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Cruelty to cats

Brighton, East Sussex: Stephen Bouquet

Prosecution: Stephen R Bouquet, born 05/01/1967, of 31B Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JJ – accused of killing and injuring 16 cats

Alleged serial cat killer Steve Bouquet
Alleged serial cat killer Steve Bouquet

Steve Bouquet, who is originally from Chelmsford in Essex, has denied killing and injuring cats in Brighton.

He faces 16 counts of criminal damage, relating to the deaths of nine cats, and injuries to seven others.

The 53-year-old was brought into court as the first case before District Judge Tessa Szagun at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.

He wore a black leather jacket, white polo shirt, and black trousers as he appeared in the dock.

Bouquet spoke to confirm his name, address and nationality. He was represented by Kirsty Craghill, while David Holman prosecuted.

Mr Holman said the total cost of the criminal damage in the charges was £32,000.

Judge Szagun said the offences are either way offences and released Bouquet on bail.

He was ordered not to enter York Road at the junction with Queen’s Road and North Gardens, not to enter Church Street at the junction of Queen’s Road and Dyke Road, and not to enter Crown Gardens at the junction with Kew Street.

Bouquet will next appear before the Crown Court at either Lewes, Hove, or Brighton on February 20, 2020.

The Argus

Sauchie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire: Susan Hume

#TheList Susan Hume, born 26/02/1974, of 77 Rosebank, Sauchie, near Alloa FK10 3NR – kept a dog and cat in foul conditions.

Susan Hume kept border collie Jake and ginger tabby Simba in a squalid flat coated in animal waste and broken furniture.

Shocking photographs showed faeces caked onto the wooden floorboards, which were soaked in urine – so much so the dogs’ paws were burnt.

Conditions inside the flat where Susan Hume kept her dog and cat were described as "horrendous".
Conditions inside the flat where Susan Hume kept her dog and cat were described as “horrendous”.

Rubbish could be seen piled up in the flat, where the animals were exposed to sharp objects and medication as well as cigarette smoke.

The Scottish SPCA launched an investigation and Hume was taken to court accused of failing to meet the needs of the animals in her care under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Conditions inside the flat where Susan Hume kept her dog and cat were described as "horrendous".

The court imposed a disqualification order on Hume keeping dogs but suspended this for 12 months. No charges were brought for the cat. Both animals were, therefore, returned to Hume – a decision slated by the Scottish SPCA.

Scottish SPCA inspector Nicola Liddell said: “This case gives out a confusing message.

“To be banned from owning dogs and not the cat, along with being able to get her animals back, highlights the inconsistency among sentencing.

“The living conditions of both Jake and Simba were absolutely horrendous.

“The house was so dirty that Jake’s coat was matted with faeces and his feet were badly scalded due to prolonged contact with the damp, urine soaked floor.

“Simba the cat had regular access to the outdoors so was not affected in the same way.

“Both animals smelled strongly of cigarette smoke and urine.

“As a result of our enquiries, we removed Jake and Simba from the premises.

“While we respect the decision of the court we are disappointed by this sentence.

“Due to this, the animals will be returned to her.

“We hope that Hume now fully ensures the welfare of both Jake and Simba and will seriously consider whether she can adequately provide for any animal in the future.”

Sentencing: 12-month community payback order. Disqualified from keeping dogs but the order was suspended for 12 months.

Scottish SPCA News
Daily Record

Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Julieann Greenwood

#TheList Julieann Greenwood, born c. 1966, of Burn Closes Crescent, Wallsend NE28 – failed to get veterinary treatment for her flea-riddled pet cats

Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire
Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire

Julieann Greenwood’s cats, Sapphire and Starlight, were found covered in fleas by RSPCA inspectors. A court heard that one of the animals was almost bald due to alopecia.

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Stewart Haywood told North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court of Greenwood’s “prolonged neglect”.

He said: “It would have taken months for the cats to get into the condition they were in.

“The two cats were discovered by inspectors for the charity at her home in July, just months after her op.”

Greenwood portrayed herself as a cat lover in court. She said she had tried to get treatment for her animals by buying a collar from Amazon.

Pictures later released by the RSPCA showed Starlight’s skin had scabbed due to the fleas. When challenged over their condition, Greenwood was said to have been abusive to inspectors.

Defending her actions, Gerry Bass, mitigating, said: “I don’t think she gave the best impression of herself that day as she was deeply upset.”

Following a sex change in April, it was claimed she “had taken her eyes off the ball” and allowed her beloved pets to suffer.

