Portaferry, Newtownards: Daniel Gerard Taggart

#TheList Daniel Gerard Taggart of Rockfield Drive, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1RL – for the neglect of a golden Labrador dog, who had had so little exercise his toenails had curled into his paw pads

Neglected dog Barney has now been rehomed with a loving family
Neglected dog Barney was in agony with overgrown toenails. He has since recovered and been rehomed with a loving family

Taggart was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the 9yo dog, named Barney, who was seized by Ards and North Down Borough Council’s animal welfare officer in January 2016.

A vet reported it was the worst case of toenail overgrowth he had seen, in more than 13 years of practice.

The vet estimated that the nails would have taken at least 18 months to get into the condition they were in, making it highly unlikely that the dog received any exercise in a long time.

Barney was placed with the Animal Connexions charity and has since been rehomed.

Sentencing:
Three-month custodial sentence suspended for 12 months. Costs of £963.27. Lifetime ban from keeping or having any involvement with any animals.

BBC News

Ashington, Northumberland: Wendy Beddow

#TheList Wendy Beddow, born c. 1965, of Maple Street, Ashington NE63 – left pet dog to suffer an ulcerated mass on his abdomen and a chronic eye condition; dog euthanised.

Beddow admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her overweight Bullmastiff by failing to seek medical attention for an ulcerated 20cm mass on his abdomen and a chronic eye condition.

An animal welfare officer from Northumberland County Council’s public health protection unit rescued the dog and took it to a vets in Blyth. The dog’s condition had by then become so bad that the decision was made to euthanise him to end his suffering.

A vet’s report that was presented in court stated that the dog, having been left for more than 48 hours in a condition unable to stand or move prior to seeking medical attention, was an act of neglect.

Sentencing: £386 in compensation and costs. Banned from keeping any animal for five years.

Northumberland Gazette

Wallasey, Merseyside: Kristian Murphy

#TheList Kristian Andrew McNicholas-Murphy (or plain Andrew Murphy as he calls himself nowadays), born, c 1992, most recent known address Turret Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 – subjected a tiny kitten to repeated violent attacks from which he eventually died

Kittens Bagheera and Akeera and their cruel owner Kristian Murphy of Wallasey, Wirral.
Kittens Bagheera and Akeera and their cruel owner Kristian Murphy of Wallasey, Wirral.

Murphy, previously of Mill Lane, Wallasey, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a black cat called Bagheera between August and September 2016.

Kitten killer Kristian Murphy is now known as Andrew Murphy. As at February 2019 he is s till living in Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside.
Kitten killer Kristian Murphy is now known as Andrew Murphy. As at February 2019 he is s till living in Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside.

Bagheera had previously been taken to the vets on August 16, 2016, with a broken lower canine and acting ‘drunk’ and disorientated which Murphy said was due to him falling off the sofa.

On September 24 he was brought in again with a lame hind left leg, swollen face and bloodied nostrils which Murphy said had occurred after a fall.

On September 26, he was brought in for the last time with new injuries and due to the severity of these injuries Bagheera died on the vet table before treatment could be given.

Bagheera suffered horrific injuries during the latest violent attack by serial abuser Kristian Murphy.
Bagheera suffered horrific injuries during the latest violent attack by serial abuser Kristian Murphy.

The black cat had a fractured left and right thigh bone, fractured pubic bone, dislocation of the ribs and a trauma on the right side of his head.

Bagheera suffered horrific injuries during the latest violent attack by serial abuser Kristian Murphy.
Bagheera’s injuries included a deep wound on the side of his head. Sadly he didn’t recover. His tormentor Kristian Murphy was jailed and banned from keeping animals for just five years..

It was at this point that the RSPCA was contacted and Inspector Anthony Joynes seized the body.

A postmortem confirmed the concerns of the vets that the injuries had been caused by numerous acts of physical violence.

Inspector Joynes described Bagheera as having suffered ‘catastrophic injuries.’

Sadistic Kristian Murphy from Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside subjected his cat to numerous violent attacks.
Sadistic Kristian Murphy from Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside subjected his cat to numerous violent attacks.

Murphy faced an allegation of causing unnecessary suffering to Bagheera by failing to exercise reasonable care and supervision and subjecting the cat to non-accidental injury which was likely to cause unnecessary suffering, contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Murphy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and banned from keeping animals for five years.

Inspector Joynes said: “This kitten was completely vulnerable and put his whole trust in him and he abused that trust by inflicting horrific violence on him.

“It’s really upsetting for me as I’ll never know exactly what happened behind closed doors and it’s so frustrating when you can’t help the animal involved because sadly Bagheera’s injuries were so severe that he died before we even got there.

“Time and again Murphy presented Bagheera to the vets for treatment which may shock some people but it is actually quite common in cases of non-accidental injury.

“He always had an explanation but the vets felt that these injuries were not consistent given the history and when investigated by a specialist on non-accidental injury he found that Bagheera’s injuries had been a result of physical abuse at the hands of Murphy.

“We are pleased that the outcome demonstrates how serious the judge deemed this case to be by issuing a ban and a jail sentence and hopefully this will prevent any other animals suffering as a result.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence. A pitiful five-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2022).

Liverpool Echo

Skelmersdale, West Lancashire: Liam Aitken

#TheList Liam Aitken, born 06/05/1993, of Rose Crescent, Skelmersdale WN8 8DW – battered a hedgehog to death with a brick

Liam Aitken of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, UK, battered a hedgehog to death.

Father-of-one Aitken, then living in Wallasey, Merseyside, was spotted battering the defenceless creature by a horrified neighbour as he returned home from a late dog walk.

The outraged resident placed the dead animal in a plastic bag and wrote a note to Aitken, leaving both on his car.

Another neighbour reported dad-of-one Aitken to the RSPCA.

Aitken admitted one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog by crushing the animal to death, and was unable to explain his actions when quizzed by investigators.

Chris Murphy, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court: “The witness was in bed and woke up to the sound of thuds.

“She saw a male dressed in black. She noticed he was using a mobile phone as a flashlight to look at a mass on the ground.

“She observed the male pick up a brick and throw it on to the mass five or six times then walk towards the bins. He walked off to his house via the back gate.”

When the beaten hedgehog was found, it was still warm, but not moving.

A post mortem found the hedgehog died from blunt force trauma and had injuries including a fractured pelvis and broken legs.

When interviewed, Aitken said he thought he had thrown the brick three or four times and accepted he had caused serious injuries to the hedgehog.

Mr Murphy said: “He said he was truly sorry for his actions and had no idea why he had done it.”

Aitken wept as his lawyer told the court he had never previously harmed an animal and was remorseful.

“At the time he wasn’t in a very good place and was drinking a lot. He was extremely depressed at the time and the week before had taken an overdose. He had been arguing with his partner.

“He said he was distraught. Had he walked a different way the hedgehog would still be alive today.”

Sentencing: 12-month prison term, suspended for a year; 200 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay £835 in costs and attend a six-month alcohol treatment programme.

Liverpool Echo