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Smiths Wood/Shirrall Grove, Birmingham: Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham

#TheList  Daniel Cheslin, aged 22, of no fixed abode, Smiths Wood, Birmingham, smashed his dog’s teeth in lift attack as girlfriend Jade Louise Bellingham (aka Jade Alders), born 13/10/1996, of De Montfort House, Shirrall Grove, Birmingham B37 6JR, laughed

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham from Smiths Wood, Birmingham

This video footage captures the shocking moment Daniel Cheslin pulled his dog Rudy into a lift so hard that the dog’s front teeth were smashed.

After the vicious attack Cheslin’s girlfriend, Jade Bellingham, was seen smiling and laughing on CCTV.

The camera also recorded other acts of cruelty inflicted on Rudy.

A CCTV operator alerted the RSPCA to the lift attack in a block of flats.

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham of Smiths Wood, Birmingham
Jade Bellingham of Bedford House, Sanda Croft, Birmingham

There were three clips from the lift’s CCTV.

The first showed Cheslin and Bellingham going into the lift and the defendant kicking and slapping Rudy, before punching him on the back.

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham of Smiths Wood, Birmingham
Victim of cruelty: Staffy Rudy smashed two teeth

Further footage from July 9 shows the couple in the lift with another man.

“Cheslin then pulls the dog so that he seems to lift off from the floor,” said Sarah Pratt, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court.

“He hits the back of the lift with such force it causes the CCTV camera to shake,”

Other clips show the defendant pushing hard down on Rudy’s hindquarters and repeatedly tapping his nose.

Cheslin was also captured punching Rudy on the top of his head.

Miss Pratt said when Rudy was later examined a veterinary surgeon found he had lost two of her front teeth, which was consistent with what happened in the lift.

The animal also had an injury to his head and a blood-shot eye likely to have been caused by a strike or a punch.

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham of Smiths Wood, Birmingham
Rudy has thankfully recovered from her ordeal at the hands of her cruel owner Daniel Cheslin and his gormless idiot girlfriend

The court heard that Cheslin had also carried out acts of cruelty to a bull mastiff puppy called John, whom he and Bellingham had been looking after.

A couple living in the block had heard John yelp” when Cheslin and Bellingham argued. They had also seen Cheslin pick the puppy up by the skin of his neck before dropping him on the ground and then rubbing his face in urine.

Cheslin would also make John sit on a chair and not allow him to move and had punched the dog in the ribs.

In passing sentence on Cheslin, Judge Jonathan Gosling said: “This dog was gratuitously ill-treated by the defendant. He accepted assaulting it on numerous occasions.

“Rudy was a passive and even-tempered dog and despite that, the defendant was wantonly cruel.”

Ian Gold, for Cheslin, said: “He has a number of personal problems not the least of which are depression and anxiety as well as anger management.”

Sentencing: Cheslin was jailed for 12 months and banned from keeping any animal for 15 years (expires October 2033). Bellingham was given a 12-month community order after admitting failing to intervene to stop Cheslin injuring the puppy.

BirminghamLive

Sparkhill, Birmingham: Robert Fitzgerald

#TheList Robert Fitzgerald, aged 38, of Sparkhill, Birmingham, and with links to Staines upon Thames – threw a Yorkshire terrier against a wall and strangled her to death

Tiny Yorkie Titch was subjected to a violent death at the hands of Robert Fitzgerald
Tiny Yorkie Titch was subjected to a violent death at the hands of Robert Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald killed the tiny dog named Titch after he flew into a rage when he tripped over her. He had been looking after the Yorkie for friends Paul and Donna James at their home in Birmingham while they went on holiday to Spain.

But a court heard Fitzgerald became stressed following an angry phone call with his employers on April 21, 2018 and viciously attacked the defenceless animal.

A neighbour, Jade Leech, who had been asked to keep an eye on Titch by her owners, found the dead pet wrapped in bedding the day after the attack.

West Midlands Police and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) were called in to investigate.

A post mortem found Titch died of blunt force trauma to the head, causing a brain haemorrhage and fracture to the skull on the left side of the head behind the eye.

The vet also found dislocation of the tail bones 2.5cm away from the tip of the tail.

In a police interview, Fitzgerald, who, it was claimed in court, has learning difficulties, admitted killing the animal.

Rafe Turner, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: ‘He has admitted causing the dog’s death.

‘Perhaps the clue to the size of the dog is in the name – Titch. The dog was owned by Mr and Mrs James who had gone on holiday to Spain.

‘Mr Fitzgerald had been given a spare room in the premises.

