#TheList James and Jacqueline McGrory of Oronsay Road, Airdrie ML6 8FX – left their elderly dog to suffer with alopecia and sores all over her body
James and Jacqueline McGrory pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering after failing to provide necessary veterinary treatment for their dog Penny’s pre-existing skin complaint. Sadly Penny had to be euthanised to prevent any further suffering
The court heard how the vet who tried to treat the dog said “any sensible owner would have presented Penny at a vet earlier”.
After an anonymous call to the Scottish SPCA in May 2018 about the neglect, Penny was taken from the couple for immediate treatment.
But after failing to respond she was put to sleep so as not to “extend her suffering”.
The procurator fiscal told the court: “An inspector from the Scottish SPCA attended the locus after a call about a dog suffering from hair loss and sores.
“The dog was a black and tan female collie called Penny and she had a skin complaint and was struggling on her feet.
“The home had a bad smell and Mr McGrory was cautioned and told he was under investigation for neglect.”
It was the opinion of the SPCA that Penny had been unnecessarily neglected for a few weeks. She was transferred to a rehoming centre and classified as grossly obese.
The animal also had a bacterial infection and “pus” leaked from her sores.
She yelped in pain when touched and it was decided that she be euthanised to avoid extending her suffering.
A post-mortem suggestion that Penny had been exposed to a toxic substance was not proven.
The fiscal added: “The vet said that ‘any sensible owner would have presented Penny at a vet earlier’.
“But the failure to do so meant the condition became irreversible.”
Sentencing: £300 to cover the Scottish SPCA’s costs. Banned from owning animals for five years.
#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 Linda Alison McLauchlan aka Linda Thomson (DoB 07/03/1970) most recently of Seaforth Road, Falkirk FK2 7TS – pleaded guilty to neglecting her pet dog, Missy, before the dog’s death in June 2017.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon said: “The charge was dealt as McLauchlan caused Missy suffering by failing to provide adequate care and veterinary treatment for her health conditions, including a skin condition and overgrown claws.
“Upon veterinary post-mortem examination, Missy was found to have chronic dermatitis and massively overgrown claws, some of them were so long the nails had twisted round into a semi-circle type shape.
“This would have significantly and severely compromised Missy’s welfare over a prolonged period”.
She added: “We welcome the fact that this case has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down.
“However it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing.
“This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have easily been avoided.”
Sentencing: 130-hour community payback order. NO BAN.
#TheList Sally Wilkinson, born 10/12/1985, of Oxford Street, Blackwell, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 5JT – left her elderly Rottweiler to suffer with an agonising skin condition and to become emaciated
Sally Wilkinson was banned from keeping animals for life after her dying dog was found in the worst state an RSPCA inspector had seen in her 17-year career.
Wilkinson pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday (12/11/2018).
The court heard how her emaciated Rottweiler dog, ironically called Chunk, was so thin and had a chronic skin condition it was difficult to establish her breed.
Chunk was just half the weight she should have been – at only 23.4kgs when she should have been 42kgs – and an untreated skin condition also left her with no hair apart from around her paws and some on her back.
RSPCA inspector Helen Mead, who was sent to investigate, said it was the worst case of dog neglect she had seen in her 17-year career.
She told how she went to Wilkinson’s home on September 4, 2018, after the animal welfare charity received a call from a concerned member of the public.
She said: “I smelt the dog’s chronic skin condition when I went into the house, even though she was in another room. Then when I saw Chunk I was horrified as she was in an appalling state.
“She was elderly and emaciated with bones protruding and she had almost no hair due to the chronic skin condition which had been left untreated.
“The skin was crusted, scabby, bleeding and thickened and she was covered in fleas. She had sunken eyes with pus around them. I just knew instantly she was in a bad way and must have been suffering enormously.”
Inspector Mead was given consent to take Chunk to a vets who decided the kindest thing to do would be to put her to sleep.
The vet stated that 14yo Chunk would have suffered horrendously for a period of time, suffering from malnutrition for at least two months and from the chronic skin condition for at least four months.
The judge, in his summing up, stated it was “sustained, systemic neglect” and added “it beggars belief it was allowed to deteriorate to this point”.
Inspector Mead said: “The photographs show Chunk was in such an appalling state.
“I was so upset that things had got so bad there was nothing that could be done to help her other than end her suffering.
