#TheList Roy Busby, born c. 1959, of Bath Road, Bridgwater TA6 4PP – failed to seek veterinary treatment for his elderly dog Binks after he was attacked by another of Busby’s nine dogs
Busby admitted that his failure to provide timely veterinary care for lurcher Binks led to his suffering.
The elderly dog sadly had to be put to sleep by a vet because of the severity of his injuries.
Speaking about the case, RSPCA inspector Marie Griffiths said: “Our pets are reliant on us and when an animal is injured. It’s an owner’s duty to ensure they receive the veterinary care they need.
“It’s heartbreaking to think not only did Binks endure painful injuries but that he was left to suffer without the care he deserved.”
Busby’s daughter Emily Courtenay insisted that she and her father did “everything in our power” to save Binks, adding: “If we treated our animals badly we would not have been allowed to keep our other eight dogs”.
Sentencing: 80 hours of unpaid work; £225 in court costs. NO BAN.
#TheList Brenda Cooper, aged 58, of XX Stanley Street, Seaham SR7 0AH – failed to take cancer-stricken pet cat Ava to vet
RSPCA inspectors visited Cooper’s home and found Ava with a large infected tumour in her stomach. She had never been seen by a vet The animal was also severely underweight and sadly had to be put to sleep.
Speaking about the case RSPCA Inspector Cathy Maddison said: “When I visited the property in April this year, I found a dog and five cats.
“One cat – Ava – was in an absolutely shocking condition. [She] had a very large infected tumour on her stomach which was open and filled with pus.
“She was also extremely underweight – just skin and bone. With the owner’s consent, I rushed her to the vet.
“Sadly, due to the inoperable and cancerous tumour, Ava’s condition was so severe that to prevent her suffering any further the vet decided the kindest option was to put the poor cat to sleep, also with the consent of the owner.
“This was an awful case as there was nothing that could be done for Ava by the time the RSPCA was made aware of the situation.
“But I’m just thankful that Alfie the dog and the other cats are in our care and they too are no longer at risk of suffering.”
Sentencing: Total of £430 in fines, costs and charges. Three-year ban on keeping animals (expires August 2021).
#TheList Sarah Burnham, 27, and Louise Wood, 61, formerly of Hunloke Road, Holmewood, Chesterfield S42 5RZ – mistreated 19 dogs and 3 cats who were kept in filth and squalor
Wood and Burnham pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the 19 dogs and three cats by subjecting them to an environment which was detrimental to their wellbeing between October 2017 and January 2018.
The animals were kept in appalling conditions in their own excrement in dark rooms.
Sentencing Burnham, now of no fixed abode, and Wood, now of Edensor Court, Middlecroft, Chesterfield, were both fined £360 each and were each ordered to pay a £36 victim surcharge and £300 costs. Both Wood and Burnham were also disqualified from keeping animals for life and no application to lift the order will be allowed for ten years.
#TheList Darryn Carpenter, aged 37, Normandy Way, Plymouth PL5 – beat pet rabbit Lucky to death and dumped his broken body in a dustbin
Father-of-two Carpenter, who has a conviction for domestic violence, was found guilty in his absence of causing Lucky unnecessary suffering on or about December 8 , 2017.
Police visiting Carpenter’s home on another matter found the animal wrapped in a plastic bag in the bin.
When questioned Carpenter claimed he had gone downstairs when he heard Lucky making noises, and after picking him up he dropped Lucky on the floor by accident. He said that when he put Lucky back into the hutch he was unharmed, but was found dead in the hutch the next day.
A post-mortem examination showed Lucky has suffered a severe injury to his thorax (the area between the neck and the abdomen).
He had a fracture dislocation of his spine and severe bleed to his chest cavity and into his lungs. It was concluded that he died as a “result of blunt force trauma”. Significant force had been applied to break the rabbit’s back. None of this was consistent with Carpenter’s claims that the rabbit had accidentally fallen to the floor.
Speaking about the case RSPCA chief inspector Richard Abbott said: “This was a very upsetting case where Mr Carpenter inflicted a great deal of violence and cruelty on a defenceless pet, who was kept at his home.”
“Pets deserve to be treated with care and respect and it’s terribly sad that poor Lucky’s life ended in this way.”
Sentence: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Total of £615 costs and charges. Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires August 2028).
#TheList Courtney Marie Layton, born 15/04/1999, of Stockton-on-Tees TS19, and partner Ian David Tait, born 06/06/1973, of 42 Dover Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0JT – left horses starving in deplorable conditions
Layton , whom her lawyer described as “vulnerable”, and Tait both pleaded guilty to animal neglect charges between March 11 and April 1, 2018.
