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Cruelty to dogs

Abbey Hulton, Stoke: Alex Johnson

#TheList backyard breeder Alex Johnson, born c. 1989, of Elmsmere Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 8EFT – banned from keeping dogs after police found videos of him allowing canines to jump up and bite padded arm sleeves.

Backyard breeder Alex Johnson from Stoke-on-Trent has been banned from keeping dogs for five years

Police officers launched their investigation when a dog that Alex Johnson was looking after bit a woman’s arm, leaving her with puncture wounds.

It led them to videos of the defendant allowing a dog to scale a fence in pursuit of a toy and another of a dog jumping up and biting an arm sleeve as a whip was cracked to the floor.

Backyard breeder Alex Johnson from Stoke-on-Trent has been banned from keeping dogs for five years

But Johnson – who also works as a dog photographer and bare knuckle fighter – says the footage was linked to his involvement in organised dog sports.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the woman was bitten by a Bully XL called Loyal at 2.30pm on June 16, 2018.

Prosecutor Tom Griffiths said: “The defendant told it to sit and when she went past, it bit her on the arm.”

Staffordshire Police applied for Johnson to be hit with a five-year dog ban – and backed up their application with three videos featuring Johnson and dogs.

Backyard breeder Alex Johnson from Stoke-on-Trent has been banned from keeping dogs for five years

One of them featured a Dutch Herder which the defendant said had been with the Slovakian army. Footage showed Johnson walking up and down with the dog as it displayed its ability to understand commands. It was also seen to run towards a man with a padded sleeve which the animal bit onto while a whip was being cracked.

Another video showed the defendant wearing an arm sleeve which his own dog jumped up to bite. Another clip showed Johnson’s dog on a treadmill.

Mr Griffiths said two of the videos showed the animals being atagonised.

Commenting on the clip of Johnson’s own dog, he added: “He wants a reaction and he’s trained it to be aggressive. He is not a fit and proper person to have dogs.”

The court heard Johnson has also bought into a company specialising in canine supplements. He says the footage of the Dutch Herder was put together because he was selling the dog and one buyer had requested to see more of the animal’s training.

He said: “The dog was as friendly as anything and was not a protection dog. All I did was keep up her training. She was friendly and everyone on the estate loved playing with her.”

Referring to the videos of his own dog, Johnson said: “I have had no issues with her. It’s ridiculous to say she’s trained to fight, anybody that knows anything about that breed knows they are not for fighting, she is a Pocket Bully. I breed small versions of Bullys.

“The whip crack is so they are not scared. When I go to seminars I always take her with me. All our puppies are used to different noises so when they go to new homes we don’t get complaints.

“My training is basic and the bite side of things I go to seminars. The training I do is obedience – sit, stay and heel. I go to organised events.”

Johnson admitted being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control on Priory Road, Abbey Hulton, on June 16.But a trial was held regarding the possible disqualification.

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “The footage shows the dogs behaving in ways that are dangerous and the way you are encouraging them to behave potentially makes them dangerous, by encouraging them to jump up and bite.

“You and other men are having to wear arm sleeves – people don’t normally walk up and down the street with an arm sleeve in case a dog bites them.

“The dogs on the footage are behaving in dangerous ways and it is appropriate to disqualify you from having custody of a dog for five years.”

Sentencing: 40 hours of unpaid work; £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Stoke Sentinel

Bridgend, West Lothian: Samantha Marley

#TheList Samantha Marley, born c. 1985, of Auldhill Avenue, Bridgend, near Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6NY – jailed for two years for robbery but also admitted cruelty to two dogs

Samantha Marley of Bridgend, West Lothian, also admitted dog cruelty
Callous Marley robbed her grandmother of around £50,000 and was also cruel to her pet dogs

Marley admitted causing an adult bulldog type dog and a puppy unnecessary suffering for around three months by neglecting them and tying them up in a space too small for them to move around.

Sentencing: no additional sentence was given for the animal cruelty element nor was any ban imposed.

Linlithgow Gazette

Peterhead, Aberdeenshire: David Youngson

#TheList David Youngson, born 1961, of 17 Bell Avenue, Peterhead AB42 7YS – failed to provide adequate veterinary attention and grooming for his Lhasa Apso dog

Doodles was badly neglected by David Youngson from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
Doodles was badly neglected by David Youngson from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Although he recovered under the care of the Scottish SPCA he has now been returned to his cruel owner.

David Youngson pleaded guilty to causing the dog, named Doodles, unnecessary suffering following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

The Lhasa Aspo was left struggling to walk due to matted fur. He was also contaminated with faecal matter around his hind and feet and smelled of of urine and faeces.