“I am in no doubt that this dog’s horrendous suffering could have been avoided if she was taken to a vet and treated when any problems first arose – it should never have got to this situation.”
Sentencing: Eight-week jail sentence, suspended for two years. Fined £300 and ordered to pay a £75 victim surcharge. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.
#TheList Nicola J Lissimore, born 1970, of Mount Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6LU – kept four dead cats decaying inside a flea-ridden house
Lissimore kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.
The home was so bad that RSPCA inspectors ‘gagged’ as they searched the property.
As well as the the four dead cats, another ten were found alive – but in poor health – with many of them suffering from dehydration and other medical issues.
The below video shows the horrifying scene that RSPCA officers were met with:
Lissimore pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences on Friday, November 9, 2018.
The RSPCA were called to her address after concerns were raised of a number of cats not being cared for, the court heard.
Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window.
She could also see piles of poo and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water.
The pets had no access to the outside and shockingly she could see fleas jumping up at the front door.
The RSPCA monitored the property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police.
Inspector Burrell said once inside it was clear the cats were suffering from dehydration, were emaciated and had other untreated medical issues.
“This time a front panel went through and immediately the smell of ammonia hit us as we went inside – it was so strong we were physically gagging.
“We found four dead cats amongst the piles of faeces which was piled high, there was rubbish strewn around and the only water available in the property was from a bathroom tap which was left running but the door was closed so they couldn’t access it.
“This was one of the worst properties I have entered in my thirty years in the job.
“It was so sad to see these dead cats just left in the filth and the others were either emaciated or had other health problems which had not been addressed.”
The surviving cats were signed over into the care of the RSPCA and have now been rehabilitated.
Some have already found new homes and others are still waiting for adopters.
Sentencing: 12-week jail term suspended for 18 months; 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; 100 hours of unpaid work. Total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Caroline McLeish, born c. 1969, of Douglas Street, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire ML6 9JS – left boxer Sasha to starve after failing to seek treatment for the dog’s severe dental disease.
Caroline McLeish pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. The charges related to a boxer dog named Sasha who had been unable to eat due to dental disease.
An animal expert said Sasha’s gums would have been painful to touch and her teeth were fractured. She also had three tumours, kidney problems and hypothyroidism.
After the Scottish SPCA stepped in, the dog was given treatment but the decision was taken to put her to sleep.
Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector John Chisholm said, “This charge was dealt as McLeish failed to provide adequate nutrition and veterinary treatment to Sasha, a female Boxer, who, upon vet examination was scored with a body condition score of 1/5 with ribs, spine and pelvic bones easily evident from a distance.
“Sasha had inflamed and overgrown gums with evidence of a chronic bacterial infection.
“As well as this, several of her lower incisor teeth were fractured and diseased which was obviously painful to the touch.
“A veterinary exam found Sasha to have renal compromise, dental disease and hypothyroidism.
“Unfortunately, after struggling with various health issues, the decision was made to put Sasha to sleep.”
Mr Chisholm added: “I’m happy the courts have dealt with this case, however it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing.
“This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have easily been avoided.”
Sentencing: £280 fine; three-year ban on owning animals (expires November 2021).
#TheList Paul Simpson, born 16/05/1958, of Maple Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 1JW – left two horses to starve in a field, one of whom later had to be put down.
Simpson pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act.
The RSPCA was contacted by a member of the public who had seen a horse lying down in a field off Mere Lake Road, Talke Pits, Stoke-on-Trent. A bay mare, Polly, and a grey mare, Biscuit were found “skinny and lame, covered in lice and with no food or water”.
Between 1 November and 28 November 2017 Simpson caused unnecessary suffering by failing to investigate the cause of the poor bodily condition and weight loss of Polly and Biscuit.
Before 28 November 2017 Simpson caused unnecessary suffering by housing a lame horse, Polly, on wet muddy ground,
Between 8 August 2017 and 28 November 2017 Simpson failed to provide veterinary care for Biscuit’s lameness.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who investigated, said: “Both horses had rugs on them but I could still see every bone sticking out. I attended with World Horse Welfare, a vet and the police and we were all immediately concerned. Both horses had a really depressed demeanour and were just standing there not moving.
“The vet had a look at them and made the decision that they were suffering and needed immediate veterinary attention. They both had low body scores, one was given a body score of 0.5 out of five and the other was given a score of one.