Greenwood pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Sentencing: fined £120 and ordered to pay £400 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

Chronicle Live

Fagley, Bradford: Samantha McIntyre

#TheList Samantha McIntyre, born 11/04/1975, of Copse Wood, Foston Lane, Bradford BD2 3QU – abandoned a cat and three kittens to go on holiday for nine days; mother cat starved to death

Cat killer Samantha McIntyre originally from Flintshire, North Wales, and now of Fagley in Bradford

McIntyre, who at the time was living in Coed Onn Road, Flint in North Wales, said she had left food out and the shower running for her pet named Lulu, and her three kittens while she went to visit her partner in Bradford.

The 44-year-old said she had only intended on being away for three days, but ended up staying longer to look after her boyfriend when he fell ill.

Meanwhile, concerned residents contacted the RSPCA reporting fears the animals had been abandoned.

Inspectors visited the property on several occasions to put food through the letterbox and sealed the front door with tape so they could see if anyone had been home.

But it was nine days before McIntyre returned, by which time Lulu had died.

A post-mortem examination revealed there was no food in her system and her death was due to malnutrition.

The kittens abandoned with their mother by Samantha McIntyre.
Rescued kittens Zoe, Orla and Thea whose mother starved to death after being left alone for nine days

The three kittens were rescued by the RSPCA and are now said to be doing well.

McIntyre, who now lives permanently in Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to look after the welfare of the animals.

Glen Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said the charity had visited the address on June 28, 29 and 30, 2019, to check if the seal over the door had been broken, and to put food through the letterbox.

They had spotted an “immobile cat” and three kittens and contacted housing officers to get them to alert the tenant.

When they finally reached her, McIntyre told the RSPCA she’d given her ex-partner permission to enter the property and feed the cats but when he was traced, he said they had cut ties and he didn’t even know she was away.

When police eventually gained entry to the house, they found no food out for the cats and the shower running in the wet room.

The court heard McIntyre had been away from June 21 to 30, 2018.

Melissa Griffiths, defending said she was suffering with mental health problems at the time and with a 21-month-old baby and a vulnerable teenager to look after, as well as her sick partner, and was “stretched in too many directions.”

“She is extremely shaken up and ashamed to be before the court for the first time and understands this is an extremely serious matter…she was just stretched in too many directions.”

Magistrates said they considered the level of neglect to be “extreme” causing the cats “considerable suffering.”

Sentencing: 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months; 12-month community order of 180 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £622 costs. Banned from keeping animals for two years.

North Wales Live

Hartcliffe, Bristol: Pamela Coombes

#TheList cat hoarder Pamela J Coombes, born c. 1967, of 114 Gatcombe Road, Bristol BS13 9RG – neglected dozens of cats in her care and kept them in foul conditions

Bristol hoarder Pamela Coombes kept dozens of cats in filthy, unhygienic conditions
Bristol hoarder Pamela Coombes kept dozens of cats in filthy, unhygienic conditions

In August 2018 police raided Pamela Coombes’ house after her neighbours called the RSPCA and she repeatedly refused to let them in to look around.

Inside, police officers and RSPCA inspectors found what they described as unhygienic and unsuitable for the number of cats.

Many of the cats were found to be suffering from cat flu, dental disease and flea infestations.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “Cats were immediately removed from the premises because of the conditions they were being kept, with some found to have discharge from their eyes and nose, some in poor body condition, and several sneezing.

“Vets who assessed the cats found many to be suffering from cat flu, dental disease and flea infestations.

“Conditions in Coombes’ home were described as being unhygienic and unsuitable for animals, with a lack of provision for the number of cats confined in the space,” she added.

District Judge Anthony Callaway said there was no evidence that Coombes had been “deliberately cruel” to the cats and her actions were borne out of “a desire to help too many animals to the extent that the care of others may be jeopardized by further additions and cruelty, not inflicted deliberately, but on the contrary, cruelty borne of kindness.”

Sentencing: Coombes was found guilty of five separate animal welfare offences and given a two-year conditional discharge. She was banned from keeping cats for just three years. All of her cats were handed over into the care of the RSPCA.

BristolLive

Moseley, Birmingham: Elizabeth O’Sullivan

#TheList Elizabeth Mary O’Sullivan, born 21/05/1967, previously of Sandford Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 (current address tbc) – starved her three cats to death – forcing one to feed off the bodies of the others to survive.

Elizabeth O'Sullivan left three cats to starve to death in an empty flat. This is the sole survivor but he had to be put to sleep due to his poor condition
This emaciated cat was found barely alive in Elizabeth O’Sullivan’s filthy flat in Moseley, Birmingham. Sadly he was too poorly to be saved.

