Thurcroft, Rotherham: Wayne and Joanne Glasby

#TheList backyard breeders Wayne Glasby, born 01/12/1981, and Joanne Glasby, born c. 1968, of Cedric Crescent, Thurcroft S66 – illegally docked their dogs’ tails causing them pain

Joanne and Wayne Glasby subjected tiny puppies to a painful and illegal tail docking procedure
Joanne and Wayne Glasby subjected tiny puppies to a painful and illegal tail docking procedure

Former butcher Wayne Glasby, who is originally from Worksop, and wife Joanne Glasby pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and removing whole or part of a dog’s tail.

The pair used docking rings to remove four terriers’ tails when they were around six-weeks-old.

Andy Cash, for the RSPCA, told the court that the couple’s offending came to light when they advertised three terriers for sale online.

“By chance, a person who was looking at these photographs [in the advert] had a history as a vet and she thought she could see a docking ring and referred the matter to the RSPCA,” said Mr Cash.

The RSPCA visited the Glasbys on November 30, 2018, and found four puppies, aged around six to seven weeks, with docked tails.

Mr Cash said a vet who inspected the dogs assessed that the operation had not been carried out by a qualified practitioner and took the view that it had been an “act of mutilation”.

“It was likely to have caused unnecessary pain which is anticipated to have lasted a few days,” said Mr Cash.

When Wayne Glasby was interviewed by police he admitted owning the puppies but denied docking their tails.

He said the operation had been carried out by a vet, but when efforts were made to trace the practitioner, it was discovered no such vet existed.

Joanne Glasby told officers she was also responsible for the puppies and denied knowing who was responsible for docking their tails.

“She thought it was just what was done to terriers,” said Mr Cash.

The Glasbys’ lawyer told the court her clients had rehomed all of their terriers ahead of the court hearing but still had a 12-year-old lurcher whom they were hoping to rehome within their family. She said the proceedings had had a traumatic effect on the couple.

The pair also have a smallholding where they keep a pony, sheep and lambs and the presiding judge expressed concern over the welfare of those animals.

Sentencing: 150 hours of unpaid work; £600 costs each. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

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Rotherham: Reece West

#TheList Reece Kevin Tommy West, born 25/10/1996, of St John’s Road, Rotherham – beat a tiny chihuahua so badly he had to be put to sleep

Dog killer Reece West and his tiny victim, Mac the chihuahua
Dog killer Reece West and his tiny victim, Mac the chihuahua

The chihuahua, Mac, suffered severe head injuries resulting in him having to be put to sleep on humane grounds whilst in the care of his owner’s then boyfriend Reece West.

Dog killer Reece West from Rotherham

West was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by subjecting him to non-accidental injury on April 12, 2018.

After the case, RSPCA Inspector Paula Clemence said: “This was a very upsetting case to deal with. The owner of Mac is devastated – as you’d imagine.

“She left for work, and everything was fine, then she got a text from her boyfriend at the time – West – saying something was wrong with Mac and she needed to come back.

“She went straight home and found Mac collapsed, bleeding from his eye and ear and turning blue. She rushed him to a vet where he was placed on oxygen and examined and found to have severe head trauma.

“Extremely sadly, the decision was made to put him to sleep on humane grounds.”

Dog killer Reece West from Rotherham
West is now banned from keeping animals for life

Vet evidence stated that Mac had a large swelling around his left eye, bruising to his ear and across his body including his chest, toes and legs, and had a number of scratches and small abrasions.

A post mortem examination confirmed that Mac had a fractured skull and haemorrhaging to his head and neck consistent with large magnitude blunt force trauma to the area.

West maintained that he had assumed Mac had gone downstairs whilst he was lying in bed, and woke up some time later to find the dog on the bed crying and collapsed.

Both vets who gave evidence felt it was impossible that the dog had sustained the injuries himself, and that a fall from a small height like a bed or sofa or even down the stairs wouldn’t have resulted in head injuries so severe.

