Upton-upon-Severn, Worcester – Joe Purvis

#TheList Joe Purvis, born c. 1993, of William Tennant Way, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcester WR8 OLP – broke his kitten’s jaw and caused what are believed to be burns to her head; kitten also lost a leg

Kitten Indico suffered a catalogue of injuries while in the care of her owner Joe Purvis . Now he's been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Kitten Indico suffered a catalogue of injuries while in the care of her owner Joe Purvis . Now he’s been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Purvis took his 12-week-old Maine Coon cat, named Indico, to a vet in November 2018 where she was found to have three fractures to her head.

The pet, bought for £50 several months earlier on Facebook, also had an open wound on the top of her head, and lost a leg while in Purvis’ care.

Animal abuser Joe Purvis of Upton-upon-Severn
Animal abuser Joe Purvis of Upton-upon-Severn

Purvis admitted to giving Indica a “back-hander”, claiming she had bitten him, but did not accept that the marks were caused by a burn. Instead, he claimed she hit her head on a tap while he was trying to wash her.

The former student at Heart of Worcestershire College accepted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when he appeared before magistrates.

Sara Pratt, prosecuting, said the defendant had taken the kitten to vets in September 2018 and she had such severe injuries to her leg that they had no choice but to amputate it.

On November 9, 2018, Purvis then took her again to Coldicott & Kingsway Veterinary Clinic in Tewkesbury and was described by staff as smelling “overwhelmingly of cannabis”.

Mrs Pratt said he told vets he believed the cat had suffered a broken jaw due to him giving her a “back-hander the night before” after she’d defecated on his bed and bit him.

He also told them the open sore on her head was caused by her hitting her head while he washed faeces off her.

Purvis said to vets he “couldn’t cope with such a demanding animal” and that she was the “first and last” pet he would ever own.

Mrs Pratt said the defendant had been unable to sleep the night of the incident and had toyed with the idea of taking her somewhere to “let her go as a stray” but decided to take her to Coldicott clinic instead.

The vets told him Indico needed an X-ray, but he said he didn’t have any money and “did not want the cat” before becoming “verbally aggressive”.

When veterinary staff wouldn’t agree to take the kitten off him, he told them there was “no proof” he owned her anyway.

He added that if he was forced to take her home he would “let her go” and described the vets as “money grabbing” despite them offering to give some treatment for free.

The court heard Purvis then agreed to sign over the cat to the practice and started to fill out a document but then “screwed it up” and exited.

The cat was left at the vets where she was examined, and it was determined she had fractures to the eye and jaw.

The wound to the head appeared to be a burn rather than a graze, as Purvis described it.

Mrs Pratt said vets said there was a “crunching of the bones” on the right-hand jaw bone.

The kitten’s general demeanour was said to be “nervous” in contrast to most young cats who are usually “bold and active” when going to the vets.

An RSPCA inspector went to Purvis’ home later the same day. Purvis agreed to sign over Indico to them and was later interviewed at a local police station.

Mrs Pratt said “there was significant intervention in terms of operations to put right the injuries” which had proved costly to the vets as Purvis hadn’t paid any money.

Defending Purvis Judith Kenney, of Judith Kenney Solicitors in Worcester, said she had seen pictures of the cat while she was living with her client and she was “happy and contented”.

A cat owner herself, Kenney said it is often the case that once a young cat goes through such trauma as a major operation and re-adjustment to life, they are “never the same”.

“The reality is, then she couldn’t defecate properly in her litter tray anymore,” she explained, and went on to say she believes Purvis was not properly told how to look after her after the amputation and “struggled with her”.

Referring to the day in November in which he struck the cat, Kenney said: “Only he knows the truth of the matter.”

“Why would he take the kitten to the vets and admit what he had done if he didn’t have some compassion towards her?”

She said he became agitated at the vets because he “couldn’t afford to pay anymore” fees and had a hospital appointment later that morning.

She said he is often “impulsive” and “that’s part of his difficulties”.

At the last hearing in February, Kenney had said her client suffers from mental health problems.

