Dudley, West Midlands: David and Dianne Roberts and Naomi G Heydon

#TheList David Roberts, Dianne Roberts (born c. 1965) and Naomi G Heydon (born c. 1992) all of 12 Turls Street, Sedgley, Dudley DY3 1HH – kept four dogs in appalling conditions and failed to take a poorly fifth dog to the vet

Irresponsible Naomi Heydon, whose dog Honey was put to sleep on welfare grounds
Irresponsible Naomi Heydon, whose dog Honey was put to sleep on welfare grounds

RSPCA officers found the pets in ‘appalling’ conditions when they raided the property shared by married couple David and Dianne Roberts and Dianne’s daughter Naomi Heydon.

Two German shepherds and two German shepherd husky crosses were kept outside in pens filled with urine and faeces and at the time had no access to water.

A Jack Russell called Honey, who lived inside the house was found to have gnawed away at a tumour and had not been taken to the vets.

When the dog was rescued it was decided she was in such a bad condition she should be put to sleep.

The trio admitted nine charges each relating to causing unnecessary suffering to animals and failing to meet their needs at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Mr Rafe Turner, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told how the dogs suffered with a range of problems, including dental disease, ear infections, and skin conditions.

On a scale of one to nine, with one being emaciated, one of the dogs scored two and another 2.5, Mr Turner said.

Mr Turner said: “At the time of intervention there was no evidence the dogs (outside) had access to fresh water.

“They weren’t able to display normal behaviour patterns simply because they were kept for so long in these pens.

“They were not taken out on a regular basis for exercise.

“Six dogs were neglected in various ways. They were kept in appalling conditions. Four were kept outside in squalid conditions.”

When questioned, Mrs Roberts said the dogs in the pens were mostly the responsibility of her husband as she struggled to get outside due to mobility problems and the ‘decking was slippy’.

Mr Roberts said he let the dogs out for 15 minutes a day and said the dogs weren’t taken to the vets because it was ‘too expensive’.

Heydon, who owned Honey, claimed she was ‘going to do something about it’ but that the RSPCA came before she could.

Mr Turner said: “It is quite obvious the dogs should have received veterinary care.

“The environment was wholly unsuitable and sadly one dog had to be put to sleep.”

The trio were due to be sentenced on 31 May 2017 but the newspaper failed to report on the outcome and our Freedom of Information request to the court was refused on data protection grounds.

Express and Star

Amulree, Perthshire: Heather and Patrick Devaney

#TheList Heather and Patrick Devaney, Amulree, Perthshire – kept two springer spaniel puppies in squalor

Heather and Patrick Devaney guilty of dog abuse
Patrick and Heather Devaney apparently pursued an alternative lifestyle to the detriment of their poor dogssel

The Devaneys were supposed to be looking after their children and pets when they exposed them to disgusting filth as they pursued an “alternative lifestyle.”

The couple admitted there was excrement and urine on the floor, bedding was soiled, old foodstuffs lay around, mould and fungus was growing, and the house was dangerously cluttered.

Heather Devaney admitted that between 21 February and 21 April, 2016, when she was responsible for looking after two springer spaniels, she failed to take reasonable steps to care for them.

In addition, she admitted failing to treat ear and eye infections and permitted the dogs’ coats to remain heavily soiled with excrement and urine.

The court was given graphic details of the starving and filthy conditions her springer spaniels were kept in.

Fiscal depute Craig Donald told Perth Sheriff Court that the “alternative lifestyle” couple’s remote home was found to be in a disgusting condition when the landlord visited to fix a boiler.

Mr Donald said: “On entering, he noted an overpowering smell of faeces in the property. Old foodstuffs and mould were spread around the kitchen.

“The property was cluttered with objects which would be hazardous to children. It was in a squalid condition and that’s what prompted him to send an eviction notice to both accused.

“There were two malnourished springer spaniels. There was excrement covering the floor. The first dog had faecal contamination of the abdomen, legs and tail.

“Both ears were infected. The coat was covered in stale urine. It had overgrown hair and nails. It was apparent the dogs had not been exercised.

“The second animal again was emaciated and had matted ears. Neither of these animals had adequate nutrition for months. They had lived in an environment contaminated with urine and faeces for a prolonged period.

“I would ask the court to take into account in sentencing, the extreme suffering these animals appear to have undergone.”

Sheriff Gillian Wade fined Mrs Devaney £540 in respect of the dog cruelty – but admonished the couple for neglecting the children.

