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Speke, Liverpool: Scott Doran

#TheList Scott Bradley Doran, born c. 1988, most recently of Greyhound Farm Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 but with links to Runcorn, Cheshire – assaulted a terrified Staffy and dangled him off the edge of a bridge

Cruel Scott Doran currently of Speke in Liverpool, assaulted a helpless Staffy before dangling the terrified dog from the edge of a footbridge. Despite this, he will be allowed to have animals again in five years' time.
Cruel Scott Doran currently of Speke in Liverpool, assaulted a helpless Staffy before dangling the terrified dog from the edge of a footbridge. Despite this, he will be allowed to have animals again in five years’ time.

Scott Doran was convicted of causing unnecessary cruelty after denying a charge of inflicting “blunt force trauma and physical violence” to the brindle Staffy, named Coban.

Habitual criminal Doran was filmed on CCTV assaulting the dog outside Costcutter on Northwich Road in Brookvale, Runcorn , on March 17, 2016.

North Cheshire Magistrates’ Court heard how Doran had been seen attacking Coban, resulting in an investigation led by RSPCA inspector Naomi Norris.

Local authority CCTV showing a “sustained and violent attack” on the dog.

Cruel Scott Doran currently of Speke in Liverpool, assaulted a helpless Staffy before dangling the terrified dog from the edge of a footbridge. Despite this, he will be allowed to have animals again in five years' time.
Career criminal and animal abuser Scott Bradley Doran has links to Runcorn in Cheshire

In the clip, Doran can be seen outside the shop with the dog off the lead and no control over him.

As Doran walks away from shop the dog runs up to a family wagging his tail and it is then when Doran unleashes his attack.

The dog cowers on the floor as Doran picks him up and punches him.

He holds Coban up by the scruff of the neck with his feet off the floor and walks along violently shaking him.

The brutal attack then continues away from the view of the CCTV but a witness told how Doran continued to abuse the terrified pet, who was so frightened he defecated.

He then held the petrified dog over the railings of a footbridge.

Inspector Naomi Norris said: “This was a vicious and nasty attack on Coban who was clearly so terrified he can be seen cowering and the poor dog even defecated during the beating.

“Off camera the witness told how he continued to beat and kick the dog before holding him by the neck over the railings of a footbridge.”

Coban was seized the day after the attack and has since been re-homed by the RSPCA.

Doran, formerly of Cedar Avenue, Sutton Weaver, and Camelot Way, Runcorn, went on the run for two years and was arrested soon after a police car chase.

Sentencing: 12-month community order; fine and costs totalling £525; anger management course; rehabilitation requirement. Banned from keeping dogs for a mere five years.

Liverpool Echo

Northwich, Cheshire: Peter G Shaw

#TheList Peter G Shaw, born 19/10/1963, of 27 Dane Bank Road, Northwich CW9 5PL – shot his neighbour’s pet cat with an air rifle injuring her so seriously she had to be put to sleep

Roxy suffered a perforated bowel after being shot by cruel Peter Shaw and had to be put to sleep
Roxy suffered a perforated bowel after being shot by cruel Peter Shaw and had to be put to sleep

Peter Geoffrey Shaw, who runs a company called Shaws Fencing Ltd, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard how the cat, named Roxy, who belonged to Shaw’s neighbours, suffered after being shot and was subsequently put to sleep after sustaining a perforated bowel from the pellet.

Roxy’s owner, Isobel Cooper, contacted the RSCPA following the incident.

An investigation was then launched by the animal welfare charity.

RSPCA inspector Cara Challinor explained how Roxy had eaten tea in the kitchen and gone outside into the garden on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

She then jumped onto the fence – which was between her own and Shaw’s gardens.

Isobel then heard a bang and ran outside.

Inspector Challinor said: “She saw Roxy had fallen off the fence, she was gasping for breath, her tail was all puffed up and she was crying.

“Isobel looked over the fence into Shaw’s garden and saw him going back inside the house.”

After rushing the beloved pet to the vets, an x-ray revealed that there was a pellet inside her.

Initially the vets thought they would be able to remove the pellet, however Roxy’s condition deteriorated and it was found that the pellet had perforated her bowel.

Sadly Roxy had to be put to sleep.

After the RSPCA and police were called, an airgun was seized from Shaw’s house.

Isobel said: “Roxy was only six. She was very timid and very loving. She stayed in our garden all the time and she loved to walk around the perimeter of the garden guarding it.

“I miss her, it’s been really difficult and the children were really upset. She was a perfectly healthy cat and very loyal.”

18-week custodial sentence suspended for 18 months; 200 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £2,347 costs. 10-year-ban on keeping animals.


Ellesmere Port, Cheshire: Martin Frederick Jones

#TheList Martin Frederick Jones, born c. 1986, of Park Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 0DH – captured on CCTV battering a terrified dog

Puppy Millie was subjected to a vicious attack by her owner, Mark Frederick Jones
Puppy Millie was subjected to a vicious attack by her owner, Mark Frederick Jones

Father-of-seven Martin Frederick Jones pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on March 7, 2018

He was spotted by two horrified witnesses hitting his golden labrador puppy Millie near Ellesmere Port bus station.

The shocking incident was captured on CCTV and shows Jones assaulting the defenceless dog.

In the footage Millie runs out into the road and is caught by Jones, who grabs her and punches her multiple times in the side, before pulling her back to the pavement.

Wirral magistrates court was told how the two female witnesses had got off a bus and saw Jones yank the dog, before she ran into the road.

When Jones got the dog back he hit her on her side and the witnesses reported Millie cowered and seemed very scared.

The women were so worried about the dog they decided to follow Jones home and saw him further yank Millie with “uncalled for force.”

Chris Murphy prosecuting said: “The women saw the dog shaking and reported that it appeared timid.

“The incident was reported to the RSPCA and the CCTV of the incident was given to vet Holly Jones who also examined the dog.

“The vet expressed concern for the welfare of the dog and Millie was taken from the family home.

“When she examined her Millie seemed very reserved and anxious, although there were no visible bruises she pointed to mental trauma the dog had gone through.

“When the defendant was interviewed by the RSPCA he accepted responsibility and said he had done it to “make her understand.”

The court heard Jones suffers from mental health problems including Aspergers and ADHD and had no previous convictions.

Scott McCrimmon, defending, said Jones was a family man, had seven children and had always owned dogs.

He said: “Millie is a family pet and the children have been missing her.

“He admits he overreacted and caused trauma to Millie, when he was in a blind panic.

“He accepts he used force to control the dog and handled it very poorly.”

Sentencing Jones District Judge Nick Sanders said: “You went over the top, Millie was a young dog that didn’t understand what was going on.

“What you did was in no way helping her understand, you lost your temper.

“You need to take a long hard look at the way you treat animals.”

Labrador Millie, who was subjected to a vicious attack by her owner Martin Frederick Jones
Millie will now be made available for rehoming

RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This was a vicious attack on a completely defenceless dog which is just simply unacceptable.

“The CCTV captures Millie breaking away from her owner and running into a road, the cars are seen to be slowing down and as Jones catches up with his dog he unleashes a number of heavy blows which he said where ‘to confuse her and make her understand’.

“However this would only have had the effect of inflicting pain and resulting in the dog becoming scared of Jones.

“Beating a dog is never acceptable and is certainly not a nice thing to witness. Jones beat poor Millie in front of numerous members of the public in broad daylight seemingly unfazed.

“Thankfully two brave witnesses came forward to assist in the investigation and after CCTV enquiries recovered two clips of the incident, we were able to locate Jones and remove Mille from his abusive care.

“After waiting many months for this case to come to trial today, Millie can now look forward to finding a loving forever home.”

Total of £270 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for a mere three years (expires November 2021).

Liverpool Echo

Ellesmere Port, Cheshire: Jack Henry Kavanagh and Danielle Kavanagh

#TheList Jack Henry Kavanagh, born c. 1991, and wife Danielle Kavanagh, born c. 1992, both of Sutton Way, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port CH65 – starved their two dogs; only one survived.

Dog killers Jack and Danielle Kavanagh and their surviving border collie Freddie.
Dog killers Jack and Danielle Kavanagh and their surviving border collie Freddie. He had also been starved but was saved in time.

Jack and Danielle Kavanagh pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to border collies Freddie and Harvey by failing to provide adequate nutrition, contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Harvey sadly had to be put to sleep as he weighed just seven kilos. Freddie was found in the nick of time by RSPCA officers and has now been placed with a loving family.

RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This was a very distressing case to have dealt with and one that will remain with me for a long time.

“Starving animals to the extent we have seen in this instance is just appalling and hard to comprehend.”

The animal charity was alerted to the dogs’ plight by a concerned member of the public who had spotted them.

Jack and Danielle Kavanagh of Ellesmere Port
Jack and Danielle Kavanagh

Animal Welfare Officer John Littlewood attended the address and was told that one of the dogs, Harvey, had died that morning and was at the vets.

It was confirmed that two-year-old Harvey had collapsed and was severely emaciated when he was taken to the vets by the owners. He had to be put to sleep to end his suffering.

Inspector Joynes was called in to investigate and visited the property to find Freddie, who weighed 11 kilos, still alive in the back garden. A healthy two-year-old border collie should weigh between 19 and 24 kilos.

He said: “I remember seeing him and thinking he was the skinniest alive dog that I had ever dealt with. There was no muscle mass to him, he was all skin and bones.”

