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Stoke-on-Trent: Kayleigh Weston

#TheList junkie Kayleigh Weston, born 1987, of Lucerne Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7FG – left family rabbit to starve to death in her hutch

Junkie Kayleigh Weston from Stoke-on-Trent left a little rabbit named Smudge to starve to death in her filthy hutch
Junkie Kayleigh Weston left a little rabbit named Smudge to starve to death in her filthy hutch

A police officer went to the defendant’s address and found the rabbit, named Smudge, dead in a hutch filled with droppings. He alerted the RSPCA and an examination found the animal was emaciated.

Roger Price, prosecuting for the RPSCA, told North Staffordshire Justice Centre a police officer visited the defendant’s home on April 14, 2018, and when there was no answer he went to the back of the house.

Mr Price said: “He was alerted to look into a rabbit’s hutch. There was an empty water bottle and an empty food bottle. There were a lot of droppings piled up. There was a lifeless black and white rabbit which was clearly dead.

“The RSPCA became involved and the rabbit was examined. A post mortem examination was carried out. The vet found there was no body fat at all on the animal and a very poor muscle mass. It was emaciated. All the skeletal bones could be seen. It had had diarrhoea and was probably dehydrated.

“The rabbit was significantly underweight. It was clearly ill and in need of veterinary attention.

“The rabbit was totally dependent on the owner to regularly inspect daily and to provide adequate food for the pet. It was estimated to have been dead for between two and four days.”

The defendant, who had owned the rabbit for six years, said she fed Smudge nuggets and carrots between 5pm and 6pm and cleaned the hutch once a week, but on occasions it was longer.

The court heard she last cleaned it out one or two weeks before the officer found the rabbit.

She added she did not think the rabbit was thin.

Weston pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by failing to explore and address the animal’s poor bodily condition between April 2 and 14, 2018.

The court heard the defendant descended into a chaotic lifestyle due to her drug use.

All her other pets have since been re-homed and she is, apparently, no longer using drugs.

James Hulse, mitigating, said the defendant’s care for the animal was ‘sporadic and incompetent’.

Mr Hulse said: “She threw food into the cage but did not look to see if the rabbit was eating the food properly.

“Had she been to the vet and said, ‘My animal is not eating’. It is that that has not occurred. There was care but it was incompetent.”

Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “This hutch was at least a few inches deep with faeces. The dead rabbit was found in a second compartment in the hutch. There was no food or water and as the rabbit was so emaciated it became clear that she had starved to death. There wasn’t even any rabbit food in the house.

“This was confirmed by a post mortem, which also showed that Smudge had zero body fat. She said that because Smudge was outside, she forgot about her. It is so sad that it was a case of out of sight, out of mind.

“It is so important to look after pets which are kept outside just as well as you would with pets who live inside your house, particularly as it gets colder and people are going outside in their gardens less.

“On top of that, rabbits have sensitive stomachs and going without food for even just 12 hours can cause them to suffer. The fact that Smudge went without food for so long is unbearable.

“It’s unbelievably cruel to simply leave an animal to slowly die in a cage without the care they need and deserve to survive.”

Sentencing:
Fined £240 and ordered to pay costs and charges totalling £330. Disqualified from owning an animal for five years but can apply to have the disqualification terminated after three years.

Stoke Sentinel

Kingston upon Hull: Dawid Osiński

#TheList Dawid Osiński, born c. 1991, of 288 Beverley Road, Hull HU5 1AX – killed a pet rabbit by throwing it at a mirror

Rabbit killer Dawid Osiński of Kingston upon Hull
Rabbit killer Dawid Osiński of Kingston upon Hull

As well as causing the death of the rabbit, Polish national Osiński was also charged with damaging the mirror, and a window, belonging to the female owner of the animal in the same incident.

Osiński had pleaded not guilty to criminal damage and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal in December 2017, but later changed his pleas to guilty.

Sentencing:
Osinski was jailed for a total of 12 weeks and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

HullLive

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.

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

York Press

Kingston Upon Hull: Suzanna Falconer and Raymond Spires

#TheList Suzanna Falconer, born 1973, and Raymond Spires, born c. 1990, of Albert Avenue, West Hull HU3, for neglecting banned breed dog; dog put to sleep on BSL grounds; Falconer in breach of animal ban for starving 13 pet rats to death.

Photo shows Suzanna Falconer, Raymond Spires and their neglected pitbull Tia, who was put to sleep after being found to be a banned breed.
Suzanna Falconer, Raymond Spires and their neglected pitbull Tia, who was put to sleep after being found to be a banned breed.

Tia had to be put to sleep after RSPCA inspectors found her at the home where Suzanna Falconer lived with her partner Raymond Spires.

The dog was suffering from a skin condition and was later found to be a pit bull, a breed banned in the UK.

Falconer, who was banned from keeping animals for five years in 2012 after starving 13 rats to death, pleaded guilty to breaching her disqualification order and failing to meet Tia’s needs.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA takes breaches of disqualification orders very seriously.

“Unfortunately, in this case, it is clear that no lessons had been learnt by Falconer, despite a disqualification from keeping animals.

“She not only breached the terms of the court order but sadly went on to fail to give Tia the care she needed.”

