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Ballymena, County Antrim: Michael Agnew

#TheList Michael Agnew, aged 47, formerly of Ballynease Road,  Portglenone, Ballymena BT44 8NU and now said to be living in Garvagh, County Londonderry  – for causing unnecessary suffering to two pigs

Agnew has 159 previous criminal convictions, 19 of which are for animal welfare offences. He had  previously been banned from keeping livestock in May 2014.

Photograph produced in previous prosecution case against cruel farmer Michael Agnew
Photograph produced in previous prosecution case against cruel farmer Michael Agnew

Prosecution barrister Catherine Chasemore told the court officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) carried out an inspection at Agnew’s farm on 6 October 2015.

She said two sows “were described as being particularly thin.”

One had “a large mammary abscess which had burst and the other had a spinal abscess,” she said.

A DARD vet told Agnew the animals were suffering unnecessarily and the only humane option was to euthanise the sows.

“The defendant strenuously objected to this and insisted that his own vet was called for a second opinion,” the prosecution barrister added.

“This was done and she agreed that the sows be euthanised, which the defendant then agreed to.

“The defendant was invited to be interviewed on two occasions but failed to give an account”, Ms Chasemore said

She told the court Agnew’s previous convictions included failing to dispose of the animal carcasses of three sheep, one donkey, one horse and two cows and allowing live animals to access the carcasses.

On one occasion in December 2012 officials found numerous dead animals on Agnew’s farm, she said.

A defence barrister said Agnew, a father of six children, was terrified of going to jail.

He had separated from his partner and only now only called at the Portglenone farm to collect or drop off his children, the barrister said.

“This was not a case of widespread neglect, it involved two sows. His record in terms of animal welfare is atrocious but this offending did not involve flocks nor herds”, the barrister added.

The lifetime ban prohibits Agnew from ever owning, keeping, transporting or dealing with animals.

Sentencing at Londonderry Crown Court on Tuesday 23/10/2018, Judge Philip Babington said Agnew “should be kept miles away from every living creature.”

“Any animal seeing this man coming over the horizon would have a heart attack,” the judge said.

He said he felt Agnew should go to prison but that it would be detrimental to his children to impose a custodial sentence.

“Your former partner and your children still live on the farm and you want to have contact with your six children.

“But if you every have any have any contact with animals again you will be going straight to prison”, he told Agnew.

Judge Babington also ordered the removal of any animals currently owned by Agnew.

Sentencing:
18 months in prison, suspended for four years. Banned from keeping animals for life.

BBC News

Southsea, Portsmouth: Barry David Shaw

#TheList Barry David Shaw, born 25/08/1983, currently in prison but most recently of Merton Court, Victoria Road South, Southsea – brutally kicked a seven-month old chihuahua named Coco  in a fit of rage leaving the tiny pup with missing teeth, bloodshot eyes and bruising.

Portsmouth's Barry David Shaw and his helpless victim, chihuahua Coco
Career criminal and now convicted animal abuser Barry David Shaw from Southsea, Portsmouth, and little Coco, the dog he almost killed

The animal cruelty charge against lifelong criminal Shaw – who has family links to Stockport – was proven in his absence.

RSPCA Inspector Andrew Kirby, who investigated the incident, said:

‘This was a horribly sad case where poor Coco was left with serious injuries.

‘She was near to death when she was taken to an emergency vet in a collapsed state with missing teeth, bloodshot eyes, and bruising.

‘Shaw admitted in interview he’d lost his temper with Coco after her owner left him alone with her while they nipped out.

‘When the owner returned they discovered what had happened to Coco and rushed her for treatment with a vet.

‘There is no excuse for subjecting an innocent animal to such violence.

‘It is very lucky that Coco’s tiny body survived such an horrendous attack.’

Sentence: 16 weeks in jail.  Banned from keeping or owning any animals for just 12 months (expires July 2019).

The News

Gravesend. Kent: Jon Dunn, Bridget Saunders and Ronnie Vine

#TheList for horrific horse neglect – career criminal Jonathan Levi Dunn (DoB 20/12/1983) and partner Bridget Linda Saunders (DoB 25/11/1986) both of the Denton gypsy traveller site at Dering Way, Gravesend DA12 and Ronnie Vine, aged 46, of Havengore Avenue, Gravesend DA12

Gypsy travellers and horse abusers Jon Dunn and Bridget Linda Saunders of Gravesend
The offences related to 13 horses which were part of a large group kept in appalling conditions in a field near Denton Caravan Site, Dering Way, Gravesend.

