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Sauchie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire: Paul Murray

#TheList Paul Scotty Murray, born 21/11/1999, of 10 Gartmorn Road, Sauchie, Alloa FK10 3NX – inflicted a catalogue of injuries on a pup and stuffed him into a tiny drawer

Dog killer Paul Murray from Sauchie in Alloa
Paul Murray

The badly injured dog, known as Tyson, was left in agony with no access to food, water, light or room to move after being stuffed into a drawer by his twisted owner, Paul Scotty Murray. The four-month-old dog had to be euthanised on humane grounds.

Murray only admitted causing Tyson unnecessary suffering by failing to get him treated for a catalogue of horrendous injuries. The court did not address how he came to be injured in the first place.

Tyson had sustained a fractured elbow and injured hip, and was suffering from a painful ear condition between February 21-28, 2019.

Instead of taking the stricken dog to a vet, Murray left him to suffer in agony at his property on Gartmorn Road during that period.

He also admitted cramming Tyson into a tiny drawer under a bed on February 28.

Police discovered Tyson in the drawer and immediately seized him from Murray.

The court heard a vet found “evidence of definite trauma to the head, neck and femur”.

The injuries were likely to have been a result of “separate incidents” of trauma, and the pain the dog was in would have been obvious to any owner.

Sadly, Tyson was euthanised on welfare grounds on March 1.

Murray’s solicitor, Grazia Robertson of Glasgow law firm L and G Robertson, said her client was barely able to care for himself, let alone an animal.

She said this was due to a troubled upbringing, and asked for unpaid work or a curfew to be imposed on Murray.

She added: “Clearly, some punishment is required.”

A furious Sheriff Craig Harris warned Murray of how seriously he viewed the offences.

He said: “You put this animal through absolute hell. You should be nowhere near animals.

“I’ve given serious consideration as to whether you should go to prison for this.”

Instead, Murray walked free from court with a community order.

Sentencing: 150 hours of unpaid work and a one-year supervision order. He is banned from owning, keeping, or taking charge of any animal for a period of seven years.

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Middlesbrough: Steven Harrison

#TheList Steven Anthony Harrison, born 12/08/1985, of Brereton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3HS – starved and neglected his pet dog and let him stray

Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions
Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions

Steven Harrison’s dog, known as Benson, was found “skinny, lethargic and retching’ with a potato stuck in his throat. He had also swallowed a dishcloth which was lodged in his stomach.

Crossbreed Benson had a whole potato stuck in his throat and dish cloth in stomach
Benson had a whole potato stuck in his throat and dish cloth in stomach

Career criminal Harrison, who has racked up dozens of convictions for house burglary, was convicted of two offences under the Animal Welfare Act: one of causing unnecessary suffering and one of failing to meet Benson’s needs.

A member of the public had alerted the RSPCA after the dog was found straying on February 4, 2019.

Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions
Father-of-three Harrison has the nickname Wayno

Inspector Clare Wilson said: “When I first saw Benson he was skinny, lethargic and kept retching and coughing constantly. I could feel and see all of his ribs and his spine.

“It was late at night so I took him to a nearby vet surgery where staff were concerned that he had an obstruction.

“He was put onto a drip and given pain relief and medication to help with the sickness. Vets did lots of tests and x-rays showed a large obstruction in his chest cavity, behind the heart. He needed a special operation to remove it – and that’s when vets found a whole potato and dishcloth inside him.

“It was touch and go whether he’d survive the complex operation but, luckily, he pulled through.”

Inspector Wilson traced Harrison and was told that Benson had been vomiting for a number of days but no veterinary treatment was sought and he was allowed to stray around the area.

She continued: “He was extremely poorly by the time we were able to get him the vet. He was lucky to survive.”

Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions
Police mugshot of Steven Anthony Harrison

Benson was signed over to the RSPCA after court.

The inspector continued: “Poor Benson has a stricture in his oesophagus which means he will probably always need to be fed small amounts of food regularly so this incident has had a life-changing effect on him.

“He’s doing well otherwise though and is such a lovely dog that the animal centre staff who are caring for him are hopeful they will be able to find him the special home he needs and deserves when he’s ready.”

Sentencing: six weeks’ custody suspended for 12 months; ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay a victim surcharge of £115. Disqualified from keeping all animals for seven years.

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Previous convictions:
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8875338.south-bank-burglar-jailed-raid-pensioners-home/

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/career-burglar-jailed-six-years-10038121

Blackpool, Lancashire: Simon Broscombe

#TheList Simon L Broscombe, born 11/10/1984, of Bela Grove, Blackpool FY1 – had his dog’s ears cruelly and illegally mutilated.

