Gnosall, Stafford: Peter David James Waters

#TheList Peter David James Waters, born 16/11/1975, previously of 101 Monks Walk, Gnosall, Stafford ST20, and more recently (2018)  Hunters Road, Birmingham B19  – stabbed Staffy ‘Kyzer’ multiple times and dumped his body in a bin.

Peter Waters from Stafford stabbed Staffy Kyzer to death then dumped the body in a  bin
Peter Waters from Stafford stabbed Staffy Kyzer to death then dumped the body in a bin

Waters pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Kyzer, whom he had only had for four months.

The court heard how Waters plunged a kitchen knife into Kyzer with such force two of the dog’s ribs were broken and his lungs collapsed. The knife had snapped.

Kyzer had two stab wounds to the chest and suffered extensive bleeding. A vet said he would have experienced severe pain, a feeling of suffocation, panic, fear and distress, indicating an act of cruelty and suffering.

The RSPCA, which brought the prosecution, discovered dried blood around the flat.

The court heard Waters claimed he had taken Kyzer on from a previous owner, who had abused him. He told police Kyzer was “a brilliant dog”.

Peter Waters from Stafford stabbed Staffy Kyzer to death then dumped the body in a  bin

The morning of the attack, a neighbour said Waters banged on his door, shouting. He appeared unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He said he heard Waters return to his flat and begin shouting at his dog, yelling: “Where’s your fucking lead?”

Waters banged on the neighbour’s door again several times until he answered at around 4pm. He said Waters told him: “I’ve killed my dog. I’ve stabbed him twice in the heart and cut his throat.”

When police were called, they said Waters appeared to be drunk. Officers said he was abusive and believed he presented a threat. After a struggle, in which Waters tried to kick and bite an officer, they overpowered him and he was arrested.

The dog was discovered wrapped in blood stained bedding inside a bin in Greenside, Yarnfield near Eccleshall. The broken knife was protruding from his body.

The court heard when Waters arrived at the police station he remained aggressive and restraints and a spit hood were used.

The RSPCA described Waters’ cruelty towards Kyzer as ‘stomach-churning’, saying the dog would have been ‘terrified’.

Sentencing:
Waters was jailed for 23 weeks and disqualified from keeping animals for 20 years (expires February 2037).

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Llandudno: Richard Thomas Davies

#TheList Richard Thomas Davies, born 15/12/1983, of 62 Cae Mawr, Llandudno LL30 2EW – flung a kitten around by her tail before hurling her into a pond and letting her drown

Loser and cruel bastard Richard Thomas Davies who drowned a helpless kitten to punish his child
Alcoholic loser and cruel bastard Richard Thomas Davies who drowned a helpless kitten to punish his child

Thomas admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at a pond near an adventure playground in Rhyl.

Prosecutor James Neary told the court that a young girl saw the kitten in the water.

“She immediately took off her coat and went in the pond to save the kitten’s life,” he said.

“The defendant grabbed her by both arms and he was laughing and said ‘you will not have a kitten ever again’.”

Children pulled the kitten from the water and tried in vain to save it.

“The defendant seemed to find the whole situation amusing. He had a smug look on his face,” Mr Neary said.

The kitten had been promised to a girl who had already chosen a name for the pet and when seen by the police she was very upset, the prosecutor added.

Court chairman Brian Cossey told Davies: ”This was very horrific and callous. We are appalled by what we have heard. You probably traumatised a very young vulnerable person.

“We have considered an immediate prison sentence but we have stepped back.”

A probation officer said Davies felt “sick” about his behaviour, having made no attempt to save the kitten. He was on state benefit.

Defence solicitor Dafydd Roberts said: ”This was a particularly mean offence. He’s gutted about what happened that day. It was in drink. The defendant has been blighted by alcoholism.”

However, he was now “very different” from the man who committed the unpleasant offence in August , the lawyer added.

Sentence: 12-week suspended jail term; alcohol treatment and rehabilitation; £50 compensation and £735 costs;  banned from keeping an animal for five years (expires February 2022).

Daily Post

Barlby, North Yorkshire: Keith Lewis

#TheList Keith Lewis, born c. 1948, of Barlby, North Yorkshire – admitted neglect offences in relation to 30 of the 60 animals he kept in filthy conditions

The RSPCA first prosecuted Keith Lewis when they found 60 animals living in “filthy, squalid and cramped conditions” at his home in former agricultural buildings in the North Yorkshire village of Barlby, near Selby.

