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Dinnington, South Yorkshire: Anne Louise Moffatt

#TheList Anne Louise Moffatt aka Anne Louise Pearce, born c. 1971, of Scarsdale Street, Dinnington S25 2RN

Animal abuser Anne Louise Moffatt from Dinnington, South Yorkshire
Anne Louise Moffatt is banned from keeping animals until November 2029

Caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal (species and nature of abuse not specified). Did not take steps to ensure that the needs of an animal for which she was responsible were met.

Sentencing: £120 fine, £200 costs. 10-year ban on keeping animals.

The Star

Penrith, Cumbria: Scott Bruce

#TheList Scott Bruce, born c. 1972, of 8 Anchor Close, Penrith CA11 9HQ -failed to treat his pet dog’s chronic skin condition and deteriorating physical health

Dog abuser Scott Bruce from Penrith
Scott Bruce celebrates his family’s lottery win in 2015

Bruce, whose family won £727,000 on the National Lottery in 2015, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Mia. The court heard how he failed to seek appropriate veterinary care for Mia’s chronic skin condition and deteriorating physical health.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Ordered to carry out unpaid work for 80 hours within the next 12 months. £503.20 in court cost. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years with right of appeal after five years.

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Gillingham, Dorset: Dennis Thorne

#TheList Dennis Thorne, born c. 1976, of Kington Magna, Gillingham, Dorset SP9 – failed to care for goats, ferrets and poultry on his smallholding

Conditions on Dennis Thorne's smallholding

Thorne, who is a Romany gypsy, pleaded guilty to six offences under animal health and welfare legislation following an investigation by Dorset Council Trading Standards. This included four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of causing unnecessary suffering to a flock of 30-40 poultry, two goats and two ferrets, by failing to provide them with appropriate care and one offence of failing to inspect his animals at regular intervals.

He also pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to tag his two goats, which is legally required to prevent animal disease spread.

Conditions on Dennis Thorne's smallholding

In March 2019, trading standards officers visited land Thorne rented at Okeford Fitzpaine, near Sturminster Newton. They discovered the carcasses of around 20 ducks, chicken and geese littering the animal enclosure. The few surviving poultry were emaciated and in filthy conditions.

Two emaciated goats were also found in a small pen with no clean water or dry lying area.

Conditions on Dennis Thorne's smallholding

In a nearby barn were cages containing the carcasses of two ferrets. The cages were filthy and all of the drinking containers were empty. Despite having received previous advice from the team, the goats were not tagged.

All the animals remaining in Thorne’s possession were seized by Trading Standards under the Animal Health Act and then cared for by the RSPCA. Thorne later agreed to give up his ownership of them.

The court was advised that Thorne had received a formal caution from the RSPCA in 2009 for causing unnecessary suffering to a horse.

Sentencing: 14 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Community Order of 200 hours of unpaid work and 20 days of rehabilitation. Ordered to pay £715. Banned from keeping all animals for 10 years.

Gillingham News
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Devonport, Plymouth: Haley Croshaw

#TheList Haley Marie Croshaw (aka Haley Knill), born 28/01/1986, most recent known address Poole Park Road, Plymouth PL5 – for leaving two horses to suffer with severe bite and kick wounds

Horse abuser Haley  Croshaw from Devonport in Plymouth, Devon, UK
Haley Croshaw

Mother-of-two Haley Croshaw pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 after failing to treat painful, infected bite and kick wounds suffered by her horses.

Two horses owned by Croshaw were discovered with severe injuries after an RSPCA inspector was called to a farm in Callington by concerned members of the public on May 18, 2019.

A bay gelding, known as Spirit, was discovered with bite and kick wounds which had been caused by a stallion and left untreated.

Horses neglected by Haley  Croshaw from Devonport in Plymouth, Devon, UK

Upon further examination, the pony was found to have multiple wounds all over his body including an abscess on his neck and a large necrotic wound with fly-strike on the left thorax measuring approximately 4 inches by 5 inches.

He also had infected wounds on his right hind leg and an infected wound on his back right leg causing significant lameness to his right hind limb.

Veterinary experts concluded Spirit was suffering and had been suffering for a significant length of time, with the wounds indicating they had been left for at least a couple of weeks and that the suffering could have been avoided by appropriate management to prevent fighting among the horses.

