#TheList Jodi Ann Chapman (DoB 12/09/1979) of McColl Avenue, Alexandria – abandoned pet cat for four months
Chapman had left her previous property at Halkett Crescent in May 2015 and not bothered to look for grey and white cat Dillan.
When Scottish SPCA officers found him in September, Dillan was just a week or two from death. He had drunk every drop of water from the toilet and was emaciated, down to just 2.2kg. His body condition was said to be a one on a scale of five, weighing only 60 per cent of his ideal body weight.
The court her that he would’ve experienced “abdominal pain, joint pain and in prolonged suffering and distress”.
Miraculously, despite his ordeal at the hands of his feckless abuser, Jodi Ann Chapman, Dillan made a full recovery and has a new home.
Chapman pleaded guilty to abandoning Dillan in circumstances likely to cause unnecessary suffering.
Housing officers said they had not been told Chapman had moved out.
When the SSPCA found Chapman, she told them she moved out in May and admitted she had not looked for the cat when she left.
She told them: “The house was doing my nut in. I just wanted to leave.”
Sentence: fined £315; banned from owning or caring for animals for 5 years (expires March 2021)
#TheList Pearl Barker of Ardmore Drive, Darlington DL1 3QB – neglected a German Shepherd dog, breached disqualification order twice
Barker had a cat and dog removed from her property in 2008 after an RSPCA vet found her German Shepherd had been neglected.
The dog weighed around 10kg less than the normal weight for his breed and he was found to have a severe flea problem which had not been treated.
The RSPCA issued a disqualification order to stop Barker from keeping any animals from 2008 until November 2018.
But two inspections at Barker’s flat in 2012 and 2015 found she had rabbits, cats and goldfish in her property.
Her original ten-year ban was extended by one year, but in 2016 Barker appealed to have her disqualification overturned. She told the court she missed the company of animals and hoped magistrates could see she had turned her life around.
But the RSPCA recommended that the ban should remain in place while Barker continues to adjust aspects of her life.
Prosecutor Kevin Campbell said: “This application is premature.
“The law is here to protect the animals and this case is not about her, it’s about the animals – we’re looking out for them.”
Chairman of the bench, Ruth Dent, said: “We’ve judged your application very carefully and while we realise you’ve made changes we feel this application is premature.”
Barker was told she must serve the rest of the ban until at least November 2017 before she can apply to own animals again.
#TheList former vet Gary James Cassius Samuel, born 09/06/1966, of 7 Weston Road, Enfield EN2 0QD and vets’ assistant Rochelle McEwan, born 18/03/1987 of 9 Stonecliffe Close, Leeds LS12 5BJ – kept 22 huskies and eight cats in a squalid cellar
Gary James Cassius Samuel and partner Rochelle McEwan were convicted of animal cruelty after officers discovered 22 dogs and eight cats in the back room, living quarters and basement of Armley Vets, on Town Street, in Armley, Leeds.
In February 2015 police were called to the property after a 999 call reported that Samuel was threatening McEwan with a hammer.
When they arrived they found husky type dogs living in dirty, overcrowded cages, which were kept below a trap door that was covered by a carpet and a table.
The animals also had very little water and police officers who searched the building said there was a strong smell of urine and faeces.
Officers also found three cats in the back room. They were described as ‘skin and bone’ and one of them had to be euthanised.
The police called the RSPCA and some animals were removed from the house that night.
Three further dogs had to be put down on veterinary advice.
Samuel claimed that McEwan collected the dogs and he wasn’t happy about them being kept in the cellar, but they weren’t his responsibility. This wasn’t accepted by the court, however, and he was convicted of all charges.
RSPCA inspector Nikki Cheetham said: “I’ve seen a lot of shocking things working for the RSPCA but I would certainly never have expected to deal with something like this.
“People who work in the veterinary profession are the first port of call if an animal needs help. It is unthinkable to consider what was going on in this surgery as clients were coming and going, paying their vet fees.
“Dogs and cats were in a back room, the vet’s living quarters and a basement, accessed by a trapdoor in the floor that had been hidden by a piece of carpet – that’s where most of the dogs were found. They were in cages covered in faeces, with no access to food or water, in the pitch black. It was like a dungeon.”
