Dunfermline, Fife: Gordon Davey

#TheList Gordon Davey, born c. 1987, of Sherbrooke Road, Rosyth, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 – failed to seek treatment for his elderly pet dog who was suffering from skin infections, ear infections and overgrown claws

Dog abuser Gordon Davy from Rosyth, Dunfermline left 13yo Ozzy to suffer with a variety of painful conditions
Gordon Davy from Rosyth, Dunfermline left 13yo Ozzy to suffer with a variety of painful conditions

Davey admitted that between June 1 and August 31 2016 at his then home in Islay Road, Dunfermline, being a person responsible for a dog, he caused it unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate care and attention for the animal.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said: “The dog involved is called Ozzy. It’s a 13-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier type dog.”

She said animal welfare officers attended the accused’s address regarding reports of dog neglect. Ozzy was found to have scabs and his underside was bald due to a skin condition.

He was reluctant to stand up even with the encouragement of treats because of the condition of his paws.

Ozzy was taken to a vet where he was examined and it was felt the suffering had been unnecessary. However, the prognosis for recovery was good, the depute added.

When questioned, Davey said he tried using baby oil on  Ozzy’s skin condition.

Solicitor James Moncrieff said at the time of the incident Davey had been living with his partner and their seven children.

“He was unable to work after injuring his hand and was not earning money,” he said.

“He had no funds to take it to the vet. He had the dog since it was a pup and is very remorseful for how far things got. He took his eye off the ball.”

Scottish SPCA Inspector Nicola Liddell said: “Upon entering the property, it was immediately apparent that Ozzy – a black and white Staffordshire bull terrier – was in a very poor neglected state.

“He was suffering from a chronic skin condition affecting his body, limbs, and face.

“His coat and skin was covered in scabs resulting in hair loss to his paws and underside, with weeping pustules and scabs on the exposed skin.

“Both ears had internal scabs and thick discharge around his ear canals.

“Ozzy’s claws were grossly overgrown, curving round towards his pads and he was very reluctant to stand even with encouragement and treats.

“Further veterinary examination confirmed that Ozzy had been suffering for a considerable length of time, with it estimated that the claw growth would have taken at least nine months.”

Sentencing:
180 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping any animal for five years (expires April 2022).

The Courier

Wirral, Merseyside: Jamie Lee Weir and Lisa Hurst

#TheList Jamie Lee Weir (DoB 26/9/1995) most recently of Home Farm Road, Birkenhead – tortured a dog by hanging him by his collar, stabbing him and burning him alive

Composite shows from L-R dog-killer Jamie Lee Weir, Weir and girlfriend Laura Hurst, Hurst's mother Lisa Hurst - all of Wirral, Merseyside
Composite shows from L-R dog-killer Jamie Lee Weir, Weir and girlfriend Laura Hurst, Hurst’s mother Lisa Hurst – all of Wirral, Merseyside

Weir pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Staffy cross Jack, resulting in the dog’s death. In an interview Weir admitted he had carried out the horrific attack, which included Jack being hung from his collar on a coat hook, as “he had never liked the dog.”

The court heard that the RSPCA received a report of a half-buried dog in a garden in Corbyn Street, Wallasey, on November 18, 2015, which led to Inspector Anthony Joynes going round to the property to investigate.

Inspector Joynes said: “The dog, who belonged to Jamie’s then-girlfriend’s mum [Lisa Hurst, who was convicted separately of failing to prevent her dog from being tortured and killed]  went for a post-mortem examination and it showed that there were horrific injuries to his body indicating he had been subject to sustained attacks and torture.

“Weir admitted to beating him with a stick and hanging him from his collar on a coat hook on the wall, where he was then stabbed numerous times.

“It is likely that the dog was dying, but was still alive.

“He was then taken out into the garden and set on fire before being hastily buried.”

Jack’s blood was found on walls in the house, on a radiator and by a door.

Inspector Joynes said: “It is sickening to think what Jack went through – it is completely stomach-churning.

“He was tormented and tortured to death in the worst imaginable way.

