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Blackpool: Robert John Payne

#TheList former Keighley Bradford councillor Robert John Payne (DoB 14/02/1975)  currently of 23 Northumberland Avenue, Blackpool FY2 9SA – killed four kittens by swinging them and smashing them into walls

Psychopath: Former councillor Robert John Payne, who subjected four kittens to a brutal sadistic attack.
Psychopath: Former councillor Robert John Payne, who subjected four kittens to a brutal sadistic attack.

Robert Payne  swung the four-month-old cats round his house in Keighley, West Yorkshire, broke their skulls and most of their limbs, and decapitated two of them.

The cowardly former councillor for the Keighley West Ward of Bradford Council then kept three of the poor creatures in his freezer while their blood was spread round his house and their remains strewn across his living room.

Payne flew into a drunken rage and attacked the four kittens he had bought off the internet. He then ‘picked up one of the cats by its stomach and used it as a battering ram’ and ‘smashed its head against something’.

Police were eventually called to his house after a neighbour reported hearing banging and the sound of a cat screaming.

Officers were confronted by the horrific scene of dismembered animal parts scattered over the house, along with blood on the walls at shoulder height from where he had swung the injured kittens around the room.

Stephen Wood, prosecuting, told the court: ‘The police went inside and they were met with what the prosecution submit was an appalling scene, with fragments of dismembered parts of animals over the house, together with a substantial quantity of blood.’

The barrister said the pattern of blood on the walls suggested a ‘profusely’ bleeding cat had been swung around the room.

He said officers also found fragments of bone, an eyeball and part of a jaw with the tongue still attached on the living room floor.

Three of the kittens were found in a freezer and the fourth was found decapitated upstairs. Its head was never found.

The skulls of the other cats had all been crushed and nearly every limb had been fractured.

Mr Wood said: ‘Prior to their deaths, these kittens had been subjected to unimaginable cruelty.

‘The blood was contorted around the entirety of the room in a circular fashion, at shoulder height.’

Payne told police he was not ‘100%’ sure what had happened but said it was ‘more than likely’ he had killed them.

Judge Robert Bartfield rejected Payne’s claim that he couldn’t remember the attack taking place and labelled him a ‘coward’.

Sentencing Payne, Judge Bartfield said: ‘For some reason, you decided to take your frustrations out on these innocent creatures who looked to you for their care.

‘You had killed three of them in circumstances which for them can only have been in the most unimaginable terror.

‘Each of them was swung round the room deliberately, no doubt as to cause the maximum distress, and all of them had their skulls broken.’

Judge Bartfield continued: ‘The police and RSPCA were greeted by the most horrific scene, with the living room spread about with the remains of these unfortunate creatures.’

The judge said people feeling ‘revulsion’ at the case would wonder why Payne was not being sent to prison for years.

But he said he was bound by sentencing guidelines, which state a maximum prison term of six months for such an offence.

Bespectacled Payne stood in the dock with his hands clasped in front of him and showed no expression as he was jailed.

Sentence: jailed for 5 months and banned from keeping animals for life.

Daily Mail



Stourbridge, West Midlands: Kirsty Sanson

#TheList Kirsty Amanda Sanson, born 26/07/1991, most recently (2019) of Oldford Walk, Stourbridge DY13 0DP – left a dog to starve to death in shed

Evil dog killer Kirsty Sanson, now Kirsty Woods, of Stourbridge, West Midlands
Evil dog killer Kirsty Sanson, now Woods, of Stourbridge, West Midlands

Sanson, who now goes by the name Kirsty Woods after finding some poor sod to marry her, was prosecuted after the emaciated body of a dead dog was found in a small shed just feet away from the kitchen of the property in which she was staying

Evil dog killer Kirsty Sanson, now Kirsty Woods, of Stourbridge, West Midlands

She initially denied the charges, claiming she did not know the dog – a female Staffy named Paddy who did not belong to Sanson – was locked in the shed. The case was set to proceed to trial until Sanson changed her plea to guilty.

Sentence: community order, fines, two-year ban on keeping animals (expired December 2013).

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Grimsby, NE Lincolnshire: Jonathan Bloomfield

#TheList Jonathan Bloomfield, born circa 1974, of Grange Walk, Grimsby DN34 (2018 address) – caused unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier dog by hitting him with an object, punching and kicking him

Jonathan Bloomfield from Grimsby was filmed by a neighbour viciously punching and swearing at his 18-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, Butch.
Jonathan Bloomfield from Grimsby was filmed by a neighbour viciously punching and swearing at his 18-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, Butch.

