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West Cumbrian Badger Baiters : Dillon Broderick, Kai Cartwright, John James Thompson and Scott Walpole

#TheList badger baiting lowlifes Dillon Broderick, born 25/10/1996, of 1 Lowcroft, Main Street, Maryport CA15 7DN, Kai Cartwright, born 27/09/1997 , of 33 Alexander Close, Workington CA14 3HQ, John James Thompson, born 25/07/1992, of 29 Harriston, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 2ED and Scott David Martin Walpole, born 09/04/1990 of 13 East Crescent, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 3EF

Police mugshots of the four West Cumbrian badger baiters
Killers: the four men were given suspended sentences for their multiple barbaric crimes against wildlife

Wildlife persecutors Broderick, Cartwright, Thompson and Walpole were all given suspended prison sentences for cruelty towards badgers and deer. Mobile phone footage was handed to the RSPCA by police, who were investigating Walpole for an unrelated crime [in April 2019 he alongside Broderick and Thompson were jailed for their part in an organised crime gang targeting ATM machines]. This showed the four men badger digging and baiting.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone
Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole’s mobile phone

Dillon Broderick pleaded guilty to wilfully killing a badger on February 18, 2018; killing a deer during the close season on March 11, 2018; killing a deer at night on the same date; killing a deer during the close season on March 13, 2018; wilfully killing a badger on April 15, 2018; and interfering with a badger sett on April 15, 2018 by causing a dog to enter it with intent or being reckless as to whether his actions would have that consequence.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone

Scott Walpole pleaded guilty to the same offences as Broderick, as well as admitting to intentionally killing two mallards on April 4, 2018.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone

Kai Cartwright and John Thompson both admitted to wilfully killing a badger on April 15, 2018 and interfering with a badger sett on April 15, 2018 by causing a dog to enter it with intent or being reckless as to whether their actions would have that consequence.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone
Caught in the act: Dillon Broderick

Investigating officer Jason Bowles said: “On the phone we found multiple images and videos showing the men out with their dogs, digging into badger setts and setting their dogs on badgers.

“This ‘sport’ is cruel and barbaric, and I’m sure this footage would be incredibly upsetting for the public to see.”

PC Samantha O’Key, Cumbria Police wildlife, rural and environmental crime coordinator, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this investigation and the subsequent convictions that have been brought against these individuals, as Cumbria Police takes animal cruelty very seriously. We worked diligently with our RSPCA colleagues and this is a good example of partnership working at its most effective.”

Sentencing:

Broderick and Walpole each received a two-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, for the crimes against the deer, as well as a four-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months, for the other offences. The court also ordered them to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Cartwright and Thompson were each given a four-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and were ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

All defendants were banned from having custody of a dog for life, or until a further order is made.

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Millom, Cumbria: Stephen Carr

#TheList Stephen Carr, born 11/11/1986, of 10 Munroe Avenue, Millom LA18 5AL – failed to get veterinary care when two of his dogs suffered facial injuries consistent with wild animal fighting

Animal abuser Stephen Carr from Millom, Cumbria, UK
Stephen Carr, who has two young sons, brags about his lust for bloodsports on his Facebook page

Married father-of-two Carr pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering.

The court heard Cumbria Police executed a warrant at Carr’s home on August 14, 2019, accompanied by RSPCA officers.

Three dogs were found in kennels at the bottom of the garden, and two of them were found to have facial injuries

Abused dog Toby

A vet who examined Toby, a bull lurcher, found a lower lip laceration which was about a month old which was still healing and there was no sign of an attempt to repair it.

Boots, a Patterdale Terrier, was found to have an old ‘degloving injury’ on her jaw which was caused by ‘traumatic tearing forces’.

Patterdale terrier Boots suffered a degloving injury to her jaw and had facial scarring\
Patterdale terrier Boots suffered a degloving injury to her jaw and had facial scarring

The vet report said ‘these injuries are incredibly painful,’ and there was no evidence it had been treated and had instead been ‘left to heal’.

RSPCA Inspector Ian Briggs, said: “As a dog owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure your pet gets vet treatment when they need it so they do not suffer.

“We are pleased that Boots, Toby and Blaze, will be looking for loving new homes soon.”

Animal abuser Stephen Carr from Millom, Cumbria, UK

Copeland Neighbourhood Police Officer Marie Carter said: “This is a welcome result which enforces the message that mistreatment or abuse of animals will not be tolerated and will result in robust action being taken. We continue to work with our partners in the RSPCA in order to bring these offenders to justice.

“Anyone with any information in relation to this type of offence is asked to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Sentencing: 12-week suspended prison; ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay £622. Disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years. Boots, Toby and a third dog Blaze are in RSPCA care and will be looking for new homes soon.

The Mail

Penrith, Cumbria: Scott Bruce

#TheList Scott Bruce, born c. 1972, of 8 Anchor Close, Penrith CA11 9HQ -failed to treat his pet dog’s chronic skin condition and deteriorating physical health

Dog abuser Scott Bruce from Penrith
Scott Bruce celebrates his family’s lottery win in 2015

Bruce, whose family won £727,000 on the National Lottery in 2015, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Mia. The court heard how he failed to seek appropriate veterinary care for Mia’s chronic skin condition and deteriorating physical health.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Ordered to carry out unpaid work for 80 hours within the next 12 months. £503.20 in court cost. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years with right of appeal after five years.

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Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria: David Sandham

#TheList David Paul Sandham, born 30/07/1998, of 17B Egerton, Court, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2TX – kicked his pet dog in the head

Dog abuser David Sandham from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK
Violent thug and animal abuser David Sandham

Thuggish Sandham, who has previous convictions for shoplifting and assault on a female, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffie called Clay on February 23, 2019.

Clay was kicked in the head by his owner, Dave Sandham of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK
Staffie Clay was kicked in the head by his thug owner, who also has a conviction for assaulting a woman

Magistrates ruled an order to seize Clay and ban Sandham from keeping pets was disproportionate as the attack was ‘a single kick as the dog had latched onto a car tyre’.

Sentencing: four-week curfew; ordered to pay a total of £465. Not banned from keeping animals.

The Mail

Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria: Wayne Moffatt and Ian Henry

Animal abusers Wayne Moffatt and  Ian Henry of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK, pictured outside court
Animal abusers Wayne Moffatt and Ian Henry pictured outside court

#TheList reptile retailer Wayne P Moffatt, born c. 1961, of 10 Storey Square, Barrow in Furness LA14 2HU and his employee Ian Henry, born c. 1969, of St Vincent Street, Barrow in Furness LA14 – for neglecting more than 60 exotic animals at the store store

Animal abuser Wayne Moffatt of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK
Wayne Moffatt

Wayne Moffatt, the owner of the Living World pet shop in Barrow, was found guilty of animal neglect charges alongside his friend Ian Henry. The verdict followed a two-day trial.

The pair had denied charges of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of animals including several species of snakes, frogs, geckos and monkeys at the Dalton Road store.

Animal abuser Wayne Moffatt of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK

The judge also ordered animals in the store to be taken away by the RSPCA. The court heard a number of animals, including several species of snakes, frogs, geckos and monkeys were previously taken away by the RSPCA when a warrant was executed in February 2019.

Ordering the ban, Mr Chalk said: “I have no doubt that you have a keen interest in exotic animals but I do not think you have the necessary qualifications and understanding to deal with these animals.

“You need to think very carefully about whether you should keep animals of that type again unless you have the knowledge to deal with them appropriately.”

The shop licence to sell animals was refused by Barrow Council in 2018.

Living World premises at 228 Dalton Rd, Barrow in Furness
The Living World store at 228 Dalton Rd, Barrow in Furness

RSPCA inspectors and vet Victoria Temple had told the court a number of the animals were being kept at temperatures too low or too high and in spaces too small.

In court, Moffatt, who has previous convictions for drug offences, said he disputed those findings and insisted the animals were being kept at appropriate ‘winter’ temperatures – and in enclosures big enough.

He repeatedly told the court: “In my 20 years of keeping animals I have never knowingly let an animal suffer or be in pain under my care.”

But the court was told the temperatures still fell short of legal guidelines.

Henry’s solicitor Maureen Fawcett had argued her client was only a friend of Moffatt’s and should not be deemed responsible for the welfare of the animals because he was not employed at Living World.

Moffatt said in his closing statement: “I’m very sorry Mr Henry is here.”

Ms Fawcett said: “It was Mr Moffatt that owned the pet shop and was responsible.

“In my respectful submission there isn’t sufficient evidence that Mr Henry had knowledge of the needs and upkeep of the animals.”

RSPCA prosecutor Steven Marsh said: “There is overwhelming evidence that Mr Henry was responsible for the animals.”

The court heard Henry had been on his own in the shop during a number of official visits, including the day the animals were taken in the execution of a warrant.

Sentencing:
Moffatt – 300 hours of unpaid work ; total of £885 costs and charges. Henry – 240 hours of unpaid work; costs and charges totalling £585.
Both were banned from keeping primates, reptiles and amphibians for the next two years (expires October 2021).

The Mail

Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria: Damien Beales and Robert High

#TheList Robert Jason High, born 20/12/1996, and Damien Robert Beales, born 16/04/1998, both currently of 17 James Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1EH – neglected and starved a large number of cats; desperate animals resorted to cannibalism.

Cat killers Robbie High and Damien Beales formerly of Liverpool and now of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
Robert High (left) and Damien Beales are now living in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Robert High and his partner Damien Beales left cats to starve at a property in Northgate Road, Stoneycroft, Liverpool L13

Cat killers Robbie High and Damien Beales formerly of Liverpool and now of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

RSPCA officers discovered starving cats eating the decomposing remains of others when they visited the house on 25 April 2019.

They found up to ten cats who were so desperate and hungry that they had shockingly resorted to cannibalism.

Five dead cats were in the process of being eaten.

Cat killers Robbie High and Damien Beales formerly of Liverpool and now of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The grim remains were discovered by the property’s landlord who was so disturbed that he contacted the police who next alerted the RSPCA.

Robert High

Beales and High both pleaded guilty to one charge of cruelty.

The prosecution has been previously adjourned after both men, Beales and High repeatedly failed to turn up.

Sentencing: 16-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Each ordered to pay £500 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Liverpool Echo

Additional information:

High and Beales move around frequently. They only lived in Stoneycroft for five months. Prior to living there, they lived in Kirkdale, Liverpool. Neighbours of the Kirkdale property allege they overheard the couple accusing each other of raping cats.

High is said to have serious mental health issues, including self-harming. He has a YouTube channel called My Borderline LIfe on which he discusses his borderline personality disorder and also ‘sings’.

Millom, Cumbria: Alison Chesterman

#TheList Alison Maria Chesterman, born 16/03/1965. of Victoria Street, Millom Cumbria LA18 5AS – failed to treat her pet dog’s flea infestation

Convicted animal abuser Alison Chesterman pictured outside court
Alison Chesterman kept several cats and a dog in her filthy, flea-infested home. She also failed to treat the dog’s numerous ailments.

Chesterman was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her dog, known as Doodles, who was badly affected by flea bites.

RSPCA inspectors who visited Chesterman’s home found that Doodles had extensive fur loss and his skin had become inflamed and darkened. Veterinary examination showed that he was also suffering a heart murmur, arthritis, conjunctivitis and a chronic skin condition.

Doodles was neglected by Alison Chesterman
Doodles was suffering from a painful untreated skin condition but has since recovered in the care of the RSPCA

He was living in an unhygienic environment which smelled of animal faeces and ammonia. Nine cats were also removed from the property

The court heard RSPCA inspectors visited the house a number of times following an anonymous tip-off and urged Chesterman to take Doodles to the vet.

Eventually, Doodles was taken to a vet by the RSPCA after inspectors found Chesterman still had not acted on urgent advice to do so.

Chesterman, who represented herself in court, said she had tried to rehome her dog so Doodles could live away from her flea-infested home but had not found anyone to take him.

Sentencing: four-week curfew. Banned from keeping any animals for just two years.

The Mail

Workington, Cumbria: Richard Blair-Forster

#TheList Richard Blair-Forster, born 01/12/1995, of 21 Walker Road, Workington CA14 5EX – neglected four dogs, two of whom almost died

Blair_Forster was jailed for starving four dogs and assaulting the RSPCA inspector trying to rescue them
Thug Richard Blair_Forster was jailed for starving four dogs and assaulting the RSPCA inspector trying to rescue them

Richard Blair-Forster, who lives with his mother and sister neither of whom faced charges, admitted neglecting German Shepherds Bailey, Rocco and Denver and Golden Retriever Mia.

Steven Marsh, prosecuting, told magistrates that when RSPCA Inspector Martyn Fletcher visited Blair-Forster’s home he described the dogs as lethargic and emaciated and in need of immediate medical attention.

Mr Marsh said: “The defendant refused to allow the dogs to be removed and the RSPCA inspector had to leave and request police assistance due to threats being made.”

Two of the dogs had to be carried into the veterinary surgery, Millcroft Vets, as they were unable to bear their own weight.

The examining vet found the pets to be considerably underweight, with muscle loss and suffering from dehydration. She estimated the neglect had been taking place for around two months.

Bailey only weighed 15.2 kg instead of the expected 34-43 kg when he was found. It took 25 days of medical care for him to recover before he could go to foster care. It was five days before he could hold his head up and six days before he could stand.

Another one of the German Shepherds had to be hospitalised for 12 days and given treatment such as intravenous fluids.

Mr Marsh said: “The vet said in 17 years of veterinary practice she had never seen dogs as starved as these two. The dogs have gone on to make good recovery.”

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Golden Retriever Mia has recovered thanks to the efforts of the RSPCA and their vet

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Bailey has also recovered since being taken into the care of the RSPCA

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Rocco has also made a good recovery following treatment by the RSPCA and their vet

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Looking healthier: German Shepherd Denver whom the Blair-Forster family had bred from

During a police interview, Blair-Forster told officers he “fed the dogs near-enough every day.” He also claimed he bought their food before he fed himself due to financial difficulties.

