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Truro, Cornwall: Gary Clark

#TheList smallholder Gary Joseph Clark, born c. 1975, of 30a River Street, Truro TR1 2SJ – kept pigs, poultry and a llama in filthy and dangerous conditions

Foul and hazardous conditions on Gary Clark's Cornwall smallholding
Foul and hazardous conditions on Gary Clark’s Cornwall smallholding

Taxi driver Clark, who also runs an auto-repairs business named Team GC Enterprises, pleaded guilty to six offences relating to a failure to care for the animals under the Animal Health Act, 2006.

The offences related to a failure to care for the pigs, poultry and llama, that were kept at Trevarth Farm allotments in Lanner, Redruth, Cornwall.

Over the course of three visits made by Cornwall Council’s Animal Health officers and an Animal Plant and Health Agency vet, the enclosure for the pigs was found to be continually waterlogged, with mud coming up to the animals’ bellies.

The only water available for them to drink was dirty and muddy and they had access to hazardous objects such as nails and sharp edges.

A llama at the site had no shelter from the elements and there were sharp objects including nails and sharp projections found in its enclosure.

The poultry was not provided with clean dry litter and also did not have access to fresh water.

Despite the extensive advice he was given over the course of the visits, Clark made only minor improvements to the unacceptable conditions in which the animals were kept. All requests to remove the sharp objects and to provide dry lying areas and fresh water were ignored.

Sentencing: total of £792 in fines and surcharge. Banned for five years from keeping farm animals, including llamas.

Falmouth Packet

Barry, Vale of Glamorgan: Bridget Gulley

#TheList Bridget Patricia Alexander Gulley, born c. 1997, of Holland Way, Barry CF63 1RF – for dog neglect

Bridget Gulley
Bridget Gulley

Bridget Gulley pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act in relation to a black female crossbreed dog called Bella.

Gulley “failed to provide adequate veterinary care and attention for its severe skin disease, hair loss and associated infection”.

The offences were committed between September and October 2019.

No further details are currently available.

Sentencing: 12-month community order; 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement; £405 in fines, costs and surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expires September 2020).

Barry and District News

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire: Ashley Corner

#TheList Ashley Lauren Corner, born November 1985, of Park Avenue, Marton, Middlesbrough TS6 0AP – for the neglect of two dogs found in dire condition.

Ashley Corner social media image
Ashley Corner is now banned from owning animals until 2025

Corner’s dogs, West Highland terriers Harvey and Woody, were found by RSPCA officers with matted fur and paws covered in faeces.

The single mother-of-three boys, who is also a backyard breeder, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal between September 1 and 29, 2019.

Neglected dog Harvey
Neglected dog Harvey (this image is a couple of years old)

Stuart Haywood, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said officers were called to Corner’s house after reports regarding the state of the dogs.

Mr Haywood said that Corner initially refused the RSPCA officers entry, but they subsequently returned and finally gained entry.

Corner’s home was found to have a “strong smell of urine and faeces” and the dogs were “covered in fleas” with “matted fur”.

The paws of one dog were covered in faeces and both also smelled strongly.

Ashley Corner pictured outside court
Unremorseful Corner laughs outside court

The court heard that Corner signed one of the dogs over to the RSPCA but refused to do so with the other.

Corner, now of Newton Aycliffe, admitted failing to adequately explore and address the causes of the poor condition of both dogs.

Sentencing: 12-month community order with 12 rehabilitation activity days. Ordered to pay £200 costs which will be taken out of her Universal Credit payments. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

GazetteLive

Barnstaple, Devon: Lindsey Sim

#TheList Lindsey Sim, born c. 1986, of Shearford Close, Barnstaple EX31 1AG – failed to care for three horses

Lindsey Sim (right) alongside Ann Sim, who was herself banned from keeping horses for 10 years in February 2020
Lindsey Sim (right) alongside North Devon Equine Rescue owner Ann Sim, who was herself banned from keeping horses for 10 years in February 2020


Lindsey Sim, who was involved with shambolic horse welfare charity North Devon Equine Rescue alongside relative Ann Sim, has been banned from keeping horses for five years after vets found three of her animals had not been cared for properly.

