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Shirley, Solihull: Samuel Johnson

#TheList serial domestic abuser Samuel Thomas Johnson, born 04/06/1985, of Ashwell Drive, Shirley, Solihull B90 3LR – kicked a dog repeatedly during a drunken and drug-fuelled attack on his girlfriend; traumatised dog put to sleep weeks later

Violent thug Samuel Johnson booted Staffy Rosie repeatedly as she desperately tried to protect her owner from a vicious drug and alcohol-fuelled attack
Violent thug Samuel Johnson booted Staffy Rosie repeatedly as she desperately tried to protect her owner from a vicious drug and alcohol-fuelled attack

Former soldier Johnson, who was previously cautioned for domestic violence against another woman, threw his girlfriend to the floor and strangled her before kicking Staffy Rosie as she desperately tried to protect her owner

The woman’s young son was upstairs while Johnson battered her and Rosie. The brave and loyal dog was left so traumatised by the vicious attack, she had to be put down by the vets just months later.

Serial domestic abuser Sam Johnson also attacked a dog, who later had to be put down
Serial domestic abuser Sam Johnson also attacked a dog, who later had to be put down

In passing sentence, the judge said Johnson had the power to inflict serious damage with his fists along with an issue with his temper.

He touched upon his ‘worrying’ history of two other actual bodily harm (ABH) offences, one inflicted upon a previous partner, and said future girlfriends needed ‘protecting’.

Despite this the judge concluded by wishing Johnson “all the best” as he passed a suspended sentence.

The court heard Johnson is now seeing a psychiatrist in relation to his time in the army, though his defence solicitor said the most recent assault could not entirely be attributed to his traumas.

Sentencing: four-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. 30 days of rehabilitation activity and a structured intervention for domestic abuse course. 10-year restraining order. No ban on keeping animals was imposed.

Birmingham Mail

Bracknell, Berkshire: Joe Mathew Easter

#TheList Joe Mathew Easter, born 07/06/1990, of Lochinver, Bracknell RG12 7LD – launched a defenceless  12-week-old Labrador puppy into a wall in a fit of rage before strangling him.

Violent thug Joe Mathew Easter, a serving soldier from Bracknell, subjected 12wo Charlie to a brutal attack causing him to suffer six broken ribs and other injuries
Violent thug Joe Mathew Easter subjected 12wo Charlie to a brutal attack causing him to suffer six broken ribs and other injuries

Easter was seen by terrified neighbours carrying out the sickening attack on puppy Charlie near his home in Lochinver, Bracknell.

RSPCA inspectors arrived at his address to question him and found the wounded pet was struggling to breath as a result of the beating.

X-rays revealed Charlie had broken at least six ribs, had bloodshot eyes and a swollen face.

Serving soldier Easter pleaded guilty to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Charlie, by inflicting physical abuse and blunt force trauma, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

Violent thug Joe Mathew Easter, a serving soldier from Bracknell, subjected 12wo Charlie to a brutal attack causing him to suffer six broken ribs and other injuries

RSPCA investigation Sharon Chrisp said: “We were contacted late at night on 26 August [2017] by an anonymous source who claimed Easter had been seen slamming his puppy against a wall in the communal area of the block of flats he lived in.

“When my colleague attended the address and asked to see the dog she was concerned for him as he appeared to be struggling to breathe and took him straight to a vet.

“Easter claimed Charlie had got caught in the door accidentally but later admitted, in interview, that he had lost his temper and there had been an incident, although he refused to go into detail.

“However, we were able to get further evidence from a witness who said they saw him slamming Charlie against a wall three times. They were terrified and wanted to say something but were scared for their own safety.”

Charlie, who was just 12 weeks old when he was seized by police, was taken into foster care before finding a permanent and loving home.

Speaking after Easter’s sentencing, Charlie’s fosterer Amanda Ward said: “Charlie has been a joy to foster, he has truly adapted to living with a family and is the most entertaining, fun, loving dog you’ll meet.

“He is a very intelligent dog who has learnt many commands whilst in my care; including ‘Sit’, ‘Down’, ‘Stay’, ‘Roll-over’, ‘Paw’ and ‘Spin’.

“Charlie enjoys playing with other dogs and finds them huge fun, he loves to play football with them and race around now he is fully healed.

“Charlie is now fully socialised with young children, dogs, cats and horses and behaves impeccably around them. He loves to cuddle up with my eight-year-old son after they’ve finished playing in the garden together.”

Sentencing:
Two-year community order; fined £2,692 plus costs and charges of £470. Disqualified from keeping pets for 10 years (expires 2028).

Bracknell News
Metro
BBC News

Beeston, Nottinghamshire: Robert McKie

#TheList Robert McKie, born 03/01/1992, of Woodside Road, Chilwell, Beeston NG9 5GX – killed his pet cat after leaving her tethered in a filled bath

Cat killer Robert McKie
Cat killer Robert McKie is a serving soldier with the British Army

Soldier Robert McKie claimed his cat died accidentally after he left her alone in the bath and went out to collect his wife.

Paul Wright, prosecuting, said the cat had “urinated and defecated” in McKie’s home. He put her in a dog crate for 24 hours on the day before she was found dead at the house.

The cat’s body was exhumed after McKie’s wife called the RSPCA to say her husband “kept it in a cage and killed it while washing it in the bath.”

A post mortem found bruising to the abdominal area. Pressure to the right jugular vein had caused protrusion of the eye. Asphyxia was not ruled out.

When questioned by the RSPCA, McKie said he placed the cat in the bath and put soap on her fur to wash it. He then left her tethered with a dog lead and went to collect his wife.

“When they returned home, he said it was hanging over the side of the bath, that it had got out of the bath and the lead was attached,” said Mr Wright.

Cat killer Robert McKie

McKie pleaded guilty to failing to provide a suitable environment for the cat on July 4, 2017, and causing unnecessary suffering the next day.

He told the court: “I am sorry for what happened to my cat. In hindsight, I wish I had put it back in the crate.

“I left her and everything was calm. She had calmed down. I didn’t see it as a problem.

“As I started washing the cat, it will be clinging onto anything with everything she has got.

“All I can say is that it was in no way malicious. With hindsight, I should have left it in the crate.”

He added that when a previous cat suffered a leg fracture, a vet told him that it should be kept in a crate for three months. He said: “That was strict advice from the vets themselves.”

McKie told the JPs that he served three years in the Army. He was accompanied in court by sergeant major Sean Ryan, who said that he would lose his job and house if sent to prison.

“The award of a non-custodial sentence would not necessarily mean that he will be retained in the Army. That matter would be decided by his commanding officer or a higher authority,” said Mr Ryan.

Sentencing: McKie was ordered to pay £300 costs to the RSPCA and a government tax of £85. He was banned for five years from keeping any animals (expires January 2023).

Nottingham Post

Macclesfield, Cheshire: Kalson Abbey

#TheList Kalson George Abbey, born 28/09/1972, most recent known address Devon Close, Macclesfield SK10 3HB – subjected his dog to regular beatings over three months before she was rescued by a posse of neighbours

Kalson Abbey and Mishka, the dog he subjected to regular beatings over three months
Kalson Abbey and beaten puppy Mishka, who had blood on her coat and horrific bruising under her fur

Former soldier Kalson Abbey repeatedly whipped six-month-old Northern Inuit Mishka with a braided strap in a series of “punishment” beatings because she kept soiling his carpet.

His aggressive yells of “bad dog” and the terrified yelps of pain from the animal so distressed neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lived that in a dramatic rescue mission they confronted Abbey on his doorstep and forced him to hand over his pet.

They took Mishka to the RSPCA, whose vets discovered savage bruising on her body.

Dog abuser Kalson Abbey, who is a former soldier
Former soldier Abbey whipped his dog in a series of beatings. He was caught out when concerned neighbours confronted him on his doorstep

Jobless Abbey denied causing unnecessary suffering and claimed he was the victim of a “vendetta”. But he was convicted after four neighbours gave evidence.

One nearby resident who asked not to be named said yesterday: “Abbey is nothing but a cowardly bully. That dog is only tiny and a fraction of his size. It’s no wonder the neighbours had to step in to rescue her.”

The court heard Abbey had fed and walked Mishka regularly but routinely gave her severe beatings and on one occasion was seen holding the dog off the ground by dangling her from a lead around her neck.

A policeman and an RSPCA officer took Mishka into kennels after her rescue. There, a vet discovered she was suffering from “very extensive bruising and superficial lacerations with one area consistent with an injury from a braided strap or similar object”.

Dog abuser Kalson Abbey

Prosecutor Claire Aldridge said even Abbey’s ex-girlfriend complained about his behaviour and produced a video on her iPhone in which he is heard shouting “bad dog Mishka, bad dog Mishka”.

Miss Aldridge added: “The defendant is an angry man who beats his dog and an incident caused several neighbours to attend his home.

“They acted out of concern for a puppy they felt was in need of rescuing. He inflicted repeated emotional and physical trauma. Even a healthy dog can be an abused dog.”

Abbey’s defence lawyer John Gallagher said his client had two prolapsed discs and could not have harmed the dog. He added: “My instructions are that he intends to appeal.”

But bench chairman Shelagh Mayer said: “The offence occurred over a prolonged period of time and we believe that the act was committed with intent and there was injury.’’

RSPCA officer Emma Timmis said: “We are very happy that he has been given a ban and thankfully Mishka is not going back to him.”

Sentencing: six-week custodial sentence suspended for two years. Ordered to pay £250 towards the £5,000 costs of the prosecution and Mishka’s kennel feels. Banned from keeping any animal for five years (expired March 2018).

Express
Daily Mail

Newmarket, Suffolk: Dustin Yandell

#TheList US Airforce serviceman Dustin Matthew Yandell, born 13 October 1984, at the time of offence of Mill Reef Close, Newmarket, Suffolk, and as at November 2019 of Edison in Georgia, USA – ripped his golden retriever’s throat apart with a military knife

Dog killer Dustin Yandell now of Edison in Georgia was discharged from the American Airforce after slashing his golden retriever's throat with a military knife.
Dog killer Dustin Yandell was discharged from the American Airforce after slashing his golden retriever’s throat with a military knife.

Yandell, from RAF Lakenheath, put his golden retriever, Goldie, in the bathtub before slitting her throat from one side to the other, causing the animal to suffer “severe pain and distress” in the moments leading up to her death.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Mark Thompson said it was one of the worst cases of animal abuse he had ever seen.

“This was a very, very serious act of premeditated, wanton cruelty,” he said.

“Mr Yandell knew what he was going to do. He took the dog upstairs on a lead, put it into the bath, sat with it for a moment and then slashed its throat.

“The animal’s suffering would have been untold in the few minutes while it was dying.”

Dog killer Dustin Yandell now of Edison in Georgia was discharged from the American Airforce after slashing his golden retriever's throat with a military knife.

Yandell, who served in the Iraq war as a combat medic, initially denied the offence, but later admitted killing the animal at his home in Mill Reef Close, Newmarket, in March 2005.

He said in a police interview: “I do not know what was going through my mind at the time. I put the knife in the dog’s throat, and it went from right to left.

“The next thing I remember was cleaning the bath and putting the dog in the trash bin.”

The bin containing the golden retriever was found by a Forest Heath District Council refuse collector, who was left “extremely upset and distressed” by the gruesome discovery.

Dog killer Dustin Yandell now of Edison in Georgia was discharged from the American Airforce after slashing his golden retriever's throat with a military knife.

Yandell admitted the killing could possibly have been carried out to get back at his wife, who had called him from America to say she would not be returning home and that he would not see their son again.

Defence solicitor, Jeremy Kendall, told the court Yandell had suffered a number of traumas, including the stillbirth of his second child in April last year.

“This was a one-off offence,” he said. “He is still a very young man who has out-of-the-blue committed this savage act.”

Mr Kendall said Yandell would undoubtedly be discharged from the USAF as a result of his conviction.

Chairman of the bench, Colin Reeve, said: “We are dealing with one very serious matter of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

“We consider this matter is so serious that no other sentencing is appropriate.”

Sentencing: 18 weeks in prison. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Ely Standard
BBC News

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In January 2007 Yandell was discharged from the US Airforce. Originally from Clinton, Maryland, USA, he is currently living in Edison in Georgia and, according to his Facebook profile, is employed as a technician with Southern Plastics. He appears to have at least one dog.