Alexander David Arrol, Paisley, Renfrewshire

#TheList: Alexander David Arrol (DoB 23/06/1988) of Waverley Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire – threw a Jack Russell terrier named Max from the window of a second-floor flat, causing him to have a leg amputated

Twisted Alexander Arrol and his victim Max as a puppy
Twisted thug Alexander Arrol and his victim Max as a puppy

The court heard that Arrol had been asked to leave a party a short time before launching his callous attack on the helpless dog. Max was taken for treatment to a local vet where he was found to have head trauma and wasn’t able to support weight on his right hind leg. The leg later had to be amputated.

Arrol pleaded guilty to causing the dog unnecessary suffering, in breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, by throwing him through the window to his severe injury on February 27, 2017.

He also admitted a charge of culpably and recklessly breaking the window and throwing a television set and other unspecified items onto the street below.

Arrol’s lawyer told the court that his client – a career criminal with 55 previous convictions  – suffered from anxiety and depression.

Sentence: Arrol was jailed for 10 months for the offences, reduced from a year as he admitted his guilt.

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Motherwell, North Lanarkshire: Keith Ross

#TheList Keith Ross, Highfield Crescent, Motherwell –  kept reptiles, including king cobra, rattlesnake and vipers, in his one-bedroom flat in appalling conditions.

Animal abuser and sexual deviant Keith Ross from Motherwell
Animal abuser and sexual deviant Keith Ross from Motherwell

Ross admitted animal neglect after keeping the creatures in his small apartment for six years.

Ross previously ran ‘Keith’s Reptile Parties’ where he charged £80 per hour for attending children’s events with a number of his animals, including the lizards and snakes.

Ross also had turtles, a polecat and a hawk at his flat.

Accrington, Lancashire: Catherine Allsager and Malcolm Ogden

#TheList Catherine Allsager (DoB 14/08/1979) of Richmond Street, Accrington, and Malcolm Ogden, aged 58 at date of conviction, of Frederick Street, Accrington – left cats and dogs in ‘horrendous’ conditions at their homes surrounded by faeces, urine and rubbish.

Catherine Allsager and Malcolm Ogden, convicted animal abusers from Accrington

RSPCA and police raided the properties of Catherine Allsager and Malcolm Ogden in Accrington after a ‘disturbing’ picture was sent to the authorities of a dead dog at Ogden’s home.

Officers executed a warrant at his house on Frederick Street and found it was ‘disgusting’ with ‘horrendous smells, rubbish, faeces and urine’, Blackburn Magistrates Court heard.

Chris Wyatt, prosecuting, said there was a ‘trail of faeces from the front door to Ogden’s car’ and that four dogs were found inside in an ‘awful state’.

The court heard that cat litter trays were filled with faeces which had ‘turned white’ and that dog faeces ‘inches high’ were strewn on the floor.

The dogs also had no access to water and the bathroom was ‘covered in faeces and smelled horrendous’.

Mr Wyatt said the RSPCA were later alerted by concerned Manchester Dog’s Home staff after five dead cats had been taken for cremation by Allsager.

The court heard that the cats smelt of urine and had lesions on their paws, legs and belly.

Another of Allsager’s cats had also been taken to a veterinary practice for treatment after it was ‘screaming in pain because there was something wrong with its joints’.

The RSPCA executed a warrant at Allsager’s then home on Elizabeth Street on October 19, 2016 and found urine and faeces on the floor and a ‘strong smell of ammonia’.

Mr Wyatt said 10 cats and six dogs found inside with two of the dogs left in crates and another four dogs loose in the kitchen.

One of the dogs was drinking urine off the floor and numerous fly-strips were found with dead flies, the court heard.

The court was told that one of the cats had puncture wounds and another had swelling to the right side of the jaw.

When Ogden was arrested and interviewed he admitted the dead dog on the picture was his and said that two of the four dogs living with him were Allsager’s.

He said he also had to live in those conditions and was ‘trying to clean the house’.

Allsager told officers that she had sent the picture of the dead dog and had taken one of her cats to the vets after it developed a high temperature.

Ogden pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to ensure the needs of an animal.

Allsager pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to ensure the needs of an animal and two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

Sentencing:
Allsager – six-week suspended prison sentence; 35 days of rehabilitation activities; banned from keeping animals for life.

Ogden – 10-month community order with 20 days’ rehabilitation activity requirement; fine of £100 plus costs/charges of £385; banned from keeping dogs or cats for five years (expires June 2022).

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Torry, Aberdeen: William Duguid

#TheList William Duguid (DoB 15/11/1990) of 4 Tullos Circle, Aberdeen AB11 8HD – caught hitting his pet dog with a chain and kicking her to her body

William Duguid
One of life’s eternal losers: druggie animal-abusing William Duguid of Tullos Circle, Aberdeen whose pet dog lost her life for being the ‘wrong’ breed

Duguid was told to stop by a concerned neighbour when he was lashing out at the pitbull terrier in a pub car park in Aberdeen in May 2016.

The dog, which is an illegal breed to keep in the UK, had earlier bitten a member of the public, and a drugged-up Duguid was hitting the pet as a reaction to the earlier incident.

Dugid, who has been in trouble with the law repeatedly, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in June 2017 where he admitted possessing a “dangerous dog” and causing her to suffer unnecessary harm.

Fiscal depute Colin Neilson said: “A woman looked out of her window and saw the accused with a dog.

“He seemed to be hitting the dog with a chain. She told him to stop. He was disagreeable to this. He was also seen repeatedly kicking the dog to the body.

“She contacted police. CCTV footage was seen which showed him making as kicking motion towards the dog.”

Representing Duguid, defence agent Ian McGregor said: “Something had happened before with the dog. He is somewhat hazy with regards to the events. He had taken various substances that day.

“He has owned this dog for a period of nine years and there have been no other incidents. He has always taken the dog to the vet when it needed to go.

“He reacted to an incident earlier in the day when the dog had bitten a member of the public. That happened about ten minutes before.”

Sheriff Graham Buchanan told Duguid: “I am required by law to order the destruction of the dog, which is a breed that is illegal in this country.”

Sentence: £750 fine; banned from keeping animals for five years (expires June 2022).

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Owain Dinnick, Cardiff

#TheList Owain Dinnick (DoB 07/03/1986), of Newport Road, Rumney in Cardiff – allowed crossbreed dog George to become emaciated

Dog abuser Owain Dinnick, Cardiff
Dog abuser Owain Dinnick of Newport Road, Cardiff

Dinnick pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence at ​Cardiff and the Vale Magistrates Court on 10 May 2017. RSPCA Cymru investigated, after receiving reports of a dog being kept in a Cardiff flat, who appeared very hungry.

The dog was collected by a local authority dog warden in December 2016, at which time his ribs, spine and hips were visible, he was covered in urine, had sores on his front legs and scabs on his tail.

Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “This poor dog must have been so hungry, and been through such a difficult time. Bones were visible across his skin, and he had nasty sores and scabs on his coat.

“Sadly, the lack of action, care and attention from the owner caused the dog to suffer unnecessarily. His suffering could have been avoided had the owner acted responsibly.

“Owning a dog is a privilege, and this case is another example as to the necessary action the RSPCA will take when an animal is treated in this way.

“Fortunately, George gained weight and improved dramatically once in RSPCA care”.

Sentence: 80 hours of unpaid work over 12 months; total costs and charges of £802.20; disqualified from keeping dogs for 5 years (expires June 2023).

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