After Lewis admitted neglect offences in relation to about 30 of the animals, mostly poultry and rabbits, one bench of magistrates banned him on May 2016 from keeping caged and other animals for ten years and ordered him to do a 12-week curfew.

Three months later on August 25, 2016, police and an RSPCA inspector found two ferrets at Lewis’ house in appalling conditions with no water, piles of faeces and dirty bedding and three rotting rabbit carcasses.

Lewis pleaded guilty to breaching an animal ban and failure to care for animals.

A different bench of magistrates ordered him to do a community order with two days’ rehabilitative activities.

They heard he is currently doing a different community order.

For Lewis, Steve Munro said: “This was not a deliberate attempt to avoid the order at all.”

The ferrets were the last of about eight that Lewis’ young son had found in a tree.

Lewis had initially refused to let him keep them but had then given in and allowed them onto the premises.

“He thinks the world of his son. His son is his life,” said the solicitor.

The ferrets were only being kept until they could be sold.

Mr Brown told magistrates Lewis had used a similar mitigation in his earlier case.

Sentencing:
Costs. Rehabilitation activity. Second ten-year animal ban (total 20 years). 

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Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire: Ilisha Horner

#TheList Ilisha Horner, born c. 1989, of 9 Kinross Avenue, Middlesbrough TS3 0DL – left two shih-tzu dogs on the brink of starvation

Dog abuser Ilisha Horner from Middlesbrough neglected shih-tzus Missy and Tilly
Dog abuser Ilisha Horner from Middlesbrough neglected and starved shih-tzus Missy and Tilly

Mother-of-four Horner was prosecuted by the RSPCA after her pets were found starved and soaked in urine.

The skeletal dogs – who had badly infected claws – were rescued by the RSPCA after they were found in their owner’s filthy home without food or water.

Horner locked the dogs, named Tilly and Missy, in the kitchen where they were forced to live in their own urine and faeces while she went out for hours.

She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs between August and September 2016.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how an animal welfare officer went to the Park End home and found Tilly and Missy “extremely underweight”.

They also had matted coats and smelt of urine despite Horner telling the inspector there was “nothing wrong” with her pets.

The skeletal dogs - which had badly infected claws

John Ellwood, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “Both dogs were found to have prominent bones and matted coats covered in sticky material.

“Their coats were also matted with urine and faeces.”

Tilly was emaciated and had an infected right hind claw, caused by the claw becoming embedded into her pad.

Mr Ellwood added: “Missy also had a heavily matted, urine stained coat and she smelt offensively.

“Her claws were also overgrown and were in danger of embedding.”

“Both were emaciated due to the lack of food and the condition of the dogs was a result of the lack of care from their owner. They had clearly been neglected for a prolonged period.”

Mr Ellwood added that both dogs have since been nursed back to full health and are currently being fostered.

Horner admitted she was struggling to care for the dogs, which she had bought around two years earlier.

A probation report stated read to the court stated: “The defendant says things had become difficult. She was pregnant and suffering with morning sickness.

“Her partner then left for a short period and she was therefore on her own with three children, pregnant and struggling.

“She knows it wasn’t right to keep them in the kitchen but she could not face going back and dealing with the situation.”

“She is aware she should have asked for help.”

Sentencing: three-year conditional discharge. £300 costs. Banned from keeping animals for just three years (expires February 2020). 

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Portland, Dorset: Emma Comben and Martyn Buckle

#TheList Emma Comben  and partner Martyn Buckle both of 43 Tillycombe Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LF – locked Staffy Tia in a cage and left her to starve

Neglectful chavs Emma Comben and Martyn Buckle, and beautiful Tia, who was rescued from a slow death by starvation
Feckless Emma Comben and Martyn Buckle, and beautiful Tia, who was rescued from a slow death by starvation

The pair admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier known as Tia.

The offence took place between August 3 and October 28, 2016.

After reports from a member of the public, the RSPCA discovered Tia at the property in an emaciated state locked in a dog crate. She was so thin her bones were showing through her skin.

The court heard how the pair claimed they struggled to manage with the dog after having a family and said that after being left in the cage Tia refused to eat. They did not, however, seek professional help from a vet or an animal welfare organisation for her weight loss.