Sim admitted charges relating to horses Kelly, Malibu and Blaze, following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

Lindsey Sim failed to feed or care for her horses
Lindsey Sim failed to feed or care for her horses

Vets found Kelly to be in an emaciated state as a result of insufficient nutrition and an untreated parasite infection.

Sim also admitted to failing to meet the needs of Blaze, a foal, and Malibu, a grey pony.

Sentencing: six rehabilitation days; total of £240 in fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for five years, but can appeal after three (expires August 2025).

DevonLive

Airdrie, North Lanarkshire: Andrew McPherson

#TheList Andrew William McPherson, born c. 1982, of 20 Harris Place, Airdrie ML6 8FN – for starving and neglecting his two dogs over a prolonged period

Andrew William McPherson
Andrew William McPherson

Andrew McPherson admitted he failed to provide a nutritionally adequate diet or veterinary treatment for seven-year-old German shepherd Zara, and Bobo, a 16-year-old male crossbreed, resulting in the dogs’ welfare being seriously impacted and causing unnecessary suffering.

Scottish SPCA photographs of dogs neglected by Andrew McPherson
Scottish SPCA photographs of dogs neglected by Andrew McPherson

McPherson pleaded guilty under Section 19 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering and for failing to provide veterinary treatment for the dogs.

He was fined and given a five-year ban on keeping dogs.

Neglected dog  Bobo
Neglected dog Bobo

Scottish SPCA inspector Emma Sergeant said, “We are pleased McPherson has been handed a ban for this level of neglect.

“McPherson has been known to the Scottish SPCA since 2018. We have tried on several occasions to provide him with guidance and advice on how to care for his animals.

“After some improvement in the condition of Zara and Bobo following our initial intervention, we were frustrated and disappointed to see the deterioration in the dogs when we attended the address in September last year.

“The living conditions were dirty and cluttered, with piles of litter on the floor and household items stacked in other rooms, making them inaccessible.

“The dogs were severely underweight with both their hip bones and ribs visible. Their nails were also very overgrown, which would have caused the animals a lot of discomfort.

“During our visit, some dog food was accidentally spilled on the floor and the dogs were so hungry they began to fight each other for the food.”

Emma added: “On veterinary examination, it was established that the dogs had no underlying medical conditions and they easily put on weight while in our care.

“It would have taken months for the dogs to get into the condition they did. This did not happen overnight.

“McPherson clearly did not learn from past advice and intervention. Ultimately his two dogs were caused unnecessary suffering as a result.

“Providing an animal with a basic level of nutrition to stay healthy should not be a difficult task.

“We hope this sentence makes McPherson consider his ability to be able to look after any animal in the future.

“Thankfully, both Zara and Bobo went from strength to strength in our care and were successfully rehomed. They will now receive the love and attention they deserve for the rest of their lives.”

Daily Record

Poole, Dorset: Christine and Clare Hawkins

#TheList Christine Jane Hawkins, born 30/09/1958, and daughter Clare Louise Hawkins, born 23/12/1992, both of Dewlish Close, Canford Heath, Poole BH17 8AQ – failed to get veterinary treatment for a gravely ill elderly dog

Clare and Christine Hawkins
Aspiring actor Clare Hawkins and her mother Christine Hawkins only received a five-year ban on keeping animals.

Crossbreed Honey was discovered collapsed and motionless at the home of Christine and Clare Hawkins by RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey, who described her as “the skinniest living dog” he had ever seen, with every bone in her body clearly visible.

The dog, whom her owners claimed was 19 years old, was rushed to the vets who identified a catalogue of serious health problems including kidney disease, dental decay and conjunctivitis. Her claws were overgrown indicating that she was never exercised. Horrifyingly her owners admitted they hadn’t taken her to the vet for 12 years.

