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Clevedon, North Somerset: Jennifer Parnell

#TheList Jennifer Parnell, born c. 1944, previously of Beaconsfield Road, Clevedon,  Somerset – a serial hoarder who breached a previous ban on keeping animals after eight cats were found in squalor at her home

Jennifer Parnell is a serial animal abuser of cats, dogs and also, allegedly, horses though she faced no charges in relation to the welfare of those she currently has.
The conditions inside serial hoarder Jennifer Parnell's filthy home
 The conditions inside serial hoarder Jennifer Parnell’s filthy home

In April 2012 Jennifer Parnell, then living in Burnham-on-Sea, was banned from keeping dogs and cats for 10 years after being convicted of cruelty charges relating to three dogs and four kittens. Now her disqualification order has been extended until 2038 after eight cats were found in disgusting conditions at her current address.

Parnell had crudely white-washed the windows of her home in an attempt to hide the faeces-ridden rooms inside the property and the cats who lived there.

But when the RSPCA got into her home, they found the eight cats living in squalid conditions.

One of the cats was so poorly he had to be put to sleep. He had been left to suffer with a blocked bladder.

This unnamed black and white cat had to be put to sleep to end his suffering
 Sadly this little one had been so neglected he couldn’t be saved

Parnell was brought to court but failed to turn up and had to be brought back to court under a warrant.

She was convicted of three charges of causing animal suffering.

“This could have all been avoided if the disqualification order had not been breached,” said RSPCA acting chief inspector Stephanie Daly.

“The courts impose disqualification orders for a reason – to protect animals from suffering and neglect at the hands of people who have been convicted of doing so.

“We rely on the public to inform us if someone has breached a ban and take this very seriously – as do the courts,” she added.

The surviving cats will now be made available for rehoming.

26 weeks in prison, suspended for two years; £2,000 towards boarding costs. Ban on keeping dogs and cats extended until 2038. 


Note – 07/12/18: we have been advised that Jennifer Parnell (who has been known to use aliases including the surname Stewart) has now moved to Ashcombe Road, Weston-super-Mare. We understand that this serial hoarder and animal abuser relocates often to avoid detection. Anyone in that road should keep an eye out for those giveaway white-washed windows.

Parnell also apparently keeps four horses in Portbury, near gordano, which were not the subject of the cruelty  case. We also hear that two dogs were in her possession as well but the RSPCA’s prosecution only concerned her keeping of cats.

Please watch out for her. By all accounts this is no confused old lady, but a devious individual who has apparently left landlords, vets, farriers and others thousands of pounds out of pocket. 

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: Donna Glenister

#TheList Donna Glenister (aka Donna Ward), born 06/12/1972, of 13 Tapping Road, High Wycombe HP14 3DY – for horse cruelty; repeatedly breaching ban on keeping horses

Glenister was first banned from owning horses in 2012 and was later hauled in front of magistrates in June 2015 after RSPCA investigators found she had bought two horses and was keeping them in stables in Henley-on-Thames.

In January 2016 Glenister was ordered to pay almost £2,000 after being caught breaking the court’s disqualification order for a second time in less than a year. That offence was discovered just a week after the 2015 hearing, with a member of the public tipping off the RSPCA over suggestions she had bought another horse.

Then in July 2017 after being caught breaching her ban for a third time, Glenister was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £750 and a £115 victim surcharge. Her disqualification order on keeping horses was extended for a further seven years, expiring in 2024.

