#TheList Serial dog killer Robert David Koch (DoB 07/08/1965), of 26B Lodge Rd, Hendon, London NW4 8DG – violently abused nine puppies by beating, choking and stabbing them
Koch “systematically abused” puppies by beating, choking and stabbing them.
And despite being warned not to get any more dogs after horrified inspectors found a dead puppy in his bin with cable ties round his neck, Koch bought more to torture as he was investigated.
One dog, a female cockapoo had her tail almost ripped off, hanging from a small part of skin and tendons, after Koch claimed they had been playing rough. The tail had to be amputated.
Another pup, a tan coloured pug cross called Petra, had her jaw broken after he claimed he fell on her by mistake.
The RSPCA said another dog had been continuously tortured over several months and had suffered from broken bones, haematomas and had bleach sprayed in his eyes.
Koch took the puppies to several different vets and it was only when one reported him to the RSPCA that the full scale of the torture was uncovered.
He had previously pleaded guilty at Hendon Magistrates court to abusing nine puppies between January and October 2015.
The court heard about another dog, a shih tzu cavalier cross called Max, who was taken to another vet, suffering with severe chest injuries, and Koch was warned the pup could die if he wasn’t treated immediately.
Despite the vet’s warnings, Koch refused treatment and left saying he had to check the insurance. The police were contacted by the vet and as a result the RSPCA attended his address.
There they were horrified to find the deceased remains of a male pup in the refuse bin outside. A cable had been tied around the puppy’s neck and used to choke him.
The court heard despite being warned by officials in June 2015 not to purchase any more animals while he was being investigated, he got more puppies.
Some of the dogs survived the torture and were able to be rehomed, but others had to be put down by vets.
Speaking for the defence, Cameron Collins said a lifetime ban on owning animals was not opposed by his client.
He said: “You are dealing with a man with questionable and weakened mental and emotional fortitude, who had been diagnosed with OCD.”
He told the court Koch, a facilities management consultant specialising in the healthcare industry, and primary carer for his two elderly parents, bought the puppies because he is “isolated from his wife and children” and they were intended to “provide companionship”.
He added: “He does not purchase the animals with the intention of treating them in this manner. He doesn’t use them for fighting. He has simply lost his temper with them and lost control.”
After the sentencing RSPCA DCI Nicole Broster, said: “This was one of the most disturbing cases I have ever worked on. This man systematically violently abused numerous puppies. At first glance it appeared that he was just an owner who had a mishap with his puppy.
“But after piecing bits of the jigsaw together I found a catalogue of events showing he would regularly take different puppies to different vets across the area – all with horrific injuries.
“One puppy had her tail almost completely ripped off, a second had been beaten so severely she has permanent brain damage and will have seizures for the rest of her life. Another had been continuously tortured over several months.
“Thankfully some of the puppies survived but others either died from their injuries or had to be put to sleep.”
“His property was visited by the police where we discovered he had thrown various items of puppy paraphernalia – such as puppy carriers, collars, bowls, medications and soiled puppy pads – into the street and into local communal bins. After being arrested Koch admitted to stabbing a puppy to death but later refused to comment on what he had done or give any further information.
“It really distresses me to think about the fear and pain these poor defenceless animals must have experienced.”
She added: “We are very relieved he has received a ban on keeping all animals for life so that hopefully his reign of terror over these animals can come to an end and he can cause no more suffering.”
Sentence: 26 weeks’ imprisonment; total of £165 in costs; banned from keeping all animals for life.
In June 2015 notorious Lincoln-based puppy farmers Little Rascals Pets Ltd (now Puppies at Home Ltd), a business owned and operated by Bridgett Donna Dickens, posted a glowing testimonial on their website from one Robert Koch. Anyone with half a brain knows that puppy farmers don’t care who buys their dogs, and it’s highly likely this is where Koch sourced some if not all of his victims. No questions asked as long as you have the cash.
As at 2018 Koch maintains a profile on LinkedIn as a self-employed facilities manager specialising in healthcare. This is his profile: