#TheList Jordan Alicia Taylor, born 16/01/1994, of 29 Park Drive, Lofthouse WF3 3ET – starved a Labrador to death
Jordan Tayor, a member of the Young Kennel Club (YKC) pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs. Taylor was prosecuted after a Labrador called Bumper was found dead in a shed in her garden.
An Estrela Mountain Dog named Sha was also discovered on the property suffering from severe weight loss and was returned to her breeder, Trisha Dean.
In addition, the remains of a starved rabbit were found in a cage at her house.
Taylor had been handling show dogs since she was about eight years old and had described herself as ‘a natural talent.’
Bumper was bred and previously owned by Tracy Douglas and she told OUR DOGS magazine, ‘Basically me and Miss Taylor were very good friends. We went to dog shows together and on holidays. I counted her as a close friend.
‘She asked me if she would let me have a Labrador and she asked me if she could have Bumper.’
Ms Douglas, who is based in Belfast, explained, ‘She could campaign the dog on our behalf in England.
‘We were in regular contact and she would send me photos and tell me about all the silly things that young Labradors do.
‘I was supposed to meet up with her at the Manchester show but she didn’t turn up. I was told she hadn’t been well. She told me that Bumper slept in her daughter’s bedroom and followed the daughter everywhere.
‘I found out that the Estrela was only 18kg at nine months so I made up a story to see Bumper. She kept using delaying tactics so I contacted a friend who lived near her in Wakefield and he was told that Bumper was not there.
‘The RSPCA were called in and he was found lying in a shed in the back garden. The body had been there for a minimum of three weeks. She admitted the dog had been dead for two weeks.
‘She said the dog had liver issues but the post-mortem revealed it was a healthy dog that had been starved. It is a shame we could not get it out in time.
‘Words can not express how I am feeling. We want justice for Bumper and the Estrela. I don’t understand it as there is a network of people to help her. Ninety percent of her friends on Facebook are dog people.
‘She was laughing before she went into court as if she did not have a care in the world. If she did not want the dog why didn’t she just take it to the vets and dump it?’
A lifetime ban was put in place and Taylor was sentenced on June 8, 2017.
Ms Douglas concluded, ‘What hurts the most is that she blatantly lied to my face and told me Bumper was alive.’
Sentencing: 17-week custodial sentence suspended for two years. 200 hours of community service, 30 sessions of rehabilitation and fines totalling £315. Banned from keeping animals for life.