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Stoke-on-Trent: Jordan Booth

#TheList Jordan Booth, born c. 1991, of Pemberton Drive, Meir Heath, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7JU – allowed his horse to become so underweight he had to be put to sleep

Horse abuser Jordan Booth from Stoke-on-Trent and his victim Quahadi, who had to be put to sleep
Ab RSPCA inspect described Jordan Booth’s gelding, Quahadi, as the thinnest horse she had ever seen

Jordan Booth’s bay thoroughbred-type horse, named Quahadi, was described by RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Melvin as the thinnest she had ever seen. Sadly, despite vets’ efforts to save him the gelding had to be put down to end his suffering.

Booth pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. These were that he failed to investigate the gelding’s weight issues between October and November 2018 and failed to provide adequate hoof care between July 2018 and November 2018. The third charge related to failing to provide adequate veterinary care for a skin problem between 13 November and 18 November 2018.

RSPCA Inspector Melvin attended a field in Coplow Avenue, Tean, in November 2018 after the charity received a call from a concerned member of the public.

Inspector Melvin immediately summoned a vet to assess Quahadi’s condition. The vet found the horse to be emaciated and suffering with an untreated skin condition on his legs. He had also not been provided with adequate hoof care for several months.

Police took possession of Quahadi and he was placed in the RSPCA’s care. Sadly, despite “great efforts” to save him, he collapsed the following day and the vets made the decision to put him down to “end his suffering”.

“I was so sad that Quahadi didn’t pull through, he was a very affectionate and sweet horse,” said Inspector Melvin.

“The only consolation is that he was warm and comfortable in a stable getting plenty of care during his last night, so at least I know he received some love and TLC before he sadly died.”

In mitigation the court heard Booth struggled with the gelding’s weight.

A second pony belonging to Booth was removed from the field by police and was signed into the charity’s care.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years; 240 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation days. Total of £515 costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for five years.

Stoke Sentinel

Hatfield, Hertfordshire: Daniel Stasik

#TheList Daniel Stasik, born c. 1988, of 6 Walker Grove, Hatfield AL10 9PL – allowed his banned-breed ‘fighting’ dog to savage a pet cat and failed to get help for the stricken animal

Shelly, a cat that was fatally injured by a dog in Hatfield, just before she died.
Pet cat Shelly suffered horrific injuries in a dog attack from which she would never recover

At around 11am on June 23, 2018, a pitbull-type dog owned by Daniel Stasik chased a cat named Shelly into an alleyway in Walker Grove and attacked her. Stasik grabbed the dog, but was unable to keep control of him.

He did not attempt to assist the cat or find her owners to get medical assistance.

Around 1am the following morning, Shelly was found by her owner in a nearby garden covered in blood and faeces and unable to place any weight on her hind legs.

Due to the length of time she had been left, there were maggots around her wounds.

Over the next few days, Shelly’s condition deteriorated and following multiple treatments and attempts at resuscitation, she died from her injuries on July 1, 2018.

On July 20, officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit attended Stasik’s address to execute a warrant to seize his dog.

The dog was examined and confirmed to be substantially a pit bull-type.

Stasik was reported to court for possessing a fighting dog under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

At court, Stasik pleaded guilty to possessing a fighting dog and, while initially pleading not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Shelly, was found guilty of that offence.

PC Gavin Richardson, from the Welwyn Hatfield West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Pit bulls are banned in the UK and Stasik’s dog posed a very serious danger to public safety.

“Not only did Stasik have possession of a banned dog breed, but he made no attempts to help save the cat and instead simply left her to die.

“This was extremely distressing for her owners who found their beloved pet in an incredibly distressed state with horrendous injuries.

“I hope that this sentence provides some justice for the victims and that the public feel safe knowing that Stasik will not be allowed to have dog for another decade.”

