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Little Hulton, Manchester: Nick Wilburn

#TheList Nicholas John Wilburn (aka Nick Maddock), born 19/10/1990, of 8 Bank Lane, Little Hulton, Manchester M38 9UF – carried out DIY medical treatment on a wounded cat; set up a rescue for reptiles while still being subject of a three-year banning order

Convicted animal abuser Nick Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester
Serial animal abuser Nick John Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester, is also known as Nick Maddock

Serial animal abuser Nicholas Wilburn was banned from keeping animals for three years in November 2016 for cruelty offences involving a wounded cat named Jasper.

Wilburn self-diagnosed and self-treated Jasper using a substance made of alcohol which he applied to an open wound.

Wilburn self-diagnosed and self-treated Jasper’s condition and left the moggy in agony

He later advised another person to use the same treatment when he passed over care of the cat.

But RSPCA officers say the treatment administered by Wilburn would actually have caused Jasper additional pain and suffering.

At the time Wilburn was involved with Bolton-based exotic pet rescue MagnaRep, later renamed Nick’s Ark – which was shut down in April 2017 following an RSPCA raid.

Convicted animal abuser Nick Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester

A trial followed during which five people, including Wilburn’s mother, Sue Maddock, were cleared.

Nicholas and Ryan Wilburn, who have since separated, have now been convicted.

Wilburn was found guilty of breaching his disqualification from owning animals; and for owning a bush viper without a licence.

Convicted animal abusers Ryan and Nick Wilburn pictured outside court where they faced cruelty charges
Convicted animal abusers Ryan and Nick Wilburn pictured outside court where they faced cruelty charges

Nick Wilburn’s ex-husband Ryan Anthony Wilburn, born 29/07/1991, of Epping Drive, Sale, Trafford M33 5LN was found guilty of aiding and abetting the breach of a disqualification; and for owning a bush viper without a licence.

Anna McDonald, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said charity workers are still looking after 70 seized animals. Some died following the raid.

Convicted animal abuser Nick Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester

Sara-Lise Howe, defence lawyer for Nicholas Wilburn, pushed for a lenient sentence for her client, highlighting that he is a carer for his mother and another disabled woman.

“He has anxiety and depression,” she added.

“It was his involvement with animals which made him not have to take medication. His own health is affected by a continued disqualification.”

The judge banned Nicholas from owning animals for a further five years.

Judge John Temperley told him: “I am concerned that you do post a risk in relation to animals.

“I find you made a serious and persistent breach which took place over a matter of months. You showed an almost complete disregard [for the order] the court made.

“There was a risk of suffering or harm to a large number of animals kept at Nick’s Ark.”

Ryan Wilburn was said by the judge to have had a ‘misguided sense of loyalty’ to his husband when he got involved.

Defence lawyer, Sheila Whitehead, said: “[Ryan] is not a danger to any animal.

“His part in the charity was only to clean and feed the animals and follow the instructions of Nick.”

Judge Temperley said: “Nick was the more dominant one in the relationship.

“I accept that Nick was the driving force and that yours was a smaller role.”

Ryan escaped a disqualification order.

Sentencing:
Nick Wilburn – 12-week suspended prison sentence; 200 hours of unpaid work; £500 costs. Banned from keeping animals for a further five years.
Ryan Wilburn – 200 hours of unpaid work; £500 costs; no ban.

Manchester Evening News

Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire: Morag Jackson

#TheList licensed commercial dog breeder and seller Morag Jackson, born c. 1962, of Mid Lanrigg, Stonehouse, Larkhall ML9 3PD –  convicted of keeping dozens of terrier dogs in cramped pens and failing to properly feed or clean them

Licensed breeder Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after feeding pups mouldy food and keeping them in the dark
Licensed breeder Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after feeding pups mouldy food and keeping them in the dark

Jackson, who is originally from Turriff, Aberdeenshire and has a past conviction for running an ILLEGAL dog breeding operation, was found guilty of four offences under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 between July and September 2015.

Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after 'gross' neglect
Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after ‘gross’ neglect

Following a call from a concerned member of the public about the conditions of the puppies being kept at Jackson’s premises at West Town Farm, Stonehouse, inspectors from the Scottish SPCA attended and found a number of dogs housed in pens between two wooden sheds and a garage. The conditions were cramped, dirty and unhygienic. There was little bedding and a a lack of food and water. Water that was present appeared discoloured and littered with debris.

Morag Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care
Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care

The only food which the Scottish SPCA saw during their search was a mouldy tub of food teeming with maggots which had been left out for a Yorkshire Terrier and her newborn pups.

Breeder Morag Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care

During a search of the garage area, a West Highland Terrier type bitch named Abbey was found in a small pink carrier on a shelf.

The carrier was covered with cloth, the carrier had no bedding, food or water and was too small for the dog to even turn around. There was very little light entering the box due to the cloth and rubbish surrounding it. Abbey was underweight with a severe skin disease and almost total hair loss.

Morag Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care

A total of 36 dogs were removed from the premises and taken into the care of Scottish SPCA centres across the country.

Most made a full recovery but some required ongoing treatment.