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Edgware, London: Nijamul Islam

#TheList serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam, born 19/02/1973, of 91 Farm Road, Edgware HA8 9LR – kept dozens of large-breed ‘protection’ dogs in cramped, dirty conditions and without food or water

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry
Islam ran a business supplying dogs to the security industry but kept them in filth and squalor and without food or water

Persistent animal abuser Nijamul Islam was first convicted of dog abuse on a massive scale in November 2012. Then trading as the Vardalu Pet Hotel based in Elstree, Herts, Islam was convicted of cruelty to 173 dogs and puppies, including Rottweilers, German shepherds, Belgian malinois and American bulldogs. He was given a two-year suspended prison term and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

Footage from the RSPCA’s 2012 raid on Islam’s then premises in Elstree, Hertfordshire

In October 2014 the authorities discovered he was keeping 102 dogs at Woodhill Farm, Stanstead Road, Great Amwell SG12 9RN after a kennel maid was attacked by a Belgian shepherd and a German shepherd. The victim was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries and required surgery to save her arms.

The two dogs concerned were later destroyed due to their “extremely aggressive nature”.

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry

Both police officers and officers from the RSPCA entered the farm later on the same day where they discovered more than a hundred dogs being kept in “squalid” conditions.

Judge John Plumstead was told several people worked at the farm, where dogs to be used in the security industry were allegedly trained.

The judge was told the conditions for the animals were ‘appalling’ with filthy cages covered in urine and faeces.

The animals, some of which were puppies, had inadequate bedding and no access to clean water or food.

There were also dead dogs on the site.

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry

Of the dogs found within the farm, 40 had to be put down either because they were deemed dangerous by the RSPCA or had severe medical conditions and were suffering.

RSPCA inspector Steph Law said: “The conditions the dogs were kept in were horrendously squalid. It was filthy and most of the dogs had been left without food and water.

“Sadly we also found that a number of the dogs were very badly injured and had been left to suffer without veterinary treatment.

“It was sickening to see the scale of suffering as we worked with the police over four days to remove the dogs and bring them into boarding.”

Serial dog abuser Nijamul Islam of Edgware, London, kept dogs to be used in the security industry

Judge Plumstead said Islam had an ‘appalling track record’ for neglect and cruelty to animals.

He said: ‘These were not everyday dogs. They were all large and potentially violent dogs.

‘These dogs were kept in dreadful conditions in a way which could only be described as scandalous.’

He said he had also seen a training video seized from Islam’s business, which showed him setting a large Alsatian-type dog across a field to attack a man wearing a bite suit.

Judge Plumstead said the dog had been ‘biting determinedly and with considerable force until it was called off by the defendant’.

He said: ‘This was not a legitimate business because he was in no position to legally be doing what he was doing.’

In July 2017 Nijamul Islam was jailed for two and half years after pleading guilty to two charges of being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control.

Islam also admitted being in breach of an order disqualifying him from keeping dogs and four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs.

Sentencing: two-and-a-half year jail term. Continuation of his original 10-year ban on keeping dogs imposed in 2012.

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Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire: Marc Else

#TheList Marc Anthony Else, born 12/10/1989, of 15 Priestsic Road, Huthwaite, near Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 2AE – launched a fatal attack on his pet dog

Marc Else lost his temper with white Staffy Ellie after, he claimed, she had bitten him in the face during the early hours of the morning.

The animal, who had been poorly, then fouled on the carpet and curtains so Else grabbed her by the throat and threw her out of the house causing her abdominal injuries.

He then dragged her back in, putting her in the bath and biting a chunk out of her ear.

Finally Else put the dog in a cage downstairs and admitted himself to hospital because he wanted to undergo a mental health assessment.

The dog, named Ellie, died the next morning and a post-mortem revealed she had been underweight, had fractures to the liver and was bleeding from the left ear which had been partly torn off.

Else, who admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, was said to have been abused when he was a child and was now receiving psychiatric treatment.

Sentencing: suspended 18-week jail sentence and a 10-year ban from keeping animals (expires December 2022).


Thetford, Norfolk: Jamie Blake

#TheList Jamie Blake of Thetford, Norfolk (currently at HMP Bedford) for microwaving a stray cat to death while high on crack cocaine.

