Category Archives: working and service dogs

Ringwood, Hampshire: William Sheen

#TheList career criminal William Sheen, born 1996, of no fixed abode, but originally from the Merryweather Estate in Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1UL and with links to Bournemouth and Salisbury – hit a police dog with a large tin of baked beans

Career criminal William Sheen from Ringwood in Hampshire
Career criminal, lifelong loser, animal abuser: William Sheen from Ringwood in Hampshire

Sheen admitted arson, assaulting an emergency worker and causing unnecessary suffering to a service dog.

The court was told he had been causing a disturbance at the pub on Old Christchurch Road when staff called the police.

Officers from Dorset Police said they found him in a dry storage area of the kitchen shouting “Let me out” before waving a metal object at them and refusing to leave.

A fire was seen coming from the store and Sheen was heard to say “Go away – this place is going to go up”.

The fire service was called to extinguish the flames and a police dog, called Gus, was also sent to the scene.

Injured police dog Gus
PD Gus recovered and is now back on duty

In a statement, Dorset Police said: “Sheen began to throw items at the officers, including bags of flour and commercial-sized tins of baked beans.

“One of the tins struck PD Gus on the head, stunning him and causing him to back away.”

Police then used a Taser to subdue Sheen and he was arrested.

Ch Insp Heather Dixey confirmed Gus and the police officers involved did not sustain any lasting injuries and are back on active duty.

She added: “This case yet again demonstrates the danger that can be faced by officers and police dogs while dealing with hostile and volatile incidents.”

Sentencing: jailed for six months.

BBC News

Litherland, Liverpool: Daniel O’Sullivan

#TheList Daniel O’Sullivan, born c. 1990, of Bowland Drive, Liverpool L21: stabbed a police dog twice in head and attacked officers while high on monkey dust

Daniel O'Sullivan from Liverpool was prosecuted under Finn's Law for his attack on PD Audi
Daniel O’Sullivan was prosecuted under Finn’s Law for his attack on PD Audi

Daniel O’Sullivan was jailed for 21 months after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, five counts of assault and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Police were called to deal with the thug following reports of a man wielding a knife and broken bottle in a street in Hanley, near Stoke, on July 1, 2019.

When O’Sullivan refused to drop the weapons a police dog named Audi was sent into the incident.

O’Sullivan stabbed PD Audi twice in the head before throwing a bottle at an officer and kicking him in the face. He spat at four other officers.

Following his arrest O’Sullivan was taken to hospital for assessment and was aggressive towards medical staff.

PD Audi survived the knife attack and has since returned to duty.
PD Audi survived the knife attack and has since returned to duty.

Audi needed emergency treatment but survived the attack and has since returned to duty.

The prosecution for the attack against Audi is the first under the new Animal Welfare (Emergency Services) Act.

Known as Finn’s Law, it now recognises police dogs as public servants and not simply police property. The maximum sentence is currently six months.

Detective Inspector Stephen Ward, from Staffordshire Police, said: “O’Sullivan presented a significant danger to anyone who was nearby and we cannot allow the public to be put at risk.

“He assaulted five officers, spitting at four of them, which is a degrading experience for the officers concerned and can present a health risk.

“O’Sullivan was out to seriously hurt PD Audi and it was lucky that he wasn’t blinded or killed as a result of his injuries.

“Aside from the sheer cruelty of his actions, it takes a great deal of time, energy and expense to train a police dog and an experience like that could have ended his career. Fortunately, Audi has recovered well and is back at work.”

Sentencing: jailed for 21 months of which three months was for injuring a police dog.

Liverpool Echo

Cowbridge, South Glamorgan: Molly Rose

#TheList Molly Rose (aka Molly Price or Molly Rees), born c. 2001, of Ystradowen, Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, Wales CF71 – exposed for illegally hunting badgers and foxes with dogs in a 2018 BBC documentary

Teenager Molly Rose of Cowbridge in Wales glorifies illegal hunting with dogs on social media and participates in it herself
Teenager Molly Rose of Cowbridge in Wales glorifies illegal hunting with dogs on social media and participates in it herself

In May 2018 current affairs programme BBC Wales Investigates exposed the brutal reality of illegal hunting with dogs. ‘The Secret World of Badger Baiters‘ showed undercover reporters infiltrating two gangs: one led by Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, who had already been successfully prosecuted for the crime in 2011 and banned from keeping dogs indefinitely, and the other by Tomas Young of Blaina, Abertillery who was convicted alongside Ryan Harrison of Caldicot and Cyle Jones of Brecon in June 2019.

