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Polmont, Falkirk: Roy Paterson

#TheList Roy Paterson, born 1955, of Greenpark Drive, Falkirk FK2 0QA – left his dog locked in a car in direct sunlight as temperatures soared

Roy Paterson was charged with animal cruelty over an incident in St Andrews on July 23 , 2018 – a day when temperatures hit 25 degrees celsius in the Fife town.

Paterson had denied the charge but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

Passers-by had called police to a car park in Argyle Street in St Andrews, after spotting the dog locked in the back of a Volvo estate car. Attending officers found the dog “heavily panting and in distress”. As the police considered him to be behaving aggressively because of the heat, they also summoned a vet to the scene.

PC Jonathan Gordon told the court he was one of the first two officers on the scene around 45 minutes after police were first called.

He said: “Members of the public were making comments about the dog – that it was shocking and it was a shame.

“It was agreed to gain entry to the vehicle and we smashed the back nearside window.

“The vet went in to the car to take control of the dog.

“The dog’s collar had a number and my colleague called it and the accused and a female arrived shortly after.

“He was obviously very upset that we had gained entry and said he had done enough for the dog and tried to justify himself by saying the windows had been cracked open and a water bowl had been left.

“He was adamant it was justifiable to do what he had done and stated we should be paying for the damage.”

A sheriff ruled Paterson had caused the dog unnecessary suffering by leaving him “exposed to excessive temperatures” – and convicted him of the crime.

Sentencing: fined £250.

Fife Today

Hull: Simon Agnew

#TheList Simon P Agnew, born c. 1972, of 75 Sykes Street, Hull HU2 8AZ – banned from keeping animals for life after starving his elderly doberman

Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animal for life.
Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animals for life.

Simon Agnew’s 11-year-old doberman, named Dobba, weighed just 23.8kg when he was handed into the Hull RSPCA branch just weeks before Christmas.

An investigation led officers to Agnew who falsely claimed he had re-homed the dog, telling various lies to inspectors.

Speaking about the case RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “Dobba was microchipped so we went straight round to Mr Agnew’s home and interviewed him the following week. He gave us various accounts of what had happened and claimed that he’d re-homed Dobba three months earlier.

“He said he’d asked a friend to pretend to find him in the street and hand him in. He forgot that Dobba was still microchipped in his name.

“We decide to appeal to the public for information via the press and were then contacted by someone who said Mr Agnew did still own Dobba.”

In court Agnew pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Dobba, who has since recovered from his ordeal.

Inspector Dickinson added: “Dobba was incredibly skinny and had clearly been left to get into such a state over a period of time.

“You could see all of his ribs and his waist was so tiny that I could fit my fingers around it.

“His head was so skinny that the point of his skull had protruded through his skin and caused a sore. He was covered in faeces and absolutely stank.

“Thankfully, he’s now put on almost 7kg and is doing really well in our care. He’s already been reserved by a loving family and is due to go to his new home soon.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order – including an alcohol treatment requirement; total of £385 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

Yorkshire Post

Shepperton, Surrey: Maurice Smith

#TheList traveller and habitual criminal Maurice Smith, born c. 1988, of Hawthorn Way, Shepperton TW1 – subjected a horse to prolonged neglect and mistreatment

Traveller Maurice Smith from Shepperton, Surrey, subjected horse April to neglect and ill-treatment

Maurice Smith, who has a previous conviction for conning a 92-year-old woman out of her life savings, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Gypsy traveller Smith, formerly of Littleton Lane Caravan Park in Shepperton and a drug and alcohol abuser, was charged under the Animal Welfare Act after evidence emerged of how he had subjected the horse, named April, to prolonged neglect and ill-treatment, which had left her in extreme distress.

A number of witnesses initially contacted police in April 2018 to report that the horse was in distress. She had been left double rugged in temperatures of 24 degrees without shade and was sweating profusely.

Police attended the location and decided that April needed immediate medical care and seized her under the Animal Welfare Act.

After a full medical examination by a vet, April was found to be undernourished, with multiple sores, was wearing ill-fitting handmade shoes which were causing her foot pain, and was suffering from worms or a viral infection. The vet said that she had been subjected to poor management and undue suffering.

Smith was identified as April’s owner but initially denied that she belonged to him when he was interviewed. However, he later admitted that she was his and said that he had asked a vet to examine April and that she was being treated with antibiotics. However, he could not provide any details in relation to the treatment April received.

The court heard evidence from a number of witnesses in relation to the lack of care given to April, to which Smith was also unable to provide any explanation.

Investigating officer PC Chloe Hodgkinson said: “This was a complex investigation which took many months to bring to fruition.