Insp Joynes took Harvey’s body from the vets for a post mortem, which revealed there was no underlying health problem that would have caused Harvey’s emaciation. This meant it was due to starvation.

Insp Joynes added: “It was really heart-breaking to see poor Harvey. As I lifted his body from the vets for evidence, he weighed absolutely nothing. Freddie didn’t weigh much more so I’m so glad we were able to reach him in time.”

Insp Joynes added: “District Judge Sanders stated that the Kavanaghs had caused both dogs to suffer a great deal and that the pair had let their animals down badly. He said that they had to learn to take responsibility for their actions or lack of action as in this instance.

“I’ll never forget being shown a large, unopened bag of dog food by Mrs Kavanagh as part of her suggestion that the dogs were being fed adequately. This investigation has shown that this was simply not the case and it is a cause of great sadness for me that poor Harvey did not make it.”

Freddie’s recovery was slow as he needed to be fed small amounts as his stomach had shrunk. Over the next few weeks he started to put on weight and now is living in a new home.

Freddie has recovered from his ordeal at the hands of his previous owners Jack and Danielle Kavanagh
Freddie has recovered from his ordeal at the hands of his previous owners Jack and Danielle Kavanagh

Insp Joynes added: “It is fantastic to see Freddie looking so healthy and to know he is now in a loving home. It could have been such a different story, as it was for poor Harvey. Freddie, however has made a miraculous recovery and now lives with a loving family.

“I’ve recently been made aware that he now has his own passport and will be going on holiday to France with his new family in the near future which is just lovely.”

Sentencing: Both were sentenced to 12-weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement. They were each ordered to pay £250 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Both were banned from keeping all animals for 10 years.

Chester Standard

Runcorn, Cheshire: Michelle Baldwin and sons Shaun and Shane Baldwin

#TheList Michelle Baldwin, aka Michelle Robinson (DoB 14/08/1976) and Shaun Baldwin (DoB 26/05/1996) both of 63 Masseyfield Road, Runcorn and  Shane Andrew Baldwin (DoB 17/11/1997) of 22 Linkway, Runcorn – allowed their two dogs to starve so badly one had to be put down.

Evil: Michelle Baldwin and sons Shane and Shaun who left two dogs to starve.
Evil: Michelle Baldwin and useless feckless sons Shane and Shaun. The trio left two dogs to starve.

The RSPCA said the dogs, Staffordshire terrier-type breeds Bruno and Roxy, were so thin their ribs were clearly visible and they were living in ‘atrocious’ conditions.

Bruno was put to sleep on health grounds despite the charity’s efforts to save him and Roxy has been rehomed.

The trio each pleaded guilty in May to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs and one of failing to provide a suitable environment at an earlier hearing.

Speaking about the case, attending RSPCA Inspector Lisa Lupson described both dogs as being  “very thin” especially Bruno who was described as being very lethargic and subdued and so weak he had to be put on a drip .  Sadly he couldn’t be saved.

Court papers said Michelle Baldwin had entrusted the care of the dogs to two young adults without taking responsibility for them herself.

Sentence: Michelle Baldwin was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for six months and her sons Shaun and Shane were both given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. All three were told to pay costs of £100 and an £85 victim surcharge each. A 10-year ban on keeping animals was imposed on the trio. 

Liverpool Echo 11/07/2017

Warrington: Lewis Modlinsky

#TheList Lewis Benjamin Modlinsky, born 22/04/1997, currently of 56 Whinchat Drive, Warrington WA3 6PB – tortured and killed a dog.

Dog killer: Lewis Benjamin Modlinsky from Warrington and his helpless victim, Jager
Dog killer: Lewis Benjamin Modlinsky from Warrington and his helpless victim, Jager

Jailed for just 18 weeks in April 2016 for the brutally violent killing of a sweet-natured Staffy, this is feral fiend Lewis Modlinsky previously of Redshank Lane, Birchwood, Warrington, and more recently residing with his grandmother Kay Modlinsky at 56 Whinchat Drive, Warrington WA3 6PB.

Be aware, memorise his dead-eyed vacant face, and protect yourself, your children and your pets from him at all costs.

The then 18yo psycho inflicted a catalogue of injuries on his best friend’s cherished dog, Jager, during a day-long beating, including fractured ribs, a ruptured liver, lung damage, scratches and cigarette burns.

He left Jager’s battered body wrapped up in a baby blanket in the hall for his friend to find on her return from hospital with her new-born baby.

Modlinsky’s bitter parents, Liam and Jenny Modlinsky,  and loathsome bullying aunts Gemma Barnes and Jade Modlinsky protest that he is “just a kid”, as if that’s any excuse for his murderous actions. At 18 years old this lad knew exactly what he was doing.

This family ignore their relative’s taste for cruelty and violence at their peril.

Confront it, deal with it, fix it and for God’s sake if you have any pets keep this beast away from them.

Sentence: 18 weeks in jail. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Manchester Evening News

Macclesfield, Cheshire: Christopher Couper

#TheList Christopher Couper (DoB 11/11/1986) formerly of Park Brook Rd, Macclesfield and as at July 2018 living in Canal Street, Congleton – witnessed dragging a squealing 12wo Staffy along ground, injuring her paws, chin and stomach.

Dog abuser Christopher Couper, Macclesfield
Thug: Christopher Couper, Macclesfield and Roxy, the dog he abused.

Members of the public called the RSPCA when Couper was spotted dragging 12-week-old Roxy along the ground in Somerton Road, Macclesfield, in December 2015.

Roxy was squealing and whimpering as she was pulled across the pavement, leaving her with extensive bruising as well as wounds to her chin, paws and stomach.

RSPCA Inspector Heather Morris confronted Couper who blamed Roxy for not walking properly and that he was drunk.

She said: “Couper said that Roxy, being a young puppy, had a habit of sitting down while being walked.

“She did this while Couper was walking her on this occasion, and instead of stopping with her, he dragged her along very roughly on the pavement and was witnessed shouting abuse and swearing at the young, frightened dog.

“Members of the public intervened, which led to him lifting her up with the lead and dangling her from her collar, before running off and leaving the dog behind.

“Couper said he was drunk – but this is no excuse to treat an animal in this way.

Roxy was signed over to the RSPCA and recovered from her ordeal.

Sentence: four-week curfew, total of £525 costs; banned from keeping animals for 5 years

The Express 06/04/2016
Macclesfield Express 07/04/2016

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Chester: Christopher Hurst

#TheList Christopher Hurst, born c. 1977, of Wharton Court, Hoole Lane, Chester CH2 – drowned his pet cat in the bath in an outburst of anger

Cat killer Christopher Hurst from Chester is an aircraft fitter with Airbus
Cat killer Christopher Hurst from Chester is an aircraft fitter with Airbus

Hurst, who works as an aircraft fitter with Airbus,  pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The court heard how Hurst held the 8yo black longhair cat, named Charlie, Charlie under the water for 15 seconds until he died.

Scratch marks found on Hurst’s hands were consistent with the cat struggling against him.

Hurst, who drank every day to self medicate for his supposed mental health problems, had owned Charlie since he was a kitten.

Cat killer Christopher Hurst from Chester is an aircraft fitter with Airbus

He said he had tried to rehome the pet because the cat had been ripping up his neighbours’ property and keeping everyone in the apartment block up all night.

Cheshire Police were called after reports of a disturbance at Hurst’s flat.

Hurst said he had run the bath for himself, but told officers he just ‘lost it’ and ‘it had all happened very quickly’.

He held Charlie down underneath the water until he had drowned.

Christopher Murphy, prosecuting, said: “The vet said these were cruel and inhumane actions on a perfectly healthy cat for no reason whatsoever.

“The drowning would’ve resulted in severe mental trauma and psychological suffering for Charlie.”

Hurst had one previous conviction, for assaulting a police officer when he was arrested later on September 12, 2015.

He was also too drunk to be interviewed on the same day.

Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said it was “one of the most appalling and upsetting cases” he had dealt with.

He said: “The cat was a generally healthy pet who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and for that he paid the ultimate price.

“It was an inhumane ending for this cat and utterly barbaric. The cat would have suffered to an unimaginable extent, both physically and mentally through panic and terror.”

Jailed for 18 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for life.

BBC News

Runcorn, Cheshire: Anthony (Tony) Astles

#TheList Gypsy traveller Anthony Barnett Astles (DoB 10/06/1973) of  Holt Lane, Halton, Runcorn, Cheshire WA6 2AY – left Great Dane Neo to starve to death in a caravan toilet.

Traveller Anthony Astles and Neo, the Great Dane he left locked in a caravan to starve to death.
Traveller Anthony Astles and Neo, the Great Dane he left locked in a caravan to starve to death.

The caravan was kept on a pallet yard and it was only after a recently recruited worker stumbled upon it that Neo’s emaciated corpse was found.

He had been locked in a tiny caravan toilet and starved and the floor was covered in excrement.

Inspector Nadine Pengilly said: “In ten years of being an inspector this is the saddest thing I have ever seen. He was such a big dog and he was just shut in that tiny room, it was filthy and full of excrement.

“He had starved to death and he must have spent four to six weeks waiting for someone to come and rescue him.

“Thinking about how Neo must have suffered is incredibly sad.”

Unemployed Astles – a member of the travelling community – pleaded guilty  to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Neo between January 31 and February 28, 2014.

Sentence: Astles was sentenced to a 14-week custodial sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping animals as well as an £85 surcharge.

Liverpool Echo 07/01/2015