Gary Aitken, Procurator Fiscal, Wildlife and Environment described the case as “one of the worst cases of gross, widespread and indiscriminate neglect which the Crown has dealt with in recent times”.

Mr Aitken added: “These dogs were caused terrible and unnecessary suffering and Jackson failed to provide them with a suitable environment.

“We expect the highest standards of commercial dog breeders and are committed to working with the Scottish SPCA and the police to ensure that those who do not meet these standards are held to account.”

Sentencing:
200 hours of unpaid work, banned from keeping dogs for 15 years; forfeiture of the dogs in her care (expires August 2041).

Evening Times
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In January 2017 police and Scottish SPCA went to Jackson’s home to investigate reports that she was breaching her ban on keeping animals. Although Jackson attempted to obstruct their search and even kicked a police officer in the chest, four dogs were recovered and taken into the care of the SSPCA.

For this latest offence she was  sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.

GlasgowLive

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.

Bucks Free Press

Poole, Dorset: Samantha Jade Miller

#TheList Samantha Jade Miller, born 1978, of Victoria Rd, Poole BH12 – left dogs Charlie and Tia to suffer without food and failed to treat painful skin conditions while she enjoyed holidays in CyprusConvicted animal abuser Samantha Jade Miller from Poole

Single mother-of-six Miller told RSPCA officers she could not afford veterinary care for the emaciated animals.

But when an RSPCA inspector visited Miller’s home in Victoria Road, Poole, he was told by one of her daughters that she was in Cyprus for the third time in a year.

Miller pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals between November 15 2015 and January 5 2016. She also admitted failing to protect animals from pain and suffering, injury and disease.

Miller was visited four times by an RSPCA inspector who gave her advice and told her to feed the animals and take them to the vet.

But she failed to heed the advice and, when the condition of the dogs deteriorated, they were taken away from her.

Magistrates heard the RSPCA inspector had given Miller food for the dogs, but she criticised it.

The animals had painful skin conditions because they were “riddled” with fleas, open wounds, sores and conjunctivitis and were clearly incredibly uncomfortable and suffering, the court heard.

Miller told the court she was in debt and could not afford the vet. She said she was ashamed and did not realise the seriousness of their condition.

After the hearing, RSPCA inspector Jo Story told the Daily Echo: “I think it is an appropriate sentence. If she didn’t understand it was serious, she wouldn’t understand how to look after other animals.

“We really try to provide help and guidance and my colleague could not have done any more. She ignored the advice continually.”

Charlie and Tia recovered and were rehomed by the RSPCA.

Sentence: 240 hours of unpaid work; victim surcharge of £60; banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires December 2026)

Dorset Echo

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire: Elizabeth Richmond-Watson

#TheList Elizabeth Richmond-Watson, born 02/06/1960, of Halfacre, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6DB – neglected 64 Bengal cats

Cat breeder Elizabeth Richmond-Watson from Henley on Thames was banned from keeping animals after ‘extreme neglect’
Cat breeder Elizabeth Richmond-Watson from Henley on Thames was banned from keeping animals after ‘extreme neglect’

Elizabeth Richmond-Watson, owner of Owlsdene Bengals, was found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act of failing to protect 64 Bengal cats in her care because of a lack of disease control programme and appropriate hygiene provisions to prevent the spread of disease.

Cruel cat breeder Elizabeth Richmond-Watson

The RSPCA visited Richmond-Watson’s address in February 2016 after concerns were raised about the welfare of a number of cats bred to sell.

Inspectors found the property in a sordid state with cats roaming the “unhygienic” house and outbuildings.

Food had been left lying around and many of the animals were suffering from illnesses including cat flu and eye infections.

Three animals had to be put down at the scene and another four in the days afterwards due to health and behavioural issues.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “When we arrived there were lots and lots of cats just roaming the house and the outbuildings, which had been built for breeding in completely unhygienic conditions.

“It was chaotic with clutter and rubbish and there was food lying around — a totally unsuitable environment for these cats to be living in.

“Sadly, the owner was just not providing proper care for these cats, leading to some extreme neglect.

“She may have had the best of intentions but the reality was the animals were suffering and we had to act to ensure there was no further suffering.”

Richmond-Watson will be able to appeal for her ban to be lifted after one year.

Sentence: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 60 hours’ unpaid work; ordered to pay £10,000 costs plus victim surcharge; disqualified from keeping animals for three years (expires December 2019 but she could appeal in December 2017).

Metro

Grays, Essex: Dean Popham

#TheList Dean Popham, born 31/08/1986, of 99 Wallace Road, Grays RM17 5BB – slit puppy Edley’s throat in the street after swinging him around by his neck

Twisted puppy killer and woman beater Dean Popham of Wallace Rd, Grays, Esses

Popham killed Edley using a kitchen knife taken from a woman’s  flat after leaving her with a cut lip.

The unemployed yob then fought with police officers and bit one on the thumb before they dragged him to the ground.

Loreen Hussain, prosecuting, said the horrific incident in Thames Road, Grays, in September 2016, was preceded by vile sexual threats Popham made over text message and Facebook.

