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Cruelty to cats

Hatfield, Hertfordshire: Daniel Stasik

#TheList Daniel Stasik, born c. 1988, of 6 Walker Grove, Hatfield AL10 9PL – allowed his banned-breed ‘fighting’ dog to savage a pet cat and failed to get help for the stricken animal

Shelly, a cat that was fatally injured by a dog in Hatfield, just before she died.
Pet cat Shelly suffered horrific injuries in a dog attack from which she would never recover

At around 11am on June 23, 2018, a pitbull-type dog owned by Daniel Stasik chased a cat named Shelly into an alleyway in Walker Grove and attacked her. Stasik grabbed the dog, but was unable to keep control of him.

He did not attempt to assist the cat or find her owners to get medical assistance.

Around 1am the following morning, Shelly was found by her owner in a nearby garden covered in blood and faeces and unable to place any weight on her hind legs.

Due to the length of time she had been left, there were maggots around her wounds.

Over the next few days, Shelly’s condition deteriorated and following multiple treatments and attempts at resuscitation, she died from her injuries on July 1, 2018.

On July 20, officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit attended Stasik’s address to execute a warrant to seize his dog.

The dog was examined and confirmed to be substantially a pit bull-type.

Stasik was reported to court for possessing a fighting dog under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

At court, Stasik pleaded guilty to possessing a fighting dog and, while initially pleading not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Shelly, was found guilty of that offence.

PC Gavin Richardson, from the Welwyn Hatfield West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Pit bulls are banned in the UK and Stasik’s dog posed a very serious danger to public safety.

“Not only did Stasik have possession of a banned dog breed, but he made no attempts to help save the cat and instead simply left her to die.

“This was extremely distressing for her owners who found their beloved pet in an incredibly distressed state with horrendous injuries.

“I hope that this sentence provides some justice for the victims and that the public feel safe knowing that Stasik will not be allowed to have dog for another decade.”

Sentencing: 240 hours of unpaid community work. Ordered to pay compensation to Shelly’s owners for vet costs and to the police for kenneling costs. Banned from having custody of a dog for 10 years. Stasik’s dog was ordered to be put down, unless an appeal is lodged within 21 days.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

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Update
We’re building quite a profile on this piece of filth. He is from Poland. He came to the UK in 2009 to work as a painter/decorator but is now living on benefits. He showed no remorse in court and he and his friend seemed to find the proceedings amusing. He freely admitted in court that he beat his dog. Another cat belonging to Shelly’s heartbroken owner died after being deliberately poisoned. This happened just after Stasik was charged. Coincidence? Stasik has another address in Prayle Grove, London NW2 1BD 

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.

CornwallLive

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

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

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

Musselburgh, East Lothian: Nicola Barnes

#TheList Nicola Barnes (also uses the names Serapheena Moon and Claire Kelly), born c. 1975 of Dalrymple Loan, Musselburgh EH21 – failed to treat her flea-ridden pets’ severe skin complaints

Spritualist Nicola Barnes from Musselburgh failed to take her poorly pets Ash (top) and Arael to the vets
Spritualist Nicola Barnes from Musselburgh failed to take her poorly pets Ash (top) and Arael to the vets

Mother-of-three Nicola Barnes, who works as a spiritualist under the name Serapheena Moon, admitted neglecting 18-year-old cat Ash and eight-year-old Staffy dog Arael by failing to get treatment for their conditions.

Sadly Ash was in such a distressed state she had to be put down while Areal was seized from Barnes by the Scottish SPCA.

Neighbours spotted the animals’ condition at Barnes’s former home in Whitecraig Crescent, Musselburgh, and called in Scottish SPCA officers.

Spritualist Nicola Barnes from Musselburgh failed to take her poorly pets Ash (top) and Arael to the vets
Convicted animal abuser Nicola Barnes outside court

SSPCA inspector Stephanie McCrossan said: “I arrived at the property and noted Ash looked extremely malnourished and was trying to eat from an empty crisp packet.

“I offered her some cat meat which she devoured.

“I could see she had four large green infected-looking sores along her side.

Staffy Areal was suffering from extensive hair loss and had open sores on her body
Staffy Arael was suffering from extensive hair loss and had open sores on her body

“When I assessed Arael, the Staffie, it was clear she had an obvious skin condition and smelled very strongly of yeast. There were open sores on her body and extensive hair loss.

“Both animals were in need of immediate veterinary attention.

“Upon veterinary examination, Ash was given a body score of 2/9 and weighed 3.2kg – a cat of her type should weigh between 4-4.5kg. She had bacterial conjunctivitis of both eyes, as well as a large alopecic area on her chest and flank with scabbing and ulceration. After further examination, she was found to have a heart murmur and was severely anaemic.

“Arael was given a body score of 3/9 and weighed only 13.6kg. There was alopecia and healing scabs on her ears and was evidence of self-trauma and ulceration to the point of bleeding and infected areas with pus were also found.