“I was called to deal with the incident and was shocked by the pitiful state April was in. Due to her condition, I decided to seize her under the Animal Welfare Act so that she could immediately begin receiving the medical treatment that she needed.

“From speaking to a number of witnesses, it soon became apparent that April had been suffering over a prolonged period. I put a case together against her owner, Maurice Smith, which resulted in him being charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and being brought before the court last week.”

PC Hodgkinson added: “April has since received the care and treatment that she needed and is making a good recovery. I hope that this case will deter other owners from neglecting their animals and send a strong message that if you are caught, you will be dealt with.”

Sentencing: 12 month community order involving 120 hours of unpaid work; total of £485 costs and charges.

Surrey Police
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Hatfield, Hertfordshire: Daniel Stasik

#TheList Daniel Stasik, born c. 1988, of 6 Walker Grove, Hatfield AL10 9PL – allowed his banned-breed ‘fighting’ dog to savage a pet cat and failed to get help for the stricken animal

Shelly, a cat that was fatally injured by a dog in Hatfield, just before she died.
Pet cat Shelly suffered horrific injuries in a dog attack from which she would never recover

At around 11am on June 23, 2018, a pitbull-type dog owned by Daniel Stasik chased a cat named Shelly into an alleyway in Walker Grove and attacked her. Stasik grabbed the dog, but was unable to keep control of him.

He did not attempt to assist the cat or find her owners to get medical assistance.

Around 1am the following morning, Shelly was found by her owner in a nearby garden covered in blood and faeces and unable to place any weight on her hind legs.

Due to the length of time she had been left, there were maggots around her wounds.

Over the next few days, Shelly’s condition deteriorated and following multiple treatments and attempts at resuscitation, she died from her injuries on July 1, 2018.

On July 20, officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit attended Stasik’s address to execute a warrant to seize his dog.

The dog was examined and confirmed to be substantially a pit bull-type.

Stasik was reported to court for possessing a fighting dog under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

At court, Stasik pleaded guilty to possessing a fighting dog and, while initially pleading not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Shelly, was found guilty of that offence.

PC Gavin Richardson, from the Welwyn Hatfield West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Pit bulls are banned in the UK and Stasik’s dog posed a very serious danger to public safety.

“Not only did Stasik have possession of a banned dog breed, but he made no attempts to help save the cat and instead simply left her to die.

“This was extremely distressing for her owners who found their beloved pet in an incredibly distressed state with horrendous injuries.

“I hope that this sentence provides some justice for the victims and that the public feel safe knowing that Stasik will not be allowed to have dog for another decade.”

Sentencing: 240 hours of unpaid community work. Ordered to pay compensation to Shelly’s owners for vet costs and to the police for kenneling costs. Banned from having custody of a dog for 10 years. Stasik’s dog was ordered to be put down, unless an appeal is lodged within 21 days.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

We’re building quite a profile on this piece of filth. He is from Poland. He came to the UK in 2009 to work as a painter/decorator but is now living on benefits. He showed no remorse in court and he and his friend seemed to find the proceedings amusing. He freely admitted in court that he beat his dog. Another cat belonging to Shelly’s heartbroken owner died after being deliberately poisoned. This happened just after Stasik was charged. Coincidence? Stasik has another address in Prayle Grove, London NW2 1BD 

Wednesbury, West Midlands: Usman Khalid

#TheList Usman Khalid, born 04/01/1994, of Old Park Road, Wednesbury WS10 – banned for life from keeping animals after his emaciated dog died shortly after giving birth to 16 puppies

Backyard breeder Usman Khalid from Wednesbury, West Midlands, failed to get treatment for his distressed dog after she gave birth. Of the litter of 16 just one survived.
Backyard breeder Usman Khalid from Wednesbury, West Midlands, failed to get treatment for his distressed dog after she gave birth. Of the litter of 16 just one survived.

Backyard breeder Usman Khalid was found guilty of two animal welfare offences after failing to get veterinary treatment for Dogue de Bordeaux crossbreed Jinx after she gave birth to a huge litter of puppies.

Backyard breeder Usman Khalid from Wednesbury, West Midlands, failed to get treatment for his distressed dog after she gave birth
Sole surviving puppy Winnie has recovered from her ordeal and been rehomed but her mother Jinx (inset) died a horrific death thanks to the neglect of Usman Khalid

The court heard that three of Jinx’s puppies had been still-born and one was crushed during birth. Eleven other puppies had died days later.

Jinx, who was said to be “skin and bone”, was found by a concerned member of the public motionless and crying in a kennel at Khalid’s home. She was unable to stand and was suffering with diarrhoea. Her mammary glands were severely ulcerated, which meant she could not provide her puppies with the milk they needed to survive.