Honey, who had been starved and neglected by her cruel owners
The emaciated dog was motionless when discovered by an RSPCA inspector, who initially thought she had died.

Sadly she was too poorly to be saved and was put to sleep.

Now the Hawkins have been banned from keeping any animal for five years after admitting charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal over a three-month period in 2019.

Christine Hawkins

Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Matthew Knight said records showed Honey had not been to the vet since 2007, adding “it was obvious this dog needed help”.

The dog had been with the family since she was a puppy. Clare Hawkins was, they said, aged around seven at the time when they first got the pet.

Graphic images were shown in court which showed Honey’s protruding ribs and pelvis bones.

Honey, who had been starved and neglected by her cruel owners

Ben Schofield, mitigating on behalf of Christine Hawkins, said the mother had been struggling to accept that she allowed Honey to suffer.

“It was an incompetence by Ms Hawkins to not properly care for the animal,” said Mr Schofield.

Mark Price, mitigating for Clare Hawkins, said she broke down in tears when being interviewed and had tried to get help for Honey.

Honey, who had been starved and neglected by her cruel owners

Before she contacted the RSPCA, she attempted to get assistance from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) but the charity said they needed to see proof of her mother’s benefit top-up before they could provide support.

Clare Hawkins
Clare Hawkins

Mr Price said when Clare Hawkins got home from work one day and discovered the dog could not stand, she spent the night by her side. She spoke to a veterinary friend and they advised her to call the RSPCA.

“She did the best she could for the dog but in an incompetent way,” said Mr Price.

Magistrate Ian Kendall said: “The photographs say it all. Absolutely appalling treatment of a poor, defenceless animal.”

Sentencing:

Christine Hawkins: 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Clare Hawkins: 60 hours of unpaid community work.
Both defendants were ordered to pay £300 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
Both were banned from keeping animals for just five years (expires July 2025).

Mirror
Bournemouth Echo

Knowle, Bristol: Naomi Knapp

#TheList Naomi Rachel Knapp, born April 1960, of Wingfield Road, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5EQ, but with links to the Somerset village of Congresbury – for cruelty to a Shetland pony

Naomi Knapp
Naomi Knapp is banned from keeping equines until 2025

Knapp, who’s a founder/director of a Bristol-based Christian homeless charity, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Shetland pony gelding at Moor View Farm, Congresbury, between January 22 and February 14, 2020.

The fate of the pony is unknown.

Sentencing: community order. Disqualified from keeping equines for five years.

Bristol Post

Golcar, West Yorkshire: Jack Green

#TheList Jack Christopher Green, born 15/10/1993, of Sycamore Avenue, Golcar, near Huddersfield, but with links to Longwood, Huddersfield, Leeds and Newmarket – subjected a Patterjack  X Dachshund puppy to a life of pain and abuse

Dog abuser Jack Green
2015 social media image of Jack Green

Agricultural worker Green was prosecuted by the CPS following an investigation by Suffolk Police. The court heard how he subjected the tiny dog, known as Pippin, to repeated acts of cruelty between 18 January 2019 and 2 May 2019.

Pippin was five months old when she was discovered by police outside an address in Newmarket on 1 May 2019. At the time, she was sporting a white bandage on her right foreleg and Green claimed that she may have fallen from a vehicle. He said that he took her to the vets who told him to treat the injury himself, therefore placing a makeshift bandage on her leg with the use of duct tape and a toilet roll holder.  

Abused puppy Pippin

Officers were not happy with her injury, treatment and his explanation so they seized Pippin and sought immediate veterinary attention.  The vet established that her right foreleg showed a severe leg injury that would require some intensive treatment.  

Jack Green

In the autumn Green was charged at magistrates court with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and pleaded guilty to this charge.  

Pippin was rehomed having initially being placed into the care of the RSPCA and attended a vet every two days for three months so she could have her bandages changed.  Following her rehoming, Pippin continues to learn to interact with her new family and other animals.

