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Galashiels, Scottish Borders: Charlotte Roberts

#TheList Charlotte Amy Roberts, born 03/03/1991, of 274 Beech Avenue, Galashiels TD1 2LG – neglected a lizard to the extent it almost died

Pet peddlers Charlotte Roberts and Vickie Hay. Roberts was prosecuted for neglecting a lizard in her care
Charlotte Roberts (left) with wife Vickie Hay

Roberts, who together with wife Vickie Roberts (née Hay) is a notorious pet peddler with a history of allegedly selling on poorly kittens riddled with parasites, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the pet.

Reptile neglected by Charlotte Roberts from Galashiels, Scottish Borders

Animal welfare officers said the Bosc monitor lizard was close to death when they raided the flat following the tip-off.

In addition to the lizard they found 13 cats, two dogs and a rabbit.

Roberts avoided a ban from owning all animals and has signed over her dogs and cats to the Scottish SPCA.

But there are are still two dogs, five cats and a fish living in the property as they are in the ownership of her 23-year-old wife Vickie Roberts.

Vickie Roberts’ not guilty plea to causing unnecessary suffering to the lizard was accepted by the Crown.

Facebook warning about poorly kittens being sold on Facebook by Charlotte Roberts and Vickie Hay

The court heard was told how a complaint was made to the Scottish SPCA about animal neglect at the property.

Charlotte Roberts' sells kittens on Facebook

Charlotte Roberts admitted the lizard was in a “very bad” condition.

The court heard how it was motionless and in a state of collapse and had no access to water. The water dish was dry and was full of wood shavings.

Officers immediately removed the lizard for veterinary attention and it was found to be very weak and emaciated.

Its weight was 1.68 kilogrammes when it should be a healthy weight of between 2.5 and three kilogrammes.

The lizard had seven days of treatment which proved to be successful as the lizard was “fed back to life”. It has now been signed over to the Scottish SPCA.

Vickie Hay sells kittens on Facebook

The Crown had originally called for a ban on Charlotte Roberts owning all animals.

But after consulting the Scottish SPCA – who told them Roberts had been engaging well with them and also Lothian Cat Rescue – the motion was restricted to reptiles.

Depute fiscal Anna Robertson told the latest hearing the Scottish SPCA had spoken highly of Roberts’ attitude and that she had understood their stance over the lizard.

Ms Robertson said that as a result Charlotte Roberts had signed over her cats and one dog to the Scottish SPCA but said there were still animals in the Beech Avenue flat that had not been signed over as they belonged to Vickie Roberts.

Vickie Hay sells puppies on Facebook

She said there were still concerns as all the animals in the house had to be treated for fleas, the landlords Waverley Housing had a policy on the number of pets in their property and all vets in the area had indicated there were outstanding bills to be paid.

The fiscal added that it was understood there was a Go Fund Me page for a dog which had an ear infection.

Defence lawyer Colin Severin said that there were now two dogs, five cats and a fish in the property but added: “All remaining animals are in the ownership of her partner.”

Vickie Hay trawls Facebook looking for animals to sell on
Charlotte Roberts and Vickie Hay have been trawling Facebook for animals to buy and sell on for years. This post was from 2015.

As regards Charlotte Roberts he said, ‘she had taken on more than she could handle’, and there had been no malice involved.

He said a ban on keeping all animals would not be appropriate.

Sheriff Peter Paterson fined Charlotte Roberts £200 for causing unnecessary suffering to the lizard and banned her from keeping reptiles for two years.

But after hearing Charlotte Roberts has a joint Employment Support Allowance of £275 per fortnight with her partner, the sheriff said he found it “difficult to comprehend” how they could afford to keep the amount of cats and dogs they have.

Sentencing: fined £200. Banned from keeping reptiles for two years.

Border Telegraph

Bettws, Newport: Jayde Ross

#TheList Jayde Melanie Ross (aka Jayde Davies), born c. 1993, of Monnow Way, Bettws, Newport NP20 – left two bearded dragons in an abandoned property

Jayde Ross from Bettws, Newport, Wales, was banned from keeping all animals for three years after leaving two bearded dragons in an abandoned property.
Jayde Ross was banned from keeping all animals for three years after leaving two bearded dragons in an abandoned property.

Jayde Ross pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences after leaving two bearded dragons in an empty property without appropriate heat, light, food or water. Very sadly, one of the animals perished.

The RSPCA was contacted after the bearded dragons – one male, and one female – were found abandoned at the property, “in a shocking state”.

One was severely emaciated while the other had suspected renal disease, parasitic infections and conjunctivitis.

The reptiles have complex needs, including a high requirement for heat and UVB lighting.

The RSPCA said the lizards’ condition suggested they had been without necessary food and water for some time.