“There was no way Jack could have escaped from this horrific act of cruelty – he stood no chance. Jack would have been terrified and in so much pain.

“It is absolutely horrific what he went through and it still sickens me today.”

Sentence: 24-week prison sentence to run consecutively to a four-year prison sentence he is currently serving; £536 costs and victim surcharge of £115; disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Liverpool Echo 21/04/2017

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Lisa Hurst (DoB 26/8/1969), most recently of 292 Laird Street, Birkenhead  CH41 8EW admitted in court that she failed to prevent her dog, Jack, from being tortured and killed.

Hurst accepted that she was responsible for the dog at the time of his death, and admitted she had “failed to take steps as were reasonable in the circumstances to prevent any harm or suffering”.

The court was told she had lived in “absolutely appalling conditions” and had previously looked after the dog “quite well”.

Sentence: four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, 12-month probation order; £300 in costs; banned from keeping all animals for life.

Liverpool Echo 20/04/2017

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Lisa Hurst’s daughter Laura Hurst faced similar charges to her partner Jamie Weir and appeared in court alongside her mother Lisa Hurst in November 2016 , but we can’t find any evidence that she was ever convicted/sentenced.

Liverpool Echo 09/11/2016

Slough, Berkshire: Mohammed Razwan Fida

#TheList Mohamed Razwan Fida (born April 1985) of 2 Colonial Road, Slough SL1 1RU – severely neglected  his American bulldog

silhouette of man - abuser wanted

Former company director Fida pleased guilty to neglecting the dog named Bruiser.

Bruiser, who was constantly kept outside, was found by council officers covered in sores due to lying on hard flooring and surrounded by his excrement.

He paid no attention to officers and could barely get to his feet.

Bruiser has been re-homed and renamed Dougie.

Sentence: six-month community order with a three-month curfew, ordered to pay £2,085 costs; banned from keeping animals for just three years (expires April 2020).

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Slough, Berkshire: Emma Ditch

#TheList Emma Ditch, of 56 Aylesbury Crescent, Slough SL1 3ES – neglected a dog, degus and a snake

silhouette of a woman - abuser photo wanted

Ditch was found guilty of not meeting the needs of and not keeping safe from injury a German Shepherd named Champ, two degus and a snake.

Following a complaint about incessant barking, council officers rescued the animals, which were all at risk of injury.

All of the animals were re-homed.ba

Sentence: £525 in costs. Banned from keeping rodents and reptiles for just two years (expires April 2019).

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Faringdon, Oxfordshire: Hywel Clay

#TheList Hywel “Howie” Clay, born 14/11/1969, of 1 Radnor Court, Faringdon SN7 7TB – dangled 3yo dog Roxy by her lead and kicked her, prompting a passing couple to rescue the animal.

Roxie was subjected to a violent attack by her violent owner, Hywel Clay.
Roxy was subjected to a violent attack by her drunken owner, Hywel Clay.

Clay had denied causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but was found guilty in his absence.

Prosecutor Pauline Lambert said a couple passed Clay outside Tesco in Ocotal Way on November 5, 2016, and saw him yanking the dog’s lead as he stumbled along the pavement.

As they watched they saw him take the lead in both hands and lift the dog off the floor.

He was also seen kicking her.

Stopping their car they intervened. A tussle followed as one witness grabbed the distressed dog to take the weight from her neck.

Clay grabbed the dog round the neck and tried to take her back as a crowd gathered around them.

The witness let the dog go and put his hands on Clay’s shoulders to prevent him leaving. Clay threw himself backwards, landing on the ground.

The dog tried to get back to the witness and a struggle followed.

She said: “Clay was eventually restrained by Tesco security staff.

“When police arrived they found him struggling to sit and drooling and he was abusive as they questioned him.

Clay was also found guilty of being drunk and disorderly and failing to surrender to Chippenham magistrates. He had denied both allegations.

Alex Daymond, defending, said Clay still disputed the allegations but understood the court had made up its mind. However he did agree that he had a problem with alcohol.