Abused puppy Pippin

PC Victoria McNamara said: “As a Wildlife Crime Officer for Suffolk Police, I have a specific interest in animal welfare.  Animals of all kinds are often hidden victims of crime and animal abuse can be a gateway to other offences being committed, it is wholly unacceptable to cause suffering to any animal and we will investigate and prosecute those offenders, bringing them to justice.
  
“In the case of Pippin, she was a little puppy who had for the first few months of her life suffered cruelty at the hands of her owner.  She was not in the best condition, she weighed 3.1kg and was on pain relief for quite a few weeks due to her fractured leg.  Over the last few months with correct care, adequate nutrition and lots of love, Pippin has flourished.

“Alongside A/PS Rebecca Webster, the rural crime unit and colleagues at West Yorkshire police roads policing unit in making the arrest we have all made a difference to the life of a puppy.   Coupled with the expertise of Criminal Justice Unit Case Management Officer Jo Foley, it really has been a team effort in bringing the defendant to justice over his actions against this little dog.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence; £200 compensation. Disqualified from owning animals for just five years (expires June 2025).

Suffolk Police
Newmarket Journal
East Anglian Daily Times

East Belfast: John Bowers

#TheList John Bowers, born c. 1989, of 201 Albertbridge Road, Belfast BT5 4PU – physically abused a dog

John Bowers and two of his three dogs, including black and white Staffy Dre who is believed to be dead
John Bowers and two of his three dogs, including black and white Staffy Dre who is believed to be dead

John Bowers, who also faced charges of assault and racial harassment, was seen grabbing a Staffy-type dog by the scruff of the neck and throwing him over a garden wall. He then lifted the dog up a second time and threw him down on his back.

The fate or identity of the dog is unknown but our photo shows Bowers’ dog, Dre, who is believed to be dead.

In June 2020 Bowers was jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in addition to two counts of harassment and common assault.

Defence barrister Sean Mullan detailed his client’s battle with alcohol addiction.

“He’s keen to draw a line under all these matters,” counsel said.

Imposing five months custody for the offences, Mr Hamill ordered Bowers to serve a further five months from previously suspended prison terms.

The judge also imposed two-year restraining orders for the racially-aggravated harassment, and banned Bowers from keeping any animal for five years.

Sentencing: custodial. Five-year ban on keeping an animal.

Belfast Telegraph

Yeovil, Somerset: Latoyah Stones

#TheList Latoyah Donna Stones (aka Lottie Devine), born 24/02/1992, of Hillcrest Road, Yeovil BA21 – neglected and starved a dog

Convicted dog abuser Latoyah Stones

Mother-of-three Stones caused unnecessary suffering to the female dog, known as Boston, by failing to explore or address her poor condition between March and September 2019.

The Dogue de Bordeaux had been taken to Vets4Pets in Yeovil on September 22, 2019 by Stones, who claimed the severely malnourished dog was a stray she had found.

Boston, who weighed just 30kg at the time, was taken to St Giles Animal Rescue by the local authority dog warden and social media appeals for information regarding the dog were made.

Stones’ name was put forward by members of the public who identified her as being Boston’s owner, which she later admitted when interviewed.

RSPCA inspector Jo Daniel, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “The vet who examined Boston found her to be very thin, weighing just 30kg when a similar dog in healthy condition could be expected to weigh between 40 to 45kg, and said the dog’s condition was because of a failure to provide adequate food to maintain a normal bodily condition.

“In conclusion, the vet found no underlying causes that would have led to her being in the state she was, adding that she would have suffered for a number of months and have suffered hunger and fatigue during that time.

“This picture, which was taken ten days after she went into the care of the rescue centre, shows what an awful condition she was in.

“Thankfully, she’s now recovered thanks to simply being given an appropriate diet and the care she needs.”

Boston has since been rehomed.

Sentencing: 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement; total of £365 costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Somerset County Gazette