She said: “This is a difficult case. The children were exposed to very extreme conditions of squalor and it almost beggars belief you could allow the property to get into such a condition.”

Sentence: Heather Devaney was fined £540 in respect of dog cruelty and banned from keeping animals for 5 years. The couple was admonished for child cruelty and walked free from court.

The Sun

London NW9: Elizabeth Blore and brother Christopher Blore

#TheList serial hoarder Elizabeth Blore, born ca. 1956, of 111A Valley Drive, Kingsbury, London NW9 9NT – breached an ASBO prohibiting her from feeding feral cats

Serial hoarder Elizabeth Blore of Valley Drive, London NW9, was caught breaching an ASBO prohibiting her from feeding cats
Serial hoarder Elizabeth Blore of Valley Drive, London NW9, was caught breaching an ASBO prohibiting her from feeding cats

Elizabeth Blore admitted breaching an ASBO imposed at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on 24 May 2012 prohibiting her from keeping and feeding cats.

Blore and her brother Christopher were evicted in 2012 after neighbours reported a ‘putrid smell’ caused by the piles of cat faeces in the garden and in the house.

They were told not to return to the house as council workers embarked on a three-month fumigation, during which mountains of rubbish was removed.

Serial hoarder Elizabeth Blore of Valley Drive, London NW9, was caught breaching an ASBO prohibiting her from feeding cats

Skeletons of at least 15 dead cats were found rotting under binbags during the clean-up effort.

Martha Godwin, prosecuting, said: ‘Ms Blore is subject to an anti-social behaviour order which prohibits her from feeding or keeping cats.

‘Police offers and animal welfare officers attended her address on 4 May [2017] to see if she was contravening the order.

‘They went into the property and there was excrement from the cats in the living room.

‘An adult cat was found upstairs with one-month-old kittens.

Defending herself, Blore said: ‘The cat was a stray and the kittens were four weeks old.

‘They weren’t weaned and were too small to go in the garden.

‘They have taken the cats away now so I don’t have any cats.’

Sentencing:
Total fines and costs of £255. 

The Mirror

Edenbridge, Kent: Steven Dicker

#TheList Steven Dicker (DoB 07/10/1963) of 4 Wellingtonia Way, Edenbridge, Sevenoaks TN8 5RE – stole a 17yo Jack Russell terrier named Lady, battered her with a hammer and dumped her in the park.

Dicker launched a brutal attack on an elderly pet dog he stole from her home
Dicker launched a brutal attack on an elderly pet dog he stole from her home

Dicker was  jailed for 6 months for causing suffering to the elderly dog.

The horrific  incident took place on Wednesday 21 September 2016.

Despite her desperate owners’ social media appeals, Lady was never found.

Dicker  had pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, but had denied breaking into a neighbour’s house to steal the dog.

He was found guilty of the second charge after a trial at Sevenoaks Magistrates Court in April 2017 and was sentenced to six months in prison.

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Grassmoor, Chesterfield: Martin Johnson

#TheList Martin Johnson, born c. 1986, of Wenlock Walk, Grassmoor, Chesterfield S42 5BJ – subjected his dog to a prolonged beating

Martin Johnson from Grassmoor, Derbyshire, was recorded beating his dog Sooty
Martin Johnson from Grassmoor, Derbyshire, was recorded beating his dog Sooty

Johnson, a backyard breeder who sells puppies on various Facebook groups, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the dog, named Sooty, at Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Thursday, May 18 2017.

Sooty was taken into the care of the RSPCA, and was found to have a fractured toe as well as lumps on his spine and on the top of his head.

Martin Johnson from Grassmoor, Derbyshire, was recorded beating his dog Sooty
Sooty recovered from the injuries inflicted on him by violent thug Martin Johnson and was made available for rehoming by the RSPCA

Prosecuting, Andy Cash, said: “On February 9 2017 the RSPCA received an audio clip which was the defendant shouting at the dog which is now known to be Sooty.

“The defendant was arrested and the dogs were recovered.”

In the police interview, Johnson made full admissions and said: “I did not beat him up I slapped him.

“I did give him a bit of a pasting.

“I dragged him outside. I went over the top with him.

“I raised my fist at him.”

A few seconds of the audio clip of Johnson shouting at Sooty was played during court. Johnson could be heard shouting at the dog: “If I tell you to do something I expect you to do it.”

The dog could also be heard to be in distress when Johnson said: “Shut it.”