They tried to pick her up but she screamed and moments later fitted and died in their arms.

The member of the public took Jinx’s body to a nearby vets – along with the one surviving puppy, Winnie – and the RSPCA were contacted.

Winnie received emergency treatment but was so gravely ill she was not expected to survive the night.

But the brave pup pulled through and has now made a full recovery and has been rehomed by the charity.

Inspector Nicola Johnson, who led the investigation, said the puppies’ bodies were never found.

She continued: “When I saw Jinx’s body it was quite clear she was emaciated with her ribs clearly visible and she had awful ulcers on her mammary glands which would have been very painful.

“If she was taken for treatment when the problem first arose I am in no doubt she would have have survived.

“As we never found the puppies we were unable to establish how they died.

“This has been a terribly upsetting case to deal with but I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the public who got involved by trying to help the mum and pup, alerting us to what they had found and bravely giving evidence in court which meant we could get some justice for Jinx and helped her pup Winnie survive.”

Sentencing: 200 hours of community service; total of £585 costs and charges. Banned for life from keeping animals.


Tredworth, Gloucester: Derrick Daniel Dawkins

#TheList Derrick Daniel Dawkins, born 1962, of 5 Clement Street, Tredworth, Gloucester GL1 4JW – left two dogs outside continuously during the ‘Beast from East’ snowstorm

Derrick Daniel Dawkins
Derrick Daniel Dawkins

Bull terriers Dessa and Diesel were found in a snow-covered yard without shelter as temperatures dropped below freezing. One of the dogs was tethered by a chain and had become entangled. Both had untreated painful lesions and sores on their legs and bodies.

Callous Derrick Daniel Dawkins from Gloucester left two dogs outside during the freezing Beast from the East snowstorm  of winter 2018
Callous Derrick Daniel Dawkins from Gloucester left two dogs outside during the freezing Beast from the East snowstorm of winter 2018

Now the dogs’ cruel owner Derrick Daniel Dawkins, has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping any animal for 10 years.

Investigating RSPCA Inspector Phil Mann said: “As temperatures dropped below zero and snow covered the country, Dessa and Diesel were outside day and night without appropriate shelter.

“When I saw them locked outside, I feared that if I didn’t help them straight away there would have been two dead dogs in the following morning.

“Simply leaving pets outside to fend for themselves without shelter should never be seen as an option.

“Dogs must have constant access to a suitable shelter, and owners should also ensure bedding and sleeping areas are warm, dry and away from any draughts.

“It is shocking that Dawkins left these dogs outside during such horrendous conditions and even more heartbreaking to discover they had been left to suffer with painful, untreated sores.”

Dessa and Diesel have both now recovered from their ordeal while in the care of the team at the Cotswold Dogs and Cats Home.

The team is working with Diesel to prepare him for rehoming, whereas the RSPCA has said five-year-old Dessa is already looking for a special someone to give her a second chance.

Beautiful Dessa has recovered from her ordeal at the hands of Derrick Daniel Dawkins and is looking forward to being spoiled in a loving new home
Beautiful Dessa has recovered from her ordeal at the hands of Derrick Daniel Dawkins and is looking forward to being spoiled in a loving new home

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “Dessa loves nothing more than spending time with people and playing with toys.

“She would be best suited to a home with no other animals or children and is looking for an experienced owner with time and patience.

“She hasn’t had as much life experience and can find new environments overwhelming, although she is slowly learning that it is okay to snuggle up on the sofa.”

18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. £750 in court costs. Banned from keeping any animal for ten years.

ITV News

Cambridge: Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets

#TheList Benjamin Rudge, born September 1975, and Olena Lobunets, born December 1971, both of 8 Richard Foster Road, Cambridge CB2 8DW – left a herd of fallow deer to starve to death in a field

The deer left to starve at Clermont Hall by callous Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets from Cambridge. The surviving animals have recovered well in the care of the RSPCA.
The deer left to starve at Clermont Hall by callous Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets from Cambridge. The surviving animals have recovered well in the care of the RSPCA.

Benjamin Rudge and Olena Lobunets left 14 fallow deer in a paddock at Clermont Hall, Little Cressingham, Thetford, without food or shelter through the worst of the Beast from the East.

During a visit to the property in February 2018, RSPCA inspectors found one deer had died and another had collapsed. The collapsed animal and three others subsequently died.

Former company director Rudge and Ukrainian national Lobunets had been renting out the mansion and three cottages as a holiday home from £3,956 a week for up to 36 people at a time.

Jonathan Eales, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said a housekeeper was employed to look after the property and the fallow deer but he did not have money for animal feed.