Sentencing: 240 hours of unpaid community work. Ordered to pay compensation to Shelly’s owners for vet costs and to the police for kenneling costs. Banned from having custody of a dog for 10 years. Stasik’s dog was ordered to be put down, unless an appeal is lodged within 21 days.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

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Update
We’re building quite a profile on this piece of filth. He is from Poland. He came to the UK in 2009 to work as a painter/decorator but is now living on benefits. He showed no remorse in court and he and his friend seemed to find the proceedings amusing. He freely admitted in court that he beat his dog. Another cat belonging to Shelly’s heartbroken owner died after being deliberately poisoned. This happened just after Stasik was charged. Coincidence? Stasik has another address in Prayle Grove, London NW2 1BD 

Sleaford, Lincolnshire: Kimberleigh Steele

#TheList Kimberleigh Joanne Steele (aka Kim Donaghy), born 24/02/1989, currently of Castleland, Tulsk, County Roscommon, Ireland, and previously of 19 Polyanthus Drive, Sleaford and with links to Plymouth, Devon – bred dogs for fighting

Dog fighting ring member Kimberleigh Steele pictured outside court. Photo also shows Baddy, a victim of the pair's cruelty. The dog is believed to have died from his injuries, but his body has never been found.

Dog fighting ring member Kimberleigh Steele pictured outside court. Photo also shows Baddy, a victim of the pair’s cruelty. The dog is believed to have died from his injuries, but his body has never been found.

Steele was part of a dog fighting ring which was headed up by her partner, John Herbert Knibbs.

Steele's partner in life and in animal crime John Knibbs remains at large
Steele’s partner in life and in animal crime John Knibbs remains at large

Knibbs has failed to attend numerous hearings and a warrant is out for his arrest after he was convicted of dog fighting, ear cropping and causing unnecessary suffering.

Steele travelled from Ireland for a trial at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday, 8 April 2019.

Following her five-year disqualification order Steele will have to give up ownership of two dogs and a horse she keeps in Ireland

Before moving to Ireland Steele lived in Sleaford with Knibbs and has also stayed at two different addresses in Plymouth: Downfield Walk PL7 2DT and Durban Road PL3

In court she was sentenced for aiding and abetting Knibbs as well as possession of a banned pit bull terrier. The court also heard how she had ten animals in total, which were all used in a dog fighting ring. One has since died.

RSPCA prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court: “At the time of the raid Steele claimed to own all of the dogs.

“We are looking after the dogs in kennels for £15,700 a year. Some are so dangerous they need to be darted before the staff can go inside.”

Sentencing Steele, the judge told her: “Your partner Knibbs has not attended court and is not that big of a man without his dogs.

“The custody threshold has passed but I am going to suspend it because you have young children.”

Speaking after Steele’s sentencing RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Withnall said : “It is a shame that Knibbs wasn’t here today.

“We are pleased with the district judge’s comments and the sentence he’s handed down. Knibbs isn’t bold enough to be here, we hope he will be sentenced soon.”

Sentencing: suspended custodial sentence of 16 weeks; £615 in fines. Banned from keeping animals for a paltry five years.

Lincolnshire Reporter
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Redcar, North Yorkshire: Andrew Feeney

#TheList taxi driver Andrew Feeney born c. 1971, of 4 Haweswater Road, Redcar TS10 1LP – hit a little dog with his taxi, dragged him along for 40 yards then drove away, leaving him dying in the road

Taxi driver Andrew Feeney from Redcar collided with a little dog named Bear but failed to stop and drove along with Bear pinned to the front of his cab for 40 yards.
Puppy Bear would have likely survived if callous taxi driver Andrew Feeney had had the decency to stop immediately after hitting him

Feeney, who works for Redcar firm Elite Taxis, collided with 12-month-old Bedlington terrier/spaniel cross Bear on Sandsend Road in Redcar.

Upsetting CCTV footage showed the little black and white dog “pinned” to the front of Feeney’s taxi.

After the pup drops to the floor, Feeney then makes off in his vehicle. The stricken animal can then be seen lying on his back kicking his legs as people rushed to help.

Bear was taken to a vet but his injuries were so severe he had to be put to sleep. The vet said he would have likely survived if the taxi had stopped immediately after hitting him.

Prosecutor Ann Mitchell told the court how Bear’s owner had been mowing the lawn shortly after 11am on Tuesday 25 September 2018 when the dog clambered over the front garden wall.

The owner watched Bear disappear down Runswick Avenue on to Sandsend Road but as he went to retrieve him, he saw the pup pinned to the front of the taxi.

A Royal Mail postal worker on the street at the time said she had heard “a loud bang” then saw the taxi which “seemed to speed up”.

“About 40 yards on I saw the animal laid in the road with his legs in the air,” she said.

“The taxi had not slowed at all, in fact I thought it had sped up.

“The driver must have known he had hit something as the sound was loud in the post van which had the windows up and doors shut”.

