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Kingston upon Hull: Celestino Furtado

#TheList Celestino Jorge Tavares Furtado, born December 1986, of 165 Hemswell Avenue, Hull HU9 5LD – kept an American bulldog left locked up in an empty office without food or water

American bulldog Teddy was locked in a filthy office by his owner Celestino Furtado from Hull, UK.
American bulldog Teddy was locked in a filthy office without food or water for several days before being rescued. He has recovered and will be looking for his forever home.

Former restaurateur Celestino Furtado, owner of Galitos LX Charcoal Grill Bar until it was shut down in 2018 for food hygiene breaches, said he didn’t have anyone to look after the dog when he went away, so he locked him up in an office and abandoned him.

The dog, now called Teddy, was so desperate for water and food he tried to chew through the door and was found walking in his own urine and faeces.

Portuguese national Furtado was found guilty in his absence of three offences contrary to section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, including failing to meet the dog’s need for a suitable environment, adequate care and supervision and an adequate supply of fresh drinking water.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he appeared before the same court on October 1, 2019, to be sentenced.

American bulldog Teddy was locked in a filthy office by his owner Celestino Furtado from Hull, UK.

RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “The smell coming out of the unit was unbearable. There was a wooden door inside which Teddy had scratched and chewed along with exposed electrical wires.

“It was a warm day and he appeared desperate for water – drinking every bowl we put in front of him. The environment was completely unhygienic and the large build-up of faeces suggested it had not been cleaned in some time.”

Previous advice had been given to Furtado by the RSPCA relating to keeping his dog’s environment clean, however, conditions had deteriorated to an unacceptable level.

Inspector Dickinson attended Furtado’s business address in Oxford Street, Wincolmlee, in May 2019, along with a Welfare Officer from Hull City Council.

They found the dog walking in his own urine and faeces, which led to some sores developing on his paws, although they were not infected.
He had skin irritation, particularly under his chin, most likely caused as a result of the unhygienic environment. The smell emanating from the unit was overpowering and could be smelt from outside.

Sentencing: 12-month community order to include 180 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £700 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping dogs for five years. Deprivation order on Teddy who will be rehomed.

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Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire: Dale Oldfield

#TheList Dale Antony Oldfield, born 25/10/1990, of 5 Windsor Crescent, Bridlington YO15 3HX – left his pet dog to suffer in immense pain with infections for a year

Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal pet dog to suffer in agony for over a year
Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal dog to suffer in agony for over a year

Oldfield let the “chronic” skin and ear infection afflicting American bulldog, Taegan, go untreated for over a year.

The RSPCA found Taegan in a poor condition on May 8, 2019, and she was seized by police before being taken to a vet for treatment. Unfortunately, her health deteriorated and the dog had to be put to sleep.

American bulldog Taegan was left to suffer in agony by her owner Dale Oldfield from Bridlington, UK.
Dale Oldfield left American bulldog to suffer with ‘chronic’ skin and ear infections without taking her to the vets.

Oldfield was charged with two offences under the Animal Welfare Act and called to court on August 14, but failed to appear.

He was convicted in his absence and, on October 2, 2019, appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court on charges relating to his treatment of Taegan.

Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal dog to suffer in agony for over a year
Oldfield is banned from keeping animals indefinitely

The court heard Oldfield had been told by a vet a year beforehand that Taegan needed treatment but had not given her any in the time since.

Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal dog to suffer in agony for over a year

RSPCA Inspector Claire Mitchell, who led the investigation, said: “Mr Oldfield was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Taegan by failing to provide veterinary treatment for the chronic skin disease and ear infection she was suffering from, and for keeping her in unsuitable conditions.

“Mr Oldfield told the court that he loved his dog and he’d done the best he could but didn’t have the money for veterinary treatment.

“We discovered Taegan had been to the vet one year before and he’d been told she needed treatment but he didn’t take any action.

“Having a pet is extremely expensive and people need to consider whether they can afford the associated costs before taking one on.

“We appreciate that people’s circumstances can change and families can find themselves struggling financially but we would always encourage people to ask for help instead of leaving a pet in pain.”

American bulldog Taegan was left to suffer in agony by her owner Dale Oldfield from Bridlington, UK.
Dale Oldfield posted this photo of Taegan to Facebook in April 2012 and proclaimed that she would never leave his side.