‘Ms Leech found the dog wrapped in bedding. The police and the RSPCA were notified. The lady said she hadn’t seen the dog since the night before.

‘A veterinary surgeon who carried out a post mortem examination said there was a fracture to the skull behind the left eye socket.

‘The dog would have died within four hours of the injury.’

Kate Scully, defending, said: ‘This happened as a result of stress. He was undergoing significant stress at this time.

‘He had recently moved from his address in Staines-upon-Thames. He was off work and was under pressure to return to work.

‘He did trip over the dog and things spiralled from there. His learning disability would have limited his ability to adapt to stress.’

Sentencing: jailed for 16 weeks (reduced from 20 weeks due to his guilty plea). Financial penalty of £115. Disqualified from owning animals for life.

Metro

Birmingham: Haider Abed

#TheList Haider Sajed Kadem Abed (DoB 25/07/1992) of 107 St Denis Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 4JU – abused cats for Facebook videos

Cat abuser Haider Abed of Selly Oak, Birmingham
Haider Abed from Selly Oak, Birmingham, abused cats for sick Facebook videos. The fate of his victims is unknown.

Abed pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the cats, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act, and was convicted by Birmingham Magistrates Court, on Friday 6/7/18.

The videos, which were taken between August 2016 and August 2017, show Abed laughing menacingly as he throws three cats in the air.

In each of the sick videos, Abed can be seen enticing the cats towards him in order to pet them. But once he gains their trust, he grabs the defenceless creatures and throws them into the air.

In one video, one of the cats can be heard crying out after she is flung into the air, hits a lampshade and lands on the floor.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal, who investigated the case, said: “This was a disgusting abuse of trust. Abed can be seen enticing the defenceless pets and then he abuses them and for some reason he derives some kind of pleasure from this.

“These are people’s pets and as we have not traced cats in the vifilwe don’t know how they have been affected, if they have been traumatised by his actions or indeed if they were injured”.

We understand that Abed’s former employer, Edmundson Electrical Ltd, fired him having been made aware of his sadistic animal cruelty. This is a credit to them.

We also gather that Abed has had to move back in with his parents. Aaw shame.

Sentence: 12-month community order comprising 250 hours of unpaid work. 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Ordered to pay £616 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Metro

Gnosall, Stafford: Peter David James Waters

#TheList Peter David James Waters, born 16/11/1975, previously of 101 Monks Walk, Gnosall, Stafford ST20, and more recently (2018)  Hunters Road, Birmingham B19  – stabbed Staffy ‘Kyzer’ multiple times and dumped his body in a bin.

Peter Waters from Stafford stabbed Staffy Kyzer to death then dumped the body in a  bin
Peter Waters from Stafford stabbed Staffy Kyzer to death then dumped the body in a bin

Waters pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Kyzer, whom he had only had for four months.

The court heard how Waters plunged a kitchen knife into Kyzer with such force two of the dog’s ribs were broken and his lungs collapsed. The knife had snapped.

Kyzer had two stab wounds to the chest and suffered extensive bleeding. A vet said he would have experienced severe pain, a feeling of suffocation, panic, fear and distress, indicating an act of cruelty and suffering.

The RSPCA, which brought the prosecution, discovered dried blood around the flat.

The court heard Waters claimed he had taken Kyzer on from a previous owner, who had abused him. He told police Kyzer was “a brilliant dog”.

Peter Waters from Stafford stabbed Staffy Kyzer to death then dumped the body in a  bin

The morning of the attack, a neighbour said Waters banged on his door, shouting. He appeared unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He said he heard Waters return to his flat and begin shouting at his dog, yelling: “Where’s your fucking lead?”

Waters banged on the neighbour’s door again several times until he answered at around 4pm. He said Waters told him: “I’ve killed my dog. I’ve stabbed him twice in the heart and cut his throat.”

When police were called, they said Waters appeared to be drunk. Officers said he was abusive and believed he presented a threat. After a struggle, in which Waters tried to kick and bite an officer, they overpowered him and he was arrested.

The dog was discovered wrapped in blood stained bedding inside a bin in Greenside, Yarnfield near Eccleshall. The broken knife was protruding from his body.

The court heard when Waters arrived at the police station he remained aggressive and restraints and a spit hood were used.

The RSPCA described Waters’ cruelty towards Kyzer as ‘stomach-churning’, saying the dog would have been ‘terrified’.

Sentencing:
Waters was jailed for 23 weeks and disqualified from keeping animals for 20 years (expires February 2037).