Youngson was fined for cruelty to the dog, but the sheriff failed to ban him from keeping animals and Doodles was returned to him.

The Scottish SPCA said it was “disappointed” with how the case was dealt with, adding that it highlighted the need for “tougher and more consistent sentencing”.

Inspector Fiona Shand said: “The charge was dealt as Youngson caused Doodles suffering by failing to provide adequate veterinary attention and grooming.

“Upon veterinary examination, Doodles was found to have severely matted fur over his whole body.

“The matts were significantly contaminated with faecal matter around his hind and feet, and he smelt very strongly of urine and faeces.

“Doodles had a significantly reduced range of motion in all four limbs, and was lame on his right hind leg due to the matting restricting his movement.

“Once the matted fur had been clipped it became evident that there was urine scalding on all four feet, around the groin area as the matts had restricted urination.

“Doodles’ bodyweight on presentation was 9.4kg, after removal of the matted fur his bodyweight was 7.5kg.”

Inspector Shand added: “Although we welcome the fact that this case has been dealt with by the court, we are disappointed with the sentence handed down.

“As no ban was issued, Doodles had to be returned to Youngson’s care.

“This case further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing.

“This degree of matting had not occurred quickly and is likely to have taken a considerable amount of time to get to this state.

“Doodles suffered unnecessarily as a result of this and it could have been easily avoided.”

To combat outcomes like this, the Scottish SPCA is encouraging members of the public to participate in a consultation on animal welfare law before it closes on April 26, 2019.

Sentencing: fined £1,000.

STV News
Press and Journal

Polmont, Falkirk: Roy Paterson

#TheList Roy Paterson, born 1955, of Greenpark Drive, Falkirk FK2 0QA – left his dog locked in a car in direct sunlight as temperatures soared

Roy Paterson was charged with animal cruelty over an incident in St Andrews on July 23 , 2018 – a day when temperatures hit 25 degrees celsius in the Fife town.

Paterson had denied the charge but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

Passers-by had called police to a car park in Argyle Street in St Andrews, after spotting the dog locked in the back of a Volvo estate car. Attending officers found the dog “heavily panting and in distress”. As the police considered him to be behaving aggressively because of the heat, they also summoned a vet to the scene.

PC Jonathan Gordon told the court he was one of the first two officers on the scene around 45 minutes after police were first called.

He said: “Members of the public were making comments about the dog – that it was shocking and it was a shame.

“It was agreed to gain entry to the vehicle and we smashed the back nearside window.

“The vet went in to the car to take control of the dog.

“The dog’s collar had a number and my colleague called it and the accused and a female arrived shortly after.

“He was obviously very upset that we had gained entry and said he had done enough for the dog and tried to justify himself by saying the windows had been cracked open and a water bowl had been left.

“He was adamant it was justifiable to do what he had done and stated we should be paying for the damage.”

A sheriff ruled Paterson had caused the dog unnecessary suffering by leaving him “exposed to excessive temperatures” – and convicted him of the crime.

Sentencing: fined £250.

Fife Today

Castle Bromwich, West Midlands: Wayne Horkan

#TheList sexual deviant Wayne Tarot Horkan, born 10/11/1970, of Chester Road, Castle Bromwich B36 9DP – filmed his partner having sex with a dog; collected almost 2,000 images and videos depicting bestiality involving horses and dogs

Pervert Wayne Horkan from Castle Bromwich got his kicks from watching sick bestiality videos showing horses and dogs
Pervert Wayne Horkan from Castle Bromwich got his kicks from watching sick bestiality videos showing horses and dogs

Company director Wayne Horkan admitted two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Police found the businessman had downloaded 1,469 still images and 210 moving ones involving sexual acts with dogs and horses. He had also used particular search terms to look for this kind of pornography.

Mr Timothy Harrington, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the material had been downloaded between April 2014 and April 2015.

He added: “Two of the videos, it was readily apparent, involved a woman with whom the defendant had been in a relationship with.”

He continued: “He admitted he got sexual gratification from these films and had watched them on a number of occasions.”

In passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “Between 2014 and 2015 you downloaded imagery which it is not necessary to detail again, which are abhorrent.

“Two of them involved a lady whom you were living with which is an aggravating feature.

“There is no suggestion at all this was anything other than consensual adult behaviour.”

He said he had taken into account the significant delay involved in the case and that there had been no repetition of the behaviour.

The judge said Horkan was an intelligent man who had lost “important” employment as a result of the offence but had since set up a company with a partner.

Lynette McClement, defending, said the defendant’s initial relationship with the woman had been a financial one although that had changed.

