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Cruelty to dogs

Splott, Cardiff: Anton Boston

#TheList Anton Boston, born c. 1994, of Habershon Street, Splott, Cardiff CF25 2DY – convicted of illegal dog breeding and fraud

Illegal backyard breeder Anton Boston

Anton Boston was prosecuted following a multi-agency investigation into his dog breeding business, Boston Bullies Wales

In May 2019 Shared Regulatory Services, RSPCA and police officers raided Boston’s house and found six adult dogs and five puppies.

Boston did not have a licence to breed dogs and was breeding more than the permitted levels. Officers found two fraudulent canine passports but no paperwork at all for the other animals.

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member responsible for Shared Regulatory Services, said: “Our officers were investigating Anton Boston for some time, due to the complaints that we received from a number of sources.

“While we were preparing our case for court, at the end of January this year, it was reported in the press that Boston had been targeted in an aggravated robbery at his house, where armed men entered his property demanding cash and stole one of his puppies. By that time, our case against Boston was continuing, and we knew that the business he was operating from his home was illegal.”

Cllr Michael continued: “At the request of the judge and the fact that a suspended sentence has been given in this case, we will be keeping a very close eye on Anton Boston to ensure he doesn’t breach any of the conditions of his sentence.”

Sentencing: 32 weeks’ custody, suspended for 18 months with a requirement to carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activities, as well as a 16-week tagged curfew. A forfeiture and destruction order was obtained for the passports and £350 costs was awarded to the Shared Regulatory Service.

Wales247

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Additional information: Boston has two Facebook pages for his business, which remain live and active despite his criminal conviction. They are here and here

Bugle, Cornwall: Joe Orchard

#TheList traveller Joe Orchard, born c. 1980, of Apondarose Minorca Lane, Bugle, St Austell Cornwall PL26 8QN – mistreated two Labradors and a terrier

Dog abuser Joe Orchard
Dog abuser Joe Orchard

Orchard, who is from a notorious family of travellers based in Cornwall, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a suitable environment for three dogs and two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The first charge related to December 16, 2019, when Orchard failed to ensure that the needs of black and white terrier Candis and Labradors Roxy and Lady were met.

Between December 1 and 17, 2019, Orchard caused unnecessary suffering to Candis by failing to investigate and address her poor body condition and weight loss.

Dog abuser Joe Orchard

Prior to December 16, Orchard caused Candis unnecessary suffering by failing to provide a suitable environment whilst she was of a poor body condition resulting in hypothermia.

The three dogs were removed from his care by the RSPCA and Orchard was banned from keeping dogs for two years.

Sentencing: a total of £580 in fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for just two years (expires July 2022).

CornwallLive

Grangetown, North Yorkshire: Michael Warren

#TheList Michael Rodger Warren, born 20/06/1985, of Avondale Close, Grangetown, Middlesbrough TS6 9SD and with links to Guildford, Blackpool, Whitstable and Worthing – let a German Shepherd starve to death and left another with severe muscle wastage in squalid faeces-littered house

Social media photo of dog killer Michael Warren

When RSPCA inspectors visited Michael Warren’s filthy home on June 27, 2020, they discovered the stricken dogs, Bolt and Panther. Very sadly, Bolt had already died from malnutrition while Panther had been starved to the point of emaciation. He weighed just 17.5kg, which is around half the weight of a healthy German Shepherd.

He had also suffered hair loss and was riddled with fleas.

When interviewed Warren was said to show “very little remorse” for what happened and “at one point he got up to make a cup of tea”.

Panther and Bolt, who were left to starve by Michael Warren
Panther and Bolt (white), who were left to starve by Michael Warren

Warren was charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal but didn’t even turn up to his trial at the Magistrates’ Court.

Warren lies on social media  about Bolt's cruel and preventable death
Shocking hypocrisy: Warren lies on social media about Bolt’s cruel and preventable death

He was found guilty in his absence and also appeared on Thursday 10 July 2020 to be sentenced for breaching a suspended sentence order relating to an offence he was sentenced for in 2019.