“Polly, also had a swollen knee from an untreated injury, and Biscuit had a massive bone abscess on one of her front hooves which would have been incredibly painful for her and was the reason why she was so lame.”
Biscuit was found to have “pus coming out of every hoof” and was “so poorly” the vet made the decision to put her down. Polly was taken into the care of World Horse Welfare.
Sentencing:10-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months; two-week curfew; ordered to pay £250 costs and £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping horses for five years
#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.
#TheList prolific cat breeder/dealer Lizzie Beth Scarrott, born c. 1986, of The Nurseries, Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire GL52 8XB – sold multiple poorly kittens that later died or had to be put to sleep due to illness
Last night (07/11/2018) a BBC Watchdog investigation exposed an unscrupulous and deceitful cat breeder who in the last six months alone has sold at least five kittens that have either died or been put down because of illness.
Mother-of-three Lizzie Beth Scarrott, from the village of Bishop’s Cleeve near Cheltenham, uses a variety of trading names and aliases on selling sites like Gumtree, Pets4Homes and Freeads to sell ‘designer’ kittens for hundreds of pounds to unsuspecting buyers.
It’s unknown if she breeds the kittens herself at home as she claims or whether she acts as a ‘middleman’ for kitten farms, which operate along the same lines as the cruel, exploitative puppy farms we all know and loathe. Lying comes very easily to Scarrott so it’s natural to assume the worst.
What is certain is that Lizzie Scarrott is a peddler of misery and heartbreak, the very opposite of the reputable breeder she claims to be. She’s also rather fond of money and brags about her wealth on social media.
The Watchdog team first highlighted the heartbreaking case of a couple named Jim and Tracey who had paid Scarrott £400 for a British shorthair cross kitten they had named Betty. The couple had responded to an ad Scarrott placed on Facebook in which she claimed to be a private registered breeder. All seemed well and the couple fell in love with the sweet-faced ginger kitten.
Sadly little Betty became very poorly not long after being brought home. The couple rushed her to the vet where she was diagnosed with an incurable condition called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) leaving them with no choice but to have her put to sleep.
Jim and Tracey then learned from a friend that another cat purchased from Scarrott had died from the same fatal illness. Jim contacted Scarrott but she denied that there was anything wrong with her cats and said that anyone claiming otherwise were “liars”.
Hardly the reaction of a caring, responsible breeder, is it?
Watchdog’s investigation into Scarrott’s activities linked her to 44 kittens advertised for sale in the last six months of which at least FIVE had either died or had had to be euthanised due to illness.
Names used by Scarrott in her online ads included Purrfect Pawss, Christian Scarrott (actually her husband’s name) and ‘lesley’. When challenged, she claimed she used different names to avoid being “trolled”, presumably by animal lovers unimpressed with the money-grubbing exploitation of immoral backyard breeders like her.
Scarrott was also shown to be lying about her credentials as a breeder. She claimed she had something called “RSPCA certified status” (there is no such thing) and fibbed that she was registered with pedigree cat registry GCCF (they have no record of any her litters being registered with them). Even her pet shop licence was invalid, being registered to her previous address.
Watchdog’s undercover investigators then purchased a kitten from Scarrott. Ambrosius (later known as Custard) was clearly unwell from the outset but Scarrott, who was being secretly filmed, denied this and, unbelievably, advised the investigators NOT to take him to the vet.
She agreed to sell Custard to the investigators without his vaccinations with little persuasion, but made them sign the following disclaimer to “protect” herself:
Watchdog’s vet found Custard to be in very poor physical condition (“skin and bone”) with pus coming out of his nose. He was struggling to breathe and was clearly suffering from a bad case of cat flu. Too sick to be vaccinated, Custard was vulnerable to picking up other illnesses. Sadly this is what happened and he didn’t survive.
On being contacted by Watchdog presenter Matt Allwright, Scarrott’s reaction was one of fury and denial. You can read her full response to the allegations against her here.
Regardless of Scarrott’s claims of a BBC stitch-up, Watchdog’s exposé showed her up for what she is: an unscrupulous money-driven liar who doesn’t think twice about duping prospective customers, while leaving a trail of sick and dead kittens behind her.
Lizzie Scarrott has now had the shame (assuming she’s capable of that emotion) of being exposed on national television, but people do forget. Let’s keep reminding them about her and her like and work together to put these traders in animal misery out of business once and for all.