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Pudsey, Leeds: Jacqueline C Wilkins

#TheList professional dog walker Jacqueline Wilkins, born c. 1972, of Dorset Grove, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 7EN – caught on CCTV abusing a customer’s pet

Professional dog walker Jacqueline Wilkins and Bella the boxer
Jacqui Wilkins is banned from keeping dogs for two years after being caught on camera hitting a boxer twice

Jacqueline ‘Jacqui’ Wilkins, owner of dog-walking service Wilkins Walkies, was caught on camera striking boxer Bella twice and shouting at her repeatedly when the dog would not stay still long enough for her to remove her harness after a walk.

In footage captured on CCTV cameras inside the home of Bella’s owners Gary Hirtsch and Louise Williams, Wilkins can be heard shouting “You’re not doing as you’re told, are you?” and “Do you want another smack?”

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard the couple had hired Wilkins when Miss Williams broke her wrist and was unable to walk Bella and their other dog, Coco.

Bella’s owners checked CCTV footage recorded in their home after noticing a change in the dog’s behaviour. They made a report to the RSPCA after seeing the footage.

Prosecutor Andrew Davidson said: “What you can see there is what the defendant now accepts was unnecessarily rough treatment. The prosecution say there’s very rarely any reason for using that type of behaviour to discipline a dog.”

Wilkins admitted failing to meet the needs of a dog by protecting it from injury or distress. She had initially pleaded not guilty but changed her plea following expert evidence about the psychological damage Bella may have suffered.

A separate charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal was dismissed.

Dog abuser Jacqueline Wilkins from Pudsey, Leeds
Dog abuser Jacqueline Wilkins

Magistrates were told that Wilkins had experienced a “moment of madness” and felt she was disciplining Bella at the time, but now recognised her behaviour was wrong.

The court heard she was of previous good character and had told her clients about the case, prompting a number to write references and two of them to attend court in support.

A probation officer also reported that Wilkins had reflected on the harm she may have caused Bella and was “completely remorseful” about her actions.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Hirtsch said: “I feel relieved. We had put her in a position of trust. I think they’ve done the right thing for the safety of the other dogs.”

He said Bella’s behaviour had changed significantly following the incident, adding: “Bella was so friendly, but then she was reluctant to go out. She used to cower on the sofa.

Wilkins was visibly upset as she left the courtroom after being told that she would not be allowed to keep her own dog, Bentley, during the two-year ban.

Friend and client Janet Pearson said: “Obviously she’s not going to have an income now but the thing she’s most upset about is losing her dog. Her dog is like her baby.

“I think the court has made an example of her. If I thought she didn’t care and was cruel, clearly there’s no way she would look after mine. It’s not just a business to her though. Dogs are her life.

“She’s worried about her clients too. What are they going to do?”

Sentencing: 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and an RSPCA education programme; total of £385 in costs and charges. Banned from keeping or caring for any dogs for two years – later reduced on appeal to just three months.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Wakefield, West Yorkshire: Kathryn Harpin

#TheList Kathryn Elizabeth Harpin, born 01/01/tbc, of George-a-Green Road, Wakefield WF2 – left poorly 10-year-old cocker spaniel to suffer for at least five days in his bed when he was unable to move

Humphrey shortly before he died
Humphrey shortly before he died

Kathryn Harpin pleaded guilty to an offence of causing unnecessary suffering to a cocker spaniel called Humphrey.

The court heard that the RSPCA became involved in May 2018 when a member of the public contacted the charity with concerns about the dog’s welfare.

When RSPCA inspector Jenny Bethel visited Harpin’s address, she found 10-year-old Humphrey lying in his dog bed unable to move.

“He was in a very bad way,” said Inspector Bethel. “What struck me straightaway was how lethargic he was, he didn’t respond to anything and was clearly too ill to stand.”

Inspector Bethel took Humphrey to a vet, where examination showed he was underweight – weighing 16kg instead of the 23kg he should have weighed – as well as being covered in fleas. Blood tests showed he was anaemic.

“He also had severe dental problems and some of his teeth had completely worn down leaving pulp exposed,” said Inspector Bethel.

“We were shocked to see that he had a large ulcer on his backend which was infected, and as he’d been bedridden for at least five days he’d also developed a large and infected pressure sore on his left leg.

“Humphrey was clearly suffering and he was close to death. The vet believed the level of weight loss, muscle wastage and size of the ulcers had taken a significant time to develop, and they believed he had been lying in his bed with no movement for five days, just suffering.

“His prognosis was poor, and the vet made the difficult decision to put him to sleep as it was the most humane thing for Humphrey, who was in so much pain and discomfort.”

The court heard in mitigation that Harpin had no previous criminal record, that she was suffering from stress at the time of the offence and that she regretted what happened to Humphrey, who she had owned since a pup.

Sentence: 12-month community order to include 40 hours of unpaid work, costs of £300 and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping dogs for 12 months.

Yorkshire Post

Faversham, Kent: Sara Ross

#TheList animal sanctuary owner Sara Jane Ross, born 01/02/1954, of Gardeners Cottage, Chalky Lane, Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham ME13 9SP – failed to meet the needs of horses, cats, dogs and birds in her care

Sanctuary founder Sara Ross from  Faversham, Kent,  mistreated animals

Ross founded the Animal Sanctuary UK, based in Lake End Road, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire, which was raided by the RSPCA on May 31, 2017.

The sanctuary had fallen into a state of disrepair with dilapidated, vermin-infested sheds housing animals, abandoned industrial machinery lying around and piles of litter and manure in animal enclosures.

RSPCA experts had reported horses lying or standing in their own urine or faeces on boggy paddocks that did not have enough grass. They criticised a lack of food and the presence of flies and vermin – with rats running in and out of the animals’ cages.

Appalling conditions on Sara Ross's animal sanctuary
Appalling conditions on Sara Ross’s animal sanctuary

Seven cats and eight dogs were confined together inside a single caravan.

Vast swathes of litter were also found where the animals slept, as well as dead rats and mice strewn about. Inspectors found three adult cats confined to a cage only big enough for a kitten.

Other livestock were kept in cramped conditions while some stood as high as 6ft off the ground on rotting hay. They were suffering numerous diseases and many were kept in tiny cages which were unfit for purpose.

The judge saw further clips of the video which showed birds kept in tiny cages with small rings attached to their legs cutting into the flesh. Included also was a turkey kept in a tiny living space fit only for small birds.

Hazel Stevens, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said that the appalling conditions were found after whistleblowers reported the cruelty, abuse and lack of care.

Appalling conditions on Sara Ross's animal sanctuary

The prosecutor said: ‘Statements from various volunteers suggest the abuse had been ongoing for some time and this abuse took place in a commercial context.

‘Volunteers were allowed to manage and run the farm who had insufficient experience or training to be running such a farm.’

‘The RSPCA had in fact discovered that she (Ross) had hidden many of the animals off-site. Many of those animals have not since re-appeared and could not be found in a second RSPCA check.’

Ross first set up the now-disbanded Horse Refuge in 1994 before opening The Animal Sanctuary UK in June 2012.

Appalling conditions on Sara Ross's animal sanctuary

She pleaded guilty to six charges of failing to meet the needs of the animals and birds in her care.

District judge Sophie Toms told her: “Something went very badly wrong. I accept you had no intention of mistreating any animals.

“In your mind you were doing your best but your best was not good enough.”

Nigel Weller, representing Ross, said she had been the victim of a hate campaign.

He said: “Some of them are in court. They have ‘trolled’ my client over the internet running down everything she does.

“They bombarded Windsor and Maidenhead Council with thousands of complaints.”

The council subsequently withdrew from a deal to help her move to a better site in Bell Lane, Eton Wick.

Mr Weller said Ross had suffered a serious accident four months before the raid when a horse had trampled her, injuring her foot so badly that she needed four operations and had been unable to attend to the sanctuary as she would have liked to.

He said: “She has been devoted to her sanctuary since 2012. She sold her house in 2005 to devote her assets and money to looking after animals. For 38 years she has been involved in sanctuary work.”

Judge Toms said that the problems on the site clearly dated back to before Ross’ accident.

Ross’s co-defendant Hayley Poturici, born July 1992, of Frensham Walk, Farnham Common, who worked at the sanctuary, faced no further action after she accepted an official RSPCA caution.

Sentencing: ordered to do 135 hours of unpaid work and pay £750 costs. Disqualified from keeping animals for five years (later reduced to 12 months on appeal. Deprivation order issued preventing Ross’s dogs being returned to her.

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Bilston, Wolverhampton: Carl Pugh

#TheList Carl Pugh, born 23/11/1982, of Elizabeth Avenue, Bilston WV14 8DZ – filmed savagely beating his dog next to a canal

American bulldog Jeff was brutally beaten by his cruel owner Carl Pugh from Bilston, Wolverhampton
American bulldog Jeff was brutally beaten by his cruel owner Carl Pugh from Bilston, Wolverhampton

Carl Pugh was caught on CCTV hitting his American bulldog called Jeff five times, before picking him up and holding him over the canal.

Pugh was convicted in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog after failing to turn up for his trial.

As they sentenced Pugh, magistrates described his actions as a ‘despicable way to treat a dog’.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor said: “Pugh claimed that Jeff dragged him into the canal and that he got his foot wet, so he hit him – but he said that the CCTV made it look worse than it was, and he said that he loved the dog and would never harm him.

“But the CCTV showed a different story. On the footage, Pugh can clearly be seen hitting Jeff five times and then picking him up and holding him over the canal.

“The magistrates said in court that it was a ‘despicable way to treat a dog’ and they are right. There is no excuse to treat any animal like this.

“We’d like to thank everyone who contacted us with information after seeing the shocking video online.”

She added: “Jeff is a lovely dog and he hasn’t got an aggressive bone in his body. It is so sad that he went through this.”

Sentencing: 12-week curfew; costs and charges totalling £185. Disqualified from keeping animals for two years (expired December 2019).

Express and Star

Gosport, Hampshire: Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed

#TheList Daniel Jackman, born c. 1975, and Charlene Reed, born 27/08/1981, both of 123 Queens Road, Gosport PO12 1LG – locked their starving flea-infested dog in a filthy bathroom with no food or clean water

PIctured are Daniel Jackman and partner Charlene Reed from Gosport who kept a starving dog locked in a filthy bathroom
Jackman and Reed, who have two young children, were only banned from keeping dogs for 18 months despite repeatedly ignoring animal welfare advice from the RSPCA.

Charlene ‘Charlie’ Reed and partner Danny Jackman were convicted in their absence of two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire bull terrier Mitsy and two charges of failing in a duty to ensure her welfare.

RSPCA inspectors, who visited the couple’s home on February 16, 2017, were met with piles of faeces on the bathroom floor while Mitsy had been left with a bowl of stale water and an empty food bowl.

Staffy Mitsy had been starved and neglected by her cruel owners Danny Jackman and Charlie Reed from Gosport
Staffy Mitsy had been starved and neglected by her cruel owners

The dog had extensive fur loss and was very thin with her ribs prominent through her skin. She also had multiple sores which she was scratching.

The RSPCA contacted and visited Jackman and Reed a total of 16 times, but after their advice was repeatedly ignored, had no choice but to call police and seize her from the couple.

Staffy Mitsy had been starved and neglected by her cruel owners Danny Jackman and Charlie Reed from Gosport

RSPCA Inspector Jen Ride said: “Mitsy was in a terrible state when she was rescued.

“She had been left without food or clean water in a dirty bathroom. She was very underweight with all her ribs showing.

“The neglect suffered by Mitsy could have been easily avoided but she was simply left to suffer without the care she needed and deserved.”

Jackman – 18-month community order, 100 hours of unpaid work, 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days, ordered to pay a total of £335.

Reed – 18-month disqualification from keeping dogs, a 12-month community order; two-month curfew; 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirement days; ordered to pay a total of £210.

Both were banned from keeping dogs for 18 months (expired May 2019).

Daily Echo

Briar Hill, Northampton: Denise Smith

#TheList Denise Smith, born c. 1959, of Axe Head Road, Briar Hill, Northampton NN4 8TF – used honey to treat cat’s cancer wound

Blacky's owner, Denise Smith from Northampton, UK, tried to treat her cancerous leg wound with honey
Blacky’s owner tried to treat her cancerous leg wound with honey

Denise Smith was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the cat, named Blacky, after treating a large cancerous wound on her leg with manuka honey. Blacky had to have her leg amputated.

While she survived surgery and was successfully rehomed, she had to be put to sleep a few months later when the cancer returned.

The court heard the RSPCA was contacted by a concerned member of the public on 30 August 2017.

Blacky's owner, Denise Smith from Northampton, UK, tried to treat her cancerous leg wound with honey
The cat had a cancerous wound and the leg was later amputated

Insp Michelle Hare said she found the cat with a heavily bandaged leg.

“When we took the bandages off I could see that Blacky had a large and cancerous wound on her leg which was so deep it had gone down to her tendons,” she said.