RSPCA Inspector Clemence added: “This incident caused a great deal of suffering to Mac, and his death, as well as an enormous amount of upset to his owner whose grief over what happened goes on.”

Sentence: 26 weeks in jail; total of £915 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

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Ballymena, County Antrim: Amanda Rosemary Kernohan

#TheList Amanda Kernohan, born 24/01/1974, of 129 Orkney Drive, Ballymena BT42 4EG – left her elderly German Shepherd dog to become emaciated while suffering from a large untreated cancerous tumour

Cruel Amanda Kernohan from Ballymena failed to take her cancer-stricken elderly dog to the vet and allowed him to become amaciated
Cruel Amanda Kernohan from Ballymena failed to take her cancer-stricken elderly dog to the vet and allowed him to become amaciated

Mother-of-two Amanda Kernohan pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her German Shepherd dog contrary to section 4 of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

The charge was brought against Kernohan by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding concerns over the welfare of the dog, known as Bruno.

Animal Welfare Officers found Bruno in an emaciated, dehydrated state, suffering from a large untreated cancerous tumour, and was unable to stand.

Sentencing: 120 hours of community service. Costs of £268.

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Gosport, Hampshire: Jason Bowditch and Samantha Rees-Bowditch

#TheList Jason Bowditch, born 16/09/1975, and Samantha Rees-Bowditch, born c. 1974, of 38 Whitworth Road, Gosport PO12 3NN – for starving two dogs until their bones were visible

‘Skeletal’ starved dogs Sazzle and Leggs were rescued from the Gosport of Jason Bowditch and Samantha Rees-Bowditch
‘Skeletal’ starved dogs Sazzle and Leggs were rescued from the Gosport of Jason Bowditch and Samantha Rees-Bowditch

RSPCA inspectors rescued emaciated cross-breed Sazzle and a terrier called Leggs from the home of Jason Bowditch and Samantha Rees-Bowditch, after being alerted by a concerned member of the public.

Such was the ‘shocking state’ of Sazzle inspectors said it was ‘hard to believe’ he is a Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with a Labrador.

The poor dog had ‘every bone showing’ when the charity found the animals in August 2018.

Video footage shows Sazzle wolfing down a bowl full of food at speed after being rescued.

The defendants admitted failing to maintain the needs of the two dogs.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Coggins, who investigated the case, said: ‘This was a frustrating and saddening case where these two dogs were left without the care they desperately needed.

‘Sazzle was in a shocking condition when we first saw him with every bone showing. It was hard to believe he is a Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with a Labrador.

‘Veterinary examination found no medical reason for the weight loss and they increased in weight simply from being provided with an adequate diet.

‘It would have been obvious to anyone looking at both these dogs that they were desperately thin and in urgent need.

Sazzle and Leggs have recovered from their ordeal. Photo shows Sazzle as he is now.
Sazzle and Leggs have recovered from their ordeal. Photo shows Sazzle as he is now.

‘Thankfully, both Sazzle and Leggs have recovered and are now happy and healthy after gaining weight and condition.’

Sentencing: banned from keeping any animal for three years.

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Gedling, Nottinghamshire: Lisa Featherstone

#TheList Lisa Featherstone, born c. 1978, of Perlethorpe Avenue, Gedling NG4 4GG – kept starving dogs in horrific conditions

Lisa Featherstone was banned from keeping dogs for an astounding six months after neglecting Diesel and Rocky and leaving them to starve
Lisa Featherstone was banned from keeping dogs for an astounding six months after neglecting Diesel and Rocky and leaving them to starve

Featherstone admitted cruelty to her pet dogs Diesel and Rocky, one of whom was found close to death.

The court heard RSPCA inspector Dave MacAdam visited Featherstone’s home on December 6, 2018.

He had been told of problems faced by German Shepherd Rocky, who was kept in the muddy back garden.

Paul Wright, prosecuting, said: “The dog was in such a bad state that there was a risk of dying.”

Featherstone allowed the inspector into the house where he found Staffordshire bull terrier Diesel inside a wire cage.