Until the last couple of years he had worked as a panel beater for a classic car restoration business. But his life had spiralled out of control with the death of his brother.

He recognised he had an alcohol problem and had got his GP to refer him to alcohol counselling services.

“He is very keen to sort his life out and get back into work,” said Mr Daymond.

Clay was almost £20,000 in arrears with his mortgage and was facing repossession.

He had owned dogs since he was five years old and until the incident in November there had been no suggestion of him maltreating his pets.

“He loves dogs and is appalled that he has been accused of this,” he said.

“In fact Clay had chosen to be a vegetarian because of his concern for animal welfare.

“Bearing in mind that he has had dogs for so long, this would appear to be a one-off incident in all the circumstances, suggested Mr Daymond. Clay lived alone and relied on his dog for company.

“I would urge the court not to remove that from him.”

Sentence: 12-month community order, £200 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping pets for five years (expires April 2022). Deprivation order on Roxy.

Swindon Advertiser

Stourbridge, West Midlands: Robert Lees

#TheList backyard breeder Robert Lees, born c. 1964, of Stepping Stones, Stourbridge DY8 1JZ –  convicted for animal cruelty after five spaniel puppies with their tails cut off were found at his home

Three of the puppies

An animal welfare officer from Dudley Council visited Robert Lees’ home where he found found five spaniel puppies that appeared to have had their tails docked, a court heard

Lees, who was the owner of the puppies, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on April 6. The act makes it an offence to dock the tails of dogs unless on veterinary grounds.

Lees told the court the litter of puppies had been unplanned and denied he was a professional dog breeder.

He said he was advised by an associate that docking the tails of the dogs would make them more attractive as working dogs and make it easier to re-home them. The defendant claimed he handed over £10 per puppy for it to be done by someone else.

Nick Powell, head of environmental health and trading standards, said: “The council will not tolerate any actions that cause unnecessary suffering to animals. Where we do find it we will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal action.”

Tail docking has been banned in England and Wales but spaniels, terriers and hunt, point and retriever breeds that are used to work, are exempt.

Puppies of these types of dog can be docked by a vet providing it is done within the first five days of life.

The owner or breeder must be able to prove that the puppies have been bred to work by showing the vet either a gun licence or a letter from a land occupier stating the owner’s dogs work on his land. The puppies must also be microchipped by a vet. The vet must then the vet must sign certificates to say that the puppies were both docked and microchipped in accordance with the law.

Lees, however was unable to produce any paperwork.

Sentencing:
12-month community order involving 100 hours of unpaid work; costs of c. £900. No ban.

BirminghamLive

 

 

 

Thatcham, Berkshire: Mark Hewitt

#TheList Mark Hewitt, born c. 1964, of Marsh Road, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 4QR – neglected his lorikeet parrots.

Mark Hewitt from Thatcham neglected his lorikeets

Mark Hewitt admitted four animal welfare charges when he appeared before Reading magistrates.

The charges related to a number of lorikeets and included instances of neglect such as failing to ensure they had adequate water and a sufficient diet.

All four offences were committed in Thatcham between December 1, 2016 and January 3, 2017.

Sentencing:
Total of £1130 in fines and costs. Banned from owning or keeping birds as pets for three years (expires March 2020).

Newbury Today

Puppy farmers Louise St John Poulton and Sean Kerr

#TheList puppy farmers Louise St John Poulton, born 06/03/1974, most recently of High Grove, St Albans AL3 5SU, and Sean Kerr, born 05/12/1964, of Pastures Farm, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, near Solihull B92 0HH – involved in mass-scale breeding of sick and dying puppies

RSPCA inspectors found almost 40 dogs living in squalid conditions at a puppy farm operated by Louise St John Poulton and Sean Kerr., Some were locked in dark rooms or sheds with no ventilation.
RSPCA inspectors found almost 40 dogs living in squalid conditions at a puppy farm operated by Louise St John Poulton and Sean Kerr., Some were locked in dark rooms or sheds with no ventilation.

