#TheList Carl Thomas Richardson, born c. 1981, most recently of Rose Lane, Holme Slack, Preston PR1 – kicked his pet dog “like a rugby ball” while drunk
Richardson, a prolific criminal with 84 convictions for 137 offences, admitted kicking his dog, Pepper (not pictured), but said he was dazed after being violently assaulted.
Richardson got drunk at his grandfather’s funeral and was later left bleeding when a man assaulted him near his home, the bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.
A police officer arriving at the scene on August 23, 2017, saw Richardson with blood over his face, staggering about in the road and waving his arms before kicking three-year-old Pepper.
It came to light during Richard’s appeal hearing that the police officer made a statement claiming Richardson drop kicked Pepper “like a rugby ball”, causing the dog to fly across the road. He had also made remarks he kicked the animal because it had not bitten his assailants “like it was supposed to”.
The judge was critical of the decision not to allow the police officer to give evidence during the original hearing.
He said: “We reject this application.
“The defendant deliberately kicked the dog on the street, whether it’s his dog or someone else’s is irrelevant.”
He pointed out the penalty would have been “far more severe” if the officer’s evidence was admitted.
Richardson admitted failing to ensure her needs were met.
Sentencing: Total of £435 fines, costs and charges (ordered to pay an additional £250 in costs for his unsuccessful appeal). Banned from keeping animals for three years (expires June 2021).
#TheList for beating a helpless dog Chelsey Alice Clayton (DoB 22.03.93) of Memorial Road, Walkden M28, Jamie Lee Wilson (DoB 24.08.94) of 13 Birch Road, Walkden M28 7FE, and the dog’s owner Dean Mark Anthony Smedley (DoB 01.08.92) of Flat 12 Willow Tree Court, Eccles M30 8PS
Neighbours filmed Jamie Lee Wilson repeatedly punching a Staffy named Bob (pictured) as the dog yelped out in pain in the back yard of a house occupied by Wilson’s partner, Chelsey Clayton. Clayton was also filmed attacking the dog.
The RSPCA began investigating when several neighbours tipped them off regarding dogs being potentially beaten at Clayton’s property on Memorial Road in Walkden.
An RSPCA inspector went round and viewed the footage, shown to a district judge in Manchester magistrates’ court, which captured first Clayton hitting a dog in the back yard of her property.
That was followed by a ‘prolonged’ attack by Wilson who, despite the animal being obscured for some it, can be seen grabbing and throwing him around and raising his fists and punching him.
Bob’s ordeal lasted well over a minute and the dog was ‘screaming, crying and clearly in distress’, said Anna McDonald, prosecuting for the RSPCA.
At the end of the footage, Wilson was seen holding up the dog and punching it to the head.
An RSPCA inspector attended with police officers following the incident, on 17 August 2017, and seized all the animals at the property for their protection.
Bob was examined, and had a laceration to his lip but no other injuries and no treatment was required.
However, a vet confirmed any animal which has been beaten, causing it to cry as heard on the video, will have been caused to suffer unnecessarily.
Wilson and Clayton were both charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
The charges were proved in the pair’s absence at a hearing in February 2018.
Dean Smedley, who was Bob’s owner, was at the property at the time of the attack and ‘failed to do anything to prevent Bob from being beaten and suffering unnecessarily’, the prosecution said.
He was convicted of two offences of failing to take steps to prevent physical violence to a protected animal.
Speaking after the case, RSPCA Inspector Vicky MacDonald said: “This was a really shocking case which is reflected by the sentences handed down.
“I’m really grateful to the witnesses who came forward to take a stand against this kind of behaviour who, in doing so, enabled us to conduct this investigation, and to the police for the help that I received from them throughout.”
Wilson: jailed for 14 weeks and banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires June 2028). His legal team lodged an appeal against his sentence.
Clayton: eight-week sentence, suspended for a year, £200 costs. Disqualified from keeping animals for eight years (expires June 2026).
Smedley (sentenced in May 2018): 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. 150 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from keeping animals for seven years (expires May 2025).
#TheList Yousef Jouichat, 30, and Ameer Khan, 22, both of Pickering Court, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear NE32 3JJ – starved a dog to death at their home
Brothers Yousef Jouichat and Ameer Khan mistreated their three-year-old female American bulldog for at least two months. The animal, named Liner, was left skeletal and with a chronic skin complaint and overgrown nails.
RSPCA officers said the brothers were caught when they took the already dead dog to a vet to inquire about having her cremated.
The vet grew suspicious of their account and called in RSPCA inspectors, one of whom described Liner’s condition as the worst she had seen.
Magistrates heard the pair claimed they had been visiting relatives in Cardiff during the two months leading up to the dog’s death and that they had entrusted her upkeep to a man named Ali, who they had met on a football pitch.
Neil Taylor, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court their accounts differed, and they could not further identify the man they accused.
He said: “It’s a pretty clear case of neglect. Over a prolonged period they starved an American bulldog named Liner to death.
“They claimed the dog was a fussy eater which had lost and gained weight intermittently.
The vet was concerned and also noticed the dog’s nails were overgrown.”
He added: “They made up a story that they had left it in the care of another person whose name was Ali, who they had met on a football pitch.
“It’s the prosecution case that they couldn’t afford medication and that Mr Ali didn’t exist and that they starved the dog to death and did so with no remorse.”
Chef Khan and jobless Jouichat both pleaded guilty to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and failing to take reasonable steps to ensure its needs were met. The charges relate to a period between September 2 and October 2, 2017, the day the dog was taken to Blythman and Partners vets.
Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Rachael Hurst said: “This is the worst case of cruelty I’ve seen in my five years with the RSPCA.
“The dog was like a skeleton, it was skin and bones, and the smell was horrendous.
“It must have suffered terribly, and I can’t imagine the level of suffering this dog has gone through before it died.
“We don’t know why they did it. There were no calls of concern around this dog.”
District Judge Roger Elsey said: “It clearly is a serious case. It merits punishment, and if you had any previous convictions it would be a custodial sentence.”
Sentencing: Khan: 18-month community sentence with 200 hours of unpaid work and 15-day rehabilitation requirements. Total of £385 costs and charges. Lifetime ban on keeping animals with no right of appeal for 15 years.
Jouichat: 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months; 100 hours of unpaid work with 20-day rehabilitation requirement. Total of £415 costs and charges. Lifetime ban on keeping animals with no right of appeal for 15 years.