Nicci Horton, mitigating, said her client had a diagnosis of dyslexia, had attended special needs schools in his youth and was taken into foster care at the age of six.

Ms Horton told the court that the puppies were bred by Warren’s mother, prolific backyard greeder Lucy Koca of Redcar. In June 2018 Koca had given her son two of the puppies as a birthday present but when he tried to return them, she refused to take them back.

Bolt and Panther as puppies
Bolt and Panther as puppies

Ms Horton agreed her client had been “negligent” in his actions, adding that he had been mostly living at another address at the time.

Warren has six previous convictions for eight offences.

In January 2019 a court heard how he threatened to slit his ex-girlfriend’s throat.

Dog killer Michael Warren pictured outside court

Judge Jonathan Carroll told Warren: “You neglected these two dogs to the extent that one nearly starved to death and the other one actually did.”

He added: “You must have known that dog was suffering and you did nothing about it.”

The court directed that the surviving dog, Panther, be passed into the care of the RSPCA for rehoming.

Sentencing: 30 weeks in jail. Disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.

GazetteLive

Golcar, West Yorkshire: Jack Green

#TheList Jack Christopher Green, born 15/10/1993, of Sycamore Avenue, Golcar, near Huddersfield, but with links to Longwood, Huddersfield, Leeds and Newmarket – subjected a Patterjack  X Dachshund puppy to a life of pain and abuse

Dog abuser Jack Green
2015 social media image of Jack Green

Agricultural worker Green was prosecuted by the CPS following an investigation by Suffolk Police. The court heard how he subjected the tiny dog, known as Pippin, to repeated acts of cruelty between 18 January 2019 and 2 May 2019.

Pippin was five months old when she was discovered by police outside an address in Newmarket on 1 May 2019. At the time, she was sporting a white bandage on her right foreleg and Green claimed that she may have fallen from a vehicle. He said that he took her to the vets who told him to treat the injury himself, therefore placing a makeshift bandage on her leg with the use of duct tape and a toilet roll holder.  

Abused puppy Pippin

Officers were not happy with her injury, treatment and his explanation so they seized Pippin and sought immediate veterinary attention.  The vet established that her right foreleg showed a severe leg injury that would require some intensive treatment.  

Jack Green

In the autumn Green was charged at magistrates court with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and pleaded guilty to this charge.  

Pippin was rehomed having initially being placed into the care of the RSPCA and attended a vet every two days for three months so she could have her bandages changed.  Following her rehoming, Pippin continues to learn to interact with her new family and other animals.

Abused puppy Pippin

PC Victoria McNamara said: “As a Wildlife Crime Officer for Suffolk Police, I have a specific interest in animal welfare.  Animals of all kinds are often hidden victims of crime and animal abuse can be a gateway to other offences being committed, it is wholly unacceptable to cause suffering to any animal and we will investigate and prosecute those offenders, bringing them to justice.
  
“In the case of Pippin, she was a little puppy who had for the first few months of her life suffered cruelty at the hands of her owner.  She was not in the best condition, she weighed 3.1kg and was on pain relief for quite a few weeks due to her fractured leg.  Over the last few months with correct care, adequate nutrition and lots of love, Pippin has flourished.

“Alongside A/PS Rebecca Webster, the rural crime unit and colleagues at West Yorkshire police roads policing unit in making the arrest we have all made a difference to the life of a puppy.   Coupled with the expertise of Criminal Justice Unit Case Management Officer Jo Foley, it really has been a team effort in bringing the defendant to justice over his actions against this little dog.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence; £200 compensation. Disqualified from owning animals for just five years (expires June 2025).