Inspector Mitchell added: “The judge accepted that Taegan had suffered immensely. She relied on Mr Oldfield and he let her down by failing to get her the help she needed.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work. Total of £435 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals indefinitely.

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Hull: Trevor Sunman

#TheList Trevor Wayne Sunman, born 13/08/1973, of Staveley Road, east Hull HU9 – starved and neglected two Staffordshire bull terriers and kept them in appalling conditions

Trevor Sunman of Hull failed to feed his dogs and kept them in foul conditions. Photo shows Lily who has now recovered from her ordeal.
Dog abuser Trevor Sunman and Staffy Lily who has happily recovered from her ordeal

Humberside Police officers were called to the home of Trevor Sunman and found Staffies Lily and Herbie in such awful conditions they called the RSPCA for help.

When inspectors arrived, they slipped in the faeces covering the floor and found the dogs with no food.

The dogs have now been taken into the care of the RSPCA and are ready to find their forever homes.

Sunman was found guilty in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to provide a suitable environment for the dogs.

Sunman said he thought his ex-partner was visiting the house to feed the dogs.

One of his charges related to Lily, who was found to be so thin and dehydrated she had to be placed on a drip, and the second charge was for both dogs being kept in an unhygienic environment.

RSPCA inspector Lucy Green said: “We were called by the police who initially saw the state of Lily and Herbie, the dog she was with.

“As soon as I got to the house, I immediately slipped in the faeces that was covering the floor.

“There was dog faeces and urine everywhere – I’ve never seen anything like it. It was simply a lack of food and care that led to these dogs being in this state and it could have been prevented.

“The good news is that they were lovely, friendly dogs, and recovered quickly as soon as we were able to feed and rehydrate them so they will now be able to be rehomed into loving new homes.”

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; total of £415 costs and charges. 10-year ban on keeping all animals.

Hull Daily Mail

Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire: Jeffrey and Sara Taylor

#TheList Jeffrey J Taylor, born c. 1987, and wife Sara J Taylor, born c. 1990, both of Salisbury Avenue, Hornsea HU18 1SX – put an emaciated and flea-infested dog to sleep to hide neglect from RSPCA

Callous Sara and Jeffrey Taylor from Hornsea near Hull, UK, had their neglected dog euthanised to avoid RSPCA prosecution.
Callous Sara and Jeffrey Taylor from Hornsea near Hull, UK, had their neglected elderly dog euthanised to avoid RSPCA prosecution.

Evil Jeffrey and Sara Taylor falsely claimed 12-year-old spaniel Max had cancer and had him put to sleep to cover up their neglect after the RSPCA launched an investigation into their treatment of their four dogs.

The pair, who pleaded guilty, had been warned that Inspector Jilly Dickinson wanted to speak to them about Max’s “worryingly thin” appearance and had him euthanised the next day.

Body of Max, who had been neglected by his owners Jeffrey and Sara Taylor of Hornsea, near Hull, UK
Max was in a poor condition as a result of the Taylors’ neglect but did not have cancer as the couple had claimed

Despite the Taylors claiming Max had cancer, it was later found he didn’t have any tumours and was skinny and riddled with fleas due to their shocking neglect.

Insp Dickinson said: “When I attended the property there was no answer but I could see a number of animals in the house through the window.

“I walked around to the back door to knock and could see two further dogs through another window.

“The Jack Russell terrier was worryingly underweight and the liver and white spaniel was painfully thin. I could see his hip bones protruding upwards and outwards, his spine was prominent and I could see all of the bones in his back legs.

“He was one of the thinnest dogs I have seen during my time as an RSPCA inspector.”

Callous Sara and Jeffrey Taylor from Hornsea near Hull, UK, had their neglected dog euthanised to avoid RSPCA prosecution.

She had left a note attached to the front door at their home in Hornsea which asked the owners to contact her. She then spoke to Mrs Taylor later that day.

When she re-visited the address the next day, Insp Dickinson was informed Max had been euthanised the night before by a vet.

She said: “Mrs Taylor told me that she’d booked Max in to be put to sleep the previous weekend but when I spoke to vets they told me that the appointment to have him put to sleep was made the previous day – the same day as my visit to the home.

“They also told me that they offered tests and scans but that the owners refused and asked that he be euthanised. Prior to that appointment, Max hadn’t been to the vets since 2016.