Speaking about Johnson’s cruelty, RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe said, “The audio isn’t very nice at all. It lasts for around five minutes and Sooty can clearly be heard squealing and whimpering loudly while being beaten, and Johnson can be heard shouting and delivering blows to the dog.

“It would have been difficult for someone to have to listen to the beating, however we are grateful that they had the initiative to record it as it gave us the evidence we needed to prosecute.”

“What it came down to was the fact that Sooty was going to the toilet inside the flat. Johnson said in interview that he gave the dog ‘a bit of a pasting’ as a result, and that he went ‘over the top’,”

Inspector Leafe said. “He also said in interview that he grabbed the dog by his testicles and said, ‘You don’t like that, do you?’

“He later called our national cruelty helpline and admitted the incidents, that he had also pinned Sooty down by his ears to ‘incapacitate’ him, and that it was because he was always messing in the flat.

“What Sooty went through would have been horrific and he would have been terrified to be around Johnson. But despite what he went through, Sooty is a lovely dog. Johnson told us that he was aggressive, but since he has been in our care he hasn’t shown any nasty traits at all. Sooty is so friendly and we hope he will find a lovely new home soon.”

Sentencing:
12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months; total fines and charges of £315. Eight-year ban on keeping animals (expires May 2024). 

Dogs Monthly
Derbyshire Times

Condover, Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Ben and Alexandra Evans

#TheList Ben and Alexandra Evans from the Pigeon Door travellers site, Condover, near Shrewbury – for leaving a badly injured dog in the boot of a car

Gypsies Ben and Alexandra Evans of Shrewsbury left lurcher Chico in agony with a broken leg in the boot of a car
Gypsies Ben and Alexandra Evans of Shrewsbury left lurcher Chico in agony with a broken leg in the boot of a car

Gypsy travellers Ben and Alexandra Evans, who are both around 18 years old, failed to turn up at Telford Magistrates Court and the case was proved in their absence.

Mr Roger Price, prosecuting, said the RSPCA received calls from members of the public who said they suspected an injured dog was at the Evans’ address.

An inspector visited the property on November 26, 2016, and the lurcher dog, Chico, was found in the boot of a car.

Mr Price said the dog was ‘trembling’, appeared to be in pain and had wounds to his leg.

He said faeces and urine were also found in the boot along with some dog food and a washing-up bowl with water inside.

Alexandra Evans told the inspector that the dog belonged to her and her husband and they had only owned the animal since the previous day.

However, Mr Price said Alexandra Evans had reported a dog missing on November 12 2016 and the RSPCA believed it was the same animal.

After the report was made, the dog warden received numerous calls from people who believed they had seen the animal and noticed it looked thin and was limping.

Ben and Alexandra Evans left their dog Chico with a broken leg in the boot of a car

Mr Price said Alexandra Evans allowed the inspector to take the dog to see a vet and signed the animal over to the RSPCA on November 30, 2016, despite initially refusing to do so.

When the vet saw Chico, he said the animal was in poor body condition.

Mr Price said: “The dog yelped, cried and moved away during the examination.”

He said X-rays showed the dog had a broken elbow and a tension pin had to be fitted in surgery.

Chico also had a deep laceration to his leg.

Mr Price told the court: “This is a charge that relates to a lurcher type dog.

“It is a case of unnecessary suffering being caused to the dog.

“The dog plainly should have been taken to a vet because it had a broken leg and infected wounds.

“The vet indicated in his report that the animal was clearly suffering.”

He said an inspector from the RSPCA had called the couple in December 2016 to request that they come in for an interview, but the pair refused.

Despite their non-attendance at court, magistrates found the defendants had each caused unnecessary suffering to the dog by failing to provide veterinary treatment for a broken leg.

They issued a warrant for the couple, who will have to come to Telford Magistrates Court on a future date to be sentenced (no further updates available).

Shropshire Star

Sleaford, Lincs: Carol Bowditch and Daniel Galloway

#TheList Carol Bowditch (DoB 13/07/1952) and paedophile partner Daniel Galloway, both of Paperchase House, Papermill Lane, Evedon, Sleaford NG34 9PD – participated in bestiality parties involving dogs

Perverted Carol Bowditch, the 64-year-old filmed having sex with three dogs, aided and abetted by her equally depraved partner Daniel Galloway
Perverted Carol Bowditch, the pensioner filmed having sex with three dogs, aided and abetted by her equally depraved partner Daniel Galloway

Carol Bowditch was filmed having sex with a St Bernard, a black labrador and an Alsatian, claiming later she did not realise that it was illegal.