“Both animals had a severe flea infestation which could clearly be seen in their coat.

“Sadly, Ash’s red blood cell count deteriorated drastically and the veterinary staff made the tough decision to put her to sleep on welfare grounds.

“The suffering Ash and Arael faced was unnecessary and could have been easily avoided with proper diet and vet attention.

“This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight.”

Barnes pleaded guilty to causing two animals unnecessary suffering in May and June 2017.

Her partner and co-accused Allen Smogar, 33, had his not guilty pleas accepted by the Crown.

Barnes’ lawyer Liam Kildare said his client had both pets as a pup and a kitten and the “seasonal” skin conditions would flare up and go away again.

Mr Kildare said that his client had attended a local vets “a number of years ago” but had decided to treat the skin complaints herself using Aloe Vera cream and coconut oil.

The brief added: “She accepts not seeking secondary advice. And she attributes some of the cat’s skin conditions to old age and she used various skin products [on the cat].”

“This is not a case where Miss Barnes did nothing. She did love these animals very much.

Sentencing: fined £360 and banned from owning any animal for two years.

Scottish SPCA
East Lothian Courier

Stapleford Abbotts, Romford: Edwin Harris

#TheList persistent hoarder Edwin Harris, born c. 1939, of Murthering Lane, Stapleford Abbotts, Romford RM4 – kept 13 dogs, six pigs, six cockerels, two ducks, four cats, a pigeon and a rook in foul conditions; breached previous ban

Edwin Harris continued to acquire animals despite being disqualified for life from having any. He then kept them in appalling conditions.
Edwin Harris continued to acquire animals despite being disqualified for life from having any. He then kept them in appalling conditions.

Harris was banned from keeping animals for life for a second time after he admitted breaching a previous ban when he was found to be keeping a large number of animals in appalling conditions.

He also admitted failing to provide the animals with a suitable environment and causing unnecessary suffering to Bella, a Shar Pei-type dog, by failing to adequately investigate and address the cause of her ear and skin conditions.

The RSPCA attended the address in May 2018 with the police and found a large number of animals being kept in appalling conditions.

Edwin Harris continued to acquire animals despite being disqualified for life from having any. He then kept them in appalling conditions.
A Jack Russell rescued from a life of misery at the hands of her cruel owner Edwin Harris

Dogs were found in small cages covered in mess and faeces with little or no water, and one was even found locked inside a cupboard which had been turned into a makeshift cage.

Six pigs were kept in a narrow space in an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round.
Six pigs were kept in a narrow space in an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round.

The cockerels, pigeon and rook were also kept in small cages covered in faeces, and the pigs were kept in a small narrow space within an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round or exercise.

RSPCA Inspector Adam Jones said: “The conditions were appalling, most of the small animals and dogs were kept in cages and probably had not known any other life. They had obviously never been socialised and were scared.

“The cages had not been cleaned out and the animals were surrounded in their own faeces and dirt. If they did have water it was usually filthy. I was horrified to find one small Jack Russell being kept in a cupboard that the defendant had converted into some kind of makeshift cage.

“By his own admission the defendant had claimed he had a compulsion to keep animals because he loved them and he couldn’t stop taking them in. Had we not removed these animals it’s likely the numbers would have only increased – one of the pigs we removed had later had a litter of piglets.

“I hope that now he has been sentenced by the court the defendant will learn his lesson and not get animals which he clearly is unable to look after properly.”

Although the matter had crossed a custody threshold the bench said they had taken into account the defendant’s age and vulnerability and the fact that he has never been to prison before, but were keen for him to have some rehabilitation

In 2014 Harris was disqualified from keeping animals for life following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

Sentencing: Two-year community order with the requirement to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work and 60 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; costs of £1,300 and a £85 victim surcharge. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Romford Recorder

Bodmin, Cornwall: Katie Nottle and Dariusz Zwiercyzk

#TheList Katie Nottle, born 31/10/1994, and Dariusz Zwiercyzk, born c. 1975, both of Wallace Road, Bodmin PL31 – left their flea-infested cat to suffer with sores on his head and neck

Dariusz Zwiercyzk and Katie Nottle from Bodmin in Cornwall are banned from keeping animals for seven years after admitting neglecting their pet cat Tigger
Dariusz Zwiercyzk and Katie Nottle from Bodmin in Cornwall are banned from keeping animals for seven years after admitting neglecting their pet cat Tigger

Nottle and Zwiercyzk admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the cat named Tigger, who was found with scabs and sores on his head and neck as well as being infested with fleas.

RSPCA Inspector Claire Ryder said: “Sadly Tigger was left to suffer and had painful scabs and sores on his head and neck, which could have easily been avoided by seeking suitable veterinary care.

“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”

Sentencing: total of £120 each in costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for seven years.