Suffolk Police
Newmarket Journal
East Anglian Daily Times

East Belfast: John Bowers

#TheList John Bowers, born c. 1989, of 201 Albertbridge Road, Belfast BT5 4PU – physically abused a dog

John Bowers and two of his three dogs, including black and white Staffy Dre who is believed to be dead
John Bowers and two of his three dogs, including black and white Staffy Dre who is believed to be dead

John Bowers, who also faced charges of assault and racial harassment, was seen grabbing a Staffy-type dog by the scruff of the neck and throwing him over a garden wall. He then lifted the dog up a second time and threw him down on his back.

The fate or identity of the dog is unknown but our photo shows Bowers’ dog, Dre, who is believed to be dead.

In June 2020 Bowers was jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in addition to two counts of harassment and common assault.

Defence barrister Sean Mullan detailed his client’s battle with alcohol addiction.

“He’s keen to draw a line under all these matters,” counsel said.

Imposing five months custody for the offences, Mr Hamill ordered Bowers to serve a further five months from previously suspended prison terms.

The judge also imposed two-year restraining orders for the racially-aggravated harassment, and banned Bowers from keeping any animal for five years.

Sentencing: custodial. Five-year ban on keeping an animal.

Belfast Telegraph

Yeovil, Somerset: Latoyah Stones

#TheList Latoyah Donna Stones (aka Lottie Devine), born 24/02/1992, of Hillcrest Road, Yeovil BA21 – neglected and starved a dog

Convicted dog abuser Latoyah Stones

Mother-of-three Stones caused unnecessary suffering to the female dog, known as Boston, by failing to explore or address her poor condition between March and September 2019.

The Dogue de Bordeaux had been taken to Vets4Pets in Yeovil on September 22, 2019 by Stones, who claimed the severely malnourished dog was a stray she had found.

Boston, who weighed just 30kg at the time, was taken to St Giles Animal Rescue by the local authority dog warden and social media appeals for information regarding the dog were made.

Stones’ name was put forward by members of the public who identified her as being Boston’s owner, which she later admitted when interviewed.

RSPCA inspector Jo Daniel, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “The vet who examined Boston found her to be very thin, weighing just 30kg when a similar dog in healthy condition could be expected to weigh between 40 to 45kg, and said the dog’s condition was because of a failure to provide adequate food to maintain a normal bodily condition.

“In conclusion, the vet found no underlying causes that would have led to her being in the state she was, adding that she would have suffered for a number of months and have suffered hunger and fatigue during that time.

“This picture, which was taken ten days after she went into the care of the rescue centre, shows what an awful condition she was in.

“Thankfully, she’s now recovered thanks to simply being given an appropriate diet and the care she needs.”

Boston has since been rehomed.

Sentencing: 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement; total of £365 costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Somerset County Gazette

Ilkeston, Derbyshire: Mark Slonecki

#TheList Mark Slonecki, born c. 1984, of Station Road, Ilkeston – attacked his partner with a golf club when she tried to stop him hitting her dog

Domestic abuser and animal abuser Mark Slonecki from Ilkeston
A danger to women and animals alike: Mark Slonecki

Slonecki, who has a history of violent offending, attacked a helpless dog and then his partner after struggling to contain his anger.

Prosecutor Jonathon Dee said the attack happened at Slonecki’s home in Station Road on October 28, 2019.

He said an argument developed between the defendant and his partner and during it he started to hit the victim’s dog before picking up the golf club and striking her with it.

Mr Dee said: “He started to hit the dog, he had done that in the past to get a reaction from her and she tried to stop him.

“She describes him whacking her (with the golf club) and then punching her several times.

“She was left with a cut above her eye, bruising to her left arm and bruising to her leg.

“The defendant attended the police station the following day and said she had taken his house keys.

“He was arrested, bailed and was due to attend the police station again on December 30, when he was going to be charged, but failed to show up.”

Slonecki denied the offence, taking it to trial at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He admitted the lesser charge of failing to surrender to custody.

