#TheList Matthew Dennis Cassidy, born c. 1976, of Rosedale Grove, west Hull HU5 – was seen beating, dragging and throwing his West Highland terrier, Charlie
Cassidy pleaded guilty to the animal cruelty charges against him.
The court heard how a number of members of the public reported Cassidy after seeing him beat and drag the animal around the streets of Hull. Two teenagers were so concerned they even took the dog off him.
Cassidy also failed to protect Charlie from pain, suffering, injury and disease due to an untreated skin problem.
RSPCA inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “Cassidy was seen kicking and dragging Charlie around as he walked around the Anlaby Road and Linnaeus Street areas with him on May 21 .
“Witnesses saw Cassidy pick Charlie up by the scruff of the neck so that he was fully off the floor and shout in his face and later pick him up to chest-height by his collar, causing him to make coughing and choking sounds, and then throw him to the ground.
A number of people called police and the RSPCA between 5.30pm and 8.30pm when a passing police community support officer was approached by a member of the public after two teenagers took Charlie from him.”
Thankfully, Charlie has recovered well after being cared for by the RSPCA.
Ms Dickinson said: “Charlie was taken to a vets where, luckily, he was found to be uninjured but suffering from a skin condition. Cassidy admitted he’d been suffering with it for six weeks. Happily he’s made a good recovery in RSPCA care.”
In mitigation, the court heard that Cassidy was drunk at the time. Cassidy said he was disgusted by his behaviour and was very sorry for what had happened.
Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 12-month community order including 10 days of specified activity; total costs and charges of £450. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Angela Roe (aka Angela Atkinson) of Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire PR2 – live-streamed a video showing her abusing a cat who was later found dead
The sickening footage, which was screened on Twitter’s live-streaming video app Periscope – showed pet cat Misty screaming in agony as her owner, Angela Roe, bit and roughly handled her.
Misty was tragically found dead at Roe’s home by police after the incident was reported by a sickened friend.
Preston Magistrates’ Court heard the witness, who became online friends with Roe, saw Misty on her lap in a live stream on August 26 2017, in which she was “squeezing and shaking” the animal.
She was shouting, calling the cat a ‘pyscho’ and suggesting she should ‘not bite the hand that feeds’.
The woman then saw Roe bite the distressed cat’s ear, causing her to scream in pain.
Roe was heard to say it “needs to be disciplined or it will walk all over me.
Roe, who has mental health problems, was then seen to self harm and rub blood on the cat’s fur.
The worried woman corresponded with Roe the next day on Periscope, whilst Roe was drunk. She said her ‘other personality was going to come out. The bad side, the Jekyll; and Hyde nasty side of me.’
Misty was seen walking around and appeared to be fine, but the clip showed Roe put her on her lap again and say: ” Can she kill the cat and then kill herself?”
The witness pleaded with Roe saying: “Don’t do that – if you don’t want the cat I will give it a home.”
The court heard Roe told her viewer the only way she would kill her is by ‘starving her’. The woman could then hear the cat screaming but the video then ended.
Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Paul Ridehalgh said: ” Around 25 minutes later the broadcast resumed and the defendant typed:”My cat has just attacked me” and claimed Misty was ‘demonic’.”
The concerned friend asked what had happened and Roe told her the cat had attacked her and turned her phone camera around to show blood on the table, wall, skirting board and door in her home, which Roe claimed had come from her finger.
Mr Ridehalgh added: “When she was asked where Misty was she ‘became very aggressive and hissed like a cat’ at the screen.”
Roe claimed Misty was asleep on a ledge in the living room, but when the woman saw the cat it looked ‘stiff’, and she called the police.
When officers arrived they found Misty dead on the window sill, with blood on her.
Roe, who was drunk, claimed it was from her own self harming and said the cat was asleep. There were dirty dishes and rubbish strewn over the floor.
Misty’s body was taken to a veterinary pathology department in Liverpool, which indicated the cat, who had various injuries, including a haemorrhage in her lungs and bruises, had died from being smothered.
Roe was not convicted of this as there was insufficient evidence she was directly responsible, but she admitted causing Misty unnecessary suffering and failing to meet her needs.
The court heard in March 2018 police attended Roe’s home again to speak to her and she declared: ” There is a video dating back to August this year. The cat bit me and I bit her back. I was ******** out of my head.”
Roe thanked the bench as they agreed to suspend her 12 week jail term for a year on account of her mental health and alcohol issues. The chairman of the bench noted her “deliberate attempt to cause suffering” and added: ” The act was purely intentional as far as you were concerned.”