A second horse, known as Maybelou, was found with untreated injuries that had been caused by an ill-fitting headcollar.

RSPCA inspector Jon Phipps, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “These horses were left to suffer needlessly as a result of irresponsible ownership and lack of care.

“These two horses were both left with serious injuries for which no veterinary attention was sought. Owners have a duty of care to their animals and must ensure they are safe from harm and receive the care they need.”

Both horses have since recovered and found new homes.

Sentencing: 16-week prison sentence, suspended for one year; total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for ten years.

PlymouthLive

Newbold, Chesterfield: James Drury

#TheList James Drury, born 31/07/1994 of 5 Coniston Way, Chesterfield S41 8JF – for allowing his pet dog to starve almost to death

Animal abuser James Drury of Chesterfield, UK

Nine-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Dibbley was said to be just one day from death when he was discovered in a bedroom in James Drury’s stinking property. The dog was so thin that every bone in his body was visible through his fur.

James Drury of Chesterfield left his pet dog Dibbley to starve

The RSPCA attended the property after being alerted by police concerned for the dog’s welfare.

As RSPCA Inspector Dave McAdam entered the property he was confronted with the smell of faeces and urine.

In the bedroom of the property, he found Dibbley in a severely emaciated state. Inspector McAdam said: This was amongst the most emaciated dogs I have ever seen that was still alive.

“The dog was so weak he had trouble walking due to the loss of muscle mass, with experience of nearly thirty years as an RSPCA inspector I knew this dog was close to death.

“There was again a large amount of faeces on the bedroom floor where the dog was being kept. Within the bedroom I did see a small amount of water in a steel bowl provided for the dog, but no food.”

Inspector McAdam had to carry the dog, estimated to be around nine years old, from the property and took him to a vet for treatment.

In a witness statement the vet who assessed Dibbley described him as “a walking skeleton”.

He said: “Every major bone in this dog’s body was clearly prominent and evident, he was literally a walking skeleton. This was amongst the worst cases of emaciation I have ever seen, this dog was no more than a day or so away from death. “

At the time of his rescue Dibbley weighed 8.9kgs but was put on a specialist diet and within six weeks he weighed 20.35 kgs.

Animal abuser James Drury of Chesterfield, UK

In mitigation the court was told that Drury was suffering from stress at the time and financial hardship.

Dibbley is currently in RSPCA care and he will be re-homed soon.

Sentencing: 18-month community order with 19-day “thinking skills” programme and a 12-day rehabilitation requirement. Ordered to pay a total of £685 fine, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Derbyshire Times

Overstone, Northampton: Thomas Keenan

#TheList Thomas J Keenan, born 1972, of Hamsterly Park, Northampton NN3 5DX – failed to get treatment for his pet cat’s serious leg injury; leg amputated

Cat abuser Thomas Keenan from Northampton, UK

Keenan pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his cat, Beauty, when he appeared before magistrates.

The court heard how the RSPCA were called in after receiving reports from a concerned member of the public who said Beauty had a serious leg injury that had not been treated.

RSPCA Inspector Michelle Hare visited on July 13, 2019, and could see that there was a problem with Beauty’s back left leg.

Neglected cat Beauty

The leg was twisted inwards and looked floppy, the cat was unable to put any weight on it so, with Keenan’s permission, she took Beauty for veterinary treatment.

The vet said that Beauty had a broken femur and the bone had rubbed on her skin causing an abscess that had become infected.

He added that he estimated the pet had suffered for about three weeks.

Beauty had her leg amputated but has made a great recovery and has now been rehomed by the RSPCA.

Inspector Hare said: “We still are not sure how Beauty came to be injured but believed she may have been involved in a car accident.

“She had a nasty injury and she was struggling to walk so should have been taken to the vets straight away. Many vets will offer a payment plan to help spread the cost and there are charities who can help with vet bills.”.”

His other two cats will also be rehomed by the RSPCA.

In mitigation, the court was told that Keenan was aware of the injury but could not afford veterinary treatment.