Dog abuser Simon Broscombe from Blackpool, Lancashire, UK< arranged for his American bulldog's ears to be mutilated to look more intimidating
Simon Broscombe arranged for his American bulldog’s ears to be mutilated to look more intimidating

Wannabe hardman Simon Broscombe had his six-month-old American bulldog’s floppy ears cut back to short points so that the animal would look more intimidating.

Broscombe, who is apparently a hairdresser by profession, paid £2,000 for the puppy, known as Tyson, who came into the country from Holland.

He bought the dog, described as his pride and joy, a £3,000 gold neck collar.

In the first case of its type in the UK the RSPCA prosecuted Broscombe over the ear cropping.

Simon Broscombe had his dog Tyson's ears mutilated to make the animal look more intimidating
Cruelty victim Tyson and his mutilated ears

Broscombe admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the champagne-coloured dog by having his ears cropped.

He also admitted permitting another person to carry out a prohibited procedure on Tyson.

Dog abuser Simon Broscombe from Blackpool, Lancashire, UK< arranged for his American bulldog's ears to be mutilated to look more intimidating

Broscombe admitted a third charge of failing to protect Tyson from pain and suffering.

District Judge Jane Goodwin heard that dogs’ears can only be cropped for medical reasons and the cutting done by a qualified vet.

The procedure can cause pain to the animal involved and in Tyson’s case, an examination of his ears revealed scarring and holes.

He was in otherwise good condition.

The ears are a very sensitive organ of dogs but some owners have the dog’s natural ears cut back almost to the skull for purely cosmetic reasons designed to give breeds like the Bully a “street cred “look.

When Broscombe was confronted by RSPCA officer Amy McIntosh at his home, she says he grabbed his phone and she believed she was trying to delete Whatsapp pictures from it.

However, the investigators did trace messages from Broscombe one stating….”With big floppy ears.He not the kind of dog I want.”

RSPCA prosecutor Paul Ridehalgh told the court:”This dog is a cross between an American pit bull and American staffie.”

“The investigators found pictures of Tyson with his ears intact and the defendant knew that ear cropping in the UK is illegal.”

“Owners want cropped ears because it makes the animal more intimidating”

“These ears were mutilated and he would not say who did it which obstructed the RSPCA investigating.”

Dog abuser Simon Broscombe from Blackpool

Probation officer Amanda Kenyon said that Broscombe-who has facial tattoos- was devastated to have been split up from Tyson, who is being kept in kennels by the RSPCA.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, told the judge:”My client bought the dog via a breeder thinking it had had his ears cropped in Holland before being brought into the UK.”

“He would not name the person who carried out the procedure as he had been given a threat to keep his mouth shut and not be a grass.”

Sentencing Broscombe the judge told him: ”Despite your claim to be a responsible animal lover you became involved in a seedy operation which was a deliberate attempt to cause suffering.”

“You will not name the vet you claim was involved and this dog will have suffered for up to five days.

Sentencing: 12-week jail term suspended for 18 months. Ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £715 court costs. Banned from keeping any animal for seven years.

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Loundsley Green, Chesterfield: Aidan Spencer

#TheList Aidan Peter Spencer, born 14/05/1997, of Langhurst Court, Wenlock Close, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield S40 4PE.

Spencer pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by manhandling the dog and being aggressive towards her. No separate penalty.

He also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a snake by keeping it in poor and inappropriate conditions.

Sentencing: Committed to prison for 12 weeks suspended for 12 months with an Alcohol Treatment Requirement, a Thinking Skills Programme and a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Must pay £328.83 compensation, a £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs. Disqualified from owning or keeping animals for seven years.

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Rugby, Warwickshire: Tina Coles and Martin Hessey

#TheList Tina Elizabeth Coles, born c. 1998, and Martin C Hessey, born c. 1980, both of Carolyn Lane Court, Blackman Way, Rugby CV21 2US – failed to get their pet cat Tigger veterinary treatment for a stomach ulcer which later perforated and led to his death.

Tina Coles and Martin Hessey of Rugby, Warwickshire, UK, left their cat Tigger (pictured) to suffer a slow and painful death.
Tina Coles and Martin Hessey left their cat Tigger (pictured) to suffer a slow and painful death.

Tina Coles and partner Martin Hessey both pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to their cat when they appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Tina Coles (pictured) and  partner Martin Hessey from Rugby, Warwickshire, UK left their cat Tigger to suffer a slow and painful death.
Tina Coles

The court heard how three-year-old Tigger had developed a stomach ulcer but the couple failed to take him for treatment, with the ulcer perforating and killing him weeks later.