Sentencing: 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year; rehabilitation activity and alcohol treatment requirement. Total costs and charges of £490. Banned from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Marcus John Sarre, born c. 1994, of Avonmore Park, Lisburn – crushed the skull of a 15-week-old puppy after she urinated on the kitchen floor
Aspiring singer Sarre, who has admitted to having a problem with alcoholism, pleaded guilty to a single count of causing unnecessary suffering to the 15-week-old crossbred husky and collie, named Lilo, on April 14, 2018.
The court heard how neighbours called police when they heard screaming.
Prosecuting counsel Nicola Aurett told the court that when police arrived they saw blood on the hallway with a trail leading them to the bathroom.
“The dog was lying dead in the bath with blood all around it,” said the lawyer adding that Sarre, who had “drink taken”, admitted kicking the puppy.
She told the court that a report from a pathologist who examined the dog’s remains said the cause of her death was skull fractures.
Arrested and interviewed, Sarre said that he had let the dogs out after he had been away for a short time but his older dog, Polo, did a poo on the kitchen floor and he shouted loudly at him. This caused Lilo to urinate on the floor and he kicked her against a kitchen cupboard.
Sarre, who was upset during police interviews, told officers Lilo was bleeding from the mouth and was unresponsive so he took her to the bathroom where he tried CPR but without success.
Ms Auret submitted it was an aggravating feature that at the time of the incident, Sarre was on bail for assault.
In that case, the court heard that police were called at an address in Lisburn on January 21, 2017, and found a female sitting in a sofa, crying and bleeding from her swollen nose. The woman, the ex-partner of Sarre’s father, said the pair had been drinking when Sarre tried to kiss her but that when she pushed him away, he head butted her and then kicked her several times when she fell to the floor.
Defence counsel Damien Halloran conceded that both incidents had been “deeply unsavoury”. He added that Lilo’s tragic death was “almost instantaneous” and while Sarre tried to resuscitate the dog, it was a “futile exercise”.
The lawyer submitted it had been a “moment of madness” for Sarre to lash out but Lilo’s death had left him “completely hysterical, lying on the ground crying”, adding there was no suggestion of cruelty to his other dog Polo whom he rehomed from a rescue centre five years ago.
Mr Halleron revealed that Sarre had been abusing alcohol and drugs and had a difficulty coping with stress “if things didn’t go his way”, submitting that the judge could impose community service or leave “something hanging over his head”.
Judge Lynch disagreed however and jailed Sarre. For killing Lilo, Sarre was jailed for six months and the judge imposed four months for causing actual bodily harm, ordering the sentences to be served consecutively.
Sentencing Jailed for six months for kicking the puppy to death, followed by 18 months on supervised licence. He will serve a further four months in jail for head butting his father’s ex-partner. Banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.
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#TheList Natalie Dendri, aged 39, of Colston Street, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 – threw a pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her
Dendri was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and being drunk and disorderly after the incident in May 2018.
She was seen throwing the animal into the air and repeatedly punching her. The ferret tried to escape but Dendri caught her and attacked her again.
The details were revealed at a trial at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court after Dendri was charged with two offences – causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and being drunk and disorderly.
She denied both charges but failed to attend court and the trial went ahead in her absence.
Prosecutor Stephen Davies said the offences took place just before 2pm on May 31.
It was said a driver who was travelling along Armstrong Road saw a woman at the side of road with a furry object. She then threw it in the air and started punching it “really severely”.
The animal squirmed away but Dendri grabbed her and punched her again with a clenched fist, the court heard.
The police were called and PC Lewis Calboutin attended the scene.
The officer told the court : “I was asked to attend in relation to an intoxicated female who may have a pet that she was treating badly.
“I saw a female sitting on the grass verge on the side of Armstrong Road.
“She immediately appeared to me to be intoxicated. She had a ferret called Posh Spice. It was lying in the sun and it appeared dehydrated. It was hot, it was panting and seemed lethargic.”
Dendri was asked to get into a police vehicle so she could be taken home to attend to the animal’s welfare.
In the vehicle, she was shouting and swearing and, as they reached her address, she vomited in the van.
“We asked her to step out of the vehicle,” said PC Calboutin. “She started shouting and swearing at me and my colleague.
“She then dropped her ferret from a standard height to the floor.”
Dendri was arrested and the ferret was taken to a vet. The animal later recovered and was placed in a shelter.
On being interviewed, the defendant denied being drunk or that she ill treated the ferret. She pleaded not guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.
However magistrates found her guilty of both charges on the day of the trial.
It was also revealed that Dendri had previously admitted to an offence of assaulting an officer at a police station after she was arrested on May 31, 2018.