Joker: Judith Kenney of Worcester solicitor firm Judith Kenney Ltd told the court her cat-abusing client was "an animal lover",
Joker: Judith Kenney of Worcester solicitor firm Judith Kenney Ltd , which is based in the city’s Foregate Street, told the court her cat-abusing client was “an animal lover”,

Kenney said: “He wants me to ensure that you are aware that he did the right thing. He took the cat to the vets. He didn’t do the right thing in hitting her and breaking her jaw.”

She added: “There has been absolute vilification of him in the press. When I read some of the comments, I just couldn’t believe some individuals can’t see that there’s two sides to a story.”

He is an animal lover,” she continued. “He accepts what he did on that day was not right and if he could put the clock back, he would.”

The court heard the cat has now been rehomed.

Sentencing: 14 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. Costs and charges totalling £515. Banned from owning any animals for 10 years.

Hereford Times

Tiverton, Devon: Joshua Coles

#TheList Joshua Coles, born c. 1991, of Ennerleigh Farm, Washfield near Tiverton, Devon EX16 9RF – filmed swallowing a live goldfish he had just won at Bridgwater Fair

Animal abuser Joshua Coles from Washfield, Tiverton
Animal abuser Joshua Coles from Washfield, Tiverton

A 14 second long video posted on Snapchat showed Coles holding the fish in his right hand before putting into his mouth.

He then drinks half a pint of beer to swallow it before opening his mouth to show his pals that he had gulped it down.

Coles admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal during the incident which took place during September 2018.

RSPCA prosecutor Lindi Meyer showed Exeter magistrates court the video that was made by Coles’ girlfriend who posted it on social media.

"Only a goldfish" - Coles has never shown any remorse for his actions and found it amusing that the cruel death of a helpless goldfish warranted an investigation
“Only a goldfish” – Coles has never shown any remorse for his actions and found it amusing that the cruel death of a helpless goldfish warranted an investigation

Miss Meyer said:”This case relates to the defendant swallowing a live goldfish and washing it down with half a pint of alcohol.”

His girlfriend posted the video entitled ‘he ate my fish’ and Coles told RSPCA investigators it was ‘just a stunt for social media’.

The court heard Coles was ‘amused and bemused’ by the investigation saying it was ‘only a goldfish‘.

Vet expert David Martin said the goldfish was still alive when it was swallowed and took a swig of alcohol to wash it down.

Mr Martin said goldfish can feel pain and would have died from a deprivation of oxygen.

Miss Meyer said tree surgeon Coles was egged on by two other people who laughed as he carried out the act.

She said:”He caused the death of the animal. There was never any other outcome from his actions.”

She said he had been drinking alcohol and showed no remorse and had been amused and bemused by the RSPCA inquiry and he valued the fish in a ‘trivial nature’.

A probation officer said Coles was ‘a class clown’ who showed off in front of people.

She said he was ’embarrassed and ashamed’ by what he had done.

She said:”It is a very unpleasant offence.”

Solicitor Jeremy Tricks, defending, said Coles suffers with ADHD and depression and anxiety.

He said:”He has very poor decision making skills. It was an idiotic and stupid mistake but there is no malice in him.”

He said people watch him ‘do something amusing’.

After the case RSPCA Inspector John Pollock said:”We are asked why prosecute for a goldfish but they feel pain and have a spine.

“We will deal with it whether it is a large or small creature that has suffered.

“This is the first time in my 30 year career that I have had a prosecution like this but there have been ones in the past when there was the Neknominate craze.

“The expert veterinary evidence is that the goldfish would have drowned in beer content and his stomach acids. If a goldfish was put in a glass of acid then people would be jumping up and down about it and ringing us up.

” This goldfish would have suffered a great deal. It would have dissolved alive in the stomach acids.

“This goldfish was a prize at a fair. We are very much against live animal prizes and some councils have outlawed them.

“At the end of this fair we got lots of calls about being goldfish being dumped on the ground. They get easily stressed, even with the acoustics of being thrown about in a plastic bag that they come in.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and five rehab days. Costs and charges totalling £385. Five-year ban on owning fish.