“Max’s body was seized and found to be in extremely poor condition. All of his bones were protruding and could be easily seen and felt. Fleas were easily visible on his fur and there was a build-up of flea dirt in his fur.

“Max’s owners should have investigated his weight-loss and sought veterinary help. They failed to adequately protect him from pain or suffering and, I believe, they attempted to hide this from the RSPCA by having him put to sleep as soon as they were aware that I had visited.”

Max was in a poor condition as a result of the Taylors' neglect but did not have cancer as the couple had claimed

The court heard how a postmortem found that Max was not suffering from any form of cancer but instead was in very poor body condition and infested with fleas.

Sentencing:

Sara Taylor – 12-month community order of 100 hours of unpaid work; total costs and charges of £385.

Jeffrey Taylor – 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 40 hours of unpaid work; total costs and charges of £385. Both were disqualified from keeping dogs for five years.

The court imposed a confiscation order in respect of three other dogs they own: Jack Russell terrier Titch, Chihuahua Phoebe and lhasa apso Hugo.

Hull Daily Mail

East Hull: Sophie Esnee

#TheList Sophie Esnee, born c. 1990, of Belmont Street, Hull HU9 – threw her pet snake at a neighbour; failed to provide a suitable living environment for the snake.

Snake abuser and serial violent troublemaker Sophie Esnee from east Hull, UK
Sophie Esnee

Serial troublemaker and alleged drug addict Esnee was fined £100 and banned from keeping reptiles for seven years, for failing to provide a suitable living environment for the snake, known as Lucifer.

Esnee received no separate penalty for a further offence in neighbouring Estcourt Street on February 12, 2018, when she failed to protect Lucifer from “pain, suffering, injury and disease”, by “taking the snake out on a February evening and throwing the snake at another person”.

Both offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 were proved in Esnee’s absence at Hull Magistrates’ Court.

Lucifer was ordered to be taken into the care of the RSPCA to be rehomed.

In May 2019 Esnee, who has two aliases, was convicted of damaging a latched wooden door belonging to a pizza restaurant, assaulting a police constable by beating, possessing cannabis, and assault by beating.

Sentencing: total of £280 fine, costs and charges. Banned from keeping reptiles for seven years with the right of appeal after five years.

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Hull: Simon Agnew

#TheList Simon P Agnew, born c. 1972, of 75 Sykes Street, Hull HU2 8AZ – banned from keeping animals for life after starving his elderly doberman

Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animal for life.
Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animals for life.

Simon Agnew’s 11-year-old doberman, named Dobba, weighed just 23.8kg when he was handed into the Hull RSPCA branch just weeks before Christmas.

An investigation led officers to Agnew who falsely claimed he had re-homed the dog, telling various lies to inspectors.

Speaking about the case RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “Dobba was microchipped so we went straight round to Mr Agnew’s home and interviewed him the following week. He gave us various accounts of what had happened and claimed that he’d re-homed Dobba three months earlier.

“He said he’d asked a friend to pretend to find him in the street and hand him in. He forgot that Dobba was still microchipped in his name.

“We decide to appeal to the public for information via the press and were then contacted by someone who said Mr Agnew did still own Dobba.”

In court Agnew pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Dobba, who has since recovered from his ordeal.

Inspector Dickinson added: “Dobba was incredibly skinny and had clearly been left to get into such a state over a period of time.

“You could see all of his ribs and his waist was so tiny that I could fit my fingers around it.

“His head was so skinny that the point of his skull had protruded through his skin and caused a sore. He was covered in faeces and absolutely stank.

“Thankfully, he’s now put on almost 7kg and is doing really well in our care. He’s already been reserved by a loving family and is due to go to his new home soon.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order – including an alcohol treatment requirement; total of £385 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

Yorkshire Post

West Hull: Melanie Melville

#TheList Melanie Jayne Melville (aka Melanie Mason), born 22/01/1980, of 107 Hawthorne Avenue, Hull HU3 3AW – for cruelty towards ten dogs

Animal abuser Melanie Melville of Hull kept 10 dogs in appalling conditions and neglected their needs
Animal abuser Melanie Melville of Hull kept 10 dogs in appalling conditions and neglected their needs

Melville pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences of failing to meet the needs of terriers Smallie, Dimitri, Ruben, Spike, Rosie, Rhianne, Scar, Bella, Bethany, and Lucy. .