Poulton pleaded guilty to six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs and three offences of failing to meet the needs of a number of dogs.

Her partner in crime and cruelty, Sean Kerr, was found guilty of six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs and three offences of failing to meet the needs of a number of dogs.

Sean Kerr and Louise St John Poulton

Puppy farmer Sean Kerr courtesy of campaign group Puppy Love Campaigns
Sean Kerr courtesy of Puppy Love Campaigns

An RSPCA investigation was launched after heartbroken owners reported buying sick and dying dogs including  schnauzers, Westies and pugs from Poulton and Kerr.

RSPCA inspectors found almost 40 dogs living in squalid conditions at a puppy farm operated by Louise St John Poulton and Sean Kerr., Some were locked in dark rooms or sheds with no ventilation.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal said: “Many of [the puppies] had fallen ill within just a few hours and, tragically, some of them died within just a few days.

“Not only did the new owners have to cover hefty vet bills but they also had to deal with the trauma and heartbreak of watching their new puppies die in front of their eyes.”

On 22 December 2015, the RSPCA and police executed a warrant and raided a property in Solihull.

RSPCA inspectors discovered a number of different breeds at the premises, all living in appalling, filthy conditions

A whiteboard on the wall gave a glimpse into the lives of the dogs on this farm. There were instructions to keep the dogs quiet by squirting water at them, cracking a whip or shouting.

“The dogs were being kept in disgusting conditions and were absolutely terrified,” inspector Boal said.

“Some were being kept locked in rooms inside the house, including a frightened pregnant Shih Tzu who was being kept in a cold downstairs loo. And four dogs – three of which were pregnant – had been locked in an outbuilding in total darkness, there was no light or ventilation whatsoever. In fact, we didn’t even realise they were there until a few hours into our search of the property.

“All of the dogs were petrified. The minute you touched them they froze from fear.”

Thirty-seven dogs and puppies were removed and 27 further pups were later born in RSPCA care.

Some of the dogs had injuries and health problems and officers also recovered the body of a dead Shih Tzu puppy wrapped in a plastic carrier bag in the footwell of a van, parked at the farm.

On a whiteboard in one of the stables, officers found a whiteboard with instructions for the daily care of the dogs, including: ‘Keep puppies quiet, do not let them bark. Squirt them or use whip to crack in yard.’

Paperwork found at the house tied the couple to the sales of puppies and 17 mobile phones were removed and analysed which revealed texts from some of the buyers who had contacted the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspectors found almost 40 dogs living in squalid conditions at a puppy farm operated by Louise St John Poulton and Sean Kerr., Some were locked in dark rooms or sheds with no ventilation.
Puppy farmer Louise St John Poulton now of St Albans, Hertfordshire

“The health and welfare of these dogs isn’t important to the sellers who see them just as commodities to be brought and sold,” inspector Boal added.

“The breeding stock are kept in inadequate conditions and used to produce litter after litter with little or no regard for their welfare. And puppies are born with deformities or health problems as a result of poor breeding and don’t get the appropriate care in their formative weeks which means they can have serious health problems or behavioural issues.”

RSPCA inspectors found almost 40 dogs living in squalid conditions at a puppy farm operated by Louise St John Poulton and Sean Kerr., Some were locked in dark rooms or sheds with no ventilation.
Westie puppies Ben and Max had severe parvovirus and had to be put to sleep.

Most of the dogs rescued from the farm were fostered. Two of the puppies born in RSPCA care were fostered by Tom Mather, who lost his two Westies (Ben and Max, pictured above) to severe parvovirus five days after buying them from Poulton.

Sentencing:
Poulton was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and was disqualified from keeping dogs for life. She was also ordered to pay £15,000 in costs.

Kerr was given a six-month prison sentence, ordered to pay £30,000 in costs and was disqualified from keeping dogs for life.

BBC News (Sean Kerr’s sentencing) 16/02/2017
Dog Magazine – Feb 2017
BBC News (Louise St John Poulton’s sentencing) 03/04/2017
BirminghamLive 03/04/2017
Dogs Today Magazine – April 2017