She said a vet recommended amputation.

“It turned out that Smith had been treating the wound with manuka honey, after reading online that it had anti-microbial properties – but it certainly isn’t something which should have been used on a wound like Blacky had,” she added.

Manuka honey is made from nectar collected by bees from the wild manuka tree, native to New Zealand.

An entry on the NHS Choices website says the effectiveness of manuka honey in combination with antibiotics has yet to be tested in clinical trials.

“People should not try using honey bought from supermarkets to treat wounds at home,” the site reads.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £615 in fines. Disqualified from keeping animals for 12 months.

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Northampton Chronicle

Moreton, Merseyside: Carl Gallimore

#TheList Carl Gallimore, born 03/04/1985, of 1 School Close, Wirral CH46 8SU – caught on CCTV beating a cowering elderly dog in “a fit of anger”

Drunken Carl Gallimore from the Wirral, Merseyside, beat his elderly dog in a ‘fit of anger’ on a busy street
Drunken Carl Gallimore beat his elderly dog in a ‘fit of anger’ on a busy street

Carl Gallimore pleaded guilty to beating his 12-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, named Kiya, on a street corner.

The court heard how, on October 5, 2016, Gallimore was witnessed by several members of the public hitting the elderly dog so hard she fell to the ground.

Gallimore, who pleaded guilty at the last available moment, was captured on two different CCTV cameras punching the “terrified” dog in the back of the head as punishment for slipping her lead.

The footage shows Gallimore – who admitted to drinking several alcoholic drinks before the attack – first punching Kiya to the ground before kneeling on her and continuing the onslaught.

CCTV footage showing drunken thug Carl Gallimore beating his elderly Staffy in the street as she cowered in fear

He is then captured walking away and continuing the beating – despite members of the public pleading for him to stop

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes described how the attack left the dog “terrified”.

He said: “We received a number of calls from shocked people who saw Gallimore punch and kick his dog a number of times – it would have been a very distressing incident to witness.

“The first punch made Kiya fall to the ground, and Gallimore then knelt on the dog and punched her again.

“Gallimore walked away with Kiya and his other dog, Kane, but continued to attack Kiya as they are walking. People were shouting and pleading with Gallimore to stop but the beating continued.

Drunken Carl Gallimore from the Wirral, Merseyside, beat his elderly dog in a ‘fit of anger’ on a busy street
Twisted: Gallimore shared photos to Facebook showing him kissing and hugging the dog he went on to brutally beat in the street

The RSPCA launched an investigation to find the person responsible. The following week, the RSPCA and the police executed a warrant at Gallimore’s house and the two dogs were removed.

An examination by a vet showed Kiya had no lasting injuries from the attack.

Drunken Carl Gallimore from the Wirral, Merseyside, beat his elderly dog in a ‘fit of anger’ on a busy street

Inspector Joynes said: “Gallimore attacked Kiya in a fit of anger, because she had slipped out of her lead and ran towards a guide dog. When I interviewed him, he admitted he hit her and that he did so too hard, and that he had drank at least four cans of alcohol before the incident.

“There is never an excuse to treat an animal in this way. CCTV footage clearly shows Gallimore raining punches on Kiya in an incident which would have caused her pain as well as leaving her terrified. Kiya was very lucky that she did not suffer any serious injuries as a result of the attack.

“Even when being physically beaten, Kiya refused to defend herself and just took the brutal punishment Gallimore handed out to her.

“Dogs put all of their trust in us as their owners and this unprovoked display of physical violence towards her was just appalling and cowardly.”

Both Kiya and another dog named Kane were handed over to the RSPCA.

Sentencing: 12-month community order, and ordered to pay a total of £480. Banned from keeping dogs for just 12 months (expired October 2018).

Liverpool Echo

Totnes, Devon: Rebecca Jefferies

#TheList Rebecca J Jefferies, born 04/04/1989, previously of Ember Road, Salcombe but has moved to 44 Collapark in Totnes TQ9 5LW – left a pet rabbit to starve to death in his cage

Single mother Becca Jefferies from Salcombe, Devon, UK, was convicted of animal cruelty after she left her rabbit to starve to death.
Single mother Becca Jefferies was convicted of animal cruelty after she left her rabbit to starve to death.

The emaciated body of the rabbit, known as Fudge, was seen dead in his hutch by a neighbour who contacted the RSPCA to raise their concerns.

