Ashton, Bristol: Paula Davidson

#TheList Paula Jane Davidson, born 27/04/1979, most recently of Ashton Drive, Bristol BS3 – left two husky-type dogs and eight cats to starve in an abandoned property

Paula Davidson

Davidson pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to eight cats and two dogs by failing to provide adequate food and supervision. Five cats had died while others had survived by resorting to eating their remains. The dogs had been locked in separate rooms and were forced to sleep in their own excrement.

Magistrates viewed footage filmed by Avon and Somerset police officers after they had forced entry to the property.

During the video the officers can be heard gagging and retching as they move around the rooms. One of them says, “I can’t breathe. My eyes are hurting the smell is so bad.”

An RSPCA inspector was called to the scene and identified the carcasses of five young cats which had been eaten away by other starving cats, leaving the floor littered with fur, legs, tails and skulls attached to spinal cords.

The two huskies had been locked in a small kitchen and bathroom, both of which were inches deep in dog mess.

Kate Burnham-Davies, prosecuting, said the case showed “sustained negligence and cruelty”.

Ms Burnham-Davies described “entrails and clumps of fur strewn across the floor” with “officers unable to walk across the floor without stepping on excrement and carcasses”.

The court heard how police and the RSPCA had spoken to Davidson several times before the forced entry. Police told Davidson she could sign the animals over to the care of the RSPCA, but she did not accept the offer.

Davidson told officers she was living with a friend but returning to the house twice a day to care for the animals. However Ms Burnham-Davies said police heard from neighbours that the house had been deserted for days or even weeks.

Paula Davidson outside court
Davidson pictured outside court

Davidson’s solicitor said that his client’s mental health was a key factor in the case.  He said that she had been sectioned after the death of her grandmother who had lived with Davidson at the property. He said she was suffering  severe depression, a personality disorder and transient psychotic disorder and was  receiving treatment at a psychiatric unit.

Ms Burnham-Davies said that despite Davidson’s mental health issues, the prolonged nature of the abuse meant she was fully culpable for the animal’s suffering.

In passing sentence presiding magistrate noted that Davidson had refused help with the animals when offered, saying: “You caused unnecessary and prolonged cruelty to cats and dogs in your care.”

Sentencing: 12-week suspended sentence with a 25-day rehabilitation requirement. £250 costs and charges. Banned from keeping any animal for an indefinite period of time. 


Update 10/09/2020: Davidson was given a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to ill-treatment and neglect of a person who lacks capacity. The court heard how Davidson had left her 90-year-old grandmother, Betty Long, alone in a house full of animal faeces. Police entered the house in Ashton Drive, Bristol to find dementia-suffering Mrs Long alone, bruised, and on an overflowing commode.

Paula Davidson
Party girl: Paula Davidson socialised while her animals and grandmother lived in squalor

Davidson was reported to be often out socialising in August and September 2017, leaving Mrs Long on her own for lengthy periods of time. Mrs Long died a short time after the raid.

18 thoughts on “Ashton, Bristol: Paula Davidson”

  1. 12 weeks this vile evil monster should be pts or locked away from society for the rest of her miserable life. I do hope she suffers the consequences.

      1. No! Obviously not. In cases of financial or welfare abuse.. I notice a lot of things.
        So Just noting how the money got spent..

  2. Shame on RSPCA & people living close by. They should have done something to help these animals not waited for someone with mental issues to sign a piece of paper – this could be prevented !!!

  3. Depression I would give a real reason to be depressed , she should have been jailed for life that’s what’s wrong with some people today they live in a bubble while these poor babies are dying right in front on them . Then say ohh I was depressed . Give her real depression by making her accoutable .

  4. Im ashamed to say this but i know this utter tramp. Shes not depressed NOT ONE BIT she was always out in the clubs in bristol especially OMG club and OMG bar.
    Its so easy to put on a depressed front when you get caught out!
    She deserves nothing EXCEPT a kickin!!!
    Her nans death is currently under investigation too. If she can do that to the animals she can do worse to a vulnerable old woman who died because of paula neglecting her like she did with those poor animals. The police broke into find betty in bed after someone rang up concerned about betty and had been for several days no food no fluid. This is how they first saw the state of the home. R.I.P BETTY.

    1. Mental illness is now commonly used as a ‘get out of jail’ card for animal abusers and other criminals. It’s despicable an insult to real sufferers. I saw that Betty’s death was being investigated and wondered about the circumstances there, so that’s helpful. Thank you.

    2. i’m embarrassed and so ashamed to say that this woman is my mother. she abandoned me at 4 months old and gave me up to my nan because she had too many male friends coming over to
      look after me and my sister (who was 2 at the time) i used to have supervised contact with her every saturday and she used to lock me in cupboards! she’s strap me in my pram and chuck a blanket over my head so as i got older i struggled to sleep at night. this woman was never depressed just phycotic.

      1. Hi steff I have only just seen this I really hope you can go on to have a happy life away from your mum. Take care sweetheart

  5. What the f##k a slap on the wrist 12 weeks for what she’s done if there was cameras around the RSPCA been there like a shot I’m one of those who thinks the punishment should fit the crime she put her in a small room and throw away the key

  6. This vile fat cunt should be named and hunted down, she needs locking up with no tv or bed and be given a bucket to urinate in with the same bucket without it being emptied let’s have her live in a disgusting environment just like she left those poor dogs and cats in

    I hope she gets what is coming to her soon depression fuck off the only thing you need love is a one way trip to prison and a good kick in

  7. Vile Bitch needs locking up they would give a good beating in Prison, I feel all the Animals and her poor Grandmother very sad , I can’t believe the bitch got away with this so Angry

    1. Very selfish person immersed in their own needs not those of what she was responsible for. Mental health plays a big part in this and its possible she switched her self off from the animals. And her gran. I hope she regrets this now.

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