Tag Archives: Edinburgh and The Lothians

Niddrie, Edinburgh: Gwendoline Richardson

#TheList Gwen Richardson, born 10/01/1961, of Hay Drive, Niddrie, Edinburgh EH16 – failed to treat her elderly dog’s serious skin disease and cancerous lumps

Neglected dog Max
Max’s owner failed to take him to the vet for treatment despite his poor condition

Gwendoline Richardson was prosecuted for cruelty to her 14-year-old dog Max following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

She allowed the dog to develop a serious skin condition and growths over the course of five years without seeking veterinary treatment.

Richardson admitted the offence at under Section 19 (2) (a) and (b) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 but was admonished.

Neglected dog Max
Max was sadly put to sleep

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Paul Anderson said: “A member of the public contacted our animal helpline after becoming concerned about Max’s condition.

“We attended Richardson’s address and examined Max. He had extensive hair loss from ribs to tail plus several lumps on his body, the most prominent being a tumour on his spine.

“While we were there, Richardson told us she hadn’t taken Max to the vet for around five years.

“It was clear that Max’s chronic skin condition and growths needed urgent veterinary attention.

“We removed the dog from the premises and immediately took him to a vet.

“The examination revealed he had severe skin disease with associated hair loss and thickening of the skin.

“The lumps did not cause Max any discomfort when manipulated. He also had an infection in both ears which was most likely a flea infection with secondary yeast infection.

“Max was taken to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres to receive the care and medication he needed.

“Sadly, on veterinary advice, Max had to be put to sleep due to a cancerous lump in his jaw.

“We’re disappointed Richardson did not receive a sentence in this case but we are pleased she was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Max.

“We hope this makes her think about her ability to care for animals in the future.”

Sentencing: admonition (a type of punishment by which an accused person will be discharged after warning him/her that if the offense is committed again s/he would be punished with severity). No ban.

Edinburgh Evening News

Penicuik, Midlothian: William Brown

#TheList farmer William Martin Brown, born 16/01/1961, of Herbertshaw Farm, Howgate, near Penicuik EH26 8QA – filmed by undercover officer punching and kicking sheep

Still from the undercover video footage showing Penicuik farmer William Brown abusing sheep
Still from the undercover video footage showing Penicuik farmer William Brown abusing sheep

William Brown was filmed violently abusing two male sheep by a PETA officer posing undercover as a farmworker.

In the footage, Brown can also be heard shouting “Come on ya fucking cunt” and fucking bastards” at the frightened animals.

Brown pleaded guilty to causing the protected animals unnecessary suffering by repeatedly punching and kicking them and was fined. He was not banned from owning or working with animals

Still from the undercover video footage showing Penicuik farmer William Brown abusing sheep

The Scottish SPCA said it was pleased Brown admitted the offence, but was disappointed that no ban was imposed on him by the court.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Chisholm said: “This is a serious case of animal cruelty by an experienced farmer. He will be fully aware that sheep experience fear and can perceive humans as a threat.

“Violently lashing out at the sheep will spread fear amongst the rest of the flock.

“We would expect anyone involved in the rearing of livestock for commercial purposes to have the highest standards of welfare and treatment.

“We are disappointed that Brown wasn’t banned from owning or working with animals but we hope this will serve as a warning that this behaviour is unacceptable and we will fully investigate any reports of cruelty towards livestock.

“We would welcome the opportunity to discuss welfare practice with the wider industry.”

Sentencing: fined £550

STV News
Daily Record

Leith, Edinburgh: Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore, Aaron Cummings

#TheList hoarders Cherie Samantha Moore (born 11/04/88), wife Robyn Melissa Moore, née Daniels (born 03/01/87) and their friend Aaron Cummings (born 02/10/87) all of 37 Cables Wynd House, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6DF – kept nine cats, one dog and a rabbit in cramped and filthy conditions in a flat

Convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Aaron Cummings, Cherie Moore, and Robyn Moore were all banned from keeping animals for just three years.

A Scottish SPCA investigation found that the majority of the cats were kept inside two rooms, and they were eating food so hungrily it was causing them to choke.

Dog neglected by convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The dog was in lean condition and had a visible skin issue. She was also very anxious and mentally highly strung. They found her pacing around a room and scratching excessively.

Rabbit neglected by convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The rabbit had overgrown nails which were affecting his mobility. He has since had to be put to sleep due to severe dental issues.

The trio admitted failing to provide the basic needs for the animals, including a suitable environment, veterinary treatment and diet.

