#TheList Michael Kevin Jackson, born c. 1958, and Christine Lorraine Carol Diane Jackson, born c. 1974, of 171 Stratford Street, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 7EQ – let their tumour-riddled dog suffer in agony for at least a month
Mastiff Butch had appalling open wounds to his head – both of his eyes had virtually disappeared. Sadly, he had to be put down after being assessed by a vet.
His owners admitted, between 1 October and 1 November 2018, causing unnecessary suffering to Butch by failing to explore and address chronic wounds to his head which led to his death.
Michael Kevin Jackson said he tried to treat the tumours by pouring Dettol over Butch’s face
RSPCA inspector Kris Walker said:
“I could smell Butch before I saw him – I’ve never smelt anything so horrific.
I couldn’t get it off myself and my van smelled for about a week afterwards.
“He was wearing a buster collar that had blood and tissue on it from the open wounds all over his head and neck, which it turned out were ulcerated cancerous tumours.
“He was crying and shaking his head and necrotic skin was going everywhere.
“His collar had blood and tissue on it from the open wounds”
The pain he was in was obvious.
It was the most appalling thing I’ve seen in a long while.
“His right eye had almost vanished and his left eye was shut.
“He couldn’t see – when we got to the vets he was bumping into the examination table and walls.
“His ear canals were so inflamed they were completely closed and the skin on the pad of one of his feet was also gone, open and bloody.
“Mr Jackson told me he had been treating him by pouring Dettol on his face.”
After examination Butch was put to sleep on vet advice.
In mitigation for Mr Jackson the court heard that the offence happened when he was separated from his wife Christine.
The dog had banged his head and sustained a cut at some stage which had worsened.
He said he did try to bathe the cut and the dog was eating okay but this was challenged and the court heard that the defendant clearly knew there was a problem as he was walking the dog at night.
The court was told he was not working due to health issues.
In mitigation for Mrs Jackson the court heard that she had not been aware of the extent of the problem, however she stated that she had asked Mr Jackson to contact the RSPCA.
The court heard that she also had health problems.
Sentencing: Michael Kevin Jackson – 12-week curfew order; 15 rehabilitation days; total of £235 costs and charges.
Christine Jackson – 12-month community order including 200 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation days, total of £235 costs and charges.
Both were disqualified from keeping animals for life.
A deprivation order was placed on Christine Jackson’s five cats.
#TheList Peter Glover, born c. 1969, of West View, Rudry CF83 3DW – failed to get veterinary treatment for his two dogs’ ailments
Peter Glover pleaded guilty to two Animal Welfare Act offences after failing to look after blue French bulldog Skylar and American bulldog Cariad.
RSPCA officers had tried repeatedly to work with Glover to address his dogs’ needs but in the end had no choice but to pursue criminal proceedings against him.
Skylar was suffering a nasty ear infection while Cariad had a serious eye condition but neither pet received treatment.
Sadly, Cariad later died following complications after surgery for pyometra – a womb infection – but Skylar is in the care of the RSPCA and will soon be made available for rehoming.
RSPCA Cymru said that Glover’s inaction amounted to “a clear failure of duty” with neither dogs’ needs met.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “Education and working with owners is always a priority for the RSPCA – but, sadly, we were ultimately left with no choice but to pursue legal action in this case.
“Skylar’s ear infection and Cariad’s eye problems were not given the ongoing veterinary attention that this man was legally bound to give them. There was a clear failure of duty to these poor animals.”
She added: “Owning an animal is a privilege – and ensuring appropriate veterinary care is a key part of the responsibility we have towards our pets. It’s so sad that, in this instance, that responsibility was not met.”
Sentencing: total of £235 costs and charges. 30-month ban from keeping animals (expires around June 2021).
#TheList puppy farmer David Thomas, born born 31/12/1944 , of Wallis, Ambleston, Haverfordwest SA62 – failed to care for 25 Labradors, allowing them to suffer unnecessarily and live in a “filthy and hazardous” environment.
Thomas pleaded guilty to three animal welfare offences.
The court heard Thomas failed to provide a suitable environment for 25 dogs, caused unnecessary suffering to five puppies by failing to explore their poor conditions, and caused unnecessary suffering to five dogs by failing to give them appropriate veterinary care for an infection involving their feet.
The dogs – found on the derelict farm – were 19 puppies and six adults.
One puppy was sadly found dead.
The 25 dogs were removed and given immediate treatment.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “When I arrived I just remember thinking what an appalling situation this was. It was dire. These dogs and puppies were kept in filthy and hazardous conditions. They were denied access to food and water, were in danger of injury and disease, and did not have the necessary comfort in terms of shelter and bedding, and were not free to exhibit normal behaviour, by being kept in the dark with poor ventilation.
