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Poole, Dorset: Scott Cochrane

#TheList serial wildlife persecutor Scott Matthew Cochrane, born 09/11/1989, of 4 Yarrow Close, Poole BH12 4FL – found with dead rabbits, lurcher-type dogs and steel ball bearings

Scott Matthew Cochrane from Poole routinely hunts wild animals with dogs

Repeat offender Cochrane was back in court after breaching a five-year criminal behaviour order imposed in September 2015 after a video of him pulling the head off a live wood pigeon was uploaded to Facebook. He admitted being in possession of a wild animal and for hunting a wild mammal with a dog, an offence under Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Cochrane, whose Facebook account is riddled with boasts about his ‘kills’, is now prohibited from entering many rural areas in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The areas include south of the A35 in the Purbeck and Dorchester area, rural northeast Dorset up to the M4 corridor in north Wiltshire and parts of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Scott Matthew Cochrane from Poole routinely hunts wild animals with dogs

This will prevent him from using routes such as the A338 from Ringwood into Wiltshire, A354 from Puddletown to Salisbury and A350 from Wimborne to parts of Wiltshire, which all feature in hotspots for such rural crime.

At 11.41pm on Saturday October 5, 2019, officers were called to a rural location in the Blandford area in relation to suspected poaching in fields. They located a van and saw two men – one of whom was the defendant.

There were two lurcher-type dogs with them and they had a high powered lamp. They were also found to be carrying dead rabbits. A search of their vehicle located a catapult and steel ball bearings, as well as further dead rabbits.

The new criminal behaviour order will last for three years.

Cochrane must not:

• Act or incite others to behave in an anti-social manner, that is to say a manner that causes harassment, alarm or distress to any persons.

• Use or incite others to use threatening, intimidating, insulting or abusive words or behaviour in any place to which the public has access.

• Be in possession of a wild animal, wild bird or part of a wild animal or bird living or dead.

• Be in possession of a catapult or shot, such as ball bearings, or to be in a vehicle with a catapult or such shot in a place to which the public have access or private land as a trespasser.

• Allow a dog under his control off a lead, except on private land with the land owners written permission.

• Be in a vehicle with a dog traditionally used for the purpose of hare and deer coursing, such as a Lurcher, Greyhound, Saluki, or a cross breed of these varieties unless travelling to an emergency vets appointment.

• Own dogs traditionally used for the purposes of hare and deer coursing such as Lurchers, Greyhounds, Saluki or a cross breed of these varieties.

Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, Rural Crime Co-ordinator for Dorset Police, said: “Coursing with dogs and poaching is a national priority for both rural and wildlife crime and there are many repeat victims across the UK.

“This issue is not about ‘one for the pot’ but part of a network of persistent criminals who will threaten and intimidate our rural communities if challenged and cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to crops, gates and other property.

“They train their dogs on rabbits, hares and even on deer, with no regard for the welfare of wildlife or their dogs and they are willing to travel vast distances into other counties.

“Dorset Police is part of the national strategy between 22 police forces, Operation Galileo, where civil and criminal powers will be used to prevent such offending by hare coursers and protect vulnerable victims.

“I hope this sends a clear message that coursing and other such crimes are not tolerated and we will take robust action against anyone suspected of such an offence.

“This now varied order is a first of its kind for rural crime, in that it bans the defendant from large areas of rural land across three counties and it restricts his ownership of certain dog breeds and cross breeds.”

Sentencing: eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. Victim surcharge of £122 and £85 costs. The other man was given a caution. Three-year criminal behaviour order.

Southern Daily Echo

Verwood, Eastern Dorset: Jillian Sanford

#TheList breeder Jillian Elisabeth Sanford, born c. 1948, of Oaklands Close, Verwood BH31 6NZ – for extreme neglect of eight dogs

Sanford, who breeds whippets and English setters under the name Erinnis, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an English setter named Star by failing to seek appropriate care for an entrapped claw. She also failed to get veterinary treatment for her seven whippets’ various ailments, which included chronic eye condition and advanced dental disease.

At least one of the dogs was said to be very thin when rescued. The abuse apparently took place over a prolonged period and it took some time for a prosecution case against Sanford to be built.

Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £1,180 fines, costs and charges. All dogs handed over to the RSPCA. Banned from keeping any animal for five years.