On 24/11/2011  Londoner Jonathan Bloomfield, who at the time of the offence was living in Stanley Street, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to failing to protect Butch – an 18-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier – and causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by hitting him with an object, punching and kicking him.

The court viewed footage – filmed between September 9 and October 18, 2011 – showing Butch, who vets said may have always had sight problems or even be blind, whimpering and cowering as Bloomfield punched him twice in the face and told him to “shut the fuck up”.

Prosecuting, Brendan Woodward said: “The most important image is where he clearly comes outside and punches the dog twice to the head.

“We have seen the action and the actions are not a proper way of controlling a dog. Every time that door opened, the dog was not wagging his tail waiting to come in, it was in fear. You can see that in the reaction of the animal.”

Bloomfield claimed Butch had bitten his three-year-old son’s hand when it took a packet of crisps from him, adding he was stressed from work and was “sick of the dog barking”.

However, Bloomfield denied any involvement in the footage showing Butch being repeatedly hit with a pole, which was accepted by the prosecution because the person doing it is standing behind a door and cannot be seen on camera.

A woman in a bra and trousers with a towel on her head opens the door and appears to whip the dog with a cloth before slamming the door in its face
A woman in a bra and trousers with a towel on her head opens the door and appears to whip the dog with a cloth before slamming the door in its face

Magistrates also heard Bloomfield had come under attack after refusing to hand Butch over to a man who came to his door, who then hit him in the face. A short time later an “angry mob” gathered outside Bloomfield’s house and smashed his window, before police were called to the scene.

Bloomfield was arrested and his partner, Michelle Walker, and their son and one-year-old daughter, were forced to flee their home by social services, who told them if they didn’t both children would be taken into care. Butch was taken into the care of the RSPCA.

Banning Bloomfield from owning a dog for 15 years, bench chairman, David Stenton said: “It is pretty clear to everyone this is an awful case of animal cruelty. The dog was clearly very frightened and had been subjected to violence over a period of time. Weapons were used, including piping and fists. We know you received some rough justice and we don’t condone that.”

260 hours of unpaid work; £100 costs; 15-year ban on keeping dogs (expires November 2026).

Daily Mail

Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside: Christy Draper and Peter Finnegan

#TheList Christy James Draper, born 14/11/1985, of 6 Dulas Road, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 8TL and Peter James Finnegan, born 06/05/1986, formerly of Mintor Road, Kirkby and as at November 2019 of 36 Browning Street, Bootle, Liverpool L20 4HH – caught on CCTV goading their dogs into ripping apart a tame feral cat; walked free after Crown Prosecution Service offered no case

Prosecution against cat killers Christy Draper and Peter Finnegan collapsed.
Cat killers Christy Draper of Kirkby and Peter Finnegan now of Bootle laughed as the prosecution case against them collapsed

Animal lover Alf White used to look after Tooch, a feral tabby which lived near his workplace in Kirkby for five years and was treated by staff as a pet.

But in January 2011 the tile showroom manager arrived at Knowsley Industrial Park to find the cat’s body on the ground.

After searching through CCTV footage covering the yard, the 54-year-old discovered shocking images showing Tooch being ripped apart by dogs before being kicked by a thug who was watching on.

The local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, published the pictures in an effort to find those responsible and was flooded with callers offering information.

Merseyside police later charged Christy Draper and Peter Finnegan with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

But at a trial which was due to begin on 2 November 2011, prosecutors offered no evidence and the case against the two men was dismissed by District Judge Ian Lomax

He said: “As always it is for the prosecution to prove you are guilty rather than for you to prove you are innocent.

“I do not know what the flaws in the prosecution’s case are but clearly they were spotted and it was decided no evidence is to be offered.

“The case against you is dismissed.”

The two men, wearing tracksuit bottoms and T-shirts, raced from the dock laughing, with one shouting: “You have wasted everyone’s time.”

Mr White, who was waiting to give evidence in the trial, told the ECHO: “I am absolutely fuming. I am shaking with rage. I cannot get my head straight.

“The man from the Crown Prosecution Service told me although they had the CCTV, it was not of the front of the building, only the side, so they could not prove our Tooch was alive when the dogs got hold of her.

“Would you be alive after four dogs got hold of you? I told him she was alive 29 minutes before the attack because I visited her to bring her a blanket and say goodnight.

“But he said that was not in the evidence.”

Mr White, who paid £360 for a vet to fix Tooch’s teeth, said: “You can see another cat, Sylvie, on the video.

“She was lucky to survive.

“She has been moved now to Liverpool Cat Sanctuary so at least now she will be safe.”