Express & Star

Erdington, Birmingham: Robert White

#TheList Robert White, born 05/03/1982, of 1 Rogerfield Rd, Erdington, Birmingham B23 5UT – tried to get kitten Salem high on cannabis and then burnt him to death

Kitten killer Robert White from Erdington, Birmingham
Robert White pictured outside court

Rafe Turner, prosecuting, said the kitten had been brought to be seen by a veterinary surgeon by the defendant’s partner the day after he was attacked.

He said: “It was in a collapsed and cold state and smelt of dirty water. He had dried candle wax on his nose and head and what looked like burns on his face.” Mr Turner said the animal was found to have third-degree full-thickness burns covering 70 to 80% of his head and that blisters were also found on his paws.

He said: “These injuries resulted ultimately in him being sadly put to sleep a couple of days later.”

Mr Turner said White had been quizzed by his partner’s sister as to what had happened and said he had been trying to “get it stoned and give it blow backs.”

When interviewed the defendant admitted sharing joint responsibility of Salem with his partner and said he had been smoking with his friends and that the kitten had been “singed a couple of times.”

He said that one of his mates had actually burnt the cat who had reacted by running away. He said his mate had just been “messing about” and that he felt “bad” about what happened.

Daniel Wayne, defending, said White was addicted to amphetamine and also had an obsessive and compulsive disorder. He said: “This is a man who does not have any similar previous offences and is plagued by mental health problems.”

Magistrates told White they had thought seriously about passing an immediate prison sentence but had taken into account the mitigation.

After the hearing RSPCA inspector Beth Boyd said: “It was just horrific. It is one of the worst cases I have had to investigate.

“I cannot even think about what Salem must have gone through that night. At least some justice has been done for him.”

Sentence: 4 months in jail suspended for 18 months; total of £465 costs/charges. Banned indefinitely from keeping any animal.

Birmingham Mail

Kitts Green, Birmingham: Lee Michael Davies

#TheList Lee Michael Davies (DoB 14/1/88) of 17 South Roundhay, Birmingham B33 – left a 12wo puppy in agony with broken leg

Daisy, victim of dog abuser Lee Michael Davies of Birmingham

Davies left his 12-week-old puppy to suffer with a fractured leg and did not take him to the vets. The cause of the fracture has not, apparently, been explained.

Davies pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy by failing to provide veterinary care and attention.

When an RSPCA inspector arrived at Davies’s house after a call from a member of the public, the puppy – named Daisy – had a bandage around her front right leg which Davies had put on himself.

RSPCA inspector Jon Ratcliffe, who investigated the case, said: “It was not enough to just a put a bandage on poor Daisy’s leg – this would have done nothing to alleviate the pain she was clearly in.

“When we got her to a vet, she yelped whenever her leg was touched or manipulated. This could easily have been avoided had she just been taken to the vets which was just half-a-mile away.

“If your pet is injured in any way, it is so important to get veterinary treatment for them as soon as possible to prevent them suffering any further.

“Daisy was only a few weeks old when this happened. It is so sad to think that she went through this pain and suffering at the start of her life. Thankfully she has now been rehomed with a family who gives her the love and attention that she deserves.”

Daisy is pictured when she first arrived in the RSPCA’s care, above right, and as she was after treatment.

Sentencing:
12-month community order, total of £360 costs and charges; banned from keeping animals for 3 years (expires May 2019).

Dogs Monthly

Birmingham (now Paisley, Scotland): Angela Guthrie

#TheList Angela Guthrie (DoB 01/03/1962) from Birmingham, now (July 2018) living at 1xx Ferguslie, Paisley PA1 – neglected 69 cats she kept in her small council house.

Cat hoarder Angela Guthrie now of Skye Crescent, Paisley
Cat hoarder Angela Guthrie now of Skye Crescent, Paisley

Angela Guthrie herded the male and female cats into her mid-terraced home, coming to own them gradually over the years.

Now she has been banned from keeping more than one of the animals after she failed to take proper care of them, only providing two litter trays for them to relieve themselves in.

The task of caring for the 69 cats became too much for Guthrie and her home became filthy, with the three bedrooms and living room being covered in faeces, urine and rubbish.

Guthrie was due to go on trial over her neglect of the pets, which were of various ages and colours, also charged with failing “to provide adequate water and nutrition for the cats.”

But she struck a deal with prosecutors which saw those claims deleted from the charge against her in exchange for her guilty plea.

Sentence:  £320 fine; banned from owning or keeping more than one cat for the next 4 years (expires Oct 2019).