Spires also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of Tia and aiding and abetting the breach of Falconer’s disqualification order.

Falconer was originally banned from keeping animals for five years after neglecting a rabbit called Bugsy, three ferrets and 13 rats and for causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog at her previous home in Downing Grove, east Hull.

The rats were found dead in cages in the shed having been starved to death.

The hedgehog had been kept in captivity and was emaciated.

Falconer had not fed the ferrets properly or protected them from pain, injury, disease and suffering.

Her partner at the time Andrew Gill, was also convicted of the same offences and went on to be banned for a further 20 years after he left his four dogs without food and water or bedding.

RSPCA inspectors and police raided Gill’s house again in September 2013 where they found 20 fish, a corn snake, two Staffordshire bull terriers called Zane and Patch, two terriers called Dufus and Meg, two cats and six kittens.

Dufus and Meg were confined to the kitchen and had been eating out of the bin.

Zane and Patch were found in the rubbish-strewn garden, where there was broken glass jars, rusty metal tins and exposed metal chair springs.

Sentencing:
Falconer – eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, £350 costs, £80 victim surcharge.
Spires – 80 hours of unpaid work, £350 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
Both were banned from keeping animals for seven years (expires November 2021) .

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Seaham, County Durham: Frankie Hudson, Martin Bell, Dominic Baker and Jordan Steel

#TheList Frankie Hudson (DoB 10/04/1995), Martin John Bell (DoB 08/04/1994), Dominic David Baker (DoB 27/09/1996) and Jordan Steel (DoB 20/07/1997), all originally of Seaham, County Durham – tortured a mother rabbit to death; the rabbit’s babies all died from starvation. 

Montage of Seaham rabbit killers
Scum: Seaham Rabbit Killers

The female rabbit, named Percy, was stolen from her hutch and taken to a house party and abused with a picture posted on social network Instagram.

The group involved in the abuse comprised Martin Bell of 102 Parkside Crescent, Seaham, Frankie Hudson currently of 10 Langhurst, Sunderland, Dominic Baker, whose family home is 212 Station Road, Seaham but who’s currently studying at Leeds University, and Jordan Steel currently of 24 Stavordale Street, Seaham  (addresses correct at July 2018).

The court heard how Hudson, Bell and Baker were already naked in a bath at the party when Steel, who had taken the rabbit from Embleton Mews in Dawdon, threw the animal in with them.

During the ordeal, Percy was washed and attempts made to shave her fur. Bell then threw her from a window.

The attack was captured on a mobile phone and later posted online.

The bench was told the rabbit, who belonged to a local family, suffered a ruptured liver, broken ribs and abdominal injuries, with the most damage caused by her dislocated head.

One of the youths had wrung the rabbit’s neck after finding her on the ground, hurt and unable to stand. Her body was then put into a bin liner and dumped.

The white lion-headed rabbit had only recently given birth to a litter of five, which died because they could not survive without their mother.

All four thugs admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Sentencing:
Bell and Hudson were sentenced to an 18-month community order, with supervision, 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs and £50 in compensation. They were also banned from keeping animals for five years.

Baker and Steel were given 12-month referral orders, ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £15 and £50 compensation to the pet owners. They have also been banned from keeping animals for five years.

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Kingston upon Hull: Andrew Gill

#TheList repeat offender Andrew Gill, born c. 1964, of 34 Downing Grove, Hull HU9 3SY –  left his four dogs without access to food, water or bedding; breached disqualification order.

Photo of serial animal abuser Andrew Gill from Hull
Andrew Gill celebrates winning The World’s Biggest Knob competition.

Gill was banned, alongside former partner Suzanna Falconer, from keeping animals in 2012 for causing unnecessary suffering to 13 rats, which died of starvation, failing to meet the welfare needs of three ferrets and a rabbit and causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog.

RSPCA inspector Hannah Bryer said: “Throughout the duration of the previous proceedings, Mr Gill was given advice, assistance and warning notices to improve the welfare of his remaining animals.

“After he was banned, he failed to follow the court order and continued keeping animals.

“Mr Gill has proved he is unable to care for animals properly, even when given extensive guidance.

“He has shown a complete disregard for the court order and to the wellbeing of his pets.”

Andy Gill photo

RSPCA inspectors and police raided Gill’s home in September 2012. When they entered the property, he said: “You’re not taking my pets, you are not touching the snake or the fish, no way.”

Inside, they found 20 fish, a corn snake, two Staffordshire bull terriers called Zane and Patch, two terriers called Dufus and Meg, two cats and six kittens.

Miss Bryer said Dufus and Meg were confined to the kitchen and had been eating out of the bin. Zane and Patch were in the garden, which was littered with rubbish including broken glass jars, rusty metal tins and exposed metal chair springs.

Gill admitted breaching his disqualification order and failing to meet the welfare needs of the dogs.

In 2007, Gill spoke of of his devastation after an arson attack on his shed killed his 300 rats, two rabbits, two hamsters, two guinea pigs and three hedgehogs.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, 200 hours of unpaid work, £250 costs.  Banned from keeping animals for 20 years (expires April 2033).

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