Sentencing: 120 hours of unpaid work; £385 costs. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Northampton Chronicle

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset: Brad Skipp

#TheList Bradley Craig Skipp, born 17/08/1989, of Knightstone Court, Shrubbery Avenue, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2JX – intimidated and physically attacked his pet dog

Cane corso Thesesus was subjected to a violent attack by his thug owner Brad Skipp of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK
Cane corso Thesesus was subjected to a violent attack by his thug owner Brad Skipp

Skipp, previously of Fosseway Cottages, Somervale Road, Radstock, attacked cane corso Thesesus after getting home to find the dog had emptied the contents of his fridge and washing machine and dumped items on the floor.

Concerns were raised against Skipp’s treatment of Thesesus while the pair lived in Radstock, between May 2018 and April 2019.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson, who investigated the matter for the animal welfare charity, said: “A taped recording was made of Skipp, and in the recording Theseus can be heard yelping and screaming throughout, and thudding can be heard as though the dog is being subjected to a physical attack.”

Skipp denied using his fist to strike his dog.

He told the court ‘slapped’ Thesesus on the rear and denied physically harming the animal.

Convicted dog abuser Brad Skipp of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK

He did admit though to shouting at his dog on the day of the recording – April 19, 2019 – because he got back to his home to find Thesesus had emptied the fridge, a cupboard and washing machine all over the floor.

Magistrates convicted Skipp of causing unnecessary suffering.

Sentencing: 10-week curfew; fines and charges totalling £835. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years with the right of appeal after five.

Weston Mercury

Eastbourne, East Sussex: Gerard O’Connor

#TheList Gerard ‘Jezz’ Patrick O’Connor, born 21/03/1977, of South Street, Eastbourne BN21 – killed two kittens by stamping on them during a domestic violence incident

Kitten killer Gerard O'Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but he killed the kittens and assaulted a woman in Eastbourne
Career criminal Gerard O’Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but his animal cruelty offence took place in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Gerard O’Connor, who has a history of violence and previous criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her. The offence took place at Eastbourne on September 19, 2019.

Kitten killer Gerard O'Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but he killed the kittens and assaulted a woman in Eastbourne

The lifelong loser also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by stamping on two kittens with such force that it resulted in their deaths, at Eastbourne on the same date.

Magistrates described O’Connor’s attack on the kittens as “prolonged and vicious”.

Sentencing: total of 24 weeks in prison. £389 in compensation. Restraining order. Banned from keeping cats for ten years.

Eastbourne Herald

Additional information: O’Connor, who is known to his friends as Jez or Jezz, is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in the Bootle area of Liverpool for several years.

Kitten killer Gerard O'Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but he killed the kittens and assaulted a woman in Eastbourne

He has an adult son from a previous relationship.

Criminal history:
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Ayr: Mark Cuthbert

#TheList Mark Cuthbert, born 07/03/1977, of 82 Thornyflat Place, Ayr KA8 0NE – set his dogs on wildlife including badgers; bought cats online to use as live bait for his dogs; failed to get vet treatment for his dogs’ fighting injuries

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland

Mark Cuthbert pleaded guilty to keeping dogs for the purpose of an animal fight and killing a cat at home and at another premises.

Cuthbert used the selling website Gumtree to purchase the cats – with many owners believing their animals were going to a safe home.

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland

The Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit (SIU) received intelligence in March 2018 that Cuthbert had dogs for animal fighting. The SIU obtained a warrant to search Cuthbert’s address and, upon inspection, found his pets had injuries consistent with animal fighting.

They also suspected he had been self-medicating his dogs to avoid drawing attention to his illegal activities.

Investigators seized an electronic device that contained video and images of animal fights. The clips included Cuthbert’s dogs killing badgers and domestic cats.

Objects in the footage matched animal fighting paraphernalia discovered at his home. Among the items seized were tracking collars, nets, live animal traps, syringes, superglue, and pet carriers.

DNA analysis of these supported the case that many of the items were used for animal fighting.

The dogs involved in the case were black and white Patterdale terrier, Billy, and two brown female Patterdale terriers known as Digger and Tally.

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland pictured outside court
Coward: Mark Cuthbert pictured outside court

Cuthbert pleaded guilty to keeping dogs, cats and a rat for an animal fight contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 under Section 23 (1) (a), for procuring cats for the purpose of animal fighting and arranging, participating and causing animal fights to take place under Section 23 (2) of the Act.

