Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: Carly Bennett

#TheList Carly Bennett, born 30/12/1989, of 36 Trowbridge Crescent, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 0JJ – starved an adult bullmastiff dog and  four puppies; kept them in hazardous conditions in a garden strewn with rubbish

Dog abuser Carly Bennett from Stoke-on-Trent and the puppies she starved and neglected

The RSPCA rescued four emaciated puppies from mother-of-six Carly Bennett.

Bennett had put the dogs in a crate and left them outside on a pile of rubbish because they kept her awake at night.

The RSPCA  returned to Bennett’s property three months later and found a severely-malnourished adult dog.

The court heard that the RSPCA inspector first visited the property in May 2017.

Prosecutor Roger Price said: “There was no-one in at the time, so the inspector made inquiries locally. She was told by a neighbour that the puppies had spent the night in a crate in the garden, on top of a pile of rubbish.

“The inspector returned later that day and was allowed in by Mrs Bennett. She said her husband had taken the puppies away.

“The inspector went into the back garden and was immediately hit by a very offensive smell. She saw three adult dogs, which were in good condition.

“The garden was full of rubbish. There were car parts and other items regarded as hazardous to the animals.”

The court heard the inspector then heard whining from behind a door. She opened it and the four bullmastiff puppies ran out.

Mr Price said: “They ran into the garden and started rooting around in the rubbish bags. They appeared immediately to the inspector to be ravenous and desperate to find something to eat and drink.”

Bennett handed the animals over to the inspector and they were taken to a vet, who found all four were emaciated.

Mr Price said: “The vet said the smell given off by the pups, which were seven to nine weeks old, was awful. It was typical of living in dirty conditions with urine and faeces.”

When interviewed, Bennett said the night before the inspector visited she had been woken by the puppies, so decided to put them outside, despite the fact it was raining.

Left to starve by dog abuser Carly Bennett, Stoke-on-Trent
Happily all of the dogs have recovered from their ordeal at the hands of obese animal abuser Carly Bennett

The same inspector was called back to Bennett’s house in August by a police officer who had attended for an unrelated matter and saw an adult dog that appeared to be malnourished.

The inspector found the dog, which was also a bullmastiff, had been present when she visited in March, but had been in a healthy condition.

However the animal, called Hooch, was now emaciated and the garden was still in the same hazardous state.

Bennett pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and two of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal for which she was responsible.

The court heard she had no previous convictions. All the rescued dogs have since recovered from their ordeal.

12-month community order with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement. Total of £455 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires January 2028).

Stoke Sentinel






Leicester: Luke Keeber

Luke Keeber, born 03/11/1991, of Fairburn House, Aikman Avenue, Leicester LE3 9JT – violently assaulted a 7-month-old puppyConvicted dog abuser Luke Keeber from Leicester

Keeber, who had pleaded not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, was at his ex-girlfriend’s house in Biddle Road, New Parks, Leicester, on June 20, 2017, when a neighbour heard what she described as a dog “screaming”, Leicester magistrates were told.

The neighbour, Josephine Sutton, called the police and they went to the property and recovered the injured seven-month-old female bull mastiff puppy, called Mercy.

During a trial at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday 08/01/2018, Mrs Sutton said: “I was at home in the back garden and I heard Luke shouting at the dog. I heard the dog screaming and yelping.

“I heard thudding as though the dog was being kicked at the fence or thrown into it.”

PC Michael Coulter, who attended the home of Keeber’s ex-partner, Candice Wolverson, said in a statement read out in court: “The dog was shaking, soaking wet and not aggressive.

“I called the dog to me and could see both of Mercy’s eyes were bloodshot and swollen. Mercy was unsteady on its legs.

“Mercy was cowering from Keeber and pushed itself into my legs and was pawing at me for affection.”

The dog belonged to Keeber but lived with Wolverson and the three young children the pair have between them. Wolverson (DoB 07/02/1988) of Biddle Road, Leicester, was also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but during the trial the magistrates decided there was not enough evidence against her and the case was dropped.

Keeber later told police he had seen his two-year-old son pulling Mercy’s tail. He said Mercy was growling and trying to nip at his son so he “slapped” the dog once in the face and then used the hose on her as a punishment.

Giving evidence at the trial, Keeber said: “She was trying to jump round and snap at him. I run at her and punched her straight in the face.

“I did want to hurt her because I was extremely emotional. I hosed her down.”

Keeber told the court: “I feel like a scumbag for hosing her down but I protected my child from a dog bite.”

However, the court heard Mercy was found to have not only haemorrhages in both eyes and swelling to her temple but also “crush” injuries to one paw, grazes and soreness under one leg and lesions and other bruises. The magistrates decided the number of injuries was inconsistent with Keeber’s account.

Keeber was found guilty of animal cruelty.

Sentence: 120 hours of unpaid work, total of £335 towards costs and charges; banned from keeping a dog for five years (expires January 2023).

Leicester Mercury