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Southwick, Sunderland: Arron Crighton

#TheList poacher Arron Crighton, born c. 1997, of Kismet Street, Sunderland SR5 2LG – made shocking videos of his dogs brutally killing foxes; posted graphic photos and videos online showing horrific injuries suffered by both dogs and foxes

Arron Crighton from Sunderland set his whippet on wild foxes 'for sport'
Arron Crighton from Sunderland set his whippet on wild foxes ‘for sport’ and bragged on social media about it

Arron Crighton admitted offences under the 2001 Animal Welfare Act and 2004 Hunting Act after using his black whippet, Jet, to attack and kill foxes.

Whippet Jet suffered a catalogue of painful injuries after being forced to fight foxes by his sadistic owner Arron Crighton
Whippet Jet suffered a catalogue of painful injuries after being forced to fight foxes by his sadistic owner Arron Crighton

Police were alerted to a number of videos made by Crighton, which included footage of a dog fighting with a fox and a person appearing to hold the fox down with their foot.

A second video showed two dogs with their jaws locked around the fox’s neck and body, while a picture was also taken showing Crighton and others holding a dog which had a bloodied fox in his mouth.

After being made aware of the social media posts, police executed a warrant at an address on Kismet Street, Sunderland, and seized a mobile phone belonging to Crighton.

Arron Crighton from Sunderland set his whippet on wild foxes 'for sport'
Arron Crighton

Investigators discovered hundreds of shocking photos and videos showing the attacks and subsequent injuries of the animals saved on the phone.

Asked why he’d initiated the illegal activity in interview, Crighton responded “for sport”. He also claimed that if one dog was injured by the fox, he would “put another dog on”.

PC Peter Baker, of Northumbria Police, said: “The photographs and videos that Arron Crighton made are incredibly distressing and showed a total disregard for the welfare of these animals.

“Crighton took a great deal of satisfaction out of filming this barbaric and criminal activity and then posted the trophy pictures online.

“It is blatantly clear that he cannot be trusted to own an animal and ensure it is adequately protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease. On this occasion, both Crighton’s own dog and the foxes suffered horrific injuries.

“This investigation was launched following information provided to police by a member of the public who saw the videos online and were rightly disgusted by them. I would urge anyone who sees poaching offences and cruelty of this type online to get in touch.

“This case should act as a reminder to all pet owners that anybody who fails to ensure an animal’s welfare is met could face criminal action. We would always ask anybody who witnesses cruelty or an animal in distress to contact the RSPCA direct or call 101.”

Jet– who was frightened but gentle in nature when officers located him– will also be re-homed.

Sentencing: to follow at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on 24 April 2019.

The Northern Echo

Tredworth, Gloucester: Derrick Daniel Dawkins

#TheList Derrick Daniel Dawkins, born 1962, of 5 Clement Street, Tredworth, Gloucester GL1 4JW – left two dogs outside continuously during the ‘Beast from East’ snowstorm

Derrick Daniel Dawkins
Derrick Daniel Dawkins

Bull terriers Dessa and Diesel were found in a snow-covered yard without shelter as temperatures dropped below freezing. One of the dogs was tethered by a chain and had become entangled. Both had untreated painful lesions and sores on their legs and bodies.

Callous Derrick Daniel Dawkins from Gloucester left two dogs outside during the freezing Beast from the East snowstorm  of winter 2018
Callous Derrick Daniel Dawkins from Gloucester left two dogs outside during the freezing Beast from the East snowstorm of winter 2018

Now the dogs’ cruel owner Derrick Daniel Dawkins, has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping any animal for 10 years.

Investigating RSPCA Inspector Phil Mann said: “As temperatures dropped below zero and snow covered the country, Dessa and Diesel were outside day and night without appropriate shelter.

“When I saw them locked outside, I feared that if I didn’t help them straight away there would have been two dead dogs in the following morning.

“Simply leaving pets outside to fend for themselves without shelter should never be seen as an option.