The horses were kept in a field which did not have enough grazing to sustain the numbers, and it was riddled with litter and hazards such as barbed wire, plastic bags and plastic netting.

The main water source was a dyke contaminated due to decaying horses’ remains and was green and full of rubbish.

The RSPCA had also discovered a large number of dead and rotting horse bodies littering the field.

There was a drain with the manhole cover removed, which led to a 6ft drop which the horses could have fallen into.

Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon said: “Many of the horses taken were just youngsters and had probably only known a life of misery, sickness and riddled with worms, in a field far too small for them, with no grazing, and a lack of supplementary feed.

“It is such an awful shame that in this day and age, we are still seeing cases of animal cruelty of this scale.

“I was truly horrified at the sheer number of horses being kept in such terrible conditions in one small location, the horrors were clear for all to see – yet despite this the owners failed to make improvements for them.

“This is one of the largest number of horses that the RSPCA has taken into its care in the Kent area in recent years, and I am pleased to say that almost all of the horses are now doing exceptionally well.”

Sentencing:

Dunn – 26 weeks in prison; disqualified from keeping any equines for 10 years (expires July 2028).
Saunders – two-year conditional discharge; total costs and charges of £130; a mere three-year ban on keeping all horses (expires July 2021) .
Vine – total costs and charges of £1,430; banned from keeping any equines for just one year (expires July 2019).

Kent Online

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Our image shows Jonathan Levi Dunn and partner Bridget Linda Saunders. Dunn is from a notorious family of travellers based at Barnfield Park Caravan Site, Ash, Sevenoaks, Kent, who between them have multiple convictions for theft and driving offences, not to mention horse cruelty. In February 2017 three members of Jon Dunn’s family – brothers Harry and Matthew and  cousin Tommy Tucker Dunn – were also banned from keeping horses after they left sick animals in the same field as a rotting carcass and poisonous ragwort. See also here.

This conviction was preceded by a similar one in August 2012 when Tommy Dunn Senior and Tommy Dunn Junior were sentenced to pay £5000 in costs each and Shirley Dunn was ordered to pay £500 in costs after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to horses and failing in their duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act.

Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside: Paul Hands, Darren Barnfather, John McCarthy and Darren Bagnall

#TheList Paul Hands, 38; Darren Barnfather, 51; John McCarthy, 52; and Darren Bagnall, 51, all of Ashton-under-Lyne – brutally battered a dog and her owner

Violent thugs and animal abusers Paul Hands, Darren Barnfather, John McCarthy and Darren Bagnall all of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester

The 46-year-old victim and his dog were set upon by four men – armed with a golf club, a pool cue and electrical wire – after they objected to him using one of their wheelie bins to dispose of bagged dog waste.

The horrific attack, which took place on Holebottom in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside , in July 2016, left the man with a fractured skull, a bleed on his brain and a fractured collar bone.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the victim disposed of the bag in a bin outside an address where Paul Hands was staying.

Hands flew into a rage and started hurling abuse at the man and threatening him.

The man walked away, but the next day the group spotted him while he was out walking his dog.

They armed themselves before surrounding him on a footpath and attacking him.

John McCarthy was seen swinging the crossbreed dog  around by her lead at shoulder height before Barnfather smashed a piece of wood over her back.

The badly injured victim managed to make his way home before collapsing and being rushed to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

The dog survived the attack but the extent of her injuries has not been reported.

Sentencing:
Darren Barnfather (born ca. 1966) of 7 Holebottom, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8SJ was jailed for 11 years for section 18 assaults

Paul Hands (born ca. 1979), of number 3 Holebottom, who in 2008 was imprisoned alongside brother Andrew Hands for viciously beating a priest, was convicted alongside  was jailed for 13 years for section 18 assault.

John McCarthy (born ca. 1965) of Holebottom, and Darren Bagnall (born ca. 1966) of Hindley Close were both jailed for two-and-a- half years for a section 20 assault.

Manchester Evening News
The Independent
Hands’ previous conviction: BBC News

Hartlepool, County Durham: John Michael Donaldson

#TheList John Michael Donaldson, born 25/05/1969, of 12 Oak Grove, Hartlepool TS24 8JG – left two dogs to starve to death.