The ECHO asked the CPS why the trial collapsed and why it took until the trial date to decide it had no evidence but it failed to respond.

Liverpool Echo
Daily Mail

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire: Paul Atkinson

#TheList Paul Atkinson, born c. 1968, of Westray Street, Carlin How, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 43L – threw dog from jetty in freezing waters of the North Sea

Paul Atkinson of Saltburn-by-the-Sea threw dog Jess into the frozen waters of the North Sea

A nearby fisherman was “astonished” when he saw Paul Atkinson throw terrier Jess 20ft from the jetty into the sea in Skinningrove.

An RNLI lifeboat had to be called to rescue the dog and Atkinson after he jumped in to try to rescue her.

Atkinson admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard that he went to Skinningrove with some friends on September 30, 2011.

Prior to arriving at the area he said he had drunk two Newcastle Brown Ales and, while at the jetty, had a can of lager.

Helen Cox, prosecuting, said: “Mr Atkinson was seen by a fisherman on the jetty.

“He approached him and he said he saw Mr Atkinson pick up his own dog and throw it into the sea 20ft into water below.

“He was astonished and ran straight over.”

Mrs Cox said Atkinson then jumped in to retrieve Jess and placed her on a ledge, called a “H frame”, below the jetty.

She added: “The dog was popped on to the H frame and Mr Atkinson then climbed up.

“But the fisherman told him to go back and retrieve her because the tide was coming in. He did this and found himself in difficulty.”

Atkinson and Jess waited on the ledge for a lifeboat to rescue them.

Police were called to the scene and Atkinson was arrested.

Mrs Cox said: “The dog was in a state and was terrified. The fisherman said she was cowering.”

In court Atkinson disputed parts of the evidence, claiming that he dropped Jess from a height of 7ft into the water.

In his mitigation Atkinson said that he and four-year-old Jess wanted to go for a swim as it was a hot day.

The court heard that, after putting her in the water, Mr Atkinson thought she was swimming out too far so went to help her.

He said he got out but said a fisherman was then swearing at him and telling him to get her out of the water.

Atkinson said he got back in and the RNLI was called.

The court was told that Jess was “Mr Atkinson’s life”. He had rescued her when she was just a few weeks old and he had previously rescued other dogs.

Craig Beer, mitigating, said: “He accepts that the dog was placed from the jetty into the sea and that probably should not have occurred.

“He did see that the dog was getting into difficulty so, having been in with it and getting back out, he then went back in and stayed with it while it was on the lower part of the jetty.”

Jess has remained living with Atkinson.

12-month community order with nine months’ supervision requirement. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

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Stafford, West Midlands: Donna Swift

#TheList Donna Swift,  born ca. 1973, formerly of Sash Street and more recently Tennyson Road, Stafford ST17 9ST – let her dog Bobby become so underweight she was close to death and to suffer painful skin condition

Convicted dog abuser Donna Swift from Stafford

Swift was feeding black cross-breed Bobby so little that RSPCA inspectors said the dog had been forced to use her reserves of body fat in order to survive.

Harrowing pictures taken when Bobby was seized by the animal charity showed the dog’s ribs were visible through her fur.  She was also suffering from a bad skin condition.

Single mother-of two Swift claimed she could not afford to take Bobby to the vet and did not need to because “she has never been ill”.

The court heard Swift had owned Bobby since she was a puppy nine years earlier.

After an RSPCA inspector visited Swift’s home and referred the dog to a vet, they rated Bobby’s condition at a lowly 0.5 out of 10.

A vet who examined Bobby said she was close to dying had she not been rescued. The dog was signed over to the RSPCA and in just a few weeks she had made a “marked” improvement.

Swift admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Sentencing: 100 hours of community work; contribution to £750 costs; banned from owning any animal for five years (expired October 2016).

Express  & Star

Burford/Witney, Oxfordshire: Danny Draper, Ian Draper, Laura Borrow, Katy Davies

#TheList Oxfordshire dog-fighting ring members Danny Ian Draper (dob 02/06/1986), Ian Martin Draper (dob 04/04/1964), Laura Kay Borrow (dob 17/03/1987), Katy May Davies (dob 23/05/1978)

Mugshots of Oxfordshire dog fighting ring members Ian Draper, Danny Draper, Laura Borrow and Katy Davies
Clockwise from top left: Ian Draper, Danny Draper, Laura Borrow and Katy Davies

The despicable activities of gypsies Ian Draper and son Danny Draper were uncovered after Ian Draper’s ex-wife Sharon took a terrier named Bridget to a veterinary practice to be treated. The painfully thin dog had been so desperate for food she had swallowed her own collar. The vet tipped off the RSPCA who investigated.