North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Dendri had kept ferrets for a number of years but after Posh Spice was removed she no longer had any pets.
Janice Hall, defending, said that Dendry was previously sectioned as a result of her ill mental health and now has carers.
Ms Hall said: “They ensure that she is taking her medication. They also help with her money and provide her with general assistance.
“She struggles looking after herself, she’s not in a position to give appropriate care for an animal.”
District Judge Kate Meek said: “You caused unnecessary suffering to a ferret whether you meant to or not. More to the point you carried on doing so.
“I accept there are a range of issues and a custodial sentence would simply delay that work being undertaken.”
She added: “Ms Dendri this is really your last chance. Let’s hope it works.”
Sentencing (02/11/18) 12-month community order to work with probation on her drug and alcohol issues; fined £50 and ordered to pay £250 costs. Unlimited ban on keeping animals which lasts for at least two years, after which Dendri would need to apply to a court to have the ban lifted.
#TheList junkie Kayleigh Weston, born 1987, of Lucerne Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7FG – left family rabbit to starve to death in her hutch
A police officer went to the defendant’s address and found the rabbit, named Smudge, dead in a hutch filled with droppings. He alerted the RSPCA and an examination found the animal was emaciated.
Roger Price, prosecuting for the RPSCA, told North Staffordshire Justice Centre a police officer visited the defendant’s home on April 14, 2018, and when there was no answer he went to the back of the house.
Mr Price said: “He was alerted to look into a rabbit’s hutch. There was an empty water bottle and an empty food bottle. There were a lot of droppings piled up. There was a lifeless black and white rabbit which was clearly dead.
“The RSPCA became involved and the rabbit was examined. A post mortem examination was carried out. The vet found there was no body fat at all on the animal and a very poor muscle mass. It was emaciated. All the skeletal bones could be seen. It had had diarrhoea and was probably dehydrated.
“The rabbit was significantly underweight. It was clearly ill and in need of veterinary attention.
“The rabbit was totally dependent on the owner to regularly inspect daily and to provide adequate food for the pet. It was estimated to have been dead for between two and four days.”
The defendant, who had owned the rabbit for six years, said she fed Smudge nuggets and carrots between 5pm and 6pm and cleaned the hutch once a week, but on occasions it was longer.
The court heard she last cleaned it out one or two weeks before the officer found the rabbit.
She added she did not think the rabbit was thin.
Weston pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by failing to explore and address the animal’s poor bodily condition between April 2 and 14, 2018.
The court heard the defendant descended into a chaotic lifestyle due to her drug use.
All her other pets have since been re-homed and she is, apparently, no longer using drugs.
James Hulse, mitigating, said the defendant’s care for the animal was ‘sporadic and incompetent’.
Mr Hulse said: “She threw food into the cage but did not look to see if the rabbit was eating the food properly.
“Had she been to the vet and said, ‘My animal is not eating’. It is that that has not occurred. There was care but it was incompetent.”
Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “This hutch was at least a few inches deep with faeces. The dead rabbit was found in a second compartment in the hutch. There was no food or water and as the rabbit was so emaciated it became clear that she had starved to death. There wasn’t even any rabbit food in the house.
“This was confirmed by a post mortem, which also showed that Smudge had zero body fat. She said that because Smudge was outside, she forgot about her. It is so sad that it was a case of out of sight, out of mind.
“It is so important to look after pets which are kept outside just as well as you would with pets who live inside your house, particularly as it gets colder and people are going outside in their gardens less.
“On top of that, rabbits have sensitive stomachs and going without food for even just 12 hours can cause them to suffer. The fact that Smudge went without food for so long is unbearable.
“It’s unbelievably cruel to simply leave an animal to slowly die in a cage without the care they need and deserve to survive.”
Sentencing: Fined £240 and ordered to pay costs and charges totalling £330. Disqualified from owning an animal for five years but can apply to have the disqualification terminated after three years.
#TheList Anthony O’Hara, aged 21, of Killowen Street, Coleraine BT51 – kicked and injured a pet dog in a cowardly attack
O’Hara, previously of Churchlands Road, Coleraine, has been put on probation for 18 months after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and possessing cannabis.
He must undertake 100 hours of community service “so that every time he picks up a piece of litter or paints a wall” he remembers his crime.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday that on July 20 2018 a heavily pregnant neighbour said O’Hara had been kicking a bin and then gave her the “middle finger” and swore at her.
The woman locked her door and put an ironing board across it in case O’Hara would try to get in.
The defendant was again verbally abusive to her and she feared that he was “going to stab” her.
A charge of common assault was withdrawn.