Ms Cheetham said most of the dogs were Husky-types, with the exception of two Chinese crested dogs. Adult dogs were in the basement while puppies were found shut in one of the rooms, with most of the cats in another.
She said 21 animals – 15 dogs and six cats – have already been re-homed from RSPCA centres and branches in County Durham, York, Liverpool, Chester, Leeds and Harrogate.
Jamie-Lee McVey, born 20/01/1988, previously of Pettifer Way, High Wycombe but currently (2018) of Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V – abandoned dog and kitten in flat to starve to death.
The severely decomposed bodies of Patterdale terrier Molly and a 10mo black kitten Nut Nut were discovered in McVey’s former flat in Pettifer Way, High Wycombe, in March 2015 following reports of a foul smell from the property. McVey had abandoned her pets some four months earlier for reasons unknown.
McVey pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to meet the needs of two animals and received her paltry sentence on Wednesday 18.11.15.
Molly was found on the floor next to a sofa, while Nut Nut was found next to a crate in the property.
The court heard that post-mortem examination showed the deaths were due to starvation and dehydration.
RSPCA inspector Sara Hughes said it was one of the saddest cases she has had to deal with.
She said: “It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the bodies of these two animals in this way. It was obvious that they had died slowly and painfully as they were both completely emaciated.
“I can’t even begin to imagine how scared and distressed they must have been, not knowing where their next meal was coming from. On top of that, they were so thirsty that they had drank the toilet bowl dry.
“The bodies had been there so long that they had stuck to the floorboards and were just liquified inside. As RSPCA inspectors, we come across so many horrific cases and it is hard to forget them. This is one which has stayed in my mind ever since because it was so upsetting.”
Sentence: 18 weeks in prison suspended for 2 years; £580 costs; disqualified from keeping animals for life
#TheList former soldier Lee Michael (aka Lee Khair and as at 2019 using the name Neo Lee Allen), born 27/01/1981, of 1 Lower Thingwall Lane, Wirral CH61 1AZ – a convicted child killer who went on to kill a cat and to break a puppy’s jaw
In September 2015 Lee Michael was jailed over violent attacks on two animals: a black and tan female pug puppy called Babs and a grey male cat called Larry.
The RSPCA found Babs huddled in the corner of a kennel withdrawn and shaking, her eye and face extremely swollen.
X-rays revealed that a piece of jaw the size of a five-pence piece was missing and there was a suspected fracture to her skull.
Police took the pup and placed her into the RSPCA’s care. She underwent surgery to screw her jaw back together, even though it was feared at first that she would never be able to eat again.
Michael had claimed the dog had been injured after he swiped her from the bed in his sleep. But a vet’s report said the injuries were far more serious than would have been caused by falling from a bed.
The court heard the former soldier and personal trainer had pulled the cat, Larry, from his hiding place behind the fridge by his tail, causing him to soil himself.
He then turned the shower on the cat, who died two days later. Larry’s body was never found.
Sentencing Michael, the district judge told him that he was “one of the most dangerous men in relation to animals I’ve ever come across.”
RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said the case involved “stomach-churning” cruelty.
“I feel we have only revealed the tip of the iceberg of events and we will never know exactly what poor Larry the cat went through in its ordeal and final moments,” he said.
Following his animal cruelty conviction, it was revealed that Michael, then known as Lee Khair, had been sentenced to seven years in prison for killing his two-year-old son, Ryan Franklin-Khair, in 2002.
Winchester Crown Court heard the child had a brain injury and bruises all over his body while under the care of Michael at his then girlfriend Catherine Franklin’s house in Dorset.
He told police he awoke at 5.30am to find Ryan at the bottom of a flight of stairs, and put him in the recovery position and tried to revive him.
The youngster was taken to Southampton General Hospital but never regained consciousness and died days later.
The trial heard Michael, who was stationed at Worthy Down Barracks in Winchester, told paramedics and hospital staff his son had fallen down a flight of stairs.
But he was jailed after a jury found him guilty at trial, and served three years of his sentence.
Sentencing: jailed for 24 weeks. 12 months’ probation after his release from prison. £2,424 costs. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.