“The puppies looked thin, dehydrated and were cold, and there was evidence of caked faeces on all the puppies’ feet, and all their claws were overgrown.
“It was just horrible and just so sad to see these lovely puppies in just terrible conditions.”
The dogs were taken into the care of the local authorities for rehoming.
Inspector Hogben added: “We’d like to thank everyone who assisted in this case – the police, the local dog wardens, the local vet and Green Acres Animal Rescue.
“We really appreciate all their help in what was a challenging case, due to the numbers of dogs there.
“These dogs and puppies will now grow up in a loving, safe environment where they are given the care and attention they deserve.”
Sentencing: 24-week custodial sentence – suspended for two years. Total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for life.
#TheList Arnold Dawson, born c. 1989, and Kerry Lee Dowson, born c. 1984, both of 36 Armada Close, Basildon SS15 5GP – for cruelty towards a kitten who was injured six times in eight weeks
Dawson and Dowson admitted failing to meet the welfare needs of a black male kitten called Binx by not protecting him from recurrent injury.
The court heard Binx had been taken to the vet six times in eight weeks with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma particularly to the head.
An expert witness report found that Binx had a number of injuries and some were very severe causing large swellings to the head, fracture of the skull, a rib fracture and internal bleeding within the eyes.
The injuries to the kitten’s eyes resulted in eventual blindness.
The explanations given by Dawson and Dowson for the possible cause of injuries suffered by Binx were not consistent with their severity and the expert concluded that Binx had been subject to repeated incidents of intentional injury.
The court was also told the couple’s previous pet, a dog called Honey, had a similar pattern of unexplained injuries in her medical history which sadly resulted in Honey being put down.
Speaking after the case RSPCA Inspector Adam Jones said: “Binx was taken to a vet by the owner on six occasions over an eight week period, with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.
“A deprivation order was made and Binx has now been signed over into the care of the RSPCA. We will now look to find him a new home.
“He really is the sweetest boy, despite the injuries he has suffered. He is now blind as a result of the cataracts, but this doesn’t seem to restrict him and he is still just the loveliest cat you could meet. I am certain he will make someone a wonderful addition to their family.”
Despite initially denying the charge, both Dawson and Dowson admitted one count each of failing to protect Binx from recurrent injury.
Sentencing: Dawson – 12-month community order, 200 hours of unpaid work, a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to take part in a thinking skills programme.
Dowson – 12-month community order, a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and a six-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am.
Both were disqualified from keeping all animals for 10 years and each ordered to pay £600 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
#TheList Philip James Ellis, born c. 1977, of 5 Beaumaris Houses, Cwmbran NP44 8HX – failed to provide urgent veterinary care for his pet Staffy, who was riddled with fleas, had chronic ear disease and serious skin problems.
Ellis pleaded guilty to two Animal Welfare Act offences at Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 7, 2019.
The RSPCA was contacted after reports that the dog, named Troy, had been seen with a nasty flea infestation.
Officers from the charity attended the property in September 2018 with Gwent Police, and found Troy with fur loss to his back end and tail, swollen ears and with his head shaking vigorously.
Veterinary inspection later confirmed that Ellis’ failure to ensure necessary treatment, care and attention for his dog’s flea infestation and skin disease caused suffering unnecessarily.
Ellis also admitted failing to meet the needs of Troy by ensuring adequate or effective veterinary attention for this problem.
The dog’s skin problems were also causing intense itching; but by the second week of treatment after veterinary intervention, improvements and response to treatment were already evident.
Troy is now in the care of the RSPCA, with animal centre staff working tirelessly to support behavioural challenges and make him ready for rehoming in the future.
Elaine Spence, RSPCA chief inspector for South East Wales, said: “Owning an animal is a privilege – but this man’s failure to ensure appropriate veterinary care meant that was clearly not appreciated in this case.
“A simple visit to the vet could have spared Troy such a difficult time.
“Sadly, the state of his flea infestation and skin problems were very serious and vets were clear that suffering had taken place as a result.
“Troy’s ear disease was advanced, and the clinical signs were severe enough that – shockingly – permanent damage to the ear canals is a distinct possibility.
“The owner should have sought veterinary advice, and it is unacceptable he failed to do so for so long.
“Thankfully, this Staffordshire bull terrier is now in RSPCA care, and we’re working tirelessly to ensure this dog can go up for rehoming in the future and get a second chance of happiness.”
Sentencing: Total of £235 fines, costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping any animal for five years.
#TheList Michael Esmond Bennett, born 10/12/1955, and Susan Jones, born c. 1959, of Beechwood Avenue, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 8NX – let their elderly shih-tzu’s fur become so matted she was unable to walk properly
Bennett and Jones pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a 12-year-old shih-tzu called Molly.