Inspector Ken Snook said: “The neglect suffered by Tia could have been easily avoided. Sadly she was cruelly left to suffer in a faeces encrusted crate without the care she needed and deserved.

“When we found her she weighed just 10 kilos and was so underweight all her bones were showing.  Thankfully she has been successfully rehabilitated by the RSPCA and now weighs 16 kilos and was found a new loving home earlier this month”.

Buckle and Comben also admitted failing to meet Tia needs by not providing a suitable environment for her, contrary to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, following the investigation by the animal welfare charity.

Sentence: 120 hours of unpaid work within 12 months; £150 costs each; banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires February 2027).

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Tulse Hill, London SW2: Sydney Fraser

#TheList Sydney Fraser, born c. 1962, of 19 Ouseley House, 66 Christchurch Road, Tulse Hill, London SW2 3EY – flushed ex-partner’s hamster down the toilet in revenge for her leaving him

Sydney Fraser from Tulse Hill, London, flushed his ex girlfriend's partner down the toilet

Fraser drowned the helpless rodent after a series of bitter arguments with his girlfriend Maria Jefferson.

He forced her to drink and kept her in a darkened room before the final outrage with her beloved pet, Camberwell Magistrates’ Court heard.

Fraser is believed to have pulled the flush several times before the animal was sent to its watery grave in the sewers.

Ms Jefferson had complained to friends that Fraser was abusive to her and the police had been informed.

Fraser plied her with drink so she would do his bidding.

Terry Curtis, prosecuting, said: ‘Fraser wanted her to drink to control her. He encouraged her to drink.

‘In one argument he pushed her in the chest and she fell backwards.

‘He unplugged the TV and took out the lights because he knew she was afraid of the dark.’

When Ms Jefferson finally left him on December 5 2016 he bombarded her with text messages and phone calls begging her to come back.

Unfortunately, Ms Jefferson had left her pet with Fraser.

‘Some time before Christmas she went to the flat,’ Mr Curtis said.

‘She asked where the pet hamster was.

‘He said that he had flushed it down the toilet.’

Ms Jefferson was devastated because she had loved taking responsibly for cleaning and feeding the animal.

‘The hamster was a symbol for showing her that she could be responsible for someone other than herself,’ Mr Curtis explained.

Defending himself, Fraser was unrepentant.

Addressing the court from the dock he said: ‘I have nothing to say.

‘I just want to get on with my life without her hanging around me.’

Magistrate Lillian Heyworth-Dunne said: ‘We are going to take the exceptional of trying this with a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months.

‘If you stay out of trouble and your not charged with any offence it will go away.’

Fraser admitted criminal damage and he was given a 12 month conditional discharge.

Sentencing:
12-month conditional discharge

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Westgate, County Durham: Lee Andrew Johnson

#TheList Lee Andrew Johnson, born c. 1978, of Weeds, Westgate, near Stanhope, Weardale DL13 1JZ – fractured a pet dog’s skull in a hammer attack.

Lee Andrew Johnson from Stanhope, County Durham, fractured Staffy Alfie's head with a hammer
Lee Andrew Johnson from Stanhope, County Durham, fractured Staffy Alfie’s head with a hammer

Johnson was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal following a trial.

Kevin Campbell, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the defendant and his partner were at her address in Tow Law on January 30, 2016.

In evidence accepted at the earlier trial, the court heard coffee was spilt and the defendant “went into a mood”.

The court heard he shouted at the animals then picked up a hammer from a tool box and “struck” the dog known as Alfie. Mr Campbell said it was the prosecution’s case that the Staffordshire bull terrier type dog was hit on several occasions.

“He had thrown the hammer at the dog and hit the dog’s foot,” he added. “As it was going out he kicked the dog.”

A vet’s report confirmed Alfie had bruising to his body and a number of injuries that could be “clearly seen” including marks on his head and skull fracture.

Magistrates heard the defendant’s case in the trial was that he used the hammer in an act of self defence.

Johnson claimed Alfie had bitten him, and had injuries akin to a dog bite on his hand. He  claimed he reached for the hammer to release the dog’s grip.

Sentencing:
18-month community order with 30 rehabilitation days. Ordered to pay £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping dogs for just five years (expires February 2022).
 