Teenager Molly Rose of Cowbridge in Wales glorifies illegal hunting with dogs on social media and participates in it herself

A reporter posing as someone wanting to get into digging spoke on the telephone with self-proclaimed “Terrier Queen” Molly Rose. Rose, who has links to the travelling community, runs two Facebook groups dedicated to terrier-work and regularly posts photos and videos of her own pack of working dogs to her thousands of followers.

Molly Rose's dog Stan displays injuries typically caused in badger fights
Molly Rose’s dog Stan displays injuries typically caused in badger fights

One of Rose’s dogs – Patterdale terrier Stan – whom she claims has been on 35 digs, has injuries to his lower jaw that are typically seen on a dog that has been in a fight with a badger.

Using the name ‘Aaron’ the reporter asks Rose for advice on the best type of dog to get for digging work. It’s not long before she starts talking about illegal hunting, telling Aaron that the choice of dog depends on whether he’s going to be digging for foxes or badgers.

Teenager Molly Rose of Cowbridge in Wales glorifies illegal hunting with dogs on social media and participates in it herself

She talks about the possibility of “digging a dog dead” and admits that she has “dug two dogs dead this season” [we think this means the dog becomes trapped underground and suffocates].

Molly Rose's dog Stan displays injuries typically caused in badger fights

At this point she admits that a badger had ‘scrammed’ the front of her dog’s face, causing him to lose his jaw.

Rose then goes on to advise the reporter on how not to get caught when illegally digging with dogs, telling him that setts can be protected and to watch out for cameras. She advises him to go out digging with men who know what they’re doing.

The reporter does this and witnesses scenes of appalling cruelty to a deer, a boar and a badger cub who is skinned alive by dogs.

When the BBC put their evidence to Molly Rose, she refused to be interviewed and denied that she was involved in badger or fox digging or had ever given advice to anyone on how to do it. She also backtracked on the cause of her dog Stan’s injuries, claiming he’d been caught on barbed wire as a puppy.

Teenager Molly Rose of Cowbridge in Wales glorifies illegal hunting with dogs on social media and participates in it herself

A year after The Secret Life of Badger Baiters was aired Molly Rose has not yet been prosecuted and continues undeterred. The evidence obtained by BBC Wales investigators that this callous young woman participates in a bloodsport that causes unthinkable cruelty to wildlife and dogs alike is very strong. It’s time to throw the book at her.

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Update 29/06/19
We are advised that “traveller wannabe” Molly Rose is a horse trader and also breeds puppies from her grandmother’s yard. Our contact told us the following:

That Molly Rees aka Molly Rose aka Molly Price is a bad egg. She’s breeding puppies like they’re going out of fashion. So does her mother and grandmother. She lives in her grandmother’s yard in a static caravan. The place is filthy and her nan runs a grooming business from there. It’s dreadful. There’s filthy matted dogs loose everywhere there and she breeds from them now.

The RSPCA went there but Molly kicked off big time on them and refused to unlock the gate so they left and by the time they went back with the police Molly and her nan moved all the dogs apart from 3 out of the 12.

Molly also deals horses none of their animals are cared for. It’s a disgrace.

Molly’s been hunting since.13/14 when she hit puberty. She was a talented rider as a child, went to Horse of the Year Show etc, then she discovered the travellers sold cheap horses.

She started dealing when she was 14. Been a traveller wannabe since.

Leeds: Adrian Appleyard and Karl Harwood

#TheList Adrian Appleyard, born January 1977, of Springhead Road, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0EX, and Karl Harwood, born 1978, of Ivy Gardens, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2NH – neglected three dogs used to guard a building site.

One of the three dogs abandoned in appalling conditions at a building site by irresponsible security business owner Adrian Appleyard and his employee Karl Harwood.
One of the three dogs abandoned in appalling conditions at a building site by irresponsible security business owner Adrian Appleyard and his employee Karl Harwood.

Appleyard and Harwood were found guilty in their absence of mistreating and failing to ensure the welfare of an Anatolian shepherd dog called Athena and two Caucasian shepherd dogs called Koda and Sasha.

Despite freezing weather the dogs had no shelter and hadn’t been fed for several days.

The dogs were kept as guard dogs on a building site on Hollin Busk Lane, Deepcar, Sheffield and were left unattended between January 20 and January 23, 2018, prompting RSPCA inspectors to visit the site.

Insp Kim Greaves told the court the dogs had been left in three shelters but the roof of one covering two of the dogs – Koda and Sasha – had blown off, leaving them exposed to ‘bitterly’ cold conditions and snow.

She said she first visited the site on Friday, January 19, following a call from a member of the public and when she returned on Monday, January 22, the set-up was exactly the same, with tape seals placed on the gates of the compounds by inspectors still in place.