Crack cocaine addict Jamie Blake from Thetford, Norfolk, and currently in HMP Bedford for false imprisonment
Crack cocaine addict Jamie Blake from Thetford, Norfolk, and currently in HMP Bedford for false imprisonment

Blake  cooked the young male black cat for three minutes in his bedsit while he was in a drug-induced psychosis.

Blake had befriended the cat, which he nicknamed Buddy, by letting him into his room at night and feeding him cheese and tuna.

He claimed that he argued with Buddy because he had told him that his mother’s former partner, now dead, had been injecting her with heroin.

After killing the cat, he later laughed and joked about his death with fellow residents at the John Room House sheltered housing unit where he lived in Thetford, Norfolk.

Buddy’s body was later found discarded in a wheelie bin along with the defendant’s microwave.

Staff at the unit viewed CCTV footage which showed him picking the cat up by the scruff of his neck and taking him into his room.

The footage showed him later leaving his room with a carrier bag which appeared to have the cat in it and then disposing of the microwave the following day.

Cat hair and other ‘matter associated’ with the cat was found in the microwave.

A post mortem carried out on Buddy confirmed that he had been microwaved to death.

Sally Dale, mitigating for Blake, said her client had a personality disorder which had been exacerbated by the use of crack cocaine.

Sentence: 22 weeks in a young offenders’ institution, banned from keeping animals for life

In September 2015 Blake was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for his part in the systematic torture of a man over two days over a drug debt. At the time of writing (7/7/18) he remains in custody at HMP Bedford.

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Eastern Daily Press

Walsall, West Midlands: Dean Edwards

#TheList Dean Andrew Edwards, born 22/04/1968, formerly of Smith House, Stoney Lane, Walsall and more recently  40 Ingot Close, Walsall WS2 7DD – battered his dog to death before hurling him 60ft off a block of flats in an attempt to cover up the attack

Dog killer Dean Edwards from Walsall and his victim, Diesel
Dean Edwards beat his dog to death and threw his lifeless body over his balcony in an attempt to cover up what he’d done.

Dean Edwards beat his two-and-a-half-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Diesel so badly his internal organs suffered “catastrophic injuries”.

He then threw the body of the dog over his balcony at Smith House. The animal was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the ground by another resident of the tower block the next morning, and police and RSPCA were called.

Vicious Edwards claimed at the time that the first he knew of Diesel being on the ground was when he was alerted by a neighbour. He told the neighbour he thought the dog had been sleeping on his balcony and must have rolled off the edge.

But when Edwards’ flat was inspected “splatters” of blood were on the inside of the balcony, the floor and also on radiators.

Baseball and rounders bats were also seized and Edwards was arrested.

A post-mortem revealed that Diesel suffered a “blunt blow” to his chest, causing “massive injury” to his heart and surrounding arteries. He suffered no fractured bones and had limited bruising to his body because he was dead before falling from the balcony.

Edwards has been banned from keeping dogs for life after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Sentencing him, District Judge Michael Morris said: ‘I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt you struck a fatal blow to Diesel and attempted to throw Diesel to the ground to cover your actions.’

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: ‘We are pleased to hear Mr Edwards was convicted of the offences and the sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence.’

Sentence: six months in prison. Banned from keeping dogs for life

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Beddington, Croydon: Lorna Vince

#TheList Lorna Vince (aka Lorna Jackson), born 12/03/1954, of Oakmead Road, Beddington, Croydon CR0 3AS – dumped six emaciated huskies at her daughter’s house

Dog abuser Lorna Vince from Croydon

Grandmother Lorna Vince had left the dogs without food or exercise, and the champion canines were so thirsty they tried to drink from a bucket of bleach.

Three of the dumped dogs appeared in the video for Spice Girls hit Goodbye and on the album cover for electronic music duo Goldfrapp.

One of the six huskies neglected and starved by Lorna Vince

Vince used to race a team of 10 dogs in events organised by the British Siberian Racing Association.

But Vince’s daughter Chantal and estranged husband Arthur, who would deliver food to her house to help feed the dogs, were so horrified by the sight of the dogs they called the RSPCA, who came to collect them the following day.

