Category Archives: ferrets

Newry, County Down: Richard Crozier

#TheList Richard Crozier of Annsville, Newry BT34 1AB – for a catalogue of neglect towards  five adult dogs, four dependant pups and four ferrets in his care.

Richard Crozier was banned from keeping animals after pets were found in ‘appalling’ conditions at his home
Richard Crozier was banned from keeping animals after pets were found in ‘appalling’ conditions at his home

A case was brought against Crozier by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council following a complaint about the condition of animals living at his home.

When council animal welfare officers visited Crozier’s home on March 4, 2016 they found the conditions in which the animals were being kept to be “appalling”.

Sadly, a lurcher-type dog had already died. The dog, who was wearing a muzzle, was chained to a kennel.  He had several open wounds on his legs and was skeletal. A post mortem found that the dog was severely emaciated.

The animals were all deemed to be suffering and were taken into the possession of the council.

In court, Crozier pleaded guilty to all four charges which were brought by the council under the provisions of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

Total fines of £1000. Disqualified from keeping animals for just five years (expires November 2023).

Belfast Newsletter

Barlby, North Yorkshire: Keith Lewis

#TheList Keith Lewis, born c. 1948, of Barlby, North Yorkshire – admitted neglect offences in relation to 30 of the 60 animals he kept in filthy conditions

The RSPCA first prosecuted Keith Lewis when they found 60 animals living in “filthy, squalid and cramped conditions” at his home in former agricultural buildings in the North Yorkshire village of Barlby, near Selby.

After Lewis admitted neglect offences in relation to about 30 of the animals, mostly poultry and rabbits, one bench of magistrates banned him on May 2016 from keeping caged and other animals for ten years and ordered him to do a 12-week curfew.

Three months later on August 25, 2016, police and an RSPCA inspector found two ferrets at Lewis’ house in appalling conditions with no water, piles of faeces and dirty bedding and three rotting rabbit carcasses.

Lewis pleaded guilty to breaching an animal ban and failure to care for animals.

A different bench of magistrates ordered him to do a community order with two days’ rehabilitative activities.

They heard he is currently doing a different community order.

For Lewis, Steve Munro said: “This was not a deliberate attempt to avoid the order at all.”

The ferrets were the last of about eight that Lewis’ young son had found in a tree.

Lewis had initially refused to let him keep them but had then given in and allowed them onto the premises.

“He thinks the world of his son. His son is his life,” said the solicitor.

The ferrets were only being kept until they could be sold.

Mr Brown told magistrates Lewis had used a similar mitigation in his earlier case.

Costs. Rehabilitation activity. Second ten-year animal ban (total 20 years). 

York Press