Another of the dogs abandoned at a building site by Adrian Appleyard and Karl Harwood.
Another of the dogs abandoned at a building site by Adrian Appleyard and Karl Harwood.

Insp Greaves said: “The dog at the front (Athena) was brighter in herself but that’s probably because we had been able to get food and water to her but the other two dogs, because I know the breed, we would expect them to be alert and guarding the site but they weren’t.”

Insp Greaves said she could see Athena’s ribs quite clearly, indicating she was malnourished, and added that she thought the dogs had suffered a ‘prolonged period of neglect’.

Fellow RSPCA inspector Jenny Ronksley said she visited the site on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21 and left business cards at the site requesting the owners contact her, which they didn’t.

Dr Jenny Turner, a veterinary surgeon at Springfield Vets, also attended the site and said that the housing and nutritional supplies for the dogs were unsuitable.

Prosecutor Philip Brown said: “She believed that the period of suffering would been for at least four to six weeks but probably longer. They had suffered either a variable shortage of food over several weeks or starved entirely for a period of days.”

The prosecutor also told the court that Koda had developed ‘behavioural difficulties’ and that a vet had decided it was in the dog’s best interests to carry out euthanasia.

Sentencing:
Appleyard – 150 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping any animal for five years. Deprivation order for the two surviving dogs, Athena and Sasha.
Harwood – 120 hours of unpaid work. No ban.

Yorkshire Post

Edgware, London: Nijamul Islam

#TheList serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam, born 19/02/1973, of 91 Farm Road, Edgware HA8 9LR – kept dozens of large-breed ‘protection’ dogs in cramped, dirty conditions and without food or water

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry
Islam ran a business supplying dogs to the security industry but kept them in filth and squalor and without food or water

Persistent animal abuser Nijamul Islam was first convicted of dog abuse on a massive scale in November 2012. Then trading as the Vardalu Pet Hotel based in Elstree, Herts, Islam was convicted of cruelty to 173 dogs and puppies, including Rottweilers, German shepherds, Belgian malinois and American bulldogs. He was given a two-year suspended prison term and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

Footage from the RSPCA’s 2012 raid on Islam’s then premises in Elstree, Hertfordshire

In October 2014 the authorities discovered he was keeping 102 dogs at Woodhill Farm, Stanstead Road, Great Amwell SG12 9RN after a kennel maid was attacked by a Belgian shepherd and a German shepherd. The victim was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries and required surgery to save her arms.

The two dogs concerned were later destroyed due to their “extremely aggressive nature”.

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry

Both police officers and officers from the RSPCA entered the farm later on the same day where they discovered more than a hundred dogs being kept in “squalid” conditions.

Judge John Plumstead was told several people worked at the farm, where dogs to be used in the security industry were allegedly trained.

The judge was told the conditions for the animals were ‘appalling’ with filthy cages covered in urine and faeces.

The animals, some of which were puppies, had inadequate bedding and no access to clean water or food.

There were also dead dogs on the site.

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry

Of the dogs found within the farm, 40 had to be put down either because they were deemed dangerous by the RSPCA or had severe medical conditions and were suffering.

RSPCA inspector Steph Law said: “The conditions the dogs were kept in were horrendously squalid. It was filthy and most of the dogs had been left without food and water.

“Sadly we also found that a number of the dogs were very badly injured and had been left to suffer without veterinary treatment.

“It was sickening to see the scale of suffering as we worked with the police over four days to remove the dogs and bring them into boarding.”

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry

Judge Plumstead said Islam had an ‘appalling track record’ for neglect and cruelty to animals.

He said: ‘These were not everyday dogs. They were all large and potentially violent dogs.

‘These dogs were kept in dreadful conditions in a way which could only be described as scandalous.’

He said he had also seen a training video seized from Islam’s business, which showed him setting a large Alsatian-type dog across a field to attack a man wearing a bite suit.

Judge Plumstead said the dog had been ‘biting determinedly and with considerable force until it was called off by the defendant’.

He said: ‘This was not a legitimate business because he was in no position to legally be doing what he was doing.’

In July 2017 Nijamul Islam was jailed for two and half years after pleading guilty to two charges of being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control.

Islam also admitted being in breach of an order disqualifying him from keeping dogs and four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs.

Sentencing: two-and-a-half year jail term. Continuation of his original 10-year ban on keeping dogs imposed in 2012.

Daily Mail
BBC News

Reading, Berkshire: Martin Sama

#TheList career criminal Martin A Sama, born 1987, of Faringdon Walk, Reading RG30 3LD – attacked a police dog during a pursuit

Persistent criminal Martin Sama from Reading, UK, attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit.
Persistent criminal Martin Sama attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit. Fortunately Caesar recovered from his injuries and is back on duty while Sama was sent to jail.

Sama, who is originally from Sierra Leone, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, assaulting a constable, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, possessing cannabis, driving dangerously and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

The court heard that PD Caesar, a Dutch Shepherd, pursued Sama, who then attacked the dog and bit his handler.

It came after police constable Christopher Bushnell spotted a shredded back tyre on a Lexus, being driven by the persistent offender.

The officer pursued Sama, who drove through two red lights and swerved across multiple lanes.

The court heard how Sama then jumped out of the out of the moving car and sprinted down an alley. This prompted the policeman to release Caeser.

Giving evidence, PC Bushnell said: “Caesar chased the male down the alley way and I followed.

“I heard the male scream. Caesar had bit him in the buttock. The man was lashing out and swinging Caesar’s body. The man was striking the dog.

“Caesar released his grip and dropped off.”

Aware that Caesar, who had been working with him for nearly four years, could be in trouble, PC Bushnell called for backup and swung a punch at Sama.

Persistent criminal Martin Sama from Reading, UK, attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit.
2010 police mugshot of Sama

Sama bit the policeman’s fingers whilst he was being restrained, the court heard.

When more officers arrived minutes later they found Sama to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis and a 20-inch machete.

Limping Caesar was taken to a vets the following day and had to take four days off the beat.

Persistent criminal Martin Sama from Reading, UK, attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit.
Sama pictured outside court

Despite admitting he was driving the car, Sama denied the drugs were his.

“That cannabis was found in a cigarette packet on the alley floor,” he told District Judge Susan Cooper.

“It had nothing to do with me.”

He also claimed the machete was brought into the car by a mystery man he was giving a lift to and whose name he did not know, and that he did not hit the dog or bite PC Bushnell.

He continued: “I did not strike the dog at all. I wouldn’t do that to a dog.

“I also didn’t bite the officers finger’s. I was beaten so badly I even lost my shoes.”

However Judge Cooper was not convinced by Sama, who has previous dangerous driving and drug convictions.

The judge added: “It seems ludicrous to suggest the cigarette packet wasn’t on you.

“Two officers could see it was. I also believe you were travelling at speed.

“You have come to court today and told many lies.”

Sentencing: 27 months in jail.

Reading Chronicle

Tonypandy, South Wales: Christian Latcham

#TheList wildlife persecutor Christian Latcham, born c. 1987, of Morton Terrace, Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF40 2DP

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales
Barbaric Christian Latcham set his dogs on badgers, foxes and deer . He is shown here with regular digging mate Jamie Rush. Rush was exposed alongside Latcham in a 2018 BBC Wales documentary entitled ‘ The Secret World of Badger Baiters’

Blood sports enthusiast Latcham – a father of six – pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Welfare Act and six charges under the Badger Act.

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales
Latcham was told that his actions amounted to “unspeakable cruelty” but still avoided jail

The serial abuser was prosecuted after evidence of sickening cruelty towards badgers, foxes and deer were discovered on his mobile phone.

Prosecuting, Geraint Richards described to the court the disturbing pictures of a severed badger head, a photo of Latcham’s dogs savaging a badger and an image of a bloodstained Latcham holding up animal carcasses.

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales
Latcham with two of his six children

The court heard how, on being arrested in 2009 for a separate offence, Latcham had aroused officers’ suspicion as he hurried to conceal his mobile phone.

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales

When the police seized his phone they viewed images of the defendant holding up the carcasses of foxes, deer and badgers.

Clive Rees, defending, said the defendant lacked empathy and had limited social skills.

He said: “He has been unable to put himself in the place of the animals he was dealing with and to think and see through the things he was doing.”

Chairman of the bench Mike Hanley said: “These were deliberate and unprovoked actions which speak of unspeakable cruelty.”

Two dogs used to savage the badgers were taken away from Latcham.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said badger baiting had become a prevalent problem in South Wales.

He said: “Offending evidence in this type of case is rare, but this isn’t a one off.”

Sentencing: Five-month prison sentence, suspended for one year; 250 hours of unpaid work; £1,000 costs. Disqualified indefinitely from keeping dogs.

Wales Online
BBC News

2018 update: despite having been banned indefinitely from keeping dogs Christian Latcham featured in an episode of BBC Wales Investigates entitled ‘The Secret World of Badger Baiters’.

The episode, which you can watch on YouTube, showed that Latcham not only had dogs but was still actively engaged in badger baiting alongside Jamie Rush. Other associates include Tomas Young and Ryan Harrison, who were jailed for badger baiting in June 2019. Young’s cruelty included skinning a badger cub alive before feeding it to his dogs.