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Golcar, West Yorkshire: Jack Green

#TheList Jack Christopher Green, born 15/10/1993, of Sycamore Avenue, Golcar, near Huddersfield, but with links to Longwood, Huddersfield, Leeds and Newmarket – subjected a Patterjack  X Dachshund puppy to a life of pain and abuse

Dog abuser Jack Green
2015 social media image of Jack Green

Agricultural worker Green was prosecuted by the CPS following an investigation by Suffolk Police. The court heard how he subjected the tiny dog, known as Pippin, to repeated acts of cruelty between 18 January 2019 and 2 May 2019.

Pippin was five months old when she was discovered by police outside an address in Newmarket on 1 May 2019. At the time, she was sporting a white bandage on her right foreleg and Green claimed that she may have fallen from a vehicle. He said that he took her to the vets who told him to treat the injury himself, therefore placing a makeshift bandage on her leg with the use of duct tape and a toilet roll holder.  

Abused puppy Pippin

Officers were not happy with her injury, treatment and his explanation so they seized Pippin and sought immediate veterinary attention.  The vet established that her right foreleg showed a severe leg injury that would require some intensive treatment.  

Jack Green

In the autumn Green was charged at magistrates court with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and pleaded guilty to this charge.  

Pippin was rehomed having initially being placed into the care of the RSPCA and attended a vet every two days for three months so she could have her bandages changed.  Following her rehoming, Pippin continues to learn to interact with her new family and other animals.

Abused puppy Pippin

PC Victoria McNamara said: “As a Wildlife Crime Officer for Suffolk Police, I have a specific interest in animal welfare.  Animals of all kinds are often hidden victims of crime and animal abuse can be a gateway to other offences being committed, it is wholly unacceptable to cause suffering to any animal and we will investigate and prosecute those offenders, bringing them to justice.
  
“In the case of Pippin, she was a little puppy who had for the first few months of her life suffered cruelty at the hands of her owner.  She was not in the best condition, she weighed 3.1kg and was on pain relief for quite a few weeks due to her fractured leg.  Over the last few months with correct care, adequate nutrition and lots of love, Pippin has flourished.

“Alongside A/PS Rebecca Webster, the rural crime unit and colleagues at West Yorkshire police roads policing unit in making the arrest we have all made a difference to the life of a puppy.   Coupled with the expertise of Criminal Justice Unit Case Management Officer Jo Foley, it really has been a team effort in bringing the defendant to justice over his actions against this little dog.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence; £200 compensation. Disqualified from owning animals for just five years (expires June 2025).

Suffolk Police
Newmarket Journal
East Anglian Daily Times

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire: Julie Ward

#TheList puppy dealer Julie Michelle Ward, born 11/04/1983, previously of 26 Douglas Road, Leigh, Greater Manchester WN7 5HG and currently of Greenacres travellers site on Slapton Road, Little Billington, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9BP

One of the dogs abused by puppy dealer Julie Ward and her accomplices

Julie Ward was convicted of animal cruelty offences in September 2016 alongside husband Martin Ward and brother-in-law Patrick Oliver Ward after a dead pet was found at a home they were using as a puppy farm. None of the gang showed up for sentencing and warrants were issued for their arrest

In May 2018 Patrick Ward was jailed for 22 weeks and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

The Wards sold the puppies from addresses on Douglas Road and Windermere Road, in Leigh, Wigan.

The RSPCA launched an investigation into the trio after eight people complained they received sick puppies.

Customers said the animals soon became ill after they arrived home.

Four of the pets died suddenly or were so poorly vets decided to put them down to end their suffering.

Back in April 2015 Ward sold a puppy when she was too young to leave her mother.

She also failed to provide a malti-poo with treatment for an ear mite infestation in November 2015, while in February 2016 she failed to provide a black and white puppy with treatment for parvovirus.

Inspector Pippa Boyd, who led the case, said: “We believe Ward, and two other people who were part of the operation and have been dealt with by the courts previously, were importing puppies and then selling them on from two addresses in Leigh.

“When we joined police to execute two warrants at the properties in February 2016 we found a number of dogs and other evidence.

“At one address – in Windermere Road – we found a number of phones labelled with different dog breeds.

“At the other – in Douglas Road – we found three dogs, one with an untreated broken pelvis, and the body of a dead Jack Russell terrier left in a kennel.”

Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail, £150 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping all animals for 10 years.