Jayde Ross from Bettws, Newport, Wales. was banned from keeping all animals for three years after leaving two bearded dragons in an abandoned property.

One of the bearded dragons had to be put to sleep due to the extent of his injuries, while the other was transferred to a specialist wildlife centre for rehoming.

Sophie Daniels, RSPCA Inspector, said: “We found these poor bearded dragons in a shocking state – with one barely moving as a consequence of her condition; and both appearing very lethargic, depressed and with their bones prominent.

“Bearded dragons have very complex needs – and Wales’ cool climate means heating facilities are essential. Leaving these animals without heat placed them in grave danger, and it beggars belief that more effort had not been made to retrieve these animals or make sure they were safe after the tenant left the property.

“Owning pets is a privilege – but what we saw here was a derelict of duty that sadly resulted in one bearded dragon losing his life; and another suffering unnecessarily for a prolonged period of time.

“Thankfully, it wasn’t too late for the other lizard – but this sad case is a stark reminder as to the complex needs these animals have; and the responsibilities of owners to meet those needs.”

Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £821 in fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for just three years.

ITV News

Biggar, South Lanarkshire: Violet Johnston

#TheList Violet Johnston, born 31/01/1971, of Knocklea, Biggar ML12 6EG – for starving her Boxer dog and failing to treat her painful ear infection; dog put to sleep

Dog abuser Violet Johnston from Biggar, South Lanarkshire
Dog abuser Violet Johnston from Biggar, South Lanarkshire

Johnston was charged with failing to provide an adequate diet for the eight-year-old dog named Picco and for failing to seek veterinary treatment for her.

The court heard how a Scottish SPCA inspector found Picco and another Boxer named Boe in a large dog crate in the kitchen. Picco was in a very poor condition, weighing just 13.54kg, which is almost half the recommended weight for a dog of her breed. She was very thin and her spine was visibly protruding.

Tragic Boxer Picco was put to sleep on humane grounds after being neglected by her owner, Violet Johnston
Tragic Boxer Picco was put to sleep on humane grounds after being neglected by her owner, Violet Johnston

The dogs and two cats were removed from Johnston’s address and taken into the SSPCA’s care. A third cat was outside at the time.

Scottish SPCA inspector Sian Robertson said, “It was clear that Picco needed immediate veterinary treatment. Her frame was incredibly lean. When she was offered food, she gobbled it up as if she was starving.

“This shows that there was no health issue interfering with Picco’s ability to put on weight. When she received regular food in our care, she gained weight easily.

Tragic Boxer Picco was put to sleep on humane grounds after being neglected by her owner, Violet Johnston

“On veterinary examination, Picco’s body score was given as 1/5 where five is top condition.

“She was found to have a mammary mass and an ear infection that was causing inflammation and infection, causing pain and discharge from her ears. The smell was obvious and pungent.

“It was clear to our team that Picco needed urgent care and treatment. The fact the health issues and starved frame were not picked up by Johnston shows how incapable she was of providing Picco with the care she needed.

“The saddest thing about this case is that Picco had to be euthanised for an unrelated health issue. She had marked spondylosis at several points along her spine which was having an effect on her quality of life, as well as having several other chronic degenerative conditions.

“Sadly, the vets made the decision that the kindest thing to do was to put her to sleep to end further suffering.”

Sentencing: six-month community payback supervision order. two-year-ban on keeping animals.

EdinburghLive

Bacup, Lancashire: Eleanor Marsh and Amy Youll

#The List Eleanor (Ellie) Rose Marsh, born c. 1992, and Amy Elizabeth Youll, born 17/02/1992, both of Todmorden Road, Bacup OL3 – both pleaded guilty to not taking reasonable steps to ensure the needs of the eight dogs and three cats were met.

Convicted animal abusers Amy Youll and Ellie Marsh from Bacup, Lancashire, UK
Amy Youll (left) and partner Ellie Marsh failed to look after eight dogs and three cats and have now been banned from keeping animals for just 12 months.

Sentencing:
Both women were ordered to pay a total of £180 and banned from keeping animals for just 12 months.
Deprivation order on all of the animals.

LancsLive

Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf: Mathew Howell Jones

#TheList Mathew Howell Jones, born 30/05/1981, of Jones Street, Tonypandy CF40 2BY – for badger baiting and failing to take his injured dog to the vet

Mathew Howell Jones of Tonypandy, South Wales, was given a suspended jail term after interfering with a badger sett and failing to seek treatment for his badly injured dog
Mathew Howell Jones was given a suspended jail term after interfering with a badger sett and failing to seek treatment for his badly injured dog.

Mathew Howell Jones pleaded guilty to one Protection of Badgers Act 1992 offence and one Animal Welfare Act 2006 offence.

The court heard that the father-of-three was caught using dogs to interfere with a badger sett on January 20, 2019.