Her sick activities were exposed as a result of an RAF Police investigation which centred on a man identified as organising a bizarre sex party .

Owners watched their dogs having sex with women, who then had sex with the men.

Details of the event were later posted on an internet forum specialising in bestiality.

The investigation led police to search the home shared by Bowditch and Galloway where they found a DVD and USB stick.

The seized devices included an eight minute video of Bowditch engaging in sex with a St Bernard dog named Oscar and still images of child pornography.

When Galloway was questioned by police he admitted aiding Bowditch to have sex with dogs and named two of the animals as “Badger” and “Rocky”.. He was also caught with over 12,000 indecent images of children as well as 191 extreme images of Bowditch having sex with dogs.

James Gray, in mitigation, said both Bowditch and Galloway had suffered considerable public humiliation.

Sentence: Bowditch – 12-month community order. Galloway – 12 months in jail. He must register as a sex offender for ten years and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The Mirror 10/04/17
The Mirror 16/05/17

 

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales: Richard Samuel Morgan Jones

#TheList illegal dog breeder Richard Samuel Morgan Jones, born c. 1985, of Moelfre, Llanwnnen, Lampeter SA48 7NY – kept poorly dogs and puppies in appalling conditions at his puppy farm

The horrific conditions at a Welsh puppy farm which saw illegal breeder Richard Jones banned from dealing in dogs
Illegal puppy farmer Richard Jones kept dogs and puppies in squalor

Ceredigion Council brought the prosecution against Jones after raids at two premises in June 2016 found 113 dogs and puppies suffering.

He was convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs following two raids in June 2016.

Vile: heartless illegal puppy farmer Richard Jones from Llanwnnen, Lampeter, kept dogs and puppies in darkness and squalor and failed to treat their numerous health conditions
Vile: heartless illegal puppy farmer Richard Jones from Llanwnnen, Lampeter, kept dogs and puppies in darkness and squalor and failed to treat their numerous health conditions

Jones operated illegal puppy farms at two premises: one at the Moelfre farm and another at Creuddyn Bridge, Lampeter.

Officers from Ceredigion County found 113 dogs and puppies at both venues.

The animals were described by the vet who examined them as mentally stressed with no exercise or social contact, with many dogs homed on their own.

Many of the animals were described as dangerously thin, with one suffering from gangrene and septicaemia and close to death.

The horrific conditions at a Welsh puppy farm which saw illegal breeder Richard Jones banned from dealing in dogs

Some pups had been so neglected they showed signs of extreme mental suffering, while many were ‘close to death’.

The horrific conditions at a Welsh puppy farm which saw illegal breeder Richard Jones banned from dealing in dogsThe horrific conditions at a Welsh puppy farm which saw illegal breeder Richard Jones banned from dealing in dogs

The dogs included Bichon Frise, rottweilers, Scottish and West Highland terriers, beagles, Cavalier King Charles spaniels and Yorkshire terriers.

The horrific conditions at a Welsh puppy farm which saw illegal breeder Richard Jones banned from dealing in dogs

Council vet Dr John O’Connor documented the suffering of the animals in each of the 21 charges.

Among them was a male Scottish terrier which he said had a “very advanced chronic skin condition and the thinness would have resulted in the dog suffering unnecessarily for a considerable length of time”.

“The dog’s ears were also badly affected with crusting indicating severe damage from long standing inflammation and scratching,” he added.

A Bichon Frise female was found with “advanced cataracts” and a “right ear flap [that] appeared to be exhibiting the early signs of gangrene”.

Another Bichon Frise puppy, just a few days old, had to be “immediately removed” from the premises when found as “it was so thin and cold that it could no longer suck”.

“It was so thin that the body condition score would have been close to death,” Dr O’Connor previously told the court.

Jones had been running a licensed premises known as “The Shed” near Lampeter with over 70 dogs from 2010.

Its licence was renewed yearly until 2015 when the local authority decided not to renew it because of concerns.

The application was for 70 dogs to breed 40 litters a year.

In 2016, an application was not made by Jones, but he carried on breeding.

Searches of both his premises was carried out with 56 dogs found at “The Shed” and 38 puppies and 19 dogs found at Moelfre farm.

Jones’ defence claimed he was devastated by the refusal for a licence in 2015 after making considerable investments at “The Shed” and felt he had been dealt with disproportionately by the local authority.

Matthew Paul, for Jones, told the court his ability to care for the dogs had been affected by personal issues including depression, and the need to care for the family farm.