Donaldson left a female white and black terrier-type dog called Bess and a male black terrier named Whiskey at a house in Straker Street, Hartlepool, without food.

The dogs were found dead on May 23, 2017, by the landlord of the house that Donaldson rented.

RSPCA inspector Lucy Hoehne said: “The smell was overwhelming and there was faeces, urine and bits of chewed up foam from a sofa all over the floor.

“The dogs were in the upstairs back bedroom.

“It was an absolutely heartbreaking scene, they were snuggled together in a corner where there was a duvet on the floor.

“If it hadn’t been for the smell, at first glance you might have thought they were sleeping.

“They had been dead for some time, likely as a result of starvation and dehydration, and were covered in maggots.”

The court earlier heard that Donaldson had previously lived at the house but left the dogs there when he moved to another address.

John Elwood, prosecuting, told the court at an earlier hearing it was not possible to say how long the dogs had been dead. He said: “For the dogs to be in the condition they were found, the period of neglect must have been prolonged.”

Donaldson refused to cooperate with the RSPCA investigation. He was convicted in his absence of two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal between April and May 2017.

Donaldson was eventually arrested after a third warrant was issued when he failed to turn up at court.

RSPCA inspector Hoehne said: “What these dogs went through before they died doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Sentencing: 24 weeks in jail. Total of £415 costs and charges. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Hartlepool Mail

Accrington, Lancashire: Jamie Birtwistle

#TheList Jamie Birtwistle, born 31/05/1986, of Nuttall Street, Accrington BB5 2HL – left a dog and cat to starve to death and hid their bodies in a cupboard in his home.

Jamie Birtwistle from Accrington allowed his dog and cat to starve to deathBirtwistle pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the welfare of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Bella (pictured) and a cat called Storm by providing them with adequate food.

When new tenants arrived at the property as Birtwistle was moving out, he told them not to go in the cupboard. The tenants ignored the warning and contacted the RSPCA and police after finding the dead animals

Birtwistle admitted to not feeding the animals enough and only doing it ‘every other day’. Although he was aware they were losing weight he did nothing to address this.

The new tenants found 30 portions of cat food and a tin of dog food in the property.

Laura Haywood, defending, said it was a ‘very sad set of circumstances’.

She told the court: “The defendant never set out to intentionally cause harm to these animals.

“The issue seems to be when his girlfriend moved out of the premises.

“He does have mental health issues and has been to his doctor who has referred him to The Mount in Accrington.

“He is also on medication. He describes himself as hearing voices.

“He does understand the reason why they died and that’s due to him failing to feed them. He understands that he should have sought help.”

Miss Haywood said Birtwistle ‘had monetary issues at the time’ and is in receipt of benefits.

Career criminal Birtwistle has multiple previous convictions including for violence against women.

Sentencing:
Jailed for 12 weeks. Banned from keeping any animal for five years (expires October 2022).

Lancashire Telegraph

Previous conviction:
Accrington Observer

 

Middlesbrough: Leslie Michael Bishop

#TheList Leslie Michael Bishop, born 07/08/1965, of Maple Street, Middlesbrough TS1 3DS – kept three thin and hungry Akita dogs named Nikita, Storm and Niko in squalid conditions.

Career criminal and dog abuser Leslie Michael Bishop from Middlesbrough

The RSPCA found Niko and Nikita in a back yard among an “extensive accumulation of faeces”. Both dogs appeared hungry and thin and their coats were molting and dirty.”

Storm had been kept indoors where conditions made for a “hazardous environment”.

There was urine on the floor, flies circling around rooms and a foul smell. One of the dogs had a severe ear infection.

Career criminal Bishop pleaded not guilty to five charges but refused to attend the trial via video link from prison where he was remanded in custody for another unrelated matter. The trial was however continued in his absence and the case against him proven.

Sentencing:
Jailed for  18 weeks. Banned from owning animals for 10 years (expires July 2027).

Alexander David Arrol, Paisley, Renfrewshire

#TheList: Alexander David Arrol (DoB 23/06/1988) of Waverley Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire – threw a Jack Russell terrier named Max from the window of a second-floor flat, causing him to have a leg amputated

Twisted Alexander Arrol and his victim Max as a puppy
Twisted thug Alexander Arrol and his victim Max as a puppy

The court heard that Arrol had been asked to leave a party a short time before launching his callous attack on the helpless dog. Max was taken for treatment to a local vet where he was found to have head trauma and wasn’t able to support weight on his right hind leg. The leg later had to be amputated.