Jones also admitted failing to get urgent veterinary treatment for his dog, with the black terrier struggling with serious injuries.

The unnamed dog had alopecia and skin lesions, caused by sarcoptic mange – with a wound to the eye consistent with a tear injury to the lower lid. Despite these problems, Jones had not taken him to the vet.

A veterinary professional said such injuries are “commonly seen following fighting” and would be “consistent with a face-to-face encounter with another dog or a fox or a badger”.

One of badger baiter Mathew Howell Jones's dogs
One of badger baiter Mathew Howell Jones’s dogs

The dog – one of four initially seized as part of the investigation – was signed into the RSPCA’s care and ultimately put up for rehoming.

Police found blood-stained overalls in Jones’ van, though he denied ownership of the clothing. Testing of the blood confirmed it had come from a badger. RSPCA officers later found evidence of one large, freshly dug and back-filled hole at an active badger sett.

Mathew Howell Jones of Tonypandy, South Wales, was given a suspended jail term after interfering with a badger sett and failing to seek treatment for his badly injured dog

Chief inspector of the RSPCA’s special operations unit Ian Briggs said: “Interfering with a badger sett in this way is a very serious wildlife crime, and clearly had serious possible impacts both for the dogs involved and wildlife.

“One poor dog in this case was struggling with injuries that clearly needed urgent veterinary care. It’s very worrying that the injuries sustained by the dog are – according to veterinary opinion – consistent with fighting, and a face-to-face encounter with wildlife, such as a fox or a badger.

“This case is yet another example of the RSPCA’s efforts to tackle crimes against Wales’ wildlife.”

Sentencing: five-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months; ordered to pay a total of £1,520. Disqualified from keeping all animals for four years.

Jones was also deprived by the court of all possessions related to the interference with a badger sett – including locating devices and netting.

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Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Lianne Dunn

#TheList Lianne Dunn, born c. 1987, of Copley Road, Doncaster DN1 – failed to provide veterinary care for her pet dog’s skin condition

Animal abuser Lianne Dunn from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK

An order was made for the dog, known as Codey, to be rehomed. Dunn is allowed to keep her cats.

Sentencing: £120 fine, £300 costs. Disqualified for having custody of a dog for two years.

Doncaster Free Press

Stroud, Gloucestershire: Ottilie Smith and James Gardner

#TheList Ottilie Smith, born June 1986, and James Gardner, born October 1981, both of Gibson Close, Stroud GL5 1HZ – left their dog to suffer with a severe skin condition

Ottilie Smith and partner James Gardner, who are parents, had not sought treatment for nine-year-old Mastiff Scrum’s significant skin problems.

A concerned member of the public reported the dog’s condition to the RSPCA and inspectors who attended the house ordered the couple to take Scrum for treatment – warning them about the consequences if they did not comply.

Prosecutor Kevin Withey told the crown court: “When the officers returned to the couple’s home they noticed the dog had not been treated and seized it.

“They took the dog to one of their veterinary specialists who examined the animal and said it was underweight and was suffering from alopecia and other skin ailments.

“The RSPCA funded the animal’s treatment, enabling its full recovery.”

Smith and Gardner had been convicted of animal cruelty by Cheltenham Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing in September 2019 but they lodged an appeal to the crown court against the sentence and they refused to sign over the dog so that the RSPCA could rehome him.

The court was told on Friday 6 December 2019, however, that the pair had dispensed with the services of their lawyer and had failed to turn up themselves to pursue the appeal.

The Judge, Recorder Adam Vaitilingham QC, then proceeded to hear the appeal in their absence.

He and two JP members of his bench concluded that the sentence imposed by the magistrates was appropriate and dismissed the appeal.

The court also formally assigned ownership of Scrum to the RSPCA.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £1,200 compensation and £100 each towards the appeal costs. Banned from keeping domestic animals for two years.

Gloucestershire Live

Additional information:
Ottilie Smith also uses the surname Segadelli. She owns a cleaning business called Shamazing which is also on Facebook. James Gardner was a director of James Gardner’s Groundworks Ltd alongside Smith, but this company was dissolved in 2018.

Fagley, Bradford: Samantha McIntyre

#TheList Samantha McIntyre, born 11/04/1975, of Copse Wood, Foston Lane, Bradford BD2 3QU – abandoned a cat and three kittens to go on holiday for nine days; mother cat starved to death

Cat killer Samantha McIntyre originally from Flintshire, North Wales, and now of Fagley in Bradford

McIntyre, who at the time was living in Coed Onn Road, Flint in North Wales, said she had left food out and the shower running for her pet named Lulu, and her three kittens while she went to visit her partner in Bradford.

The 44-year-old said she had only intended on being away for three days, but ended up staying longer to look after her boyfriend when he fell ill.

