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Bournemouth, Dorset: Charmaine Collins

#TheList Charmaine Victoria Louise Collins, born 02/01/1990, of Rosebery Road, Southborne, Bournemouth BH5 2JH – let 61 animals die in her maggot-infested flat

Hoarder Charmaine Collins from Bournemouth and some images from the scene of horror that confronted the RSPCA.
Hoarder Charmaine Collins from Bournemouth and some images from the scene of horror that confronted the RSPCA.

Mother-of-one Collins crammed 196 animals including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and lizards as well as ducks and chickens in to her two-bedroom flat at 25 Hamilton Road in Boscombe before she was raided by police and the RSPCA. Some animals had gone without water and food for at least a week. Of the 196 animals, 61 died.

The court heard that Collins, who had started a degree in veterinary care, had established an animal breeding business called Fairytales with a friend. However, the friend backed out around two weeks before the flat was raided.

Officials found 48 animals in a small shed in the property’s communal garden. Many of the creatures inside – including 30 guinea pigs – were dead at the time, or died shortly afterwards.

Entry was then forced to the flat, which was in darkness and without electricity. As RSPCA inspector Patrick Bailey panned a torch around the dark rooms, the beam fell on a severely dehydrated rabbit, which was “convulsing”.

Officers were cofonfronted with loosely-stacked crates and cages filled with animals and smaller creatures suffocating in plastic containers.

More rabbits were confined to these containers, unable to move in any direction.

An animal carcass infested with maggots was also discovered. Decomposition indicated the creature had been dead for some time.

The RSPCA had first become involved with Collins in April 2016 over “similar issues”. At that time, Collins sought help from officials and some months later had just two dogs and a lizard.

However, she then began buying animals from fairs and shows. Ten days after she was interviewed by police, she travelled to Holland to buy 70 rodents. All have now been seized by the RSPCA.

Collins, who currently works as an assistant for Poole photography business Lite-Box Imagery,  admitted six charges relating to the care of the animals.

Sentence: 12-month community order and 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days; total of £330 costs and charges. Banned from keeping any animal for the next 10 years (expires July 2028).

Daily Echo
Daily Mail

Townhill, Swansea: Kiki Angelitos

#TheList Kiki Stamatopoulou-Angelitos, born 22/02/1970, most recently of 21 Gomer Gardens, Townhill, Swansea SA1 6QF but may now be living in Greece – on the run after dead and starving pets found in her filthy home

Kiki Angelitos
Kiki Angelitos may have returned to her native country of Greece. As at January 2019 she is believed to still be on the run.

Angelitos was convicted in her absence after magistrates found three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and three charges of failing to meet the welfare needs of an animal proven. She was due to be sentenced at the end of May 2018 but failed to attend and magistrates issued a warrant for her arrest.

But she has still not been located and a spokeswoman for South Wales Police said arrest enquiries were continuing.

Filth and squalor at Angelitos' property in Gomer Gardens, Swansea. A Malamute was found at the property in very  poor condition.
Filth and squalor at Angelitos’ property in Gomer Gardens, Swansea. A Malamute was found at the property in very poor condition.

During the hearing, Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard a dead dog was found in the garden of Angelitos’ home in Gomer Gardens, in Townhill, and had been decomposing for two weeks.

nother of the many dogs found at Angelitos' filthy home.
Another of the many dogs found at Angelitos’ filthy home.

A “visibly bony” Malamute dog and several small animals in a bad state, together with six dogs which were kept in one room, were also found in the house.

Sarah Thyer, prosecuting on behalf of Swansea Council , told the court at the time that this was a “distressing case”.

Officers first visited the property on October 6, 2017, after concerns about animal welfare and of the state of the house had been raised. She added: “There was an extremely strong smell of rubbish.

“Rubbish bags were covering the floor to such a large quantity that officers had to walk on this [the rubbish].”

She said there were open bags of dog food as well and that, in the kitchen, the tap was running at full blast.

Small animal in a cage found at Kiki Angelitos' filthy home in Swansea

The “filth” from the floor was washed in with the overflowing water, she continued, and the dogs were drinking from this dirty water. In the first visit, the officer found a room had been barricaded with a large animal crate inside. They weren’t able to see inside clearly as it was dark, she continued, but were able to identify several animal cages and a dog.

A few days later, officers returned to the property and, in the overgrown garden, they found a dog crate in a hole. Inside the crate there was a dog carcass which showed signs of two weeks of decomposition.

She continued: “In one of the bedrooms there was a Malamute which was in a very bad condition.

“The pest warden brought the dog downstairs and it was visibly bony.

“In the same room there were two rabbits which had no access to water. Both rabbits had extremely long claws.

“They were given water and they drank large amounts of it.” The court heard that, in another bedroom, there were six dogs, a gerbil and a hamster, together with some empty cages.

Ms Thyer said Angelitos agreed to surrender a German Shepherd dog in January 2018.

The court heard she had owned the Malamute dog for a year and that she had had the small animals for 18 months.

WalesOnline