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland

Commenting on the investigation and court case, a Scottish SPCA undercover special investigation unit (SIU) officer said, “This is a truly horrific case of animal cruelty, where we suspect dozens of animals have suffered mentally and physically at the hands of Mark Cuthbert. His inhumane treatment of animals is completely unacceptable.”

“We investigate reports of animal fights every week and the imagery and videos we discovered on his phone are some of the most depraved and upsetting we have seen. One harrowing video shows the three dogs attacking a domestic cat in a field which is fighting for its life. It’s clear the cat was caused horrendous suffering and many of the cats he purchased will have suffered long, torturous deaths.

“Cuthbert had been picking up the cats for his dogs to attack from the online selling site, Gumtree.

“After contacting Gumtree, we found correspondence between Cuthbert and people who had listed their cats on the site which led us to believe large numbers of cats were uplifted from pet owners who trusted their cats were going to a good, safe home.

“As well as the cats he purchased under false pretence, his own dogs have been treated appallingly. When we visited Cuthbert, two of his dogs had very obvious facial injuries and scars to the face, nose and jaw. Digger had a healed injury to the lower lip which had caused a v-shaped deformity and Billy was very aggressive when approached.

“If you are using an online service to find a new home for, or sell, your pet, please be vigilant and ensure your pet is going to a safe environment. If you are suspicious, do not continue with the sale and notify the Scottish SPCA as soon as possible.”

The Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit are experts in investigating animal fighting offences and rely on information from the public to continue to put a stop to this horrific activity. All information shared with the Scottish SPCA can be treated with confidentiality and can be reported to the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Sentencing: ten months’ imprisonment. Ten-year ban on owning or keeping any animal.

Scottish SPCA News
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Scottish Sun

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Additional information: Mark Cuthbert’s long-term live-in partner is Wendy McIlloney, born circa 1970. They have two older children together and she has others from previous relationships.

Wendy McIlloney
Mofher and grandmother Wendy McIlloney lives with convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert.

McIlloney makes no secret of the fact that she also enjoys hunting and neighbours have said that she accompanies Cuthbert on hunting/digging trips with their dogs.

Disturbingly, it is alleged that she procured cats on her boyfriend’s behalf. As yet, no charges have been levelled against McIIloney.

The pair are also backyard breeders of Staffies and lurcher-type dogs.

Boscombe, Bournemouth: Ben Avill

#TheList Benjamin Samuel Avill, born 26/11/1982, of 16 Waltham Road, Bournemouth BH7 6PE – poisoned 50 tropical fish in an act of revenge against his former partner

Evil Ben Avill from Bournemouth laughed as he killed dozens of fish in an act of revenge
Evil Ben Avill laughed as he killed dozens of fish in an act of revenge

Avill went into a ‘fit of rage’ when Jenny Daniels told him their 12-year relationship was over.

He grabbed a nearby bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the large tank that contained 50 fish.

The court heard how Avill “laughed” as the fish were poisoned.

All but one of them died. The sole survivor, a bristlenose pleco fish called Bob, now lives with Miss Daniels.

Miss Daniels, from Bournemouth, reported her ex to the RSPCA.

Evil Ben Avill from Bournemouth laughed as he killed dozens of fish in an act of revenge

Carpenter Avill, who has a previous conviction for drink driving, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Matthew Knight, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “In the eyes of the general public, if he had done this to 49 dogs the outcry would be significant.

“However, the act does not differentiate between protected animals.”

Mr Knight said the fish would have suffered greatly as they were poisoned

“The fish were jointly owned by the defendant and Ms Daniels,” he said.

“They were arguing and in a fit of rage he poured a three-litre bottle into the tank.

“An expert has since said they would have died an acute and unnecessary death.

“Fish can and do suffer and the defendant has shown very little remorse for his actions which caused the death of a lot of fish.”

Leah Dillon, mitigating, said: “The relationship between Miss Daniels and the defendant was volatile.

“This incident was the culmination of several years of tough times.

“He describes himself as like a bottle of champagne which his partner was shaking and waiting for the cork to pop.

“He says it was completely out of character for him and he has shown genuine remorse.”

Sentencing: 14-week prison term suspended for 12 months; costs of £400; 200 hours of unpaid work and 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Bournemouth Echo