Manchester Evening News

Frimley, Surrey: Samuel Haylett

#TheList Samuel Haylett, born 30/09/1989, of Barnes Road, Frimley, Camberley GU16 – for hare coursing

Samuel Haylett, who  was caught hare coursing on private land in Essex
Samuel Haylett, who was caught hare coursing on private land in Essex

Sam Haylett was made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for hare coursing after Essex Police responded to reports near Blind Lane, West Hanningfield, south Essex.

Haylett admitted trespass in pursuit of game.

The CBO prohibits him from being in possession of a catapult, shot or an air weapon in a public place, bans him from being in the possession, control and company of any dog within Essex unless travelling to a pre-arranged emergency vet’s appointment, stops him from having a dog off a lead unless on private land or with the land owner’s consent and bans him from associating with three men in a public place.

At around 2pm on Sunday 13 October 2019, Essex Police received reports about hare coursing off Blind Lane.

An off-duty police officer was in the area and spotted Haylett, who was in possession of dogs who were in pursuit of a hare. This lasted around 30 seconds.

She then told Haylett to stop and put herself on duty before other officers arrived and arrested him.

The police took photographs of Haylett covered in mud before they seized a car, mobile phones, catapults and stones.

Haylett was interviewed under caution before being reported for the offence.

Chief Inspector Terry Balding, head of Rural Engagement Team, said: “The quick-actions by members of the community and an off-duty officer, who has an extensive knowledge of wildlife and countryside pursuits, has resulted in a man receiving a conviction for hare coursing.

“The order, which is the first we have ever secured for hare coursing, will restrict his activities, his movements and his associates and will help protect rural communities countrywide.

“Hare coursing isn’t just an illegal and cruel activity, it causes disruption and damage to private land and crops, it can have a financial impact on businesses and it endangers the safety of people living and working in the area.

“We remain dedicated, along with our policing colleagues, in the combat of hare coursing and we will continue to track down and deal with offenders such as Haylett.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Tackling rural crime is an important priority in my Police and Crime Plan and it is great to see the Essex Police Rural Engagement Team taking such a proactive approach to protecting our rural communities.

“Hare coursing is a dangerous and frightening crime committed in isolated areas of our county.

“It can make our rural communities feel vulnerable in their own homes and this is totally unacceptable.

“Securing this order sends a clear message that rural crime is not acceptable, it will be tackled and those committing offences will be caught.”

Sentencing: in addition to the Criminal Behaviour Order, Haylett was ordered to pay a total of £569 in fines, costs and charges.

Essex Police news

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire: James Callaby

#TheList James Robert Callaby, born 03/11/1996, of 5 Newlands House, 3 Tindall Close, Wisbech PE13 3QT – attacked a tiny kitten

Convicted cat abuser James Robert Callaby of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Callaby was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a black female kitten named Lola by striking her on the head.

Lola the kitten attacked by James Robert Callaby of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Although Lola went on to make a full recovery, she had suffered for several hours, possibly longer in pain and disorientation.

Convicted cat abuser James Robert Callaby of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Sentencing: 24-week suspended prison sentence; 120 hours of unpaid work; 30 days of rehabilitation activity; costs and charges of £735. Banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

Wisbech Standard

Norwich: Jack Butler

#TheList Jack Butler, born c. October 1997, previously of Stanley Street in Derby DE22 and at date of sentencing Beechwood Drive, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 – caught with child and animal porn

Child and animal porn pervert Jack Butler, now of Norwich, UK
Child and animal porn pervert Jack Butler, now of Norwich

Butler was caught with sick child abuse images and movies showing people engaged in sex acts with animals. Police came across the vile photographs and films when they raided his then address in Derby.

Analysis of Butler’s MacBook uncovered all three categories of indecent images, the most serious of which typically show young children carrying out sex acts with adults.

Derby Crown Court heard how since his arrest in October 2018 Butler has lost his university place and relocated to Norwich.

But he was spared an immediate prison term after seeking out help from a specialist charity and being deemed at low risk of re-offending.

Lauren Butts, prosecuting, said police attended Butler’s then address in Stanley Street on October 23, 2018 as an internet (IP) address from the home had been linked to downloading child abuse images.

She said analysis of his MacBook uncovered 16 extreme pornographic images showing humans and animals engaged in sexual activity.

Also found were 44 of the most serious category A indecent child images, 60 category B and 43 category C.

Miss Butts said: “It is fair to say the police got them because the defendant told them where they were.”

She did not reveal to the court the ages of the children involved

Butler was arrested and pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing the illegal images.

Gareth Gimson, mitigating, said his client has lost his university place.

He said: “He is working with a charity called ‘Stop It Now’ and receiving counselling.

