#TheList Leslie Michael Bishop, born 07/08/1965, of Maple Street, Middlesbrough TS1 3DS – kept three thin and hungry Akita dogs named Nikita, Storm and Niko in squalid conditions.
The RSPCA found Niko and Nikita in a back yard among an “extensive accumulation of faeces”. Both dogs appeared hungry and thin and their coats were molting and dirty.”
Storm had been kept indoors where conditions made for a “hazardous environment”.
There was urine on the floor, flies circling around rooms and a foul smell. One of the dogs had a severe ear infection.
Career criminal Bishop pleaded not guilty to five charges but refused to attend the trial via video link from prison where he was remanded in custody for another unrelated matter. The trial was however continued in his absence and the case against him proven.
Sentencing: Jailed for 18 weeks. Banned from owning animals for 10 years (expires July 2027).
#TheList Michelle Baldwin, aka Michelle Robinson (DoB 14/08/1976) and Shaun Baldwin (DoB 26/05/1996) both of 63 Masseyfield Road, Runcorn and Shane Andrew Baldwin (DoB 17/11/1997) of 22 Linkway, Runcorn – allowed their two dogs to starve so badly one had to be put down.
The RSPCA said the dogs, Staffordshire terrier-type breeds Bruno and Roxy, were so thin their ribs were clearly visible and they were living in ‘atrocious’ conditions.
Bruno was put to sleep on health grounds despite the charity’s efforts to save him and Roxy has been rehomed.
The trio each pleaded guilty in May to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs and one of failing to provide a suitable environment at an earlier hearing.
Speaking about the case, attending RSPCA Inspector Lisa Lupson described both dogs as being “very thin” especially Bruno who was described as being very lethargic and subdued and so weak he had to be put on a drip . Sadly he couldn’t be saved.
Court papers said Michelle Baldwin had entrusted the care of the dogs to two young adults without taking responsibility for them herself.
Sentence: Michelle Baldwin was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for six months and her sons Shaun and Shane were both given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. All three were told to pay costs of £100 and an £85 victim surcharge each. A 10-year ban on keeping animals was imposed on the trio.