The RSPCA became involved when members of the public contacted police after Smallie was found with injuries caused by fighting with other dogs.

The dog was taken to a vet where sadly his injuries were so serious he was put to sleep. The police contacted the RSPCA after concerns were raised about the conditions the animals were living in.

When RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson visited Melville’s home, she found nine dogs living in poor conditions inside the house and in the garden.

Inspector Dickinson said: “The environment was not at all suitable for these dogs, who were all very nervous. Overall there had been ten but sadly Smallie was put to sleep after his injuries.

“The living room, where half of them were living, was dirty and smelly as they were going to the toilet inside. The other half lived in an outbuilding in the garden which was also in poor condition.

“We initially tried to work with Melville to help her improve the conditions and offered neutering vouchers, as none of the dogs were neutered. We offered to visit again to check on the conditions and gave her advice on socialising the dogs.”

When Inspector Dickinson visited the following month, the conditions had not changed.

She said: “There was an overwhelming smell which had become ingrained into the carpet. During this visit I also witnessed the dogs urinating inside. We had given Melville a chance to improve the conditions but sadly none were made.”

As the dogs had had little socialisation, they did not know how to walk on a lead, which meant that when Inspector Dickinson removed the animals, all but two had to be carried into her van.

The court heard that when the nine dogs were examined by a vet, all but two of them had scars consistent with fighting one another.

“This is a sad situation where we tried to work with the owner to improve the dogs’ lives but sometimes we find that advice is not followed,” added Inspector Dickinson.

The nine dogs who were removed from Melville’s house have improved since going into the RSPCA’s care, in July 2018.

Inspector Dickinson said: “They have all improved massively. They were so nervous at first but they are now much better with people and other dogs.

“They have come on leaps and bounds, are much more friendly and confident and should do brilliantly in new, suitable homes.”

Sentencing: 200 hours of unpaid work; 15 days of rehabilitation activities; total of £435 costs and charges. 10-year ban on keeping animals.

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Kingston Upon Hull: Rebecca McHugh

#TheList Rebecca Dawn McHugh, born 08/11/1981 of Boulevard, Hull HU3 – left animals to starve to death in her abandoned pet shop

Former pet shop owner Rebecca McHugh abandoned bearded dragons, a corn snake, a leopard gecko and a Tegu Lizard when she closed the business. Only three of the animals left behind survived the ordeal.
Former pet shop owner Rebecca McHugh abandoned bearded dragons, a corn snake, a leopard gecko and a Tegu Lizard when she closed the business. Only three of the animals left behind survived the ordeal.

Rebecca ‘Becky’ McHugh has been disqualified from keeping caged exotics, rabbits, reptiles, guinea pigs and caged birds for life, after a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.

In January 2018, McHugh was convicted in her absence of four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The RSPCA was called to Hull Pets and Garden on Beverley Road in June 2018, almost five months after the shop closed.

RSPCA inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “The shop closed down in January, and I attended in June after energy suppliers entered to switch off the supply and found the exotics – it appears they had simply been left behind after the shutters had gone down for the final time.

“Five animals were alive, but only three of these – a corn snake and two bearded dragons – survived.

“The bearded dragons were underweight, and one of them had a horrendous burden of mites, leaving them unable to open their eyes, lethargic, anaemic and dehydrated.

“There was an underweight leopard gecko with long standing metabolic bone disease and subsequent current and historic fractures, and eye problems which were untreatable – meaning that they unfortunately had to be put to sleep.

“A Tegu lizard was described by the vet as being in the worst condition he had ever seen – completely emaciated, dehydrated and lethargic. The Tegu unfortunately didn’t pull through and died not long after coming into our care.”

The surviving animals were signed over to the RSPCA and have now been rehomed.

Sentencing: two-year community order including 250 hours of unpaid work; total of £385 costs and charges. Disqualified for life from keeping caged exotics, rabbits, reptiles, guinea pigs and caged birds.