The dog was rescued by the RSPCA after an anonymous report was received concerning the dog’s welfare.
Inspector Anthony Joynes was then sent to investigate on October 2, 2018 and said that he was ‘shocked’ by the terrible state she had been left in.
Insp Joynes said: “We received a report about the dog’s condition following a fire in the street, which meant the house where she lived was evacuated, and a concerned member of the public spotted her poor condition.
“When I went to the property I was so shocked – I honestly could not tell where her mouth was and where her back end was.
“Then I picked her up and could see weeks of faeces stuck in her matted fur at the back.
“The matting was so bad round her paws it meant she struggled to walk and there was a chin strap matt around her mouth which meant she was unable to open it properly which would have made eating and drinking very difficult.
“The fur growth had also caused a chronic eye condition which was also causing the dog a lot of discomfort.
“She also had a bad case of fleas which she was unable to scratch
“It was the worst case of matting I have seen in my nine years as an inspector.”
The couple signed to dog over into the care of the RSPCA and Molly was taken to Upton Veterinary Surgery for emergency treatment.
On assessment, staff could see Molly was unable to walk properly because her fur had grown around her front paw pad – making it grow the wrong way.
The team got through three sets of clipper blades to cut off two kilograms of her matted coat.
After five hours of shaving, Molly was found to have a deformed front paw but an x-ray revealed her back legs were in a good condition.
Insp Joynes added: “We were really worried that under all the matted fur we may find more serious concerns.
“Often in these cases the matting can cut off circulation which can result in multiple limb amputation.
“We didn’t know if this would be the case for Molly and fortunately it wasn’t.”
In mitigation, the court was told that the couple had ill health and were struggling to cope with the dog.
They had an appointment booked with the PDSA charity a year before to have Molly groomed but they did not attend as they said they were ‘worried’ the dog would get taken off them.
Sentencing: Three-month curfew; £200 costs each; 15-year ban on keeping animals.
Gladstone admitted a charge of bestiality, committed between May 5 and June 17 2018 in his home. He also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images of himself and the dog.
Defence solicitor Willie Young told Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood: “He had never met the man concerned. But he carried out these acts because he was coerced into committing these acts or the relationship would come to an end.
“He is sickened by his behaviour. This is a young man who has on-going needs and continuing assessment.”
Since Gladstone had been in custody for several months, Sheriff Fleetwood told him: “This time you have spent in custody is punishment enough.”
But he placed Gladstone under three years of social work supervision and ordered him to participate in a sex offender’s programme.
#TheList Martin Harrison, born c. 1960, of 4 Belvedere Road, Christchurch BH23 1PT – fed his two dogs a diet of cheese and rice pudding until they became so fat they couldn’t walk
Martin Harrison was convicted of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffies Brucie and Lucie and one of failing to provide veterinary care after allowing the dogs to become so overweight they were ‘barrel-shaped’ and buckled under their sheer size.
Although Harrison blamed his late mother for over-feeding the two dogs, he confessed to occasionally spoiling them with ‘cakes and doggy treats’.
The dogs were ‘panting heavily’ after being seized by RSPCA inspectors.
During the time Harrison owned the dogs, Brucie’s weight ballooned from a healthy 46lbs to 82lbs. Lucy’s weight increased to 75lbs and she had a chronic ear condition which was not treated.
Brucie’s weight almost doubled from a healthy 46lbs to 82lbs while Lucy’s bulk ballooned to 75lbs after Harrison took ownership of them in 2014.
She also had a “significant” ear condition which was ignored.
The pair have since been put on a strict diet and now weigh a svelte 50lbs each.
Lucy has also had an op to repair her ear.
Both dogs have now been permanently confiscated from Harrison after a hearing at Poole Magistrates’ Court.
Jeremy Lake, prosecuting, said: “Both dogs were grossly obese and barrel-like when they were seized.
“Brucie was panting constantly and laying down in the consulting room. He had fatty deposits around his neck and back.
“Lucy was also overweight and she had a chronic ear disease caused over a long time.”
Harrison, who lived with his mother, bought Brucie and Lucy on Gumtree in November 2014.
The defendant represented himself in court. He said his late mother, who had Alzheimer’s, would feed the dogs fatty food, despite him repeatedly asking her not to.
He said he could not afford to take Lucy to the vets for a period of time, and blamed former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith for stopping his benefits.
“My dogs are my children. I miss them like crazy and I just want them back. I’ve got no one else,” he said.
“Any missed vet appointments can be blamed on Iain Duncan Smith. My benefits were stopped and I had no money.”
Sentencing: total of £280 in fines, costs and charges. Disqualified from owning or keeping animals for two years.