Pirate FM

Cannock, Staffordshire: Craig Benton and Leighann Rowe

#TheList Craig Benton, born 07/10/1985, and Leighann Rowe, born 11/10/1988, both of 1 Jesmond Close, Cannock WS12 0JR – neglected and starved two dogs and two cats

Animal abusers Leighann Rowe and Craig Benton and two of their starved pets
Animal abusers Leighann Rowe and Craig Benton and two of their starved pets, Maya and Mischa

The court heard how the RSPCA were called to investigate after receiving a report that pets at the couple’s property were being neglected.

Inspector Nicola Johnson was sent to investigate and found an Inuit-type dog named Maya, who was described as a “walking skeleton”.

A veterinary examination later revealed she was at least 70 per cent underweight.

Animal abusers Leighann Rowe and Craig Benton from Cannock, Staffordshire

A labrador dog, Charlie, was also in the property but appeared to be in good bodily condition , but the home environment all the pets were kept in was said to be unsuitable.

Cats Mischa, and Beauty were also found to be severely underweight and had an untreated flea condition.

Inspector Johnson said: “Maya appeared to be a walking skeleton with fur on and it was lucky she was found when she was as she was so thin.

“The two cats were also extremely underweight and after they were taken into out care both put about 1.5 kilos to get to their expected weight.

“What I find so annoying about this case is there was plenty of pet food in the house. It just seems they were too lazy to feed the animals and they were left to get into this state.

“The labrador appeared in good bodily condition and it is believed he ate the food that was put down for the others as they were unsupervised.

“There is never an excuse not to feed pets – especially when there is food in the home and the extent of their weight loss would be so obvious.”

All the pets have since recovered and have been re-homed by the RSPCA.

In mitigation, the court was told that the couple said they didn’t realise that Charlie was probably eating the food left out for the other animals as they were fed in the same room unsupervised.

Sentencing:
Benton was fined £500 and a £30 victim surcharge while Rowe was fined £120 and a £30 victim surcharge. The pair were also ordered to each pay £250 costs. Banned from keeping cats and dogs for five years.

BirminghamLive

North Shields, Tyne and Weir: Lee Kiernan and Ruth Lane

#TheList Lee Kiernan and Ruth Lane most recently of Newlyn Crescent, North Shields NE25 for severe neglect and food deprivation of a husky puppy and a cat

Animal abusers Lee Kiernan and Ruth Lane from North Shields neglected and starved a husky puppy named Missy and a white tabby cat named Cuddles
Animal abusers Lee Kiernan and Ruth Lane from North Shields neglected and starved a husky puppy named Missy and a white tabby cat named Cuddles

Ten-month-old husky Missy and white tabby cat Cuddles were found in the couple’s family home.

Old food was piled up on the floor and it was so high, RSPCA officer’s struggled to open the door to rescue the pets.

When they did, the puppy was so hungry she “rushed ” from her cage to eat some of the leftovers.

Husky Missy was skin and bone when the RSPCA rescued her from her callous owners Lee Kiernan and  Ruth Lane of North Shields
Husky Missy was skin and bone when the RSPCA rescued her from her callous owners Lee Kiernan and Ruth Lane of North Shields

The court heard how Kiernan told one RSPCA officer to “fuck offbefore calling them a “cocky shit” for trying to check on the pets’ welfare.

But they were finally saved amid chaotic scenes at their home.

Inside there was “an overpowering smell of urine and faeces”.

“There were at least 20 flies swarming around the room,” said prosecutor Stewart Haywood.

“The smell was described by RSPCA officers as putrid.”

Eventually they found the pets, with emaciated Missy – who was skin and bone – the worse off.

“Missy had been forced to lie in faeces,” said the prosecutor, adding her coat was stained.

“She was not only starving, but was dehydrated.”

But over the next few months, both Lane and Kiernan gave the RSPCA the “run around”.

Rather than take responsibility, they denied owning them. Kiernan even claimed he was just a dog walker.

Eventually they admitted three charges each – but only after racking up £1,200 costs bill for the charity.

And while they may have to pay some of that, the court heard the duo – now of no fixed abode – would struggle to even pay for a bus to Bedlington due to their “strained financial circumstances”.

Lane already has a conviction for neglecting another dog.

But mitigating, Nigel Body claimed they were “the very last people” who should be jailed due to “the things they would learn”.

“They are an impressionable pair who were unable to cope,” he said, explaining the conditions.

“A period of custody, I don’t see how that would help them in any way.

“It is a regrettable incident, it is an awful incident.

“But these people need help.

“They are clearly a couple needing the intervention of the authorities.

“They are two people unsuitable for custody.”

The duo both admitted failing to ensure Cuddles’ and Missy’s welfare, as well as causing unnecessary suffering to the dog.

Sentencing:
Both jailed for 24 weeks. No mention of a ban.

ChronicleLive
Daily Mail