Illegal puppy farmer Richard Jones from Lampeter, Wales

“It was not deliberate neglect, but circumstances overtook him”, he said.

The court said all dogs should be removed from his premises by 2 March, 2017.

Sentencing:
Nine-week suspended prison sentence. 200 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping dogs for four years – later overturned on appeal with Jones being allowed to keep dogs for hill farming. He is banned from “dealing in dogs” for six years (expires February 2023). 

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WalesOnline 09/02/2017
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Ceredigion Council report on the prosecution

 

Redfield, Bristol: Steven David Arnold

#TheList Steven David Arnold, born 29/04/1973, of 420 Whitehall Road, Bristol BS5 7BU – left his pet dog, Layla, to starve to death in an empty house for months

Steven Arnold from Bristol left Staffy Layla to starve to death over several months
Steven Arnold from Bristol left Staffy Layla to starve to death over several months

Evidence showed Arnold had neglected Staffy Layla to the point she was forced to drink water from a toilet shortly before her death.

Arnold admitted to three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to Layla and was sentenced at Bristol Magistrates Court on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Layla was discovered by council workers after they went to a house in Sarum Crescent, Southmead on December 7, 2016.

They found her skinny, decomposing body, with bedding wrapped around a leg and her abdomen, resulting in gangrene setting in.

Veterinary evidence highlighted how she suffered prolonged neglect over a significant period of time.

The court also heard Layla had no food or water in the lead up to her death and that she had had drank all the water from the toilet.

There was also evidence she had made desperate attempts to try and escape from the house before her death.

Arnold originally denied Layla was his, saying he did not recognise the dog depicted in the pictures.

He told RSPCA inspectors he had owned a similar dog, but that she had died of natural causes and buried her.

But after being shown Facebook pictures featuring him and the dog together and evidence from witnesses, who confirmed he did own Layla, Arnold admitted she was his dog and that he had left her at the address in July 2016.

Arnold claimed that he had moved to a friend’s house from the local authority-owned property after being bullied by his neighbours.

He said he had initially visited the dog every few days to give her food and water but claimed he was suddenly unable to get into the property and said he assumed Layla had been taken away from the address.

RSPCA Inspector Dan Hatfield said: “Layla was dependent on Mr Arnold and he breached her trust by heartlessly leaving her to suffer a needless death.

“We do not know just how long it took poor Layla to die alone but know she suffered as a result of the actions of her owner.

“He could have handed Layla over to the RSPCA or another animal charity when he was aware he could no longer care for her but instead decided to simply abandon her to die after a period of prolonged suffering.”

Sentencing:
12 weeks in prison for each of the three animal welfare offences to run concurrently; total of £415 costs and charges; life-long disqualification on keeping all animals.

BristolLive

Redruth/Truro, Cornwall: Jack Crocker and Robbie Long

#TheList Jack Crocker, born c. 1976, of High View Farm, Creegbrawse, Truro TR4 8NE Chacewater, Cornwall, and Robbie Long, born c. 1996, of Lower Tolgullow Vean Farm, Little Beside, Redruth TR16 5PX – laughed as they set dogs on a young fox

Sadistic animal killers Robbie Long and Jack Crocker from Cornwall
Sadistic animal killers Robbie Long and Jack Crocker

Crocker and Long were given suspended sentences after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The RSPCA conducted an investigation after video footage was posted on Facebook which depicted dogs being set upon a fox.

Crocker also admitted using a bow to kill a wild animal at an earlier hearing.

The video footage showed the two men in a barn with dogs, Lady and Princess, who can be seen attacking the fox as laughter is heard in the background.

RSPCA chief inspector Ian Briggs said: “The footage clearly shows these two men watching as the fox was subjected to what would have been a painful and drawn out death.

“Far from deal with the situation responsibly and humanely, instead they filmed the incident and could be heard laughing as the fox was being attacked.

“We hope this case being brought before the court will encourage others to report any concerns they have about animal welfare to report them to the police or RSPCA.”

Crocker had previously pleaded guilty to shooting a wild rabbit with a bow. This also only came to light when the RSPCA became aware of a photo on Facebook.

Sentencing:

Both Crocker and Long were sentenced to six weeks in prison, suspended for a year, and fined £425 and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Crocker was also given an additional two-week suspended prison sentence to run consecutively for using a crossbow to kill an animal.

Neither of the two men were banned from keeping animals but voluntarily signed over both Lady and Princess into the care of the RSPCA.

Falmouth Packet
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