#TheList Emma Louise Clark (also known as Emma Lounds or Emma Anderson), originally of St Peters Walk, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and more recently at A1 Deerfield Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 9AH – starved three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, a pair of snakes and a lizard to death over a period of nearly four months
Clark’s pets included a German Shepherd called Beast, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Tyson and a Mexican hairless dog called Stanley. She also had a cat called Mittens, a kitten called Lucy and a leopard gecko called Leonard. Clark also had a boa constrictor and a corn snake as well as two domestic rabbits.
All of them died as a result of the neglect they suffered.
RSPCA officers had made numerous visits to the house between 1 November 2014 and 22 February 2015, but each time they were told by Clark all the animals had been re-homed.
When they were eventually discovered in March it is thought many of the creatures had been dead for months.
RSPCA officials said it was one of the worst cases of animal neglect they had ever seen, and totally avoidable.
Sheona Morley, from the charity, said: “In my 20 years, this is the most horrific case I’ve ever been to – it is also the saddest.
“It was absolute horror to see all those animals had died from starvation, left in their cages with no access to food or water.”
Magistrates told Clark her animals were effectively locked up and starved to death.
Sentence: 18 weeks in custody and banned from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Quade Roy Adams (DoB 07/06/1992) originally from Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, and more recently (2018) Y Bwthyn, Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales SY25 – killed a 5-month-old chocolate brown toy poodle called Emi and a 7-month-old ragdoll kitten, Toast
Emi suffered a chipped eye socket, broken pelvis and 3 broken ribs, resulting in her being put down. Toast had suffered abdominal injuries and a ruptured spleen, consistent with being stamped on and/or kicked.
Adams denied two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Toast and one of causing unnecessary suffering to Emi but was found guilty.
Sentence: 12 weeks in jail, £500 contribution towards costs; indefinite ban on keeping animals (minimum 5 years).
#TheList Stephanie Kathleen Carol Curwen, born 12/01/1991, of Walter Avenue, Lytham St Annes FY8 3DR – deliberately let her dog off his lead and goaded him to chase and kill a kitten
In July 2014 Curwen was captured on CCTV walking her dog Duke near her home in St Annes, Lancashire, when her neighbour’s black cat emerged.
Curwen, who had Duke on a lead, released him after watching him lunge towards the Bengal cat, named Regi, and then laughed as he chased him.
After clawing Regi, down from the top of a gate, Duke carried him in his mouth until passing neighbours intervened.
Regi later died from two puncture wounds in the neck.
Mother-of-three Curwen admitted causing an animal to fight and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The court heard how she made no attempt to rein in her dog when he began snapping at the small cat.
RSPCA prosecutor Jonathan Fail said: ‘Throughout the whole of the attack, the female made no attempt to stop it. In effect she seemed to be encouraging the whole incident.’
Mr Fail said a man who saw the attack tried to intervene and save Regi after he saw him in Duke’s mouth. The dog was shaking the kitten and, after he was forced to drop him, the cat only lived for a few minutes.
The witness said Curwen was saying “naughty dog” but her words had no real meaning.
When Curwen was questioned about the incident she said she had only had the dog a week and did not know what he was like and did not know his temperament.
She told RSPCA investigators that after the incident people had gone round to her home shouting and screaming at her.
A vet carried out a post mortem on Regi and found he had died from two puncture wounds, one of which caused a pulmonary haemorrhage.
Mr Fail said: “It was a trauma which caused the kitten significant suffering and pain.”
Speaking outside court, Regi’s owner said she would rather have seen the woman go to jail after being told the attack – which lasted six minutes – was over ‘in a split second’.
‘I’m happy about the ban but she should have gone to prison for what she did,’ said Lesley-Anne Brockleburst
‘Hopefully then it might sink in what she did, and how cruel it was. She’s not sorry for her actions, she hasn’t gone out of her way to apologise to me and my family.
‘She seemed to be getting a lot of pleasure out of it so maybe it’s not the first time she’s done something like this.’
Convinced it was Curwen’s encouragement and not the animal’s disposition which led to the attack, Mrs Brockleburst said she was happy the dog had been re-homed.
‘I have never wanted the dog to be destroyed. It was quite clear that it was only doing what it was told to do.’
Sentencing: 24-week suspended jail sentence; total of £280 costs and charges. Ten-year ban on the owning of all animals (expires May 2025).