At Danny Draper’s home inspectors found several bull-terrier dogs in an emaciated condition. One dog was so starved that he had eaten his collar.

Danny Draper is pictured with a dog before a fight
Danny Draper is pictured with a dog before a fight

All of the dogs were scarred and some had broken teeth and injured tails.

Equipment used for training fighting dogs, including a treadmill, was also discovered, along with a video showing two dogs tearing each other apart.

More dogs were found at Ian Draper’s home. He was given a three-month custodial sentence in 2005 for similar offences, and was serving a ten-year ban on keeping animals at the time of the offences.

Dog fighting ring leaders Ian Draper and son Danny Draper pictured outside court

Swindon Crown Court was shown footage of one fight in which the Drapers are heard cheering a dog named Ozzy. It was so horrific Judge Simon Cooper asked for it to be turned off after a minute.

Officials also found a break-stick with several teeth marks on used to wedge into the jaws of fighting dogs to separate them.

The Drapers kept notes of the dogs’ training regimes as they hardened them for bouts lasting up to 40 minutes, on which punters made huge bets.

Starving and injured 'fighting' dogs were kept in squalor at the Drapers' homes in Oxfordshire
Starving and injured ‘fighting’ dogs were kept in squalor at the Drapers’ homes in Oxfordshire

The pair often held practice fights. Their dogs had even featured in a
dog-fighting magazine. The animals were trained to attack wounds or the neck and face, often resulting in lips being ripped off.

Danny Draper pleaded guilty to five charges including possession of items in connection with an animal fight, while his father pleaded guilty to seven charges.

The men's girlfriends Laura Borrow (left) and Katy Davies pictured outside court
The men’s then girlfriends Laura Borrow (left) and Katy Davies pictured outside court

The men’s girlfriends Laura Borrow and Katy Davies were not only aware of their partners’ actions but played a key role in organising dog fights themselves. Davies pleaded guilty to one offence of aiding and abetting Ian Draper. Borrow pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering.

Ian Draper was given a 20-week prison sentence and Danny Draper a 12-week sentence. Ian Draper was also banned from keeping dogs for life after he admitted breaching his previous ban. His son was given a 15-year ban.

Katy Davies was fined £600. Hornsby was ordered to pay £300 in costs and disqualified from keeping dogs.

BBC News
Daily Mail

Update February 2020

Danny Draper has changed his name by deed poll to Danny Smith. He and father Ian Draper, who both live at 1 Walkers Close, Asthall, Burford, OX18 4HN, are directors of a courier company called Cotswold Couriers Ltd. Their website is here.

Dog fighters Ian Draper and Danny Draper

Danny and Ian Draper are no longer with Laura Borrow and Katy Davies and both women have gone on to marry other people and take their husbands’ names. Davies is now Katy Chapman. She lives in Church Lane, Burford OX18 4SD. Laura Borrow was known as Laura Hornsby for a while but is now Laura Saxton. She lives in Moorland Road, Witney OX28 6LT.

Taunton, Somerset: Rachel Mortimore

#TheList Crufts medal winner Rachel Mortimore, born 30/07/1954, of  Foxdown House, Taunton TA3 7DY – kept 300 animals including dogs, horses, cats, chickens, ferrets and rabbits in squalor.

Former Crufts champion Rachel Mortimore from Taunton kept 300 animals in squalor
Former Crufts champion Rachel Mortimore from Taunton kept 300 animals in squalor. Her lifetime ban on keeping animals was later reduced to just 18 years but she can appeal after 9 years.

Rachel Mortimore admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at a hearing in July 2011.

They related to a cat and a dog which were among 300 animals found in squalid conditions at Culmhead’s Foxdown Dog Training Centre in November 2010.

The dog – a Toller retriever – was found with a hole in the side of his face due to an infected abscess in his mouth that had been left untreated.

The cat had an ulcer on her eye that would have “popped” the eye if left untreated.

RSPCA inspectors described the conditions at Mortimore’s dog training centre as ‘filthy, horrible and unbelievable’.

Recorder Michael Parroy QC said that it was clear that Mortimore had far too many animals on the premises to be able to give them proper care.

Mortimore also works as a dog breeder, selling Toller puppies for £750, and has the largest breeding kennels in the country for the breed.

140 hours of community service; £1,000 in costs. Banned from keeping animals for life but this was later reduced to 18 years on appeal..  Mortimore is allowed to apply to have the ban lifted in nine years from date of conviction, i.e. around July 2020.