Bournemouth Echo

Sterte, Poole: Jon-Luc McLoughlin

#TheList Jon-Luc McLoughlin, born 30/07/1992, of Lagland Court, Poole BH15 1RS – punched and kicked his German Shepherd puppy to death in a fit of rage

Dog killer Jon Luc McLoughlin of Poole, Dorset, UK

McLoughlin subjected 11-month-old rescue dog Lexi, whom he had only owned for a month, to a barbaric beating. When the pet died, he attempted to cover his tracks by leaving her body in the woods near his home where she was found by a group of schoolchildren.

Lexi was beaten to death by her owner Jon Luc McLoughlin of Poole, Dorset, UK
Lexi was beaten to death by her owner Jon Luc McLoughlin of Poole, Dorset, UK

The death was reported to the RSPCA, who led the prosecution against McLoughlin.

In court, McLoughlin admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Dog killer Jon Luc McLoughlin of Poole, Dorset, UK

The court heard that a post-mortem carried out on Lexi’s body found she had suffered ‘blunt force trauma’, including a laceration to her liver.

She also had blood in her abdomen and a stomach tear.

Dog killer Jon Luc McLoughlin pictured at court 28/11/2019
McLoughlin pictured at court on 28/11/2019

During a police interview, McLoughlin initially tried to put the injuries down to a road traffic collision.

Dog killer Jon Luc McLoughlin of Poole, Dorset, UK

However, he later confessed to the killing, telling officers: “I get very angry and I don’t know what came over me.”

Matthew Knight, prosecuting, said: “He punched or kicked the dog to death and dumped the body in some trees near his home.

“It was found by locals and upset local children who saw it.

“She had a laceration to her liver, blood in her abdomen and a stomach tear.

“It is likely that the dog did not survive for long.”

Dog killer Jon Luc McLoughlin of Poole, Dorset, UK

James Moore, mitigating for McLoughlin, said the defendant was under “significant stress” as he was acting as a carer for his ill father at the time of the incident.

“This episode of blind rage is where stress has got the better of him,” Moore said.

“This is not just some violent thug who thinks it is okay to treat his own pet poorly.”

McLoughlin’s sentencing hearing was attended by around 25 animal rights campaigners – including his mother, half-sister and half-brother.

After seeing his sibling go down, Alec Mackay claimed the sentence was too short. He said: ‘My mum is grateful that he has gone down but I don’t think 16 weeks is long enough. If anything it should have been a year minimum.

‘If it was a human he would have gone down for a lot longer. We are all living creatures so he deserved to get more. I hope the dog comes back and bites him on his a***.’

Sentencing: 16 weeks in prison and a lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Daily Mail

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Background

Since originally publishing details of this case back in August 2019 we have been contacted by various people from Jon-Luc McLoughlin’s past. The following must, of course, be treated as unproven allegations but, if true, demonstrate that we are dealing with a truly monstrous character, who cannot be trusted to be around animals, women, children or the elderly.

Animal cruelty: he has allegedly abused animals before, possibly multiple times.

McLoughlin cares for his grandfather, who has a dog and has allegedly subjected that dog to beatings.

An ex-girlfriend claims that McLoughlin also beat her dog.

McLoughlin has had several previous rescue dogs and was also (allegedly) violent towards them. Whether he killed any of them remains a grey area.

Child cruelty: it’s alleged that McLoughlin’s children were removed from him due to physical abuse. His current girlfriend is said to be pregnant.

Domestic violence: the same ex-girlfriend who claims McLoughlin was violent towards her dog also alleges that she lost a baby following a beating by McLoughlin.

McLoughlin tends to target vulnerable women, sometimes with learning difficulties.

Elderly abuse: it is alleged that McLoughlin’s grandfather is terrified of him and has also been a victim of his violent temper.

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Alternative address for Jon-Luc McLoughlin: Trinidad Crescent, Poole BH12 3NN .

Gillingham, Dorset: Dennis Thorne

#TheList Dennis Thorne, born c. 1976, of Kington Magna, Gillingham, Dorset SP9 – failed to care for goats, ferrets and poultry on his smallholding

Conditions on Dennis Thorne's smallholding

Thorne, who is a Romany gypsy, pleaded guilty to six offences under animal health and welfare legislation following an investigation by Dorset Council Trading Standards. This included four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of causing unnecessary suffering to a flock of 30-40 poultry, two goats and two ferrets, by failing to provide them with appropriate care and one offence of failing to inspect his animals at regular intervals.