He then stormed round to his victim’s flat in a rage, forced his way in and began kicking Edley.

She said: “The puppy, not knowing any better, was happy to see the defendant.

“He ran towards him but the defendant started kicking him, so much so that he lost one of his shoes.

“It was so bad that Edley lost control of his bowels. The young woman was screaming and told Popham to stop.

“He said; ‘I don’t care, he’s lucky I don’t throw him out the window.’”

Popham then picked Edley up by the ears and swung him around by his neck. “You can imagine the pain that he must have felt,” Miss Hussain said.

Popham headbutted his girlfriend before marching out of the flat clutching Edley and a knife.

The police officers who later found Popham covered in blood said he told them “meeting me is the worst mistake” before biting one of them.

Edley’s body was found nearby. A vet told police the wound would have caused Edley “pain, unnecessary suffering and distress”.

Miss Hussein said: “Not only did the victim have to deal with her own injuries and her upset children, but she had to deal with the death of a much-loved family pet.”

Popham, who has previous convictions for violence and cultivating cannabis, suffers from emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Popham was jailed for 12 months for causing actual bodily harm to his partner, six months for actual bodily harm to the police officer and two months for criminal damage to the dog, all to run consecutively.

He was handed one month each for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and assaulting a police officer, to run concurrently to each other and the other sentences.

Sentence for animal cruelty and assault: 20 months in prison (includes total of just 3 months for killing Edley)

Thurrock Gazette

Chesterfield, Derbyshire: Ricky Lee Tomlinson

#TheList Ricky Lee Tomlinson of Cauldon Drive, Holme Hall, Chesterfield – spray-painted horse’s face during vandalism spree

Trio of photos of Ricky Lee Tomlinson, horse abuser from Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Ricky Lee Tomlinson, horse abuser from Chesterfield, Derbyshire

In October 2014 Tomlinson sprayed paint on the  face of a horse, the  blanket of another horse,  and on signs, doors, walls  and a bin in the Unstone  and Dronfield areas of Derbyshire.

His not guilty plea was not accepted by magistrates, who convicted him on all charges.

Sentence: 3 months in jail suspended for 12 months, 8-week curfew. Ordered to pay £1,085 in compensation, £310 in costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Original media: Derbyshire Times, 21/12/2016

Bangor, Gwynedd: Tyrone Davies

#TheList Tyrone Davies, born c. 1994, of Cysgod Y Mynydd, High Street, Bangor LL57 1EA – inflicted blunt force trauma and physical violence on a young dog

Tyrone Davies
Lifelong loser Tyrone Davies can add animal cruelty to his long list of criminal convictions

Davies, who is a persistent violent offender, was prosecuted for cruelty after being spotted by a passer-by lifting his dog into the air by her collar and throwing her onto the ground as she yelped in pain. Miraculously, the dog – a brindle Staffy known as Stitch – escaped serious injury.

Despite the sadistic nature of his actions against a helpless dog and his history of violence, the courts failed to ban Davies from keeping animals and Stitch was returned to him.

Tyrone Davies
Tyrone Davies: violent criminal, animal abuser, father …

Mike Pugh, RSPCA inspector, said: “Clearly, this dog was badly mishandled, and this man has faced the consequences for his actions. It’s a clear warning as to what can happen when pets are mistreated in this way.

“Owning a dog is a big, and very fortunate, responsibility.”

He added: “There are clear and important laws which must be followed to ensure the welfare of animals, and the RSPCA stands ready to enforce those laws to protect dogs like Stitch.

“Whilst the court ruled, on this occasion, that the man could keep his dog, we hope his guilty plea highlights how he has learned his lesson, and will treat his dog with the respect it deserves, and within the law, in the future.”

Sentence: £150 fine, £30 victim surcharge; £650 costs. No ban or deprivation order.

Daily Post

Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire: Bradley Harris

#TheList Bradley Michael Harris, born 04/09/1998, of 77 South Back Lane, Bridlington YO16 4AL – stabbed a Patterdale terrier to death

Dog killer Bradley Michael Harris from Lincoln

Harris, who has links to Lincoln, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a black Patterdale terrier-type dog called McGregor by stabbing the dog with a knife in July 2016.

Dog killer Bradley Michael Harris from Lincoln

RSPCA inspector Geoff Edmond said: “This was a horrendous incident which caused the suffering and death of a dog and enormous distress to the dog’s owners.

“Harris was one of four people who were drunk and causing a disturbance in the communal hallway of a block of flats in Wellington Road in Bridlington, where two of them lived.

“The group were confronted by McGregor’s owners, a man and a woman who also lived there, about the noise they were making.

“The door to their home was kicked in and their two dogs escaped into the hallway.

Dog killer Bradley Michael Harris from Lincoln

“McGregor was stabbed twice by Harris. Veterinary evidence suggests he was held down when this happened. He managed to escape and was found a few minutes later, collapsed in a pool of blood under a table. He died from his injuries in the arms of one of his owners.”

Sentence: four months in jail; £125 victim surcharge; disqualified from keeping animals for five years (expires December 2021).

York Press