a skin infection and was underweight and Zeena had eye problems, significant hair loss and she had a problem with her right leg.

Poole was again identified as the owner of the dogs.

In court, Poole accepted that he should have taken the dogs to the vet and provided better care for them.

He said being on benefits he could not afford the vet’s bills and the PDSA would only take one dog at a time.

Speaking after the case Worcestershire Regulatory Services’ dog warden Pip Singleton said: “The dogs have since been rehomed and are happy and healthy.

“Cruelty of any kind towards defenceless animals should not be tolerated and we have run campaigns to highlight the plights of animals across the county.

“I believe the more people are exposed to what humans are capable of against animals, the more they will be on the look out for cases of cruelty so we can step in and end this unnecessary suffering.”

Sentencing: 12 month community order with a 15-week curfew; costs of £1,400 and a victim surcharge of £85. Banned from owning dogs for 10 years (expires February 2027).

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Cymmer, Port Talbot: Frank Lewis

#TheList Frank Lyn Lewis, born 16/07/1998, 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.

Frank Lewis , who was described in court as "pure evil and a being without a soul", stole cats from an animal sanctuary to use as "live bait" for his dogs.
Frank Lewis , who was described in court as “pure evil and a being without a soul”, stole cats from an animal sanctuary to use as live bait for his dogs.

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 found mauled 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.

Twisted cat killer Frank Lewis pictured outside court
Frank Lewis pictured outside court

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.

Animal abusing teen Thomas Edwards/Jenkins
Thomas Edwards/Jenkins pictured in 2019

But he then went on to strike at the Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary just days later with a then 15-year-old accomplice, Thomas Edwards (aka Thomas Jenkins), born 02/02/2001 of 28 Heol Treharne, Blaengwynfi, Port Talbot.

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.”

Frank Lewis , who was described in court as "pure evil and a being without a soul", stole cats from an animal sanctuary to use as "live bait" for his dogs.

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.

2019 image of psychopathic serial animal abuser Lewis posing, worryingly, with a young German Shepherd
2019 image of psychopathic serial animal abuser Lewis posing, worryingly, with a young German Shepherd

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. Jenkins was given a nine month curfew order.

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Banned FB post on Frank Lewis and accomplices

The sick activities of serial animal abuser Frank Lewis of Cymmer near Port Talbot in Wales will be well known to many of you. If not, be warned that the details are gruesome.

Psychopaths: serial animal abusers Frank Lewis, Thomas Jenkins and Zac Thomas

In 2016 Lewis broke into an animal sanctuary, stole a cage containing 10 cats who had been nursed back to health by sanctuary workers, and used them as live bait for his dogs. He cut the ligaments of at least one of the cats to slow her down. Only 4 cats were ever returned to the sanctuary. The mutilated bodies of some of the cats were discovered while others were never found and are presumed dead.

During Lewis’s court appearance his own lawyer said his client showed “psychopathic traits” and signs of a personality disorder.

Twisted Lewis didn’t act alone that night. He was accompanied by a younger boy Thomas Jenkins (aka Thomas Edwards), now 18 years old and like Lewis a persistent animal torturer. Here’s what one local told me about Jenkins (treat as allegations for now).

“Jenkins has a long history of hurting and abusing animals. Former neighbours have told me of incidents over the years such as breaking the jaw of his ferret because it bit him. He also spray painted the eyes of sheep and boasted of hurting animals to children he bullied at school. He hunts and goes lamping. He is a danger to animals.”

In 2017 Jenkins allegedly went on the rampage at the local pub. Armed with knives and an axe he then broke into the house of a local woman but was brought down by her husband and son. He had to be tasered several times. He spent a few months in a young offenders institution but is now back in Blaengwynfi where he lives with his paternal grandparents and a Patterdale terrier dog.

Two weeks before Frank Lewis broke into the animal sanctuary he was convicted of cruelty to a sheep he suspended from a tree before chopping into her neck with a machete. All of this was captured on film as these sickos like to do. With Lewis as he tortured the helpless sheep to death was Zac Thomas. We don’t know a great deal about Thomas but if YOU do, we are all ears.

Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear: Susan and James Ross

#TheList Susan Ross, born 1955, and son James F Ross, born c. 1989, both of Kingsley Avenue, Whitley Bay NE25 8RX – failed to seek medical care for their flea-ridden cat and poorly cockatiel

Animal abusers Susan Ross and son James Ross, both of Whitley Bay, and their neglected pets, cockatiel Eddie and cat Roxy
Susan Ross and son James Ross, both of Whitley Bay, and their neglected pets, cockatiel Eddie and cat Roxy

The RSPCA prosecuted mother and son Susan and James Ross after their cockatiel, Eddie, and tabby cat Roxy were found to be in dire need of vet treatment

Roxy, who was around six years old, was covered in fleas and had developed a skin condition which caused clumps of her fur to fall out.

Eddie was discovered lying at the bottom of his cage covered in his own faeces.

Denise Jackman, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court that the cat was found to have an infestation of large adult fleas which had led to an irritating skin disease and fur loss.

James Ross had bought flea spray but neither defendant had taken the tabby to the vet when her condition did not improve.

Grey and yellow cockatiel Eddie had been struggling to perch on the bars of his cage and was left to lie at the bottom.

Unable to reach his food and water, the poorly bird had been struggling to breathe and was losing feathers.

Although the bird’s cage was kept in a reasonably clean condition, his feathers and feet were encrusted with his droppings as he was left stuck on the floor.

Both animals were taken to a vet by the RSPCA and Eddie was put down the same day, as it was considered to be in the bird’s best interests, the court heard.

Roxy was given medication to treat the fleas but struggled to put on weight. She was diagnosed with an unrelated tumour and sadly put to sleep in November 2016.

Despite being entitled to use vet charity PDSA, the court heard unemployed Susan Ross had not taken her pets for treatment because she had been busy helping her daughter with her young child.

She also claimed that the cockatiel had been under the care of her late husband and she was not aware that the bird, whose age was unknown, had been ill.

Mother and son both pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary care for the cat and bird and were banned from owning pets for a decade.

Speaking outside the court, RSPCA inspector Helen Bestwick said: “It should have been obvious to the owners to get treatment for their pets and consider costs before they have a pet.”

Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £330 in costs and fines each. Banned from owning animals for 10 years (expires January 2027).

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