Sending Slonecki to prison for two years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “The offence you have been convicted of is a very serious offence.

“You have to understand that just as men need to be protected from women who attack them, women also need to be protected from men who do the same.

“You picked up a golf club, it was a wedge to be precise and you used that weapon to cause significant injuries to her.

“You used it with some force on her and you are fortunate that the injuries were not more severe than the ABH for which you were charged.

“This was domestic violence, you picked up a weapon and attacked her in the way that you did.

“And although I bear in mind you have not served a custodial sentence before, this is so serious it can’t be suspended.”

Jo Harvey, mitigating, said his client has a child from a former relationship and on the day of the assault “struggled to contain his anger”.

He said: “She tried to stop him hitting the dog and he reacted. As far as the relationship is concerned he does not want to be in it any more.”

Slonecki did not face charges in relation to the dog and was not therefore banned from keeping animals.

Nottingham Post

Plymouth: Kieran Mitchell

#TheList Kieran John Jerome Mitchell, born 27/05/1995, of Keswick Crescent, Plymouth PL6 – punched and slapped his pet dog 36 times causing him to suffer wounds to his head and ears

Dog abuser Kieran Mitchell from Plymouth and his victim, Hugo
Kieran Mitchell beat and taunted his pet dog, Hugo

Convicted cannabis dealer Mitchell, formerly of Penrose Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the bull terrier Hugo in November 2017. He was convicted in his absence back in July 2018 and a warrant issued for his arrest the following month.

Mitchell surrendered to custody in March 2020. He was released on bail but failed to turn up at the next hearing. Magistrates have now issued a further arrest warrant.

Dog abuser Kieran Mitchell from Plymouth

The RSPCA, which brought the case, said concerns were raised about the welfare of Hugo, after they were sent an anonymous audio recording of him being beaten and taunted by Mitchell.

RSPCA prosecutor Lindi Meyer told the court it was a “nasty sustained attack” with a total of 36 hits, punches or slaps heard on the recording.

As Mitchell attacked the dog he can be overheard goading him, asking him: “Are you crying now? Whimpering?”

The RSPCA seized Hugo from Mitchell and took him to a vet for examination. The vet found three lesions on his face, one of which was near an eye. The vet said that the beating would have been a traumatic experience for Hugo, causing him to feel “terror, fear, pain and anxiety”.

Dog abuser Kieran Mitchell from Plymouth

Mitchell admitted in his interview that he smacked Hugo and would rub his nose in it if he fouled on the floor.

The presiding magistrate told Mitchell: “You acted in anger against an innocent animal.”

Sentencing: 24 weeks in prison. £115 victim surcharge. Banned from owning animals for ten years.

Plymouth Live

Additional information:

  • Kieran Mitchell has links to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.
  • He has lived in Wilton Street, Plymouth PL1 5LT
  • We understand that Hugo was put to sleep by police for being a banned breed

Whitby, North Yorkshire: Lesley and Alexander Cameron

#TheList Lesley Cameron (aka Lesley Grimshaw), born 01/04/1960 of 30 Dundas Gardens, Whitby YO21 1HD and Alexander Cameron, born 08/10/88 of 2 Greens Yard, Church Street, Whitby YO22 4AY – left their pet dog suffering in pain with a foul-smelling infection

Dog abuser Alexander Cameron from Whitby
Alexander Cameron and his mother Lesley Cameron are banned from keeping animals until 2030 after being convicted of cruelty to their pet Akita

Lesley Cameron and her son Alexander Cameron pleaded guilty to offences related to causing unnecessary suffering to their pet dog, Tigerlilly The Akita was suffering from a painful uterus infection but her owners failed to take her to the vet for treatment.

The court heard that an RSPCA inspector visited the pair’s home on November 28, 2019, after concerns were raised that the dog had missed her last three vet appointments.

Upon arrival, the RSPCA, along with North Yorkshire Police, found Tigerlily in a sorry state and suffering from pyometra.