She said: “In the course of that relationship his interest in extreme pornography was limited to that timescale. This was a shared interest.”

She said the business he had embarked upon had every chance of being successful and employed 10 people.

Sentencing: fined fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Birmingham Mail

Hull: Simon Agnew

#TheList Simon P Agnew, born c. 1972, of 75 Sykes Street, Hull HU2 8AZ – banned from keeping animals for life after starving his elderly doberman

Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animal for life.
Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animals for life.

Simon Agnew’s 11-year-old doberman, named Dobba, weighed just 23.8kg when he was handed into the Hull RSPCA branch just weeks before Christmas.

An investigation led officers to Agnew who falsely claimed he had re-homed the dog, telling various lies to inspectors.

Speaking about the case RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “Dobba was microchipped so we went straight round to Mr Agnew’s home and interviewed him the following week. He gave us various accounts of what had happened and claimed that he’d re-homed Dobba three months earlier.

“He said he’d asked a friend to pretend to find him in the street and hand him in. He forgot that Dobba was still microchipped in his name.

“We decide to appeal to the public for information via the press and were then contacted by someone who said Mr Agnew did still own Dobba.”

In court Agnew pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Dobba, who has since recovered from his ordeal.

Inspector Dickinson added: “Dobba was incredibly skinny and had clearly been left to get into such a state over a period of time.

“You could see all of his ribs and his waist was so tiny that I could fit my fingers around it.

“His head was so skinny that the point of his skull had protruded through his skin and caused a sore. He was covered in faeces and absolutely stank.

“Thankfully, he’s now put on almost 7kg and is doing really well in our care. He’s already been reserved by a loving family and is due to go to his new home soon.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order – including an alcohol treatment requirement; total of £385 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

Yorkshire Post

Leeds: Anthony Stone

#TheList Anthony Stone, born c. 1989, from Leeds, West Yorkshire (no fixed abode) – launched a campaign of violence and intimidation against his ex-girlfriend during which he attacked her dog

Violent thug Anthony Stone from Leeds can now add cruelty to animals to his long list of crimes
Violent thug Anthony Stone from Leeds can now add cruelty to animals to his long list of crimes

Anthony Stone assaulted the woman in street, in her own home in Leeds, stole her phone and put her windows through during five separate incidents of abuse.

Stone is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for a violent robbery.

He appeared before Leeds Crown Court where he was given a further 18-month term for offences against his former partner.

Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said Stone went to the woman’s home on September 4, 2018 – six months after they split up – and said he wanted to get back with her.

When she refused Stone told her that he had stolen one of her son’s computer games before walking away.

The victim went to Stone’s home to ask for it back but was verbally abused and attacked.

The prosecutor said: “He pushed her over using both his hands. She had her head on the floor and he then began kicking her while she was on the floor.”

Stone only stopped the attack when he was disturbed by a neighbour.

The woman suffered three broken ribs.

The incident was reported to the police but Stone targeted the woman again when she was walking her dog next to Leeds-Liverpool at Kirkstall on September 9.

Stone accused the woman of cheating on him then pushed her to the ground.

Two days later the woman went home after walking her dog and found Stone inside the property waiting for her.

She immediately ran outside after seeing him but he chased her, punched her to the back and kicked her dog.

Stone walked into her home on September 19 and stole her handbag.

He returned 20 minutes later and took her mobile phone. He then threw a ceramic plant pot through a double-glazed living room window.

Stone pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two offences of common assault, theft and criminal damage.

He has previous convictions for robbery and violence.

A victim statement was read to the court in which the woman described feeling stressed, anxious and in severe pain as a result of the attacks.

Nicholas Hammond, mitigating, said Stone had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage and accepted he would be facing a further prison sentence.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “This course of conduct was designed to intimidate her, and it did intimidate her.”

Yorkshire Evening Post

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 

Sleaford, Lincolnshire: Kimberleigh Steele

#TheList Kimberleigh Joanne Steele (aka Kim Donaghy), born 24/02/1989, currently of Castleland, Tulsk, County Roscommon, Ireland, and previously of 19 Polyanthus Drive, Sleaford and with links to Plymouth, Devon – bred dogs for fighting

Dog fighting ring member Kimberleigh Steele pictured outside court. Photo also shows Baddy, a victim of the pair's cruelty. The dog is believed to have died from his injuries, but his body has never been found.

Dog fighting ring member Kimberleigh Steele pictured outside court. Photo also shows Baddy, a victim of the pair’s cruelty. The dog is believed to have died from his injuries, but his body has never been found.

Steele was part of a dog fighting ring which was headed up by her partner, John Herbert Knibbs.