He also pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to tag his two goats, which is legally required to prevent animal disease spread.

Conditions on Dennis Thorne's smallholding

In March 2019, trading standards officers visited land Thorne rented at Okeford Fitzpaine, near Sturminster Newton. They discovered the carcasses of around 20 ducks, chicken and geese littering the animal enclosure. The few surviving poultry were emaciated and in filthy conditions.

Two emaciated goats were also found in a small pen with no clean water or dry lying area.

Conditions on Dennis Thorne's smallholding

In a nearby barn were cages containing the carcasses of two ferrets. The cages were filthy and all of the drinking containers were empty. Despite having received previous advice from the team, the goats were not tagged.

All the animals remaining in Thorne’s possession were seized by Trading Standards under the Animal Health Act and then cared for by the RSPCA. Thorne later agreed to give up his ownership of them.

The court was advised that Thorne had received a formal caution from the RSPCA in 2009 for causing unnecessary suffering to a horse.

Sentencing: 14 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Community Order of 200 hours of unpaid work and 20 days of rehabilitation. Ordered to pay £715. Banned from keeping all animals for 10 years.

Gillingham News
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Boscombe, Bournemouth: Ben Avill

#TheList Benjamin Samuel Avill, born 26/11/1982, of 16 Waltham Road, Bournemouth BH7 6PE – poisoned 50 tropical fish in an act of revenge against his former partner

Evil Ben Avill from Bournemouth laughed as he killed dozens of fish in an act of revenge
Evil Ben Avill laughed as he killed dozens of fish in an act of revenge

Avill went into a ‘fit of rage’ when Jenny Daniels told him their 12-year relationship was over.

He grabbed a nearby bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the large tank that contained 50 fish.

The court heard how Avill “laughed” as the fish were poisoned.

All but one of them died. The sole survivor, a bristlenose pleco fish called Bob, now lives with Miss Daniels.

Miss Daniels, from Bournemouth, reported her ex to the RSPCA.

Evil Ben Avill from Bournemouth laughed as he killed dozens of fish in an act of revenge

Carpenter Avill, who has a previous conviction for drink driving, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Matthew Knight, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “In the eyes of the general public, if he had done this to 49 dogs the outcry would be significant.

“However, the act does not differentiate between protected animals.”

Mr Knight said the fish would have suffered greatly as they were poisoned

“The fish were jointly owned by the defendant and Ms Daniels,” he said.

“They were arguing and in a fit of rage he poured a three-litre bottle into the tank.

“An expert has since said they would have died an acute and unnecessary death.

“Fish can and do suffer and the defendant has shown very little remorse for his actions which caused the death of a lot of fish.”

Leah Dillon, mitigating, said: “The relationship between Miss Daniels and the defendant was volatile.

“This incident was the culmination of several years of tough times.

“He describes himself as like a bottle of champagne which his partner was shaking and waiting for the cork to pop.

“He says it was completely out of character for him and he has shown genuine remorse.”

Sentencing: 14-week prison term suspended for 12 months; costs of £400; 200 hours of unpaid work and 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Bournemouth Echo

Cullompton, Devon: Edward Shere

Edward Shere, born c. 1989, of Gingerland Livery Yard, Colebrooke Lane, Cullompton EX15 1PD – shot a pet pig called Ivor three times before dragging him, still alive, onto a trailer with a winch

Edward Shere
Callous Edward Shere caused pet pig Ivor tremendous suffering in his final moments

Shere, a former stocksman with the Portman Hunt, had denied harming the pig but was found guilty of causing him unnecessary suffering.

RSPCA officials said Shere was contacted on the hunt’s emergency line by Ivor’s owner.

The owner asked Shere to humanely destroy the pet pig at a smallholding. Vets had advised the animal be euthanised.

However, the defendant used an ‘incorrect weapon’ and failed to properly and humanely euthanise Ivor, who weighed 340 kilograms.

Shere then winched the much-loved family pet onto a trailer while he still alive in front of his owners, who had gathered to say their final goodbyes.

Ivor’s owner has since set up a campaign group on Facebook.

RSPCA chief inspector Mike Butcher, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “It’s essential all animals are treated in a way which safeguards their welfare at all times, throughout their entire life.

“Many animals have their lives ended due to being put down as a result of illness, age or infirmity.