Arrol pleaded guilty to causing the dog unnecessary suffering, in breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, by throwing him through the window to his severe injury on February 27, 2017.

He also admitted a charge of culpably and recklessly breaking the window and throwing a television set and other unspecified items onto the street below.

Arrol’s lawyer told the court that his client – a career criminal with 55 previous convictions  – suffered from anxiety and depression.

Sentence: Arrol was jailed for 10 months for the offences, reduced from a year as he admitted his guilt.

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Dewsbury, West Yorkshire: Michael Smith and Gwen Kerr

#TheList Michael Smith, born c. 1953, of Princess Road, Chickenley, Dewsbury WF12 8RA, and Gwen Kerr, born c. 1962, of Queen Street, Chickenley – convicted of charges relating to sexual intercourse with a bull mastiff dog named Tank

Pervert Michael Smith was found guilty of encouraging girlfriend Gwen Kerr to have sex with bull mastiff
Pervert Michael Smith was found guilty of encouraging girlfriend Gwen Kerr to have sex with bull mastiff

In two separate four-minute videos Michael Smith filmed Gwen Kerr having sex with his dog – but the deviant pair walked free from court as the judge warned them ‘don’t do it again’.

Leeds Crown Court heard Smith “used and abused” Kerr before taking the video to social services in May 2016, claiming he was concerned for her welfare.

The jury heard Smith told the social worker he was worried about Kerr saying a drug dealer had been giving her amphetamines and she had been put to work as sex worker. She told him she would have to report the footage to the police. Smith denied he made two films and said he did not know how more footage got on the camcorder.

Smith denied aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring intercourse with an animal and a second charge of possessing extreme pornographic images, but was found guilty by jury after trial.

Pervert Michael Smith was found guilty of encouraging girlfriend Gwen Kerr to have sex with bull mastiff

Kerr pleaded guilty to having sex with an animal.

Mark McKone, prosecuting, said: “This defendant (Kerr) effectively had sexual intercourse with a dog. Mr Smith took a video film of that dog.”

He added: “In respect of extreme pornographic images this offence carries a maximum of two years in prison.”

Mr McKone said that Smith had 10 previous convictions for 40 offences, although none of a similar nature.

Sentencing the pair, James Spencer QC said: “I’m quite satisfied that you, Michael Smith, used and abused your girlfriend Gwen Kerr to be involved in the activity.

“I am sentencing you to a 12 months’ custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.

“Gwen Kerr, I am conditionally discharging you for 12 months. Don’t do it again.”

Smith was also told to pay a £115 surcharge and Kerr a £20 surcharge.

The Sun

Torry, Aberdeen: William Duguid

#TheList William Duguid (DoB 15/11/1990) of 4 Tullos Circle, Aberdeen AB11 8HD – caught hitting his pet dog with a chain and kicking her to her body

William Duguid
One of life’s eternal losers: druggie animal-abusing William Duguid of Tullos Circle, Aberdeen whose pet dog lost her life for being the ‘wrong’ breed

Duguid was told to stop by a concerned neighbour when he was lashing out at the pitbull terrier in a pub car park in Aberdeen in May 2016.

The dog, which is an illegal breed to keep in the UK, had earlier bitten a member of the public, and a drugged-up Duguid was hitting the pet as a reaction to the earlier incident.

Dugid, who has been in trouble with the law repeatedly, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in June 2017 where he admitted possessing a “dangerous dog” and causing her to suffer unnecessary harm.

Fiscal depute Colin Neilson said: “A woman looked out of her window and saw the accused with a dog.

“He seemed to be hitting the dog with a chain. She told him to stop. He was disagreeable to this. He was also seen repeatedly kicking the dog to the body.

“She contacted police. CCTV footage was seen which showed him making as kicking motion towards the dog.”

Representing Duguid, defence agent Ian McGregor said: “Something had happened before with the dog. He is somewhat hazy with regards to the events. He had taken various substances that day.

“He has owned this dog for a period of nine years and there have been no other incidents. He has always taken the dog to the vet when it needed to go.

“He reacted to an incident earlier in the day when the dog had bitten a member of the public. That happened about ten minutes before.”

Sheriff Graham Buchanan told Duguid: “I am required by law to order the destruction of the dog, which is a breed that is illegal in this country.”

Sentence: £750 fine; banned from keeping animals for five years (expires June 2022).

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