RSPCA inspector Claire Ryder, who investigated, said: “It’s unacceptably cruel to leave an animal to die a slow and painful death in a cage without the care they need to survive. This rabbit was completely reliant on Rebecca Jefferies and she chose to simply leave him to die.”

The court found that Jefferies had caused unnecessary suffering by failing to provide food, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006

The rabbit had also not been provided with basic means to survive, nor kept in appropriate conditions, contrary to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Inspector Ryder encouraged anyone thinking of getting pet rabbits to carefully research what is needed to ensure they are cared for correctly before making the commitment.

She said: “Many people do not realise how complex rabbits can be to care for, and we see many come into our centres after owners have not provided them with what they need to be kept happy and healthy.

“Owning and caring for rabbits can be great fun and very rewarding, but it’s a big responsibility and a long-term commitment in terms of care and cost.

“We urge anyone thinking of taking on rabbits that they do thorough research about how they need to look after them first and ensure they are able to meet all their welfare needs throughout their lives.”

Sentencing: ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and to pay £485. Disqualified from keeping small caged animals for two years.

Dartmouth Chronicle

Ammanford, Carmarthenshire: Clifford Johnson

#TheList Clifford Roy Johnson, born c. 1953, of 121 Llandeilo Road, Llandybie, Ammanford SA18 3JD – left his horses unattended for five weeks.

Clifford Roy Johnson was banned from keeping horses for two years after being found guilty of three counts of animal neglect

Clifford Johnson, who runs an animal feeds business and in 2015 stood as a UKIP candidate, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering after his horses were removed from Brynhyfryd Farm by the RSPCA in 2016 following reports from concerned members of the public.

Clifford Roy Johnson was banned from keeping horses for two years after being found guilty of three counts of animal neglect

Johnson had three horses which were found to be between 20 and 30 percent underweight, ‘riddled’ with parasites and in pain with hooves which made them lame.

Clifford Roy Johnson was banned from keeping horses for two years after being found guilty of three counts of animal neglect

A vet who examined the mares diagnosed them with starvation and said they were suffering under pain and distress.

Magistrates heard how the horses were left in a field devoid of grass and did not have anywhere comfortable to stand or lie down.

Johnson had kept horses for over 20 years but explained to the court that he didn’t trust vets.

Clifford Roy Johnson was banned from keeping horses for two years after being found guilty of three counts of animal neglect

He said he was growing the horses’ hooves out ‘to level them’, had been observing them from a 300-metre distance every day and explained he was having trouble with trespassers who he believed had poisoned his horses.

Johnson said: “They seemed fine. I would never in my life ill-treat a horse. I was distraught when I saw what had happened to them.”

RSPCA Inspector Barker, who attended Johnson’s property in December 2016 said the horses had been left to fend for themselves.

After the three mares were taken into RSPCA care, one sadly had to be destroyed.

Within six weeks in their care, the two remaining horses had gained 44kg and 67kg, had their hooves tended to and were free from parasites.

Clifford Roy Johnson was banned from keeping horses for two years after being found guilty of three counts of animal neglect

Johnson was found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by failing to investigate and address the causes of the poor bodily condition and weight loss; failing to properly care for and maintain necessary hoof care; and failing to carry out effective parasite control.

Finding Johnson guilty, Magistrate Mr Parry-Williams said: “You admitted not closely inspecting the horses for a number of weeks.

“The horses weighed 20 to 30 percent less than their ideal weight; they had a chronic infestation of parasites and their hooves had made them lame.

“They suffered as a result of your neglect.”

Sentencing: 150 hours of community service over 12 months,; ordered to pay £835 in court costs and victim surcharge. Banned from keeping horses for just two years (expired September 2019).

South Wales Guardian

Basildon, Essex: Gary Pitcher

#TheList Gary Pitcher, born 27/05/1971, of Soane Street, Basildon SS13 1QU – strangled his girlfriend’s kitten to death during a drunken row

Gary Pitcher killed the kitten, known as ‘Baby’, after downing three glasses of wine and arguing with his partner.

He was found “covered in blood” when police arrived and told officers: “I have killed the kitten.”

Basildon Magistrates heard police raced to the scene fearing an even more grim incident had taken place because the woman who dialled 999 said: “He’s killed Baby.”

Pitcher admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and assaulting his partner by pushing her head with his open palm.

But he was spared jail after the court heard his actions were “out of character”.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months; ordered to take part in a relationships course and pay £250 compensation. Two-year banning order (expired July 2019).

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