The six dogs, named Shade, Coda, Magic, Cashmere, Manson and Red, were rehomed.

In court, Vince denied owning the dogs or leaving them with her daughter.

But she was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, by failing to provide them with an adequately wholesome and nutritious diet.

RSPCA Inspector Rebecca London said: “When I first saw the six dogs it was completely shocking. Compared to how fit and healthy huskies usually are, these dogs were almost like skeletons.”

“This was a horrible case made worse because the owner was an experienced breeder and knew how to look after the dogs properly, but just did not do so.”

Chantal Vince testified against her mum after the dogs were dumped on her doorstep in December 2011.

Dog abuser Lorna Vince from Croydon with three of her huskies

Chantal, who lives three doors down from her mum, said she was “flabbergasted” at the state of the dogs.

She said: “I couldn’t recognise who was who. They were in need of urgent medical care and all I could think of was the RSPCA.

“They were ravenous, trying to get anything they could, but one was so lifeless I wasn’t sure she would make it through the night.”

Ms Vince said the family had struggled to come to terms with what had happened.

She said: “I still can’t get my head around it, neither can my dad, it is all we have been talking about, trying to figure out what triggered it. We were buying the dogs food for her, but she never said anything.

“We had no idea, I just wish we had stepped in sooner.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years. Ordered to pay £500 in costs. Banned from owning pets for life.

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Hartlepool, County Durham: Lily Todd

#TheList Lily R Todd, born c. 1961, of Rydal Street, Hartlepool TS26 9BA – kicked her teenage daughter’s pet rabbit around the garden to get her attention

Rabbit abuser Lily Todd from Hartlepool

Lily Todd was banned from owning animals for five years after kicking a defenceless pet rabbit around her garden, in a bizarre bid to get her daughter’s attention following a row

When a shocked neighbour intervened and called the RSPCA, Todd said attacking the rabbit was the only way she had of getting through to her daughter.

Despite denying the attack on the rabbit, called Twinkle, Todd, who also owned another rabbit and a cockatiel, was found guilty at trial.

RSPCA officials praised magistrates for the sentence and described Todd’s attack on the animal in her garden as ‘awful’.

The court heard that Todd argued with her teenage daughter at around 8.30pm on Friday, March 30, 2012.

She went back inside to get the rabbit and started kicking her, while demanding her daughter went back inside the house.

The rabbit ran off and a neighbour picked her up and took her to his home, while Todd continued looking for her.

John Ellwood, prosecuting, said: ‘Her neighbour gave her back the rabbit and warned her that she shouldn’t kick the rabbit.

‘The defendant said that was the only way she could get her daughter in, and the only way she would listen to her.

‘The neighbour said that it was not the rabbit’s fault and the defendant then picked up the rabbit and threw it at the neighbour, stating that he should just have the rabbit.’

Todd’s neighbour took the animal back and alerted the RSPCA of the attack, who then collected the rabbit and took her to the vets.

Twinkle suffered fractured ribs in the attack but went on to recover and was rehomed
Twinkle suffered fractured ribs in the attack but went on to recover and was rehomed

X-rays were carried out which showed that the rabbit had suffered five fractured ribs in the attack: two on the right side and three on the left

Vets described the injuries as being consistent with being kicked or thrown.

Todd was interviewed and admitted losing her temper, but denied kicking the rabbit.

She pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

RSPCA inspector Kristina Raine said: ‘I am pleased with the conviction and the sentence passed.

‘This was an awful attack on a small and defenceless animal.

‘When it was x-rayed the rabbit had fractured ribs which, along with the witness statements, could not have been explained any other way.

‘We are very grateful for the assistance of those witnesses who were a key part of this prosecution and we could not have done it without them.

‘The RSPCA always hope for a ban on keeping animals as the best way of ensuring the safety of others in future.