“It was immediately seen to be in a poor condition. Its ribs and spine were prominent through a short coat,” said Mr Wright.

The dogs were taken to a vet who assessed them on a scale of one to five, with one being regarded as “emaciated” and three the normal standard for a healthy dog. Rocky was classed as “emaciated” and Diesel was one level better.

“This was down to malnutrition, an inadequate diet for at least one month,” Mr Wright told the court.

But in another month, both dogs had made a good recovery and their condition was normal. Rocky’s weight had risen by 60 per cent and Diesel’s had increased by 25 per cent.

Matthew Smith, mitigating, said: “In many ways, this is a sad case and there is no excuse from Miss Featherstone, simply an explanation.

“This is born out of an inability to cope with financial hardship rather than deliberate neglect of those dogs.

“She cut corners with feeding them and she accepts that. Whilst the dogs were fed, they were not fed enough and not given food of sufficient quality.

“Both have been loved family pets,” added Mr Smith, who applied for their return to her home.

He said Featherstone “rescued” Diesel nine years ago from a pub where she worked. She had Rocky for two years.

But District Judge Tim Spruce refused to allow the dogs to go back, telling Featherstone: “I can’t take the risk against the background of your current situation that the dogs would not be neglected again.”
As part of the probation order, she will get help in “problem solving, finances, relationships and emotions”.

Sentencing: one year’s probation; total of £235 costs and charges. Banned from keeping any dog for six months.

Nottingham Post

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We understand that Lisa Featherstone works in the cafe at the Netherfield branch of Morrisons. We hope her employer is aware of her animal cruelty conviction and reconsidering whether she is a suitable employee.

Hereford: Liam Stezaker

#TheList Liam Philp Stezaker, born 03/12/1991, last known address Warwick Walk, Hereford HR4 – strangled and kicked his girlfriend’s dog to death during a campaign of violence and abuse.

Violent thug Liam Stezaker strangled and stamped his girlfriend's dog Tilly to death
Violent thug Liam Stezaker strangled and stamped his girlfriend’s dog Tilly to death

Liam Stezaker, who has a previous conviction for drink driving, subjected his girlfriend Sarah Griffiths to regular beatings with one attack resulting in her being hospitalised.

Then in September 2018 Stezaker attacked Sarah’s pet dog, Tilly, strangling her before stamping her to death and dumping her lifeless body in a bin.

Dog killere Liam Stezaker from Hereford
Dog killere Liam Stezaker from Hereford

Stezaker admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour.

Crossbreed Tilly was subjected to a brutal death at the hands of Liam Stezaker of Hereford
Crossbreed Tilly was subjected to a brutal death at the hands of Liam Stezaker

Prosecutor Giles Nelson said Stezaker already had a common assault conviction and was under a community order when he killed Tilly.

He said: ‘Considerable force was used to strangle the dog, causing severe suffering.

‘This was a gratuitous piece of violence against the dog.

‘It was not an accident.’

Dog killer Liam Stezaker
Evil dog killer Liam Stezaker

Judge James Tindal told Stezaker he was considered a ‘high risk’ by the probation service.

Sentencing: 12 months in jail for controlling and coercive behaviour, with two sentences of four months for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and actual bodily harm, plus 28 days for cannabis possession – all to run concurrently.

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Falmouth, Cornwall: Peter and Vicki Quick

#TheList Peter Quick, born c. 1981, and Vicki Quick, born c. 1979, both of 18 Oakfield Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2HR – for the starvation and neglect of two dogs and four cats

Convicted animal abusers Vicki Quick and Peter Quick from Falmouth in Cornwall
Pet abusers: the Quicks were banned from keeping animals for 20 years after their two dogs and four cats were found to have been starved and badly neglected

Peter and Vicki Quick were found guilty of five counts of animal cruelty.

The court was shown photographic evidence of the couple’s cats and dogs, some of whom had visible rib cages and painful skin conditions.