“His mum and dad sit in court and he knows he has brought an incredible amount of shame not just on himself but on them.”

Sentencing: 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years and given sexual harm prevention order restricting his computer and internet use. He is to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.

Derby Telegraph

Kessingland, Lowestoft: Brian Medler

#TheList Brian Medler, born c. 1944, of London Road, Kessingland, near Lowestoft NR33 7PN – failed to treat his dog’s aggressive tumour.

Medler pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after his border collie, known as Leo, developed an aggressive tumour which was not properly treated for four months. The pensioner claimed to have mistaken a cancerous ulcer on the dog’s back for a tick bite.

The court heard the RSPCA had been contacted by a concerned member of the public and following two unsuccessful attempts to visit Medler’s home eventually saw Leo in June 2019. The stricken pet had a lump the size of a hand on his back which was clearly “infected and weeping”. There were also fly eggs in the centre of the wound.

Leo was taken to a vet for further examination where it was concluded that he had been caused unnecessary suffering.

Medler claimed to have taken the dog to a vet in Ireland but could provide no record of this. He also claimed that he was given cream to apply to the dog’s tumour twice a day but as the ulcer was cancerous this was not effective.

Calvin Saker, for Medler, said the 75-year-old had been looking after dogs since the age of 10 and was “hugely remorseful” about the incident.

Mr Saker said: “He saw the injury, took his pet to the vet and followed the advice he was given.”

Medler hoped his dog’s condition would improve and planned to take it to the vets two weeks after the RSPCA inspectors became involved.

Mr Saker said Medler had learnt “a very harsh lesson” but highlighted that he looked after another dog which was in a good condition.

Following the intervention of the inspectors, Leo had the tumour removed and is recovering well.

Sentencing: total of £625 in fines and costs. Deprivation order on Leo.

Eastern Daily Press

Thurlton, Norwich: Carole Rushmer

#TheList puppy farmer Carole L Rushmer, born 08/11/1959, of Home Farm, Low Road, Norwich NR14 6PZ

Puppy farmer Carole Rushmer (far right) with Michael and Zoe Rushmer all of Norwich, UK.
Puppy farmer Carole Rushmer (far right) with Michael and Zoe Rushmer.

Carole Rushmer has been banned from buying or selling dogs for two years for her involvement in a family-run puppy farm.

She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs she kept at her farm in Thurlton in Norwich.

Three other family members – Zoe Rushmer, Michael Rushmer and Jacob Murphy – have already been sentenced for their part in a scam, which netted more than £300,000.

The puppies, which have since been rehomed, showed signs of worms and had fur matted with excrement and burns on their skin, magistrates were told.

The court was told Rushmer’s late husband Michael had started a puppy farm to clear debts and later involved his daughter Zoe Rushmer, her partner Jacob Murphy and later his son, also called Michael Rushmer.

She admitted having provided premises for the puppy farm in Thurlton, though her lawyer said she had been coerced into it and was subjected to violence.

RSPCA inspector Amy Pellegrini, who worked on the case for four years, said some puppies were “emaciated”.

The RSPCA removed 74 dogs including several pregnant bitches, one of whom had 93 puppies.

“Being that age, they were very lucky to be alive in those conditions,” she said, speaking outside court.

“That’s not something that we see every day. To see something like that is very upsetting.”

Jacob Murphy, Michael Rushmer and Zoe Rushmer were sentenced in June 2019 for having sold ill or dying dogs they pretended had come from a family environment.

They kept some of the 74 animals in cages, dark sheds and a caravan in temperatures up to 30C (86F), Norwich Crown Court was told.

Murphy and Michael Rushmer were each jailed for 42 months, while Zoe Rushmer was given a two-year suspended jail sentence. They were all banned from keeping animals for life.

Sentencing: 14-week curfew; banned from buying or selling dogs for two years.

BBC News

Norwich: Alan Golder

#TheList Alan Aston Golder, born 10/03/1966, of Morse Road, Norwich NR1 4PJ – found guilty of hitting and being physically violent towards his British bulldog

Convicted dog abuser Alan Golder from Norwich with British bulldogs Annie and Bear
Convicted dog abuser Alan Golder from Norwich with British bulldogs Annie and Bear

Father-of-two Alan Golder was seen and heard by several dog walkers hitting and shouting at his British bulldog, Annie, when taking her and another bulldog, named Bear, for a walk in Pilling Park on November 11, 2018.

Golder had denied the charges and described himself as a caring, responsible dog owner who adored his dogs. He told the court he had not struck Annie but was trying to remove a stick she had in her mouth.