Daily Mail
BBC News

Plymouth, Devon: Matthew West

#TheList Matthew West, also known as Matthew Ryan, born 06/02/1990, a career criminal originally from 35 Embankment Road, Plymouth PL4 9HX, but with links to Camborne, Cornwall – kicked and dragged a Staffordshire bull terrier; the dog’s leg had to be amputated and she lost the sight of one eye

Drug addict, career criminal and dog abuser Matthew West from Plymouth
Drug addict, career criminal and dog abuser Matthew West from Plymouth

West kicked and dragged five-month-old Staffy Tia so severely that one of her hind legs was badly broken and later had to be amputated.  The court heard that Tia was also found to be blind in one eye, had symptoms of mild concussion and had grazes over her body.

A  passer-by saw West kicking and dragging the puppy down the street and alerted police.

West gave evidence to say that the dog was already injured when he bought her for £250 a few days before. He denied kicking or dragging the dog and said he was just trying to get her to walk.

West’s lawyer said his client had a history of psychiatric problems.

West was found guilty and sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for the animal cruelty offence and banned from keeping animals for 25 years. He was given a further four weeks for a public order offence in which he  had threatened a female housing officer and said he would ‘burn the place down’.

Sentence: 12-week prison sentence; 25-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2036).

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In May 2018 West was jailed for 4 years for his part in an armed raid on a convenience store.


Bannf, Scotland: Colin and David Reid

#TheList convicted dogfighters Colin Barclay Reid, born 12/10/1986, of 10 Smith Road, Banff AB45 1BN and brother David Lewis Reid, born 06/10/1988, of 34 High Shore, Macduff AB44 1SN

Convicted dog fighters and all-round pieces of shit Colin and David Reid from Banff/Macduff
Convicted dog fighters and all-round pieces of shit Colin and David Reid from Banff/Macduff

In September 2011 Colin and David Reid pleaded guilty to encouraging bull terrier-type dogs to attack each other at a disused open-air swimming pool in Tarlair between July 29, 2008 and January 20, 2011, and also to keeping dogs for fighting.

Undercover investigators raided the homes of the pair and found  footage of dogfighting on a laptop. The brothers, were believed to have operated among a wider ring of dogfighters.

And it is believed they had been involved in the depraved activity for years.

The case marked the first conviction for animal fighting since new legislation allowed SSPCA inspectors to search and enter homes of suspected dog fight organisers.

The brothers are close associates of a man whose dog was found in a ditch by the SSPCA during the investigation.

The dog had been shot through the skull and investigators are convinced other dogs who had become too old to earn their keep through fighting would also have been killed.

Other fighting dogs were found dead within 20 miles of Banff, showing signs of appalling cruelty and suggesting the problem was widespread.

The dogs are believed to have been killed and dumped to avoid the SSPCA bringing charges against their owners.

In 2006, David Reid was convicted of cutting off part of both ears of two bull terriers. He pleaded guilty and was banned for two years from keeping animals and fined £300.

Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid
2018 photo of Colin Reid. His ban on keeping dogs expired in September 2016.

An undercover investigator said: “The implication of mutilating this animal was that it was a fighting dog.

“Owners do this to ready dogs for fights, to make them look fierce and to stop other dogs locking jaws on their ears while fighting.

“At the time, we couldn’t prove that he was involved in dogfighting but then the case was blown wide open when we saw the video.

“It shows both Reid brothers throwing their own dogs into a fight in the middle of the night at a secluded place not far from their home.”

The investigator added: “We also found videos of dog fights from eastern Europe.”

The probe uncovered evidence from farmers, who believed their cattle may have been attacked by dogfighters training their animals.

The crucial evidence was gathered when the SSPCA investigation team and police raided four homes, seizing six pit bulls.

Intelligence was received the following month that a dog had been shot and dumped on a farm.

Officers were shocked to see a clear bullet hole through the back of its skull.

The dog’s carcass still held an identifying microchip, which proved it belonged to an associate of the Reid brothers.

Convicted dog fighter Colin Reid in 2018. He's now a father and also owns a dog.
Convicted dogfighter Colin Reid in 2018. He’s now a father and also owns at least one dog.

Psycho David Reid was also sentenced to jail for going on the rampage after he was reported to the SSPCA. He hunted down a man he suspected of “grassing” him and attacked him along with an accomplice, breaking his skull and pelvis.

David Reid was jailed for six months and Colin Reid was sentenced to four months. They were banned from keeping dogs for just five years (expired September 2016).

The Sun – 21/09/2016
Daily Record – 22/09/2016