“Dogs must have constant access to a suitable shelter, and owners should also ensure bedding and sleeping areas are warm, dry and away from any draughts.

“It is shocking that Dawkins left these dogs outside during such horrendous conditions and even more heartbreaking to discover they had been left to suffer with painful, untreated sores.”

Dessa and Diesel have both now recovered from their ordeal while in the care of the team at the Cotswold Dogs and Cats Home.

The team is working with Diesel to prepare him for rehoming, whereas the RSPCA has said five-year-old Dessa is already looking for a special someone to give her a second chance.

Beautiful Dessa has recovered from her ordeal at the hands of Derrick Daniel Dawkins and is looking forward to being spoiled in a loving new home
Beautiful Dessa has recovered from her ordeal at the hands of Derrick Daniel Dawkins and is looking forward to being spoiled in a loving new home

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “Dessa loves nothing more than spending time with people and playing with toys.

“She would be best suited to a home with no other animals or children and is looking for an experienced owner with time and patience.

“She hasn’t had as much life experience and can find new environments overwhelming, although she is slowly learning that it is okay to snuggle up on the sofa.”

18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. £750 in court costs. Banned from keeping any animal for ten years.

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Cambridge: Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets

#TheList Benjamin Rudge, born September 1975, and Olena Lobunets, born December 1971, both of 8 Richard Foster Road, Cambridge CB2 8DW – left a herd of fallow deer to starve to death in a field

The deer left to starve at Clermont Hall by callous Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets from Cambridge. The surviving animals have recovered well in the care of the RSPCA.
The deer left to starve at Clermont Hall by callous Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets from Cambridge. The surviving animals have recovered well in the care of the RSPCA.

Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets left 14 fallow deer in a paddock at Clermont Hall, Little Cressingham, Thetford, without food or shelter through the worst of the Beast from the East.

During a visit to the property in February 2018, RSPCA inspectors found one deer had died and another had collapsed. The collapsed animal and three others subsequently died.

Former company director Rudge and Ukrainian national Lobunets had been renting out the mansion and three cottages as a holiday home from £3,956 a week for up to 36 people at a time.

Jonathan Eales, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said a housekeeper was employed to look after the property and the fallow deer but he did not have money for animal feed.

He said the animal welfare charity visited the hall after it was contacted by walkers concerned at the condition of the deer.

Inspectors found the animals were emaciated, while their pen was bare of any grass and infested with molehills.

RSPCA workers began visiting to feed the animals, but three more died.

Mr Eales said post mortem examinations revealed the deer were severely underweight and emaciated.

He said: ‘These deer died as a result of neglect. They were malnourished, dehydrated, they were incapable of surviving in an enclosure where there was insufficient food and no shelter.’

Speaking after the hearing, a spokesman for the RSPCA recalled the state of the deer when they first arrived at the estate.

He said: ‘The deer were very skinny – you could clearly see their ribs and their hip bones were protruding.

‘We hoped to remove the animals but expert vets said they were too weak to be moved at that stage. Vets advised us to feed them and our officers, who had launched an investigation, visited them daily to monitor their condition.

‘Ongoing tests established that, in addition to underfeeding, there were problems with worms and poisonous ragwort in the field so the herd needed to be moved to new pastures before ragwort started to come through in spring.

‘The owners failed to move the herd so vets felt they needed to be taken into our care.’

The spokesperson added: ‘The deer have recovered well and are now living with a private deer keeper.

Sentencing: deprivation order to pass ownership of the surviving deer to the RSPCA. Banned from keeping deer for two years. No costs were awarded and no further penalties were ordered against the couple.

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Elgin, Scotland: Barry Simpson

#TheList Barry Simpson, born c. 1971, of 17 Innes Court, Lhanbryde, Elgin, Moray IV30 8PL – caught in possession of numerous videos of extreme bestiality pornography

Pervert Barry Simpson from Elgin was found to have dozens of videos on his computer showing extreme bestiality

Oddball Barry Simpson pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images depicting adults engaging in sexual activity with animals.

Police applied for a search warrant at his home after receiving reports about an indecent Category A video being uploaded to the internet from his address.

When officers executed that warrant on June 4, 2018, they seized various devices and a hard drive from the house which contained numerous videos of bestiality.

When Simpson was interviewed by police, he admitted having videos on the computer, which was in the living room.

Sentencing was deferred for a month and Simpson was placed on the sex offenders list in the meantime.

Sentencing: to follow in April 2019.

Press and Journal

Rhyl, North Wales: Paul E Patton

#TheList Paul Patton, born c. 1975, of 26 Morfa View, Rhyl LL18 5TT – kicked a pet cat to death after she scratched him

Cat killer Paul Patton from Rhyl in North Wales is banned from keeping animals for ten years
Cat killer Paul Patton from Rhyl in North Wales is banned from keeping animals for ten years

In what was described in court as “a deliberate and gratuitous use of unlawful force” Patton booted the cat, named Brody, three times. She ran off and when Patton found her she had already died of her injuries.

A full investigation was carried out by the RSPCA and a postmortem examination was held.

Patton initially pleaded not guilty but later admitted the cruelty charge against him.

Patton will now face a hearing by his professional body to establish whether he’s fit to continue working as a nurse.

Sentencing: 10-week custodial sentence suspended for two years; £3,500 costs to the RSPCA with a £115 surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for ten years.

Daily Post

Chichester, West Sussex: John Henry Brazil

#TheList Gypsy John Henry Brazil, born 24/06/1998, of The Hawthornes, Clayton Lane, Chichester PO20 8JQ – failed to look after a bay mare

Convicted animal abuser John Henry Brazil, is banned from keeping horses for three years

Brazil admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to address the cause of the horse’s “poor bodily condition”.

160 hours of unpaid work; 20 rehabilitation sessions; total of £385 in costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for three years.

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Horncastle, Lincolnshire: Vicki Ann Ball

#TheList Vicki Ann Ball, born 28/07/1981, of 31 Mark Avenue, Horncastle LN9 5BD – allowed her cockerpoo dog to become so poorly he had to be euthanised on welfare grounds; denied that the dog was hers and showed no remorse

Vicki Ann Ball from Horncastle and Ned, the cockerpoo she allowed to get into such a horrific condition he had to be immediately put to sleep
Callous Vicki Ann Ball from Horncastle and her cockerpoo Ned. The little dog had to be put to sleep on welfare grounds due to Ball’s appalling neglect of him

Vicki Ball pleaded guilty to one offence of causing unnecessary suffering to her black cockerpoo, named Ned, who was found by an examining vet to be in a collapsed state, with his coat matted with faeces and urine. His skin was covered in open wounds, which were infested with maggots.

The court heard that Ball took Ned to a dog rescue in June 2018 claiming that she had found the stricken dog on her lawn. The rescue took Ned to a vet who took the decision to put him to sleep immediately to end his suffering.

Dog killer Vicki Ball from Horncastle, Lincolnshire
Remorseless: Vicki Ball showed complete disregard for her dog’s welfare

During interview with the RSPCA, Ball said she had owned Ned in the past, but had given him away on Facebook ‘free to a good home’ in early 2018. She was unable to provide any evidence of this, however.

An RSPCA inspector visited Ball’s address and noticed a run at the side of the house that was being dismantled and had dog faeces in it.

A witness gave evidence that they had seen her with Ned recently and the dog was microchipped to her.

Abused cockerpoo Ned had multiple skin lesions, which were infested with maggots
Abused cockerpoo Ned had multiple skin lesions, which were infested with maggots

RSPCA Inspector Kate Burris said: “This was one of the most distressing cases I have dealt with because of the utter lack of any emotion or empathy displayed by the owner towards this dog.”

In mitigation, the court heard that Ball had pleaded guilty and had no previous convictions. It was said that she found Ned difficult to look after due to family commitments and his behaviour.