Peter and Vicki Quick from Falmouth in Cornwall left their pets to starve and failed to treat their painful skin conditions

The two dogs, Scooby and Bambi, together with four cats Toulouse, Cookie, Crumble and Dough, have been in the care of the RSPCA pending the sentencing.

The couple do have another cat, Midnight, described by Vicki Quick as her “therapy cat”, who will also be taken away from them, although he did not have any injuries or issues.

The Quicks’ lawyer said that the offences were committed at a time when the couple, who have four children, experienced difficulties in living at the address. He said they had been threatened and advised not to return to the property

It was said that Vicki Quick has a long history of mental health issues including psychosis, depression and agoraphobia.

In sentencing the pair, the judge said: “It was your responsibility to look after those animals and while we have sympathy for your situation, it is clear that you do not have the skills or understanding at this time to prevent suffering to them.

“We do not accept that you could not have noticed they were being starved and dehydrated and that they were in pain and had injuries, body scabs and fleas.”

Sentencing: £300 costs each. 20-year ban on keeping animals. This was suspended for 21 days, during which time the couple have a right to appeal.

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Chapel Allerton, Leeds: Robert Michael Hunter

#TheList Robert Michael Hunter, born c. 1984, of Scott Hall Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 – banned from keeping equines after his pony was found severely exhausted and dehydrated at Appleby Horse Fair

Horse trader Robert Michael Hunter from Leeds allowed this pony to become very poorly while in attendance at Appleby Horse Fair.

RSPCA inspectors intervened after the cob gelding was seen breathing heavily and dripping with sweat on June 6 2018, and struggling badly again the following day.

Only after negotiation and police intervention did owner Robert Michael Hunter allow his animal to be examined by a vet.

She found the animal to be severely exhausted, dehydrated and with a dangerously raised heart rate.

The vet went on to say that without veterinary treatment the horse would have been at serious risk of collapse and, subsequently, death due to the severity of exhaustion seen.

The horse was treated and has since made a full recovery.

H orse trader Hunterwas prosecuted and initially denied three charges. But ahead of trial he admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal both by overworking the pony and failing to provide him with routine dentistry for the previous six months.

He also admitted failing to ensure the horse’s worming and dentistry needs were met during a two-year period up to June 2018.

Hunter, a married father-of four and “experienced horseman”, said of the family pet: “I would never ever cause that horse any unnecessary suffering that I’d have known of”.

But, jailing him for 90 days, District Judge Gerald Chalk said: “Put simply, that horse had been severely overworked and was suffering from dehydration.

“That, in my view, is either deliberate ill treatment or neglect by you, and a high level of suffering was caused to that animal.”

Sentencing: jailed for 90 days. Banned from owning or keeping any equine animals for six years.

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Grimsby, Lincolnshire: Susan and David Morris

#TheList David Morris, born c. 1968, and Susan Morris, born c. 1965, both of Southland Court, Grimsby DN37 9LL – left their flea-riddled Shih-Tzu dog to suffer with matted fur, skin and eye problems; dog later PTS

Susan and David Morris from Grimsby did nothing to treat the 'thousands and thousands' of fleas and badly-matted fur of Fifi their Shih-Tzu dog
Susan and David Morris from Grimsby did nothing to treat the ‘thousands and thousands’ of fleas and badly-matted fur of Fifi their Shih-Tzu dog

David and Susan Morris denied three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to the nine-year-old male dog, named Fifi, but were convicted after a trial.

Fifi was riddled with fleas and had badly matted fur as well as skin and eye problems.

The court heard that matting would have stopped him from being able to scratch properly and he would have been in a lot of pain. It was estimated that he had had fleas for two years.

The couple said they could not afford the cost of veterinary treatment so simply left the dog to suffer.

Neglected Shih-Tzu Fifi had many ailments including fleas, infected skin, a dry eye problem and badly matted fur

In a tragic twist, Fifi later had to be put down due to another problem.