He said: “I would never strike my dogs. I love them to bits”.

But the court heard from three witnesses who said they saw Golder being aggressive towards the bulldog.

Kelly Matthews said she first became aware of Golder entering the park when she heard him shouting at his dogs.

Convicted dog abuser Alan Golder from Norwich
Despite being found guilty for physically abusing one of his pet dogs, Alan Golder received only a paltry fine and was not banned from keeping animals.

She said she saw Golder approach Annie – who was running around with a stick in her mouth – in a “very aggressive manner”.

Ms Matthews, who told the court she knew Golder, said she was aware Annie was not allowed sticks. She said: “Mr Golder picked her up by each end of the stick and he literally threw her so hard she landed on her back and she bounced off the ground.”

Ms Matthews said Golder then started hitting the dog. “He repeatedly struck Annie around the head muzzle in an attempt to get her to drop the stick.”

The court also heard from Darren Carrey and Jennifer Bunting, other dog walkers who were in Pilling Park on November 11 who told the court they also saw Golder striking Annie.

Finding Golder guilty, Jeffrey Dyett, chairman of the bench said: “We find the prosecution witnesses to be credible and compelling and we believe there was no vendetta against you as to you we did not find your explanation of events to be credible.

“We believe that this was a reckless incident we think that you were, up to that point a responsible caring owner.”

Sentencing: fined £120 and ordered to pay £500 in costs plus a £30 victim surcharge. No ban.

Norwich Evening News

Lyng, Norwich: Julie Cutting

#TheList Julie Cutting, born 1966, of Heath Road, Lyng NR9 5RT – kicked a dog several times

Victoria Bastock, prosecuting, said Cutting kicked the dog “six to seven times to her side” following an incident at First Performance Exhaust in Norwich.

Miss Bastock said Cutting had been there with her dog and was attempting to get into her vehicle while staff were trying to shut up for the night.

She said that before she started kicking the dog, she chased one of the workers around the car and was swearing at him.

Cutting was previously convicted in her absence of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, and using threatening/abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress on August 23, 2018.

She has also previously been convicted of stealing £340 of wages from a man in June 2017. The court heard she took the money from his outdoor letter box having damaged it in June 2017.

She had also been convicted of that offence in her absence and another matter of failing to comply with the requirements of a community order on May 1 2018.

James Landells, mitigating, said the events at the garage occurred while the defendant was suffering from a “psychotic episode”.

He said the offences occurred at a time when her mental health was in “some form of chaos”.

He said in October 2018 the defendant’s “already struggling mental health spiralled even further out of control” when her son and daughter-in-law died in a crash.

He said she did not attend her court cases or probation appointment but was now on a much more stable keel.

He said she had her medication sorted out and was also not drinking.

Sentencing: four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Three-month curfew. Total of £455 compensation, cost and charges. Disqualified from keeping any animal for the next five years.

Norwich Evening News

Dereham, Norfolk: April Hawes

#TheList April Hawes, born c. 1983, of Banyard Court, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1ST – threw a cat nine metres’ distance at her neighbour’s door

Hawes attacked a tom cat named Shadow after becoming annoyed that he was “scenting” her home, disturbing her own cats.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Hawes throwing the cat about nine metres into the front of a neighbour’s property, with the animal hitting a bin.

Prosecuting Ashley Petchey said: “Forty seconds later she is seen throwing it a second time.”

A CCTV camera captured the moment Hawes threw a helpless cat at her neighbour's door
A CCTV camera captured the moment Hawes threw a helpless cat at her neighbour’s door

On the footage, Hawes can be heard screaming that she hoped the complainant could see it on CCTV and asked if she would be cleaning Hawes’ house.

Hawes was arrested and shown the images during interview. She told police she did not realise her own strength and was surprised how far the cat had gone.

Mr Petchey added: “She said [the complainant’s] two cats had been scenting everywhere and disturbing her own cats.”

Hawes claimed there was no intention to cause Shadow harm. However Mr Petchey said: “Clearly, from the footage, it was a deliberate attempt to cause suffering. Shadow is now walking with a limp.”

Hawes admitted causing suffering to a protected animal.

Anne-Marie Sheridan, defending Hawes, said she suffered post traumatic stress disorder.

She said she had been woken by her neighbour’s cats, which had got into her home, gone through her bin and sprayed. She said she had previously asked the council to stop the animals coming into her home but no action had been taken.

Miss Sheridan added Hawes had to leave her window open to allow her own cats to come and go from her property.

Sentencing: 12-month community order with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity. Ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £85. No ban.

Eastern Daily Press