Elizabeth Mary O’Sullivan left her pets to die when she moved out of her ‘filthy’ flat.

The 52-year-old moved from her home in February or March 2019, but it was up to three months before local authority housing officers discovered the pets.

The dismembered bodies of two cats were found on the living room floor, while a third was found barely alive on May 16,

The officers alerted the RSPCA to their horrific find and Inspector Jonathan Radcliffe was sent to the scene.

Two of the cats had died from dehydration and starvation, but a third was found collapsed in a critical condition having survived off the remains of his fellow pets.

He took the cat for emergency treatment but the vet made the decision to put the pet down to end his suffering.

O’Sullivan was traced to a nearby address ten days later and was arrested by police, though she failed to appear in court on two occasions.

She was tried and found guilty in her absence on November 15, 2019, of one animal welfare offence.

O’Sullivan was arrested two days later and brought before the court for sentencing on Monday, November 18.

Inspector Radcliffe said: “The flat was filthy and the remains of two dismembered cats were on the living room floor.

“There was also a cat which was barely alive collapsed nearby.

“It appears this cat had survived for weeks without food and water by eating the remains of the other two pets as they had died from starvation and dehydration.

“There was no food and water in the flat – but the toilet seat had been left up so the cats may have been able to drink from this, however, as they became weaker they would have been unable to access this water.

“It is incomprehensible to think the suffering these pets must have endured and how terrified they must have been for such a long period of time before dying of starvation.

“It must have been awful for the remaining cat to watch as the others died in front of him and then he was forced to eat their remains in a desperate attempt to survive. Sadly this cat was too ill to recover from his ordeal.”

Sentencing: jailed for 20 weeks; ordered to pay a £150 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping all animals for life.

BirminghamLive

Pelsall, West Midlands: Amos Price

#TheList Amos Price, born 10/08/1989, of 24a Trevor Road, Pelsall, Walsall WS3 5DB – encouraged his dog to maul a neighbour’s cat to death

Cat killer Amos Price from Walsall, West Midlands, UK
West Midlands Police mugshot of evil cat killer and career criminal Amos Price who has a history of violence and criminal damage

Footage of gypsy Amos Price setting his dog on eight-year-old cat Cleo on 23 October, 2019, was shared widely online after it was released in a bid to identify him.

The 30-year-old admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

CCTV captured gypsy thug Amos Price setting his dog on friendly cat Cleo

Price, described by police as “a yob”, was also banned from keeping animals for life at Walsall Magistrates’ Court.

The crime was discovered when Cleo’s owner, Gary Truefitt, checked his home’s CCTV footage after he became suspicious that his pet had not come back inside.

The horrific footage shows Price approaching the home with his lurcher-type dog, which he then pulled towards the cat, triggering the brutal mauling.

In a statement, Mr Truefitt said: “I feel as if there is a big part of my life missing.

“I don’t want to go home because I know Cleo is not there.”

He previously described Cleo as “a daft cat in lots of ways” but a companion who “will be very much missed”.

Cat killer Amos Price from Walsall, West Midlands, UK

Price was arrested by West Midlands Police following a six-day manhunt sparked by the release of footage by the RSPCA.

West Midlands Police said the attack was “completely mindless, senseless and beyond any justification”.

“As a police force and community we have all been appalled by the sickening actions of Price.”

The unemployed father of two, who has recent convictions for criminal damage and assault, claimed he was drunk at the time.

His defence said he was “extremely ashamed and sorry” and that his family had received death threats after the footage was shared on social media.

Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail. Banned from keeping animals for life.

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ITV News

Leith, Edinburgh: Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore, Aaron Cummings

#TheList hoarders Cherie Samantha Moore (born 11/04/88), wife Robyn Melissa Moore, née Daniels (born 03/01/87) and their friend Aaron Cummings (born 02/10/87) all of 37 Cables Wynd House, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6DF – kept nine cats, one dog and a rabbit in cramped and filthy conditions in a flat

Convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Aaron Cummings, Cherie Moore, and Robyn Moore were all banned from keeping animals for just three years.

A Scottish SPCA investigation found that the majority of the cats were kept inside two rooms, and they were eating food so hungrily it was causing them to choke.

Dog neglected by convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The dog was in lean condition and had a visible skin issue. She was also very anxious and mentally highly strung. They found her pacing around a room and scratching excessively.

Rabbit neglected by convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The rabbit had overgrown nails which were affecting his mobility. He has since had to be put to sleep due to severe dental issues.

The trio admitted failing to provide the basic needs for the animals, including a suitable environment, veterinary treatment and diet.

Cat neglected by convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Paul Anderson said, “The living environment for these animals was cramped and filthy.

“The majority of the cats were contained in two rooms.

“Upon entering the rooms, our inspectors were overwhelmed with the smell of ammonia.

“Four cats were in one room, eating food so hungrily, it was causing them to choke. They were clearly starving.

“No food or water was provided in the other room where three other cats were kept.

“The dog, Honey, was in a lean condition and had a visible skin condition that had caused hair loss along her back and down her legs.

“She appeared very anxious and mentally highly strung. She was pacing around the room and was scratching excessively.

“The male rabbit, Snowy, was found to have very overgrown nails which were affecting his mobility but was otherwise in good condition.”

He added: “Police Scotland were called to assist with the seizure of the animals.

“On veterinary examination, the body condition of the cats was overall very poor. Their health issues ranged from emaciation and dehydration, to flea infestation and visible signs of stress, such as excessive itching.

“The cats and dog have since been successfully rehomed. Unfortunately, due to severe dental issues, Snowy the rabbit had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.”

Sentencing: all three were banned from keeping animals for three years.

EdinburghLive
Scotsman

Wishaw, North Lanarkshire: Gale Maitland

#TheList Gale Elizabeth Maitland, born 15/02/1967 of Carbarns West, Wishaw ML2 0DE – kept cats and a dog in fly- and faeces-infested conditions

Convicted animal abuser Gale Maitland kept animals in horrific conditions in her filthy home
Maitland is now banned from keeping dogs for life

Following a tip-off from a concerned postal worker, Scottish SPCA inspectors attended Gale Maitland’s home and were confronted with a scene of horror, with five cats and a dog living in the foulest of conditions.

Maitland admitted two charges of failing to admit the needs of the animals.

Depute fiscal Abby Seal said: “In March police received an anonymous call from a Royal Mail worker who had attended at the locus during her shift and noticed the door lying ajar.

“The caller believed the house had been trashed and wanted to make a report because the house was in a state of disarray and she could see a dog in a cage in a distressed state.

“The house was in an extremely unsanitary state and in complete disarray and there was an overpowering, pungent smell of urine being intensified by the central heating.

“Inspectors from the SPCA found the hall and stairway full of clothing, bin bags, rubbish and half-eaten takeaway boxes.

“Several cats were seen eating mouldy food from takeaway boxes.

“Throughout the property there was animal faeces and urine on the furniture.

“In the kitchen there was a tan crossbreed dog in a crate on the floor which was in a distressed state and the crate was described as being in a horrendous state and totally unsuitable for a dog to caged within it.

“The crate had a deep build-up of faeces and food which was several inches high.

“A downstairs toilet was being used as a large waste area with bin bags stacked on top of each other 6ft high.

“There was an overpowering smell of ammonia coming from three cat litter trays and it was described by inspectors as the worst litter trays they had seen.

“The master bedroom was in a similar state to the rest of the house and a small cat was observed eating from a partially eaten pizza box.

“Photographs were taken of each animal and they were taken to the Lanarkshire rehoming centre.”

Kauser Iqbal, defending, said: “There was no deliberate intent on her part relating to these offences.

“She was under an extreme amount of stress with the health of her father and long hours that she was working.

“The wake up call for her was when the animals were taken away by officers from the SPCA.

“She has taken significant steps in the property and has replaced every item of furniture and carpet inside.

“This wasn’t a deliberate or planned course of action and she has been extremely stressed over these proceedings.”

Two of the cats known as ‘Chance’ and ‘Loki’ will be returned to Maitland but the other three will be re-homed along with the dog.

Sentencing: 240 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping dogs for life.

The Sun

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire: James Callaby

#TheList James Robert Callaby, born 03/11/1996, of 5 Newlands House, 3 Tindall Close, Wisbech PE13 3QT – attacked a tiny kitten

Convicted cat abuser James Robert Callaby of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Callaby was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a black female kitten named Lola by striking her on the head.

Lola the kitten attacked by James Robert Callaby of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Although Lola went on to make a full recovery, she had suffered for several hours, possibly longer in pain and disorientation.

Convicted cat abuser James Robert Callaby of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Sentencing: 24-week suspended prison sentence; 120 hours of unpaid work; 30 days of rehabilitation activity; costs and charges of £735. Banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

Wisbech Standard