“At this upsetting final stage of an animal’s life, owners place their full trust in those employed to humanely put animals to sleep to do so competently and without causing the type of suffering Ivor sadly experienced.”

Sentencing: disqualified for transporting (but not keeping) animals for three years. 120 hours of unpaid work; £750 fine.

Bournemouth Echo

Christchurch, Dorset: Martin Harrison

#TheList Martin Harrison, born c. 1960, of 4 Belvedere Road, Christchurch BH23 1PT – fed his two dogs a diet of cheese and rice pudding until they became so fat they couldn’t walk

Martin Harrison allowed his dogs Brucie and Lucy to become so obese they couldn’t walk and also failed to treat Lucy’s painful ear condition. Both dogs have now returned to a healthier weight in the care of the RSPCA.

Martin Harrison was convicted of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffies Brucie and Lucie and one of failing to provide veterinary care after allowing the dogs to become so overweight they were ‘barrel-shaped’ and buckled under their sheer size.

Although Harrison blamed his late mother for over-feeding the two dogs, he confessed to occasionally spoiling them with ‘cakes and doggy treats’.

The dogs were ‘panting heavily’ after being seized by RSPCA inspectors.

During the time Harrison owned the dogs, Brucie’s weight ballooned from a healthy 46lbs to 82lbs. Lucy’s weight increased to 75lbs and she had a chronic ear condition which was not treated.

Brucie’s weight almost doubled from a healthy 46lbs to 82lbs while Lucy’s bulk ballooned to 75lbs after Harrison took ownership of them in 2014.

Lucy is now a healthy weight

She also had a “significant” ear condition which was ignored.

The pair have since been put on a strict diet and now weigh a svelte 50lbs each.

Lucy has also had an op to repair her ear.

Both dogs have now been permanently confiscated from Harrison after a hearing at Poole Magistrates’ Court.

Jeremy Lake, prosecuting, said: “Both dogs were grossly obese and barrel-like when they were seized.

Brucie’s obesity caused him to collapse. He is now thriving.

“Brucie was panting constantly and laying down in the consulting room. He had fatty deposits around his neck and back.

“Lucy was also overweight and she had a chronic ear disease caused over a long time.”

Harrison, who lived with his mother, bought Brucie and Lucy on Gumtree in November 2014.

The defendant represented himself in court. He said his late mother, who had Alzheimer’s, would feed the dogs fatty food, despite him repeatedly asking her not to.

It’s all Iain Duncan Smith’s fault apparently …

He said he could not afford to take Lucy to the vets for a period of time, and blamed former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith for stopping his benefits.

“My dogs are my children. I miss them like crazy and I just want them back. I’ve got no one else,” he said.

“Any missed vet appointments can be blamed on Iain Duncan Smith. My benefits were stopped and I had no money.”

Sentencing: total of £280 in fines, costs and charges. Disqualified from owning or keeping animals for two years.

Dorset Echo

Weymouth, Dorset: Richard Thomas Hansford

#TheList Richard Thomas Hansford, aged 67, of 70 Mount Skippet Way, Dorchester DT2 8TP – caused suffering to chickens and pigs he kept on a smallholding

Dorset smallholder Richard Thomas Hansford neglected chickens and pigs

Hansford pleaded guilty to four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007.

The offences related to four chickens kept on a small patch of land at Lewell near Dorchester.

In February 2017, Dorset County Council’s trading standards service received a complaint about Hansford’s chickens and visited the land he kept them on just outside Dorchester.

They found the chickens in a large, muddy pen with no coop or place that the chickens could be protected from predators or the weather.

At the time of the visit the weather was bitterly cold which meant that any water left out for them was frozen.

The available water was not clean as all the containers had green algae growing in them.

The court heard that Hansford had received numerous visits and advice on how to care for his animals over a ten-year period but had continued to ignore this.

In January 2017 Hansford had signed a formal caution for almost identical charges relating to pigs he also kept on the land.

In mitigation, Hansford stated that he had been a gamekeeper for 19 years and had done his best to look after his animals.

He told the court he had suffered from depression for several years.

Sentencing him, the chair of the Magistrates said that Mr Hansford had caused distress to the animals for a significant period and that this was compounded by not adhering to the advice given to him by Trading Standards.