Abused Akita Tigerlilly
A deprivation order was placed on neglected Akita Tigerlilly who will now be rehomed

RSPCA inspector Claire Little said: “I’ve met Tigerlily many times over many years and she’s a very friendly dog who has always come to the door to meet me.

“Upon entering the room where Tigerlily was lying on the floor, there was a noticeable and unpleasant smell, and she didn’t get up which worried me.

“I encouraged her to stand up so I could check her over, which she did, and she had lost weight from my last visit.

“Immediately I could see that the fur around her back end was wet and dirty.

“As she stood up I could smell the unpleasant smell more strongly and upon closer examination, I saw a greeny milky coloured discharge from her body

“The fur around there was soaked and appeared sticky when touched and her fur was matted.”

Dog abuser Alex Cameron with victim Tigerlilly

She added: “Ms Cameron allowed me to take Tigerlily to the vets for examination and she was taken into possession by police on vet advice and placed in RSPCA care pending the outcome of my investigation.

“Tigerlily is doing really well with a foster family at the moment I am really happy that we’ll now be able to find a permanent home for her, where her needs will always be met.”

Dog abuser Alexander Cameron from Whitby

In addition to the disqualification, a deprivation order was placed on Tigerlily whose care will now pass to the RSPCA.

Sentencing:
Alexander Cameron – 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days; 140 hours of unpaid work; total of £290 in costs and charges.

Lesley Cameron 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days; £290 in costs and charges.

Both were banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

TeessideLive

Stanley, County Durham: Lauren Eliot

#TheList Lauren Jane Eliot (aka Lauren Purvis), born 02/08/1997, of 5 Thomas Street, Annfield Plain, Stanley, Co Durham DH9 7SN – left a poorly British bulldog puppy to live in a yard full of rubbish and a mouldy sofa.

Dog abuser Lauren Jane Eliot and neglected British bulldog Royston

Eighteen-month-old British bulldog Royston was underweight, had skin and ear conditions and was living in a cluttered yard full of hazards when the RSPCA rescued him from his heartless owner, Lauren Jane Eliot.

Dog abuser Lauren Jane Eliot

The single mother-of-one was banned from keeping animals for five years after she was convicted of one offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

She failed to appear before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court but was convicted in her absence of not taking reasonable steps to ensure the dog’s needs for a suitable environment were met and not seeking veterinary attention for his various ailments.

Lauren Eliot with (ex?) partner David Anthony Barker with whom she co-owned Royston
Lauren Eliot with (ex?) partner David Anthony Barker with whom she co-owned Royston

RSPCA inspector Cathy Maddison said: “I had been to this property in April and given advice to the couple living there to clean up the yard where they said Royston – an 18-month-old British bulldog – was living in the daytime.

“I got another call about him in August and when I went the situation had deteriorated.

“Royston was lying on a mouldy sofa in the yard, which was full of hazards.

“He had lost weight, had red skin and his nails were long.

“Eliot said she was taking him to the vets so I advised that needed to happen and the yard needed to be tidied up but unfortunately when I went back over a week later neither had.

“The yard was even worse, with faeces everywhere, and the shed Royston was using for shelter had been filled with chairs so his only resting place was the now very wet sofa.

“Eliot agreed I could take Royston to the vets to be checked over where he was found to be underweight.

“The skin under his chin and neck appeared red raw, his ears were very dirty and he smelled bad.

“He was taken into possession by police on vet advice and placed in our care pending the outcome of our investigation.”

Dog abuser Lauren Jane Eliot

The court heard that the defendant had been left with the dog when she broke up with her partner and was not in a position to care for him.

Inspector Maddison said: “Royston is now fully recovered and doing great.

“He’s a fantastic dog, and I’m really happy that we’ll now be able to find a fantastic new forever home for him.”

Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £400. Five-year ban on keeping animals.

Northern Echo