Gordon Holt, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told Grimsby magistrates that an inspector visited the couple’s home on January 27, 2018, and examined Fifi.

Mr Holt said: “There was clear evidence that there was suffering to this animal and it had been going on for some time.”

Fifi was taken to the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Grimsby , where a vet clipped him “from head to toe” to get rid of the matting.

“The vet believed Fifi had been caused unnecessary suffering,” said Mr Holt.

The vet said: “I have never seen a flea infection that was so bad. Fleas were visible on every part of his body.”

Sadly Fifi had to be put down last year following problems with his nervous system

Sadly, Fifi put down six months later because of a suspected central nervous problem.

David Morris later said of the dog: “I rescued him off the street. I have had him six or seven years.

“I feel we have rescued Fifi from certain death on the day I rescued him.

“I have not been cruel but possibly I have been stupid. I am bereft if my dog has suffered.”

Susan Morris claimed she did not notice the skin and eye conditions but bathed the dog sometimes for fleas.

Defence barrister Hywel Davies claimed: “There were no signs of discomfort or suffering. They were not to know.

“Nothing there warrants a trip to the vet’s.”

Convicted dog abusers Susan Morris and husband David Morris of Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Convicted dog abusers Susan Morris and husband David Morris of Grimsby, Lincolnshire

David Morris, a trained nurse, told the court that he found the stray dog on the streets.

Part of the reason he did not alert a vet was that he feared that Fifi would turn out to be microchipped and “would be taken back to that awful place” where he believed the dog had been cruelly treated.

He claimed that he did not see any eye or skin problems.

“I never noticed any problems,” he said.

“I didn’t think it was causing him any discomfort. It didn’t seem to bother him.

“We knew there were fleas. We must have used every flea shampoo, flea powder that was available.

“If a new flea product came out, we used it. It seemed to reduce them to some extent.

“He didn’t seem to be bothered by having them. He didn’t whine and didn’t scratch unduly.

“He just seemed a happy little dog.”

There was no cause for them to have concern about the dog suffering at any time.

“If he had, he would have been taken to a vet immediately,” claimed Morris.

“I didn’t think he was suffering in any way.”

Susan Morris told the court: “He was just fine. I used to give him baths.

“I saw a few fleas on him but I was treating it, sometimes two, three times a week. It got better.

“He was just like a normal dog. He wasn’t suffering at all.”

Sentencing:
David Morris: 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.
Susan Morris: electronic curfew for 20 weeks

Total of £335 costs and charges each
Both were banned indefinitely from keeping animals

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Taunton, Somerset: Paul John Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys

#TheList Paul Addicott, born 02/07/1986, and Rebecca Jeffreys, born 08/05/1982, of Massingham Park, Taunton TA2 – left their pet cat to suffer with a painful untreated skin condition

Despite a considerable income uncaring Paul Addicott and partner Rebecca Jeffreys failed to fork out £5 per month to treat Snowy's painful skin condition.
Despite a considerable income uncaring Paul Addicott and partner Rebecca Jeffreys failed to fork out £5 per month to treat Snowy’s painful skin condition.

Addicott and Jeffreys were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to white cat Snowy, by failing to seek appropriate professional veterinary treatment.

Animal abusers Paul Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys from Taunton
Animal abusers Paul Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys from Taunton

RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel, who investigated the case, said: “Sadly Snowy was left to suffer and had painful scabs and sores all over his body, which could have easily been avoided by seeking suitable veterinary care.

“The bench were incredulous that they had failed to get treatment that would have cost approximately £5 a month when they have a significant joint annual income.

“Pet owners have a responsibility to address any health conditions – animals can’t help themselves and are reliant on their owners to provide the care they need.

“Anyone who has concerns about the health of their pet should ask for help and advice to avoid unnecessary distress and suffering being caused.”

Snowy has since recovered while in the care of the team at RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre.

Sentencing: 80 hours of unpaid work; £385 each in costs and charges. Deprived of ownership of Snowy but weren’t banned from keeping animals.

Somerset County Gazette