12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work. Fine and charges totalling £584. Disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

Lincolnshire Reporter
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Newcastleton, Scottish Borders: Dawn and Louise Marie Hillbeck

#TheList backyard breeders Dawn Veronica Hillbeck, born 06/08/1993, and partner Louise Marie Hillbeck, born 21/08/1995, formerly of Whisgills, Newcastleton TD9 and more recently Cambridge Road, Bromborough, Wirral, Merseyside CH62 7JA – arranged for illegal ear cropping on an American Bully puppy

Breeders Louise Hillbeck and partner Dawn Hillbeck and Russia, the puppy they had mutilated and left to suffer in pain.
American Bully puppy Russia was found to be in pain after evil greeders Dawn and Louise Hillbeck, now of Bromborough, Merseyside, arranged for his ears to be mutilated

Dawn and Louise Hillbeck, who traded under the name Becks Bullies, admitted being involved in the ear cropping of a puppy named Russia. The pair pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges as a sheriff described the operation on Russia as a “butcher’s job”.

A vet who inspected the wounds of the pup said it had been carried out for “cosmetic” purposes and added it was “needless mutilation”.

Dawn Hillbeck pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to prevent the ear flaps being removed on a puppy under her care.

Louise Hillbeck admitted permitting Russia to be taken out of Scotland for the prohibited procedure.

The offence happened when the women were breeding American bullies – which sell for £5,000 each – at their then home in Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told that ear-cropping was banned in most of Europe but was still allowed in the United States.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser explained that the American Bully was a new breed established in the 1990s from an American Pit Bull Terrier and an American Staffordshire terrier.

He said: “They are very strong looking dogs and some owners have their ears cropped for cosmetic reasons which makes them look mean and aggressive.”

Mr Fraser said the Scottish SPCA received information that the Hillbecks were involved in ear-cropping and went to their home in Newcastleton in April 2018 when they found Russia had recently had both earflaps removed.

He explained a nylon-type material had been used to stitch the wounds but they had been put in too tightly, the wounds were red and the dog looked in pain.

Mr Fraser said: “They failed to seek veterinary treatment for the wounds. One vet referred to it as cosmetic needless mutilation.”

The fiscal added he would be seeking an order disqualifying the women from owning animals due to their behaviour.

Russia was signed over to the Scottish SPCA during the investigation.

Louise Hillbeck (left) and partner Dawn Hillbeck ran a dog breeding business where profit was placed well above animal welfare
Louise Hillbeck (left) and partner Dawn Hillbeck ran a dog breeding business where profit was placed well above any concern for dog welfare

The women claimed the idea to ear crop the dog came from the co-owner, John Paton of breeding operation New Generation Bullies, who said they would need to do it for Russia if the dog was to do well in American Bully display shows.

Dawn Hillbeck’s lawyer said his client had been told the ear-cropping could be done in Poland where it was legal, but it was not stated in court where the operation had actually happened.

He said: “The pair have been naive in this to a certain extent. They were also told it would be good for the hygiene of the dog as well.

“They have learned their lesson. Disqualifying them from owing animals would be disproportionate.”

The court was told that Dawn Hillbeck owned four dogs and a horse which she would have to give up if she was banned.

On studying pictures of the dog’s wounds Sheriff Donald Ferguson described them as a “butcher’s job” and said the women knew full well it was illegal and the dog had suffered.

He added: “This was totally wrong and this animal suffered. On top of that you were doing it for profit.

“At the end of the day you were looking after this animal and it was your responsibility to look after it within the law and on a proper basis.”

Afterwards a Scottish SPCA spokeswoman said there was a growing trend in ear-cropped American bullies.

She explained: “We are pleased with the outcome of this case.

“Two years ago we didn’t have a single American bully in our care. However we are now seeing a worrying increase in the number of these dogs seized as a result of our investigations.

“The recent increase is entirely down to the current trend to own these dogs as a status pet.

“In the UK any surgical procedure carried out for purely aesthetic purposes is illegal. Ear cropping is one of these procedures.”

Sentencing: one-year Community Payback Order of 80 hours of unpaid work; five year disqualification order from breeding or dealing with animals. Dawn Hillbeck is allowed to keep her four dogs and a horse subject to Scottish SPCA or RSPCA inspection.

Border Telegraph