Cat neglected by convicted animal abusers Cherie Moore, Robyn Moore and Aaron Cummings of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Paul Anderson said, “The living environment for these animals was cramped and filthy.

“The majority of the cats were contained in two rooms.

“Upon entering the rooms, our inspectors were overwhelmed with the smell of ammonia.

“Four cats were in one room, eating food so hungrily, it was causing them to choke. They were clearly starving.

“No food or water was provided in the other room where three other cats were kept.

“The dog, Honey, was in a lean condition and had a visible skin condition that had caused hair loss along her back and down her legs.

“She appeared very anxious and mentally highly strung. She was pacing around the room and was scratching excessively.

“The male rabbit, Snowy, was found to have very overgrown nails which were affecting his mobility but was otherwise in good condition.”

He added: “Police Scotland were called to assist with the seizure of the animals.

“On veterinary examination, the body condition of the cats was overall very poor. Their health issues ranged from emaciation and dehydration, to flea infestation and visible signs of stress, such as excessive itching.

“The cats and dog have since been successfully rehomed. Unfortunately, due to severe dental issues, Snowy the rabbit had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.”

Sentencing: all three were banned from keeping animals for three years.

EdinburghLive
Scotsman

The strange case of Kayleigh McAllister and a St Bernard puppy starved to death

Kayleigh McAllister and her St Bernard dog Luna
McAllister and Luna, the St Bernard whose death by starvation remains unsolved and unpunished.

In  November 2015 the Scottish SPCA‘s case against Kayleigh McAllister of Livingston, West Lothian, for starving to death her one-year-old St Bernard named Luna was dropped because of a legal technicality.

The Sheriff accepted the defence’s submission that the Crown had failed to prove that McAllister was the sole tenant or occupier of the house where the dog was found and therefore the only person legally responsible for her welfare.

The then 28-year-old McAllister, who works as a sales executive, claimed that she had entrusted Luna’s care to a ‘friend’ and it was this ‘friend’ that had left her pet to slowly starve to death in her own filth. McAllister said she was living elsewhere at the time.

Police who searched McAllister’s home in Letham Crescent, Pumpherston, found Luna’s body lying in the kitchen. The kitchen floor was covered in clumps of dog hair and dog faeces, which appeared to be weeks old.

They called in the Scottish SPCA to remove the body from the house.

Senior Scottish SPCA inspector Stuart Murray said he put the dog’s body in a bag to take it for a post-mortem examination.

He said: “I could pick it up quite easily with one hand. Given the breed, I shouldn’t have been able to do that.

“That would definitely have been a two-man lift if it was in good condition. I could basically pick it up with two fingers.”

Mr Murray said he interviewed McAllister who admitted that she was Luna’s owner and was responsible for caring for her.

She told him she had been called by her friend on August 25, 2013 and told her dog was “not that good”.

She told him she went home and sat with the dog “trying to get her to eat and drink”.

She added: “In the early hours she stopped breathing and I had to phone the vets.”

But despite evidence about the dog’s starving condition, McAllister was cleared of causing her pet unnecessary suffering by failing to provide her with adequate nutrition and veterinary care.

In tears outside court, she commented cryptically: “Somebody tried to ruin my life but they never got away with it.”

Original media: Edinburgh Evening News 27/11/15

Loanhead, Midlothian: John William Mackie

#TheList John William Mackie, born 20/11/1971, formerly of Clovenstone Park, Edinburgh and currently (July 2018) a guest of the Inveravon Hotel, Loanhead, Midlothian  – killed a defenceless Rottweiler by forcing two knives up his nose and a tree branch into his abdominal cavity

Image shows twisted dog killer John William Mackie and Sonny the Rottweiler he brutally killed
Twisted John William Mackie currently a guest of down-and-out hostel the Inveravon Hotel in Loanhead

Sadistic Mackie subjected 8-year-old Rottie Sonny to a severe beating, causing him to suffer extensive haemorrhaging over his body and skull. Horrifyingly, Mackie plunged two 9-inch dining knives so far into Sonny’s nose that they weren’t visible from the outside. A 17-inch long branch was also found in the dog’s abdominal cavity.

A horrified member of the public found Sonny’s lifeless body in bushes and called the Scottish SPCA.

When questioned, remorseless Mackie initially lied that he had been told Sonny was hit by a bus. There was no evidence of shame or regret for his actions. None whatsoever. Mackie may look like some squinty-eyed retarded backwoods redneck but this is a monster we’re dealing with here – pure unadulterated evil.

What else is he capable of and why aren’t the courts doing more to protect us and our animals from people like him?

Sentence: 12 months in jail; banned from keeping animals for life

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