Southport, Merseyside: Anna Balintova and Ladislav Balint

#TheList Anna Balintova, born c. 1958, and husband Ladislav Balint, born 11/02/1958 of 54 Skipton Avenue, Southport PR9 8JP – illegally imported dogs into the UK from their native Hungary

Illegal puppy importers Anna Balintova, and Ladislav Balint from Hungary risked bringing rabies into Britain
Illegal puppy importers Anna Balintova, and Ladislav Balint risked bringing rabies into Britain

The pair pleaded guilty to bringing potentially rabid puppies into the UK to sell on Gumtree and Preloved websites.

Prosecutor Fiona Townsend told of how trading standards got involved after being contacted by a concerned member of the public.

There are strict regulations on bringing pets into the UK for commercial purposes but Mrs Townsend explained to the court that provision is made for European citizens to carry up to five of their own pets provided they are issued with a Pet Passport which confirms the ownership and identity of a pet and whether it has been inoculated against rabies.

She said that Balint and his wife had returned to Hungary where one Chihuahua and four pug puppies were given passports on March 18, 2016. The couple then made the crossing with the puppies to Kent four days later.

“Advertisements in relation to the puppies imported by the defendants were placed on the local Gumtree and Preloved websites on March 21,” she said.

“A warrant was executed and the puppies were seized at the defendants’ address.”

The puppies are understood to have cost £400 each and were advertised for £880 each in the UK. They did not go to quarantine and went straight to the Skipton Avenue address, the court heard.

The puppies were 10-12 weeks old when they were seized meaning that they were approximately 7-9 weeks old when they were registered and too young for a rabies vaccine to be effective. None of the puppies had rabies.

Sentencing:
Three year conditional discharge; council costs of £1,126.26 plus victim surcharge.

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Sevenoaks: Harry Dunn, Tommy Dunn, Matthew Dunn and Christine Chambers

#TheList gypsy travellers Harry Dunn, Tommy Dunn, Matthew Dunn and Christine Chambers – banned from keeping horses after animals discovered living amongst carcasses

The notorious  Dunn family from Sevenoaks were banned from keeping horses after they left sick animals in the same field as a rotting carcass and poisonous ragwort.

Harry Dunn, Tommy Tucker Dunn, Matthew Dunn and family friend Christine Chambers were found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act, following a two-day trial.

The travellers neglected seven horses, including three foals kept at a field near the family home.

Gypsy travellers and horse abusers Matthew Dunn and cousin Tommy Tucker Dunn plus family friend Christine Chambers

Inspectors found a Shetland pony and her foal who were very thin and riddled with worms, a thin skewbald pony who was also suffering from a worm burden, two foals who were suffering from an untreated respiratory condition, a very thin mare and a colt who had very poor hooves.

All of the horses were kept in a field that had a high amount of a poisonous plant known as ragwort.

The horses were taken by police in February 2016, following several months of work from the RSPCA, British Horse Society (BHS), Redwings Horse Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare.

Teams from Kent County Council and Kent Police were also on hand to investigate the welfare of the horses in the area, and a further 29 horses were removed as no owners claimed them and there were serious welfare concerns for them. These horses were taken in by the RSPCA, with four transferred to World Horse Welfare for care.

Harry Dunn of Barnfield Park Caravan Site, Ash, Sevenoaks TN15, was found guilty of two offences of causing unnecessary suffering and one offence of keeping animals in an unsuitable environment. He was banned from keeping horses for one year and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge, £400 costs and £550 fine.

His son Matthew Dunn, DoB 05/08/1989, of the same address, was also found guilty of two offences of causing unnecessary suffering and two section 9 offences relating to the unsuitable environment the horses were kept in. He was banned from keeping horses for two years and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge, £400 costs and £400 fine.

Harry Dunn’s nephew, Tommy Tucker Dunn, DoB 10/06/1986, was found guilty of one offence of causing unnecessary suffering and one sections 9 offence. He was banned from keeping horses for two years and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge, £400 costs and £400 fine. The career criminal, who has racked up convictions for theft and fraud, was also previously convicted of horse cruelty in August 2012 alongside his parents Tommy Dunn Senior and Shirley Dunn.

Family friend Christine Chambers of Porchester Close, Longfield, Dartford, was found guilty of one offence of causing unnecessary suffering and two welfare offences related to the conditions the horses were kept in. She was banned from keeping horses for two years and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge, £400 costs and £400 fine.

You can watch footage of the rescue here.

Kent Online