He said the animal welfare charity visited the hall after it was contacted by walkers concerned at the condition of the deer.

Inspectors found the animals were emaciated, while their pen was bare of any grass and infested with molehills.

RSPCA workers began visiting to feed the animals, but three more died.

Mr Eales said post mortem examinations revealed the deer were severely underweight and emaciated.

He said: ‘These deer died as a result of neglect. They were malnourished, dehydrated, they were incapable of surviving in an enclosure where there was insufficient food and no shelter.’

Speaking after the hearing, a spokesman for the RSPCA recalled the state of the deer when they first arrived at the estate.

He said: ‘The deer were very skinny – you could clearly see their ribs and their hip bones were protruding.

‘We hoped to remove the animals but expert vets said they were too weak to be moved at that stage. Vets advised us to feed them and our officers, who had launched an investigation, visited them daily to monitor their condition.

‘Ongoing tests established that, in addition to underfeeding, there were problems with worms and poisonous ragwort in the field so the herd needed to be moved to new pastures before ragwort started to come through in spring.

‘The owners failed to move the herd so vets felt they needed to be taken into our care.’

The spokesperson added: ‘The deer have recovered well and are now living with a private deer keeper.

Sentencing: deprivation order to pass ownership of the surviving deer to the RSPCA. Banned from keeping deer for two years. No costs were awarded and no further penalties were ordered against the couple.

Daily Mail
Eastern Daily Press

Shirenewton, Cardiff: Tony Israel Price

#TheList Tony Israel Price, born c. 1962, of 6 Shirenewton Caravan Site, Wentloog Road, Cardiff CF3 2EE – neglected three ponies

One of the three piebald mares left to suffer by her gypsy owner Tony Price

Gypsy traveller Tony Israel Price was found guilty of three horse cruelty offences after failing to take advice from the RSPCA about their care.

In July 2018 RSPCA inspectors Christine McNeil and Simon Evans attended a field off Redway Road, Bonvilston and found 13 horses with “very poor grazing” with ragwort present, and one mare in particular in “very poor condition”.

“During this visit a vet examination was carried out and advice was passed onto the owner as well as a warning notice issued for the poor body condition of the mare,” said inspector McNeil.

“We then re-visited in August and I attended with chief inspector Elaine Spence and the mare’s condition had deteriorated. A vet on site was of the opinion that she was suffering and the two other mares did not have their needs met and would be likely to suffer if their circumstances did not change.

“Sadly our advice had not been taken on board and we had to take action. Further advice was also issued for the remaining horses at the location.”

The three piebald mares were signed over to the charity and will be made available for rehoming.

Sentencing: 18-month conditional discharge; £1,000 costs and a victim surcharge.

Horse & Hound

Arbourthorne, Sheffield: David James Walker

#TheList David James Walker, born c. 1986, Edenhall Road, Arbourthorne, Sheffield S2 caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

No further details currently available.

Sentencing: community order, rehabilitation activity requirement, total of £435 fine and costs; banned from keeping animals for four years.

Sheffield Star

Ruardean, Gloucestershire: Zoe Powell

#TheList Zoe Powell, born c. 1976, of Bellevue Road, Ruardean GL17 9UY – for severe neglect of an underweight American bulldog who was found with sore patches on his ears and body

Mother-of-two Zoe Powell failed to feed her dog Beethoven properly and left him to suffer with sore patches all over his body and ears.
Mother-of-two Zoe Powell failed to feed her dog Beethoven properly and left him to suffer with sore patches all over his body and ears.

]Forest of Dean District Council prosecuted Zoe Powell after her American bulldog, Beethoven, was found straying. He was in poor condition, underweight and covered in sore patches.

Veterinary reports later confirmed that Beethoven was underweight for a dog of his size and breed and that there was no medical cause for the weight loss; the only conclusion to be drawn was that his condition was due to lack of adequate nutrition.

The sores on his body were thought to be pressure sores caused by lack of muscle and body fat when Beethoven was lying down.

Beethoven has recovered well from his neglect at the hands of his previous owner Zoe Powell from Ruardean
Beethoven has recovered well from his neglect at the hands of his previous owner Zoe Powell from Ruardean

Forest of Dean District Councillor Tim Gwilliam, leader of the council said: “I’d like to thank our local street wardens for acting quickly to save Beethoven from neglect.

“As a council we take animal welfare seriously and this case is an example of how we will take action where we can.

“I’m pleased that the court ordered that Miss Powell should be disqualified from keeping or looking after any dogs for at least the next five years.”

Sentencing: total costs, fines and charges of £787.50. Banned from keeping cats and dogs for a period of at least five years.

Gloucestershire Live