Ryan Foley, defending, told the court his client “accepts these dogs shouldn’t have been in that state in the first place, but the cause is incompetent care rather than something more nasty.”

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Richard Blair-Forster said he fed his four dogs “every other day”.

Mr Foley added the defendant struggled to cope issues in his personal life, lacked maturity and often buried his head rather than deal with problems.

Speaking after the sentencing Inspector Fletcher said: “This result shows how seriously the magistrates have taken this. If you have animals you have to take responsibility for them. Three of the dogs are already in foster care and are doing brilliantly.

“I’d like to highlight the work Millcroft vets did. When we took the first two dogs to them we told each other they were too far gone to be saved. But Millcroft did a sterling job to bring them round. They were as close to death as I’ve ever seen.”

The dogs will now be rehomed by the RSPCA.

Sentencing: 
Jailed for 16 weeks for the animal cruelty offence. He was also given two further weeks in jail for assaulting RSPCA Inspector Fletcher. £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any animal for 15 years.

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Carlisle/WIGTON, Cumbria: Richard Todd and Wayne Lawson

#TheList Wayne Lawson, born 28/09/1978, of 23 Sheehan Gardens, Carlisle CA2 7GY and Richard Todd, born 20/07/1978, of 11 Mill Road, Wigton CA7 5EE – made a video as they tried to kill a badger by setting their dogs on it

Badger baiters Richard Todd (left and in green top in middle photo) and Wayne Lawson both from Cumbria
Badger baiters Richard Todd and Wayne Lawson both from Cumbria

Lawson and Todd admitted trying to kill the badger while Lawson also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs by failing to provide veterinary care for facial injuries.

Wayne Lawson's dogs had suffered a variety of untreated facial injuries
Lawson failed to get veterinary care for his dogs’ painful facial injuries.

Patterdale terrier Scooby and Bull Lurcher Stan were both found at the Carlisle property along with four other dogs, with horrible injuries to their faces and muzzles. The dogs, who had remained in RSPCA care, were rehomed.

The men were due to stand trial but after charges of interfering with badger setts and of causing an animal fight to take place were dropped, they admitted the attempt to kill.

Badger baiter Richard Todd
Badger baiter Richard Todd

Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA officer Jason Bowles said: “We received intelligence that Mr Lawson was involved in badger digging and found two dogs at his property with extensive scarring and nasty injuries consistent with fights with badgers.

“We seized a mobile phone which had saved videos showing him and another man digging down to tunnels before placing the dogs underground to find the wild animals.

“This case really shows the suffering caused to the poor badgers who are hunted for fun as well as the dogs used in this barbaric blood sport. They are often left with hideous injuries and disfigurements and rarely receive appropriate veterinary treatment or pain relief.”

Sentencing:
Both – 140-day prison term, suspended for a year.

Lawson – 160 hours of unpaid work in the community. Disqualified from keeping dogs for four years. Total costs and charges of £1,415.

Todd – 100 hours of unpaid work in the community. Total costs and charges of £1,115.  Banned from keeping animals for two years.

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Carlisle, Cumbria: Kaine Moon Hardie

#TheList Kaine Moon Hardie, born 07/05/1994, of Forest Hill, Carlisle CA1 3HF – repeatedly kicked and punched a greyhound rescue dog

Carlisle dog abuser Kaine Moon Hardie and his victim - a rescue greyhound

Hardie admitted causing the dog  (pictured) unnecessary suffering.

The cruelty came to light thanks to off-duty police officer Christoper Brennand.

He had been driving past when he saw the defendant viciously attacking the dog on London Road, Carlisle, on September 30, 2018.

First, the officer saw Hardie kicking the dog in his legs forcefully.

Then Hardie delivered a second kick to the dog’s ribs, causing her to yelp out in pain.

Another witness, a woman pedestrian, intervened after seeing Hardie punching and kicking the dog, and dragging her along the pavement.

When police interviewed Hardie, he blamed his actions on drinking too much.

He told police he had been drinking vodka.

Dog abuser Kaine Moon Hardie from Carlisle

John Cooper, for Hardie, said the defendant had owned the dog for two-and-a-half years.

“His mother works for a rescue shelter and that is how he got hold of the dog,” said the lawyer.

“In those two and a half years, that dog has become his closest friend. He is adamant that he has never done anything like this before.”

Mr Cooper said the dog was regularly given veterinary treatment, and taken out on to the fells by Hardie.

He said that the dog went everywhere with the defendant, who could not recall mistreating the animal.

Dog abuser Kaine Moon Hardie from Carlisle
The dog abused by her drunken owner Kaine Hardie

The lawyer pleaded with District Judge Gerald Chalk to let Hardie keep the dog. But Judge Chalk refused, telling Hardie: “This seems to have been gratuitous violence, committed in drink.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order, with 150 hours of unpaid work, £85 costs, and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any animal for five years.

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