A member of the public reported the cat’s death to the RSPCA and inspector Helen Smith was sent to investigate on June 1, 2019.

Tina Coles and Martin Hessey left their cat Tigger to suffer a slow and painful death.
Tigger’s emaciated body was found in a freezer

Inspector Smith found Tigger’s emaciated body in a freezer at the couple’s flat. He weighed just 1.47kg when a cat of his age should weigh 4 to 4.5kg.

Inspector Smith said: “It would have been blatantly obvious that Tigger was in need of veterinary treatment but the couple failed to act.

“The stomach ulcer would have led to an obvious lack of appetite which is why Tigger was so emaciated.

“The vet said he would have suffered for at least a month and his death would have been slow and painful.

“This case really highlights how imperative if it for owners to take their pets for veterinary treatment if they show symptoms of illness. Poor Tigger was left to suffer unnecessarily.”

Tina Coles and Martin Hessey left their cat Tigger to suffer a slow and painful death.
The court heard that the couple suffered mental health issues

In mitigation, the court was told both had mental health issues which the magistrates took into account when sentencing.

Sentencing: fined £120 and also ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge. Both were banned from keeping all animals for seven years.

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Kingston upon Hull: Sophie Esnee

#TheList Sophie Esnee, born c. 1990, of Belmont Street, Hull HU9 – threw her pet snake at a neighbour; failed to provide a suitable living environment for the snake.

Snake abuser and serial violent troublemaker Sophie Esnee from east Hull, UK
Sophie Esnee

Serial troublemaker and alleged drug addict Esnee was fined £100 and banned from keeping reptiles for seven years, for failing to provide a suitable living environment for the snake, known as Lucifer.

Esnee received no separate penalty for a further offence in neighbouring Estcourt Street on February 12, 2018, when she failed to protect Lucifer from “pain, suffering, injury and disease”, by “taking the snake out on a February evening and throwing the snake at another person”.

Both offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 were proved in Esnee’s absence at Hull Magistrates’ Court.

Lucifer was ordered to be taken into the care of the RSPCA to be rehomed.

In May 2019 Esnee, who has two aliases, was convicted of damaging a latched wooden door belonging to a pizza restaurant, assaulting a police constable by beating, possessing cannabis, and assault by beating.

Sentencing: total of £280 fine, costs and charges. Banned from keeping reptiles for seven years with the right of appeal after five years.

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Grosmont, North Yorkshire: Mandy Allinson and Michael Connolly

#TheList Mandy Allinson, born c. 1967, and Michael ‘Mick’ Connolly, born c. 1963, both of Fotherley Farm, Grosmont, Whitby YO22 5QJ – kept dogs and cats in “squalid and horrific” conditions

Puppy farmers Mandy Allinson and Michael Connolly from Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Animals in the care of Mandy Allinson and Michael Connolly lived in their own excrement in a filthy barn at their farm near Whitby.

The pair admitted three breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in relation to two pet dogs, plus 18 other dogs and three cats not provided with a suitable living environment.

Police and RSPCA inspectors were alerted to the farm after a number of people bought puppies which fell ill or were found to be riddled with worms or fleas.

And they discovered dozens of animals being kept in appalling conditions at what was found to be an unregistered, unlicensed business.

A dog in the care of puppy farmers Mandy Allinson and Michael Connolly from Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The court heard a cocker spaniel called Dexter was barely recognisable because his severely-matted fur made him look like “a big ball of fur”.

He had to be anaesthetised to be clipped by a vet, and the fur removed weighed 1.4kg.

Dogs in the care of puppy farmers Mandy Allinson and Michael Connolly from Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The court heard that the animals got into that state because Allinson and Connolly suffered a variety of health problems, including diabetes and depression.

Speaking after the hearing RSPCA Inspector Claire Little, who led the investigation, said: “We received a number of calls from members of the public who had bought puppies from the premises and, once home, they’d fallen ill or their new families had discovered they were riddled with fleas and worms.

“This couple were running an unregistered, unlicensed business breeding dogs and they were not properly protecting the dogs’ welfare and health.”

When officers raided the property they found 40 dogs and puppies, three cats and a guinea pig at the address. All of the animals were removed.

“The puppies were all being kept inside the house while the adult dogs were kept out in a barn,” Inspector Little added.

“It was cold, dark, dank and filthy in the barn. Some dogs were kept in cramped, dirty cages stacked on top of each other, while other dogs were in disgusting kennels covered in dirt and faeces. It absolutely stank inside the barn, it was hell.