Steele's partner in life and in animal crime John Knibbs remains at large
Steele’s partner in life and in animal crime John Knibbs remains at large

Knibbs has failed to attend numerous hearings and a warrant is out for his arrest after he was convicted of dog fighting, ear cropping and causing unnecessary suffering.

Steele travelled from Ireland for a trial at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday, 8 April 2019.

Following her five-year disqualification order Steele will have to give up ownership of two dogs and a horse she keeps in Ireland

Before moving to Ireland Steele lived in Sleaford with Knibbs and has also stayed at two different addresses in Plymouth: Downfield Walk PL7 2DT and Durban Road PL3

In court she was sentenced for aiding and abetting Knibbs as well as possession of a banned pit bull terrier. The court also heard how she had ten animals in total, which were all used in a dog fighting ring. One has since died.

RSPCA prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court: “At the time of the raid Steele claimed to own all of the dogs.

“We are looking after the dogs in kennels for £15,700 a year. Some are so dangerous they need to be darted before the staff can go inside.”

Sentencing Steele, the judge told her: “Your partner Knibbs has not attended court and is not that big of a man without his dogs.

“The custody threshold has passed but I am going to suspend it because you have young children.”

Speaking after Steele’s sentencing RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Withnall said : “It is a shame that Knibbs wasn’t here today.

“We are pleased with the district judge’s comments and the sentence he’s handed down. Knibbs isn’t bold enough to be here, we hope he will be sentenced soon.”

Sentencing: suspended custodial sentence of 16 weeks; £615 in fines. Banned from keeping animals for a paltry five years.

Lincolnshire Reporter
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Redcar, North Yorkshire: Andrew Feeney

#TheList taxi driver Andrew Feeney born c. 1971, of 4 Haweswater Road, Redcar TS10 1LP – hit a little dog with his taxi, dragged him along for 40 yards then drove away, leaving him dying in the road

Taxi driver Andrew Feeney from Redcar collided with a little dog named Bear but failed to stop and drove along with Bear pinned to the front of his cab for 40 yards.
Puppy Bear would have likely survived if callous taxi driver Andrew Feeney had had the decency to stop immediately after hitting him

Feeney, who works for Redcar firm Elite Taxis, collided with 12-month-old Bedlington terrier/spaniel cross Bear on Sandsend Road in Redcar.

Upsetting CCTV footage showed the little black and white dog “pinned” to the front of Feeney’s taxi.

After the pup drops to the floor, Feeney then makes off in his vehicle. The stricken animal can then be seen lying on his back kicking his legs as people rushed to help.

Bear was taken to a vet but his injuries were so severe he had to be put to sleep. The vet said he would have likely survived if the taxi had stopped immediately after hitting him.

Prosecutor Ann Mitchell told the court how Bear’s owner had been mowing the lawn shortly after 11am on Tuesday 25 September 2018 when the dog clambered over the front garden wall.

The owner watched Bear disappear down Runswick Avenue on to Sandsend Road but as he went to retrieve him, he saw the pup pinned to the front of the taxi.

A Royal Mail postal worker on the street at the time said she had heard “a loud bang” then saw the taxi which “seemed to speed up”.

“About 40 yards on I saw the animal laid in the road with his legs in the air,” she said.

“The taxi had not slowed at all, in fact I thought it had sped up.

“The driver must have known he had hit something as the sound was loud in the post van which had the windows up and doors shut”.

Bear’s owner said their ordeal had a “massive” emotional impact on the family.

His partner had struggled to come to terms with the loss of their pet and criticised him for allowing the dog to be in the garden. They had ended up separating over their differences, he said.

In a statement he said: “I not only lost my beloved dog but my partner and mother of my six children.”

Feeney denied failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report it but was found guilty of the offences after a trial.

When interviewed by police, Feeney agreed he had driven along the road but said he did not hit the dog and was only aware of the incident as he had been accused on Facebook.

Hours after hitting Bear, he had taken the Skoda Octavia to be repaired and told the mechanic the damage to the front had been caused after hitting a cat.

However, the mechanic, with 18 years’ experience in professional bodywork restoration, said it was unlikely that such damage could have been caused by a cat.

Defending, Sarah Lish had suggested the officer investigating should have inspected other cars as there were other taxis of a similar description.

But the court heard Feeney’s taxi had five “distinctive” stickers on the side which could be seen clearly on the footage.

The magistrates said it was “inconceivable” that any other person could have been responsible for the accident.

Sentencing: fined £962 and ordered to pay costs and charges of £489. Eight penalty points were added to Feeney’s licence.

Gazette Live