Their horses had been kept in shocking conditions at an allotments in Port Clarence, with one horse laying in thick mud and another so skinny an RSPCA inspector could feel his spine, ribs, pelvic bones and shoulder blades through his thick coat.
John Ellwood, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, outlined the squalid conditions inspectors saw when they visited the allotment where the animals were found.
He said: “In the gaps and at the entrance to the make-shift stable there were exposed nails and wire which would present a hazard to the horses.
“While the inspector was on site Harley got his feet caught in a pallet and had to be released. There were no dry areas, no grass, no hay, no adequate shelter and no bedding.”
He added: “The entire allotment was thick with wet mud and faeces. There was lots of rubble, broken glass, wire and a long piece of barbed wire on the floor.”
All the animals were later seen by a vet who confirmed that the conditions the animals had been kept in were totally unsuitable for horses.
“The vet’s opinion is that Blaze and Little Man had been starved to the point of emaciation and were clearly suffering,” Mr Ellwood added.
Blaze and Little Man belonged to Layton, while Dinky and Harley were Tait’s horses.
The court heard how attention was first drawn to the allotment when the pony Blaze was seen to be collapsed on the floor.
Members of the public had been feeding him and alerted the RSPCA.
An inspector later found the pony lying in thick wet mud on his right side, making no effort to lift his head or stand up.
The court was told in mitigation that Layton had been heavily pregnant when the offence occurred and had struggled to go up to look after the horses each day.
Danielle Hewitt, defending, said Layton, a mother-of-two, is a “vulnerable person” and “remorseful” for her actions.
The court was told she had been dealing with “a number of issues in her personal life” and that she has suffered with depression for as long as she can remember.
She added that the horses had only been kept at the allotments “temporarily”.
Discussing Tait, Ms Hewitt said he had only kept his horses at the allotment for one night.
After care from the RSPCA, the horses have made a full recovery and are now free from parasites. The two starved horses – Blaze and Little Man – have now reached a normal weight.
Sentencing: Layton was jailed for 18 weeks for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. She was also given a 12-week jail sentence for failing to meet the needs of the horses, which will run concurrently.
Tait was given a 12-week jail term for failing to meet the needs of the horses.
The pair were also disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years (expires August 2028).
#TheList Lisa Clements, aged 34, and Paul Rendle, 37, both of Chatsworth Gardens, Plymouth PL5 2JU – banned from keeping mammals and birds for 10 years after their emaciated dog was rescued by the RSPCA.
The pair admitted causing unnecessary suffering when they appeared before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
RSPCA Inspector Jon Phipps visited the couple’s home after concerns were raised about the welfare of Staffordshire bull terrier Diesel.
Inspector Phipps said: “Diesel was sadly in a poor condition that could have been treated easily with the right care and attention.
“His condition has improved significantly simply with normal feeding.
“He almost doubled his weight in our care from 10kg to 19.6kg and is now at a healthy weight.
“There is never an excuse for failing to meet the needs of an animal and allowing them to get into such a poor and emaciated condition.”
Sentence: £280 each in court costs; 10-year ban on keeping mammals and birds (expires August 2028).
#TheList Theresa McGahey, of Fort Street, Belfast BT12 7BH – starved her pet dog to death; another one was also starving but recovered
Irresponsible McGahey’s appalling neglect was discovered after she contacted Belfast City Council to ask them to remove the dog’s body. A council official discovered the dead brindle-coloured Staffy, named Tyson, lying in the rear yard of the property.
The court heard that a second “extremely skinny” Staffordshire Bull Terrier was lying on top of the dead body of her companion, alive but in a “poor state.”
When found, Tyson weighed just 7kg against a normal weight for the breed of 17kg. A vet later determined ulcers were found in Tyson’s stomach, which compounded with starvation would have led to a “painful and miserable” death in “appalling conditions.”
It was concluded that Tyson had died in “considerable distress” and in “filthy conditions”. As well as starving the dog, McGahey also failed to obtain medical treatment which amounted to “a criminal act that went on over a period of time” as it would have taken the dog “days if not weeks to starve”.
Court documents stated McGahey’s abuse of Tyson occurred over a 14-month period between January 2016 and March 2017.
Backyard breeder McGahey, who frequently advertised puppies for sale via Facebook, initially claimed Tyson had been poisoned and denied having deprived him of food.
It’s understood the other dog found at her home has since been returned to health and rehomed.
When local newspaper Sunday Life called to McGahey’s property and asked about the dog starving to death, she said: “And what?”
Sentencing: McGahey received a conditional discharge for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for life under Section 33 of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.