“The dogs were yellow with urine stains and covered in fleas. Many were riddled with worms and suffering from nasty diseases like giardia, campylobacter and coccidia.”

French bulldogs, collies, cocker spaniels, poodles and fashionable crossbreeds, such as cockerpoos, were taken into RSPCA care.

“This couple were clearly trying to cash in on the popularity of designer dogs such as cockerpoos but they were failing to meet these dogs’ basic needs and many were seriously poorly,” Inspector Little said.

“It was overcrowded, the disease control was poor and many of the dogs had matted coats and untreated open wounds. The floor was caked in faeces and water bowls were empty and upturned.

“Some had nasty skin infections and had made themselves bleed from constant scratching. One of the dogs had almost 2kg of matted fur removed.”

Grim conditions at the puppy farm run by  Mandy Allinson and Michael Connolly from Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire

A guinea pig was found in a cage in one barn and three cats were found running loose in another barn on the site.

Sentencing: 10-week prison term, suspended for a year. Banned from keeping cats for seven years.

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Bodmin, Cornwall: Katie Nottle and Dariusz Zwiercyzk

#TheList Katie Nottle, born 31/10/1994, and Dariusz Zwiercyzk, born c. 1975, both of Wallace Road, Bodmin PL31 – left their flea-infested cat to suffer with sores on his head and neck

Dariusz Zwiercyzk and Katie Nottle from Bodmin in Cornwall are banned from keeping animals for seven years after admitting neglecting their pet cat Tigger
Dariusz Zwiercyzk and Katie Nottle from Bodmin in Cornwall are banned from keeping animals for seven years after admitting neglecting their pet cat Tigger

Nottle and Zwiercyzk admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the cat named Tigger, who was found with scabs and sores on his head and neck as well as being infested with fleas.

RSPCA Inspector Claire Ryder said: “Sadly Tigger was left to suffer and had painful scabs and sores on his head and neck, which could have easily been avoided by seeking suitable veterinary care.

“Pet owners have a responsibility to address any health conditions – animals can’t help themselves and are reliant on their owners to provide the care they need.

“Anyone who has concerns about the health of their pet should ask for help and advice to avoid unnecessary distress and suffering being caused”

Sentencing: total of £120 each in costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for seven years.

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St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex: Carla French

#TheList Carla French, born c. 1980, of 22 Jameson Crescent, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 9JA – failed to take injured dog to the vet

Photo of dog abuser Carla French of Jameson Crescent, St Leonards-on-Sea, who has been banned from keeping animals for seven years
Carla French of Jameson Crescent, St Leonards, East Sussex, has been banned from keeping any animal for seven years

French pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a male brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier by failing to provide proper and necessary veterinary care and attention for a tail injury. The offence took place at St Leonards between July 2 and July 7, 2018.

She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £300 in prosecution costs. Magistrates banned her from keeping an animal for seven years, recording that the reason was ‘an inability to care for animals’.

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Whitehaven, Cumbria: Samantha Dean and Thomas Evans

#TheList  Samantha Dean, 25, and Thomas Evans, 33, both of Ashness Close, Mirehouse, Whitehaven CA28 9RR – allowed their pet dog Dara to become so emaciated vets considered putting her to sleep

Whitehaven's Samantha Dean and Thomas Evans and sweet Dara, renamed Georgie, the dog they almost starved to death
Ghastly duo lied to vets that they had found the dog wandering when they were responsible for her appalling condition

Dean and Evans were due to stand trial but instead pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to adequately explore and address the causes of the dog’s weight loss between January 14 and February 16 2018.

RSPCA inspector Martyn Fletcher said: “This poor dog was so poorly that vets considered putting her to sleep on welfare grounds.

“She was collapsed and her temperature was so low they couldn’t get a reading.

“She was extremely emaciated, with almost all the bones in her little body visible.

“She was in such a terrible state she needed to be hospitalised, where she was on a drip for several days.

“We put out a press appeal for information and it got a huge response, including from a number of people who gave us Dean and Evans’ details.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who got in touch.”

The court heard that Dean and Evans called a vets when Dara – now renamed Georgie – collapsed at their home saying they thought she was dying, but they pretended that she was not theirs, instead claiming that they had found her two days earlier.

After a lot of TLC at the vets, and then in foster care, Georgie made a full recovery and has now been very happily rehomed.

Inspector Fletcher said: “She’s doing absolutely brilliantly. I saw her in the summer and she looked like a different dog. Her owner says her character is coming out even more now, and she’s become quite mischievous.”

Sentencing:
20-week community order including a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Ordered to pay £425 costs and an £85 victim surcharge each. Seven-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2025).

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