The woman then heard the defendant’s dog yelping for 10 to 15 minutes, and it stopped following “a very loud thud”.
Fearing for the safety of the animal, the woman called police, who found the dog bleeding from the nose.
There was also a strong smell of cannabis in O’Hara’s home and £20 of the drug was seized.
The prosecutor said the dog was taken to a vet and had trauma to an eye, a haemorrhage to its mouth, was withdrawn and nervous and was underweight for its age.
When interviewed by police, O’Hara said he had no recollection of the events with the neighbour.
He said the dog had a “bloodshot” eye as he was out jogging with this pet and a lead caught around a lamppost.
Regarding the other injury, he admitted to police he must have “clipped the dog too hard when he barked”.
He said he was feeding the dog but it was underweight because of “worms”.
Defence barrister Ben Thompson said the dog has now been rehomed to live with a friend of O’Hara’s.
The lawyer said there was “no one more upset or ashamed” of what he had done to the dog than the defendant.
His client, he said, had been living a chaotic lifestyle at the time and his behaviour was “extremely erratic” because of substance misuse which involved “risk taking” amid a relationship with alcohol.
The defendant, who had a record, works for a manufacturing company but Mr Thompson said the offences happened when he had been at his “absolute lowest ebb”.
He said a “thoroughly ashamed” O’Hara had not breached any bail conditions, which had involved an alcohol condition.
Mr Thompson added that “he knows how this case will change the public perception of him” and that there would be “consequences”.
District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant had committed a “cowardly act of kicking a dog” and causing injury, and said it was well-known courts treated that type of offence seriously.
In passing down the probation sentence and the community service, the judge also banned O’Hara from having the pet, or any dog, for the next 10 years.
He warned the defendant if there were any slip-ups he would be re-sentenced to four months in jail.
Sentence: Community service; 18-month probation; 10-year ban on keeping dogs
#TheList Linda Diane Cooper, aged 47, of Riverside Caravan Park, Minorca Lane, Bugle, St Austell PL26 8QN -starved dog to death by spending money on drugs instead of vet treatment
The 11-year-old dog, named Kano, had to be put down after drug addict Cooper, failed to take him to a vet.
Cooper admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
The court heard how Kano was eventually taken to a vet by a friend of Cooper in February 2018.
Despite six days of intensive treatment care he did not survive.
Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Lindi Meyer said the animal was “completely emaciated from prolonged neglect” and “could barely walk”.
He also had a painful chronic liver condition that caused a lack of appetite.
Speaking at the sentencing hearing, Ms Meyer described how Cooper, who was living in Bodmin at the time, had owned Kano for two years and said a neighbour told her the dog needed to visit a vet.
Cooper said she was unable to take him and when the neighbour took matters into their own hands and took Kano for treatment, Cooper didn’t even attend.
The visit to the vet revealed Kano had a body mass score of 1/5 and was suffering from jaundice and fleas.
Ms Meyer said: “The RSPCA was contacted and police attended and seized the dog, passing it to the RSPCA. It wasn’t until six days later the defendant contacted the vets to ask what was going on.
“There was an obvious muscle loss in Kano’s head resulting in a dip in his skull. This indicated ongoing suffering and he also had a poor coat and liver disease.
“This had been ongoing for weeks and months and the dog would have been in severe pain. Over six days the vets gave him tender loving care but he couldn’t be saved.”
Kano had to be put down despite a period of extensive treatment
During the investigation Cooper tried to pin blame on a vet and when asked if she could have done anything else to help Kano, she
Ms Meyer concluded: “It was a period of prolonged neglect. The defendant was well aware of Kano’s condition and chose not to seek help.
“She showed no remorse and was aware of Kano’s conditions and the concerns of neighbours but chose not to do anything.”
Charles Hulley, mitigating for Cooper, said that she was in the midst of an addiction and had also had her children taken away from her.
He said: “Her main priority is to look after herself and she is a lady who would benefit from the help of the Probation Service.
“She still says finances made it very difficult to take Kano to the vet.”
Sentencing Cooper, judge Diane Baker said it was only her guilty plea, the fact she’d been out of prison for so long and that she had been so honest about her drug addiction that meant she would not be sent to prison.
She said: “It was obvious the dog was suffering and this went on for a prolonged period of time.
“Kano was losing weight rapidly causing neighbours to intervene. You were effectively starving the dog to death and despite a lot of work that poor dog still died.
“In interview you showed a complete lack of remorse. You chose to spend your money on drugs and you are not a fit person to look after animals.”
Sentencing: 14-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months; 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days; £300 in costs and a victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for life.