Meanwhile, concerned residents contacted the RSPCA reporting fears the animals had been abandoned.

Inspectors visited the property on several occasions to put food through the letterbox and sealed the front door with tape so they could see if anyone had been home.

But it was nine days before McIntyre returned, by which time Lulu had died.

A post-mortem examination revealed there was no food in her system and her death was due to malnutrition.

The kittens abandoned with their mother by Samantha McIntyre.
Rescued kittens Zoe, Orla and Thea whose mother starved to death after being left alone for nine days

The three kittens were rescued by the RSPCA and are now said to be doing well.

McIntyre, who now lives permanently in Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to look after the welfare of the animals.

Glen Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said the charity had visited the address on June 28, 29 and 30, 2019, to check if the seal over the door had been broken, and to put food through the letterbox.

They had spotted an “immobile cat” and three kittens and contacted housing officers to get them to alert the tenant.

When they finally reached her, McIntyre told the RSPCA she’d given her ex-partner permission to enter the property and feed the cats but when he was traced, he said they had cut ties and he didn’t even know she was away.

When police eventually gained entry to the house, they found no food out for the cats and the shower running in the wet room.

The court heard McIntyre had been away from June 21 to 30, 2018.

Melissa Griffiths, defending said she was suffering with mental health problems at the time and with a 21-month-old baby and a vulnerable teenager to look after, as well as her sick partner, and was “stretched in too many directions.”

“She is extremely shaken up and ashamed to be before the court for the first time and understands this is an extremely serious matter…she was just stretched in too many directions.”

Magistrates said they considered the level of neglect to be “extreme” causing the cats “considerable suffering.”

Sentencing: 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months; 12-month community order of 180 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £622 costs. Banned from keeping animals for two years.

North Wales Live

Hartcliffe, Bristol: Pamela Coombes

#TheList cat hoarder Pamela J Coombes, born c. 1967, of 114 Gatcombe Road, Bristol BS13 9RG – neglected dozens of cats in her care and kept them in foul conditions

Bristol hoarder Pamela Coombes kept dozens of cats in filthy, unhygienic conditions
Bristol hoarder Pamela Coombes kept dozens of cats in filthy, unhygienic conditions

In August 2018 police raided Pamela Coombes’ house after her neighbours called the RSPCA and she repeatedly refused to let them in to look around.

Inside, police officers and RSPCA inspectors found what they described as unhygienic and unsuitable for the number of cats.

Many of the cats were found to be suffering from cat flu, dental disease and flea infestations.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “Cats were immediately removed from the premises because of the conditions they were being kept, with some found to have discharge from their eyes and nose, some in poor body condition, and several sneezing.

“Vets who assessed the cats found many to be suffering from cat flu, dental disease and flea infestations.

“Conditions in Coombes’ home were described as being unhygienic and unsuitable for animals, with a lack of provision for the number of cats confined in the space,” she added.

District Judge Anthony Callaway said there was no evidence that Coombes had been “deliberately cruel” to the cats and her actions were borne out of “a desire to help too many animals to the extent that the care of others may be jeopardized by further additions and cruelty, not inflicted deliberately, but on the contrary, cruelty borne of kindness.”

Sentencing: Coombes was found guilty of five separate animal welfare offences and given a two-year conditional discharge. She was banned from keeping cats for just three years. All of her cats were handed over into the care of the RSPCA.

BristolLive

Littlemore, Oxford: Martin Edwards

#TheList Martin Edwards, born 14/11/1971, of Falcon Close, Oxford OX4 6EY – for failing to treat his dog’s chronic skin condition

Callous Martin Edwards from Oxford failed to get his pet dog the treatment he needed for his painful skin condition.
Callous Martin Edwards failed to get his pet dog the treatment he needed for his painful skin condition.

Edwards was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to his Labrador-Staffie cross called Terror by failing to treat his painful allergic dermatitis between 20 February and 20 March 2019.

RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy investigated Edwards after receiving a report of a neglected dog.

When Inspector Eddy arrived at Edwards’ home he noticed Terror was chewing on his back leg and there were bald patches in his fur.

Inspector Eddy advised Edwards to take his dog to the vet and gave him a voucher towards the costs. He failed to do so despite repeated advice and on 20 March Inspector Eddy took Terror to the vet himself.

Later that day an order was issued by Thames Valley Police to seize the dog.

Terror was found to be unwell, and the vet who later examined him said his body looked sore with lesions on his legs and an abdomen that looked infected. The vet also found mites in his skin.

During interview Edwards said how upset he was with himself he was for letting it get to the point where Terror was taken from him.

Edwards also revealed he had recently lost his mother and had been made redundant from BMW just before Christmas and as a result was struggling financially.

Terror went on to make a full recovery in the care of the RSPCA.

Sentencing: 18-month community order; total of £125 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for two years.

Oxford Mail