‘It also means we can now get the rabbit, and Todd’s other animals, into good new homes.’

Sentencing: 12- month community order with a requirement of supervision. Ordered to pay £500 costs to the RSPCA. Five-year ban on keeping animals (expired October 2017).

Daily Mail

Exning, Suffolk: Craig Curtis

#TheList Craig  Lee Andrew Curtis, born 06/10/1984, formerly of Chapel Street, Newmarket and as at December 2019 of Dawes Lane, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8HJ – strung up a Staffy puppy named Bruno by his collar and beat him to death with a baseball bat

Violent drunk and dog killer Craig Curtis, currently believed to be in Basildon, Essex
Violent drunk, woman beater, dog killer Craig Curtis

Curtis strung 6mo Bruno from his weightlifting bench after the pup urinated on the floor.

Curtis apparently ‘went ballistic’ and battered the tiny dog with a bat, then put his lifeless body in his freezer before dumping him later in nearby woodland.

A dog-walker found Bruno’s battered body wrapped in blood-stained sheets inside a black bin bag with blood around his nose and mouth and called the RSPCA.

A post mortem revealed the puppy had suffered fractures to his skull and died after being struck around the head with a blunt instrument.

Shockingly tests also revealed that Bruno was alive for a long period while the attack on him took place.

Inspector Richard Lithgoe, who investigated the case, said: “This was easily the most shocking  case of cruelty I have ever seen. This is a horrendously violent man – I was so shocked at how the ferocious and brutal this attack was.

“This poor young dog was victim to a senseless brutality and would have been in an extreme amount of pain. The worst part is he was alive when this attack took place and so would have suffered for a long, lingering, gruesome death.”

Just weeks after attacking Bruno, Curtis stabbed his then partner during a drunken row and was jailed for 32 months in October 2012.

Sentence:  jailed for 18 weeks for cruelty and banned from keeping dogs for life.

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Ipswich Star

Blurton, Stoke on Trent: David Nicholls

#TheList David P Nicholls, born 24/06/1957, of 94 Magdalen Road, Blurton, Stoke on Trent ST3 3HU – chained his elderly dog to a shed for up to three weeks, forcing him to drink his own urine to survive; previously abandoned a dog in the park.

Serial dog abuser David Nicholls from Stoke on Trent
2019 photo of David Nicholls

Callous David Nicholls tied his 16-year-old pet dog, named Nato, in freezing conditions in February 2012. When he was discovered by RSPCA officers, the Jack Russell was so weak he could barely stand and was covered in weeping sores.

He was forced to drink his own urine and eat his faeces to survive.

Jack Russell Nato was chained to a shed for three weeks in freezing conditions and forced to drink his own urine to survive
Jack Russell Nato was chained to a shed for three weeks in freezing conditions and forced to drink his own urine to survive

Vets were forced to remove the dog’s eye after an easily treatable infection had gone septic, which Nicholls had ignored.

Nicholls admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and had been convicted previously for mistreating another dog.

The neglected Jack Russell had a multitude of untreated ailments including skin lesions
The neglected Jack Russell had a multitude of untreated ailments including skin lesions

RSPCA officer Laura Bryant said: ‘Nato would have needed only basic treatment if Nicholls had taken him to the vet but leaving him for so long made his injuries horrific.’

Appallingly, Nicholls was convicted in May 2011 of mistreating another dog, a Staffordshire Terrier, after he bought it in a pub and left it tied to a park bench.

Serial dog abuser David Nicholls from Stoke on Trent
Dog abuser David Nicholls pictured outside court in 2012

In sentencing him over Nato’s unnecessary suffering, Chairman Doug Hood said: ‘This matter of causing unnecessary cruelty to the dog is a serious case.

‘Anyone would have realised that the dog needed treatment.

‘This is also compounded by your previous discharge for a similar matter.’

Sentencing: 18-month community order; vet cost of £465. 10-year ban on keeping pets (expires October 2022).

Daily Mail