Sentencing:
Ordered to pay £530. Banned from keeping poultry and pigs for 10 years 

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Bournemouth, Dorset: Charmaine Collins

#TheList Charmaine Victoria Louise Collins, born 02/01/1990, of Rosebery Road, Southborne, Bournemouth BH5 2JH – let 61 animals die in her maggot-infested flat

Hoarder Charmaine Collins from Bournemouth and some images from the scene of horror that confronted the RSPCA.
Hoarder Charmaine Collins from Bournemouth and some images from the scene of horror that confronted the RSPCA.

Mother-of-one Collins crammed 196 animals including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and lizards as well as ducks and chickens in to her two-bedroom flat at 25 Hamilton Road in Boscombe before she was raided by police and the RSPCA. Some animals had gone without water and food for at least a week. Of the 196 animals, 61 died.

The court heard that Collins, who had started a degree in veterinary care, had established an animal breeding business called Fairytales with a friend. However, the friend backed out around two weeks before the flat was raided.

Officials found 48 animals in a small shed in the property’s communal garden. Many of the creatures inside – including 30 guinea pigs – were dead at the time, or died shortly afterwards.

Entry was then forced to the flat, which was in darkness and without electricity. As RSPCA inspector Patrick Bailey panned a torch around the dark rooms, the beam fell on a severely dehydrated rabbit, which was “convulsing”.

Officers were cofonfronted with loosely-stacked crates and cages filled with animals and smaller creatures suffocating in plastic containers.

More rabbits were confined to these containers, unable to move in any direction.

An animal carcass infested with maggots was also discovered. Decomposition indicated the creature had been dead for some time.

The RSPCA had first become involved with Collins in April 2016 over “similar issues”. At that time, Collins sought help from officials and some months later had just two dogs and a lizard.

However, she then began buying animals from fairs and shows. Ten days after she was interviewed by police, she travelled to Holland to buy 70 rodents. All have now been seized by the RSPCA.

Collins, who currently works as an assistant for Poole photography business Lite-Box Imagery,  admitted six charges relating to the care of the animals.

Sentence: 12-month community order and 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days; total of £330 costs and charges. Banned from keeping any animal for the next 10 years (expires July 2028).

Daily Echo
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Weymouth, Dorset: Robert David Dewar

#TheList Robert David Dewar, born 23/04/1983, formerly of Dorchester Road, Weymouth, and more recently Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame, Embo, Dornoch IV25 3QD – caused unnecessary suffering to 11 reptiles, with six found dead at his home

Robert David Dewar left his reptiles to starve to death.

Dewar pleaded guilty to causing suffering to a protected animal at Weymouth Magistrates Court.

He was charged for causing unnecessary suffering to two bearded dragons, a leopard gecko and two crested geckos.

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Matthew Knight explained the charge related to a period between September 9 2017 and October 10 2017 whilst Dewar was living on Dorchester Road in Weymouth.

Mr Knight told the court that in October 2017 a bailiff was warranted to enter Dewar’s flat and discovered 11 reptiles – with a python, two corn snakes, a bearded dragon and two leopard geckos found dead.

The RSPCA were unable to pursue charges for the six dead animals as it was not possible to conclusively say how they died, although a vet suspected they had starved to death.

Of the two bearded dragons that were rescued, one had to be put to sleep because of the severity of its condition. The other bearded dragon which was described by Mr Knight in court as being dehydrated and “responsive, but dull” has since recovered and been re-homed.

Addressing the court, Mr Knight said: “There were six dead reptiles in the flat and five alive but in a poor condition.

“The reptiles require a vivarium with UV lighting. They were not given this basic care.”

He added that a number of the animals had no water provided.

Mr Knight said: “It is believed that these animals were left suffering for at least a week but it could have been over a number of months.

“Of the animals that survived, they required significant intervention to help them live.

“He [Dewar] knew how to care for these animals, but simply chose not to.”

Representing himself, Dewar said: “I am sorry. I was having a hard time and everything got on top of me. I was trying to look after myself and not my animals.”

Speaking to the court Dewar’s probation officer added: “He [Dewar] was able to understand how the animals would have felt and has shown remorse for his actions.”

Sentencing Dewar, chairman of the bench Debbie Boitoult said: “We have heard details and seen the suffering these animals underwent. You were aware that these animals needed a certain amount of care that you failed to give.”

Sentencing:
Community order of 100 hours of unpaid work to be completed within 12 months. Total of £385 costs and charges. Banned from owning or keeping any animals for 10 years.

Dorset Echo