Newslink:
Birmingham Live 12/10/2015

Kitts Green, Birmingham: Stacey Ravenall

#TheList Stacey Ravenall, born 25/04/1991,  as at October 2018 living at Flat 6, 132 Clopton Road, Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 0RL – hurled a kitten to her death from the 11th floor of a tower block

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

After hitting the ground,  the four-month-old cat, named Cuwella, continued to suffer for about 15 minutes before she died from internal bleeding.

Magistrates told Stacey Ravenall that, although what she had done was serious enough to pass the custody threshold, they accepted it had been an “impulsive act”.

Ravenall, who at the time was living in Yardley, admitted a charge of animal cruelty.

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

Nick Sutton, prosecuting, said the black and white cat belonged to friend Laura Edwards who had lived for several months with the defendant in Giles House, Stechford.

In the summer of 2010 Miss Edwards went to stay with her parents in Redditch, Ravenall agreeing to look after Cuwella while she was away.

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

Mr Sutton said Miss Edwards had rung up each day and spoke to Ravenall about the cat who said she had been “playing up”, but nothing more serious than that.

On June 22, Miss Edwards met up with Ravenall in Birmingham and they later returned to the Giles House flat.

The cat owner told Ravenall she was considering taking Cuwella to a sanctuary because she was unable to keep her and she wanted her to have a better home.

Ravenall responded by hitting the animal and then throwing her into the hallway.

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

Both then went into the hall where Ravenall picked the cat up again and pushed past Miss Edwards, going into the living room.

In a statement Miss Edwards said: “It was meowing. She walked to the living room window with the cat and just dropped Cuwella straight out of the window.”

When she asked Ravenall why she had done that, the defendant replied: “You did not want it anyway.”

Mr Sutton said the cat was later found dead by a wall.

Aftab Zahoor, defending, said Ravenall, who at the time had one child and was three months pregnant (she’s now a mother of three), had come from a broken home and spent her early years in care.

“She finds it difficult to cope with life and as a result has turned to alcohol to ease the pressure of life.

“She is disgusted with herself and her actions.”

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

He said she still suffered nightmares about what she had done and that at the time her judgment had been impaired.

The RSPCA said it was a sad case to have to investigate and welcomed the ten-year ban on keeping animals.

Insp Rob Hartley said: “This was cruel and callous behaviour towards a defenceless animal.

“Her only excuse may have been that she was under the influence of alcohol – that’s no excuse whatsoever.

“The cat undoubtedly suffered a painful and traumatic death unnecessarily.”

Sentencing:
Four months in custody suspended for two years; 30 hours’ unpaid work, £200 costs. Disqualified from keeping any animal for ten years (expires January 2021).

BirminghamLive

Warwick, Warwickshire: Kelvin Hill

#TheList Kelvin Hill aka Kieran Hill, born 26/07/1975,  as at February 2020 of 14 Franklin Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2HH, but with links to Warwick, Bedworth and Nuneaton – killed a 5mo Labrador-cross puppy named Marley by smashing his head against the floor.

Career criminal Kelvin Hill from Warwick and with links to Nuneaton and Bedworth brutally killed a 5mo Lab-cross puppy named Marley
Evil career criminal Kelvin Hill from Warwick and with links to Nuneaton and Bedworth brutally killed a 5mo Lab-cross puppy named Marley. The photo of him with the dog above was from 2015 but it’s not known if the dog is his and where the dog is now

Gaynor Sutton, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court the incident happened on September 29, 2009, after Hill had called at the Nuneaton home of former partner Karen Harbour. He had asked her for money and stayed in the house alone while she went with her mother to a post office to collect child benefit.

When she returned, Ms Harbour discovered that the male puppy, called Marley – bought as a present for her seven-year-old son – was lying dead in the lounge. There was a pool of blood and urine on the floor and splashes of blood on cupboards in the kitchen.

In evidence, Ms Harbour said: “I was extremely upset. Kelvin Hill was upstairs and he denied having anything to do with it.

“When I said I was going to phone the police he jumped up and said he had killed my dog by taking it by its legs and smashing its skull against the kitchen floor.”

Marley suffered three fractures to the jaw, smashed teeth and injuries to the brain before dying in agony.

Magistrates heard how it would have taken up  to 15 minutes for the little dog to die.

Hill was already serving a prison sentence for aggravated burglary and refused to attend court to face the animal cruelty charge.

Sentencing: 20 weeks in custody (ran consecutively to his sentence for burglary). Banned for life on keeping animals.

Birmingham Post
Coventry Telegraph

In March 2017 career criminal Hill was sentenced to three years in jail for burglary. This is the mugshot released by Warwickshire Police: