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