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Badger Baiters from Doncaster, Bridlington and Hull

#TheList Andrew Booth, born c. 1974, of West Road, Moorends, Doncaster; George Horner, born c. 1992, of 30 Brett Street, Bridlington; John Horner, born c. 1999, of 77 Constable Road, Bridlington; Kirk McGarry, born c. 1968, of Southfield Road, Thorne, Doncaster; Richard Willey, born c. 1972, of Westlands Road, Hull – used dogs to attack a badger sett

Cruel badger baiters Andrew Booth, Kirk McGarry, John Horner, George Horner and Richard Willey and terrier Paddy who suffered serious facial injuries

Andrew Booth, Kirk McGarry, John Horner, George Horner and Richard Willey used two dogs, one of whom was heavily pregnant, to attack a badger sett.

They were each found guilty of wildlife and animal cruelty offences at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

Badger baiter John Horner from Bridlington
The youngest of the five convicted men: John-Joe Horner
Badger baiter Richard Willey from Hull
Richard Willey

On the afternoon of 30 December 2017 a concerned member of the public reported to the police that five men with dogs were digging into a badger sett at Melton in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Badger baiter George Horner from Bridlington
George Horner is a failed professional boxer

A number of officers including several wildlife crime officers quickly attended the location and found four men continuing to dig into what appeared to the officers to be an active badger sett.

Jess and Charlotte were found at the scene

Four terrier-type dogs were seized at the time of the incident. One dog, Paddy, was seriously injured and was lucky to survive. A second dog, Dizzy, was heavily pregnant when she was seized and gave birth to a puppy, named Romeo, who is now one year old. Two other dogs, Charlotte and Jess, were also seized. All five dogs have been kennelled and have responded well to the care and attention they have received.

Paddy nearly died from his injuries, which were consistent with badger fighting

Ch Insp Iain Dixon said: “Badger digging is a cruel and barbaric activity and involves horrendous suffering to both the badger and any dog involved.

“In this particular case one dog, named Dizzy, was very far into pregnancy, giving birth within a few weeks of the incident which shows the uncaring and callous nature of those involved all the more.”

Sentencing: the five men were sentenced to a maximum term of six months in prison. They have each also received three year Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) and were told to pay £2,000 costs for dog kennelling and vet’s fees. All are banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

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Kingston Upon Hull: John Terence Powdrill

Photo shows convicted dog abuser John Terrence Powdrill and Jack Russell terrier Jake, who had to be put to sleep.
John Terence Powdrill, failed to provide the appropriate veterinary treatment for 16-year-old Jake between August 20 and 27, 2018.

#TheList John Terence Powdrill, born 15/09/1976, of Mayville Avenue, Kingston upon Hull HU8 8EZ –  left his elderly dog to suffer  with a hole on his muzzle

John Powdrill left his 16-year-old Jack Russell Jake to suffer in agony.  

The RSPCA found Jake wrapped up in a duvet in Powdrill’s kitchen, with a hole half-a-centimetre in size on top of his muzzle.

When they removed the duvet Jake was “very skinny” and had sores all over his body. He was taken to the vets immediately, but was sadly put to sleep due to the extent of his suffering.

RSPCA inspector Lucinda Green said: “When I first saw Jake he was wrapped in a duvet in the kitchen of Powdrill’s home and only his head was visible.

“He had a hole half-a-centimetre in size on the top on his muzzle which went deep into his nasal cavity, and the skin around it was red raw.

“When I lifted the duvet he was very skinny and had sores on his body where his bones were the most prominent.

“I took him straight to the vets and they advised he needed to be put to sleep immediately, such was the extent of this poor old dog’s suffering.”

Powdrill  was due to appear before Hull Magistrates Court on November 23, but did not show and was convicted in his absence.

As well as the hole in his nose, all of Jake’s teeth were damaged and infected, and he was severely dehydrated to the extent that his veins had collapsed.

The court heard Powdrill called the RSPCA on August 27 to tell them Jake had collapsed, wasn’t eating or drinking, and lying in his own mess – adding that Jake had deteriorated over the last year and hadn’t been seen by any vets.

In mitigation, the court was told that Jake was owned by Powdrill’s partner’s family, and his defence claimed he had done given the best care he could for a dog that wasn’t his, buying ointments and creams.

The District Judge rejected this by saying what Powdrill did was “wholly inadequate”. He accepted that Powdrill had called the RSPCA but that he had only done so so that the charity would pay for euthanasia.

Sentencing:
Ten weeks in prison and a 12-month post-sentence supervision order. Banned from keeping dogs, cats and caged animals for life.

 Hull Daily Mail