Bear’s owner said their ordeal had a “massive” emotional impact on the family.

His partner had struggled to come to terms with the loss of their pet and criticised him for allowing the dog to be in the garden. They had ended up separating over their differences, he said.

In a statement he said: “I not only lost my beloved dog but my partner and mother of my six children.”

Feeney denied failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report it but was found guilty of the offences after a trial.

When interviewed by police, Feeney agreed he had driven along the road but said he did not hit the dog and was only aware of the incident as he had been accused on Facebook.

Hours after hitting Bear, he had taken the Skoda Octavia to be repaired and told the mechanic the damage to the front had been caused after hitting a cat.

However, the mechanic, with 18 years’ experience in professional bodywork restoration, said it was unlikely that such damage could have been caused by a cat.

Defending, Sarah Lish had suggested the officer investigating should have inspected other cars as there were other taxis of a similar description.

But the court heard Feeney’s taxi had five “distinctive” stickers on the side which could be seen clearly on the footage.

The magistrates said it was “inconceivable” that any other person could have been responsible for the accident.

Sentencing: fined £962 and ordered to pay costs and charges of £489. Eight penalty points were added to Feeney’s licence.

Gazette Live

Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: Lorna Farrar

#TheList Lorna Farrar, born c. 1992, of Wellingborough – neglected and starved two dogs, one of whom had to be put to sleep

Idiotic Lorna Farrar of Wellingborough fed her dogs "a pasta diet" causing them to become extremely malnourished. Sadly Staffy Panda  had to be put to sleep after collapsing.
Idiotic Lorna Farrar fed her dogs “a pasta diet” causing them to become extremely malnourished. Sadly Staffy Panda had to be put to sleep after collapsing.

Lorna Farrar allowed her dogs, Staffies Panda and Budz, to become malnourished, underweight and in generally poor condition with their coats covered in faeces and urine.

When the mother-of-two took the dogs to the vet Panda collapsed and had to be put down. Budz was given food and water and immediately began eating. Six weeks later he had put on four times his body weight after being put on a normal diet.

The court heard that the examining vet had never seen a dog as emaciated as Panda whom she believed had been starved for three weeks .

There was no underlying medical condition that could have caused the dogs to become emaciated.

Farrar’s lawyer told the court her client was “well-intentioned” but “incompetent” when it came to care.

A post-mortem examination of Panda revealed she had undigested penne in her stomach – because Farrar had been feeding the dogs a “pasta diet”.

Sentencing: Farrar was originally jailed for 18 weeks but this was reduced to a 12-month community order on appeal. Banned for life from keeping animals.

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire: Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray

#TheList Christopher Bloy, born c. 1992, and partner Heather Wray, born c. 1993, both of Patrick Street, Grimsby DN32 – banned from keeping animals after their extremely malnourished German Shepherd had to be put down

German Shepherd Cassie had to be euthanised after becoming "extremely malnourished" when her cruel owners Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray failed to call in veterinary help
German Shepherd Cassie had to be euthanised after becoming “extremely malnourished” when her cruel owners Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray failed to call in veterinary help

Neglectful Christopher Bloy and mother-of-two Heather Wray admitted causing unnecessary suffering to German Shepherd Cassie by failing to investigate the cause of her poor body condition and weight loss.

German Shepherd Cassie had to be euthanised after becoming "extremely malnourished" when her cruel owners Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray failed to call in veterinary help

Cassie, who was no more than five years old, was rushed to the Blue Cross animal hospital but was put to sleep the same day.

Rachel Taylor, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court that the emaciated dog weighed only 12kg when the usual weight for a dog of her size and breed is between 30kg and 35kg.

“There was a real failure to investigate why this dog weighed such a low weight of 12kg when it was presented in such a condition that it had to be euthanised,” said Miss Taylor.

Ironically, there was another dog at the couple’s house but that one had a normal weight and had received food.

“Cassie was not receiving food,” said Miss Taylor. “Either the other dog was eating it or there was no food put down.

“The charge is failing to address the loss of weight rather than a deliberate act of cruelty.

“I can’t say that this is a deliberate case of failing to feed. Certainly, the dog was not sufficiently fed.”

German Shepherd Cassie had to be euthanised after becoming "extremely malnourished" when her cruel owners Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray failed to call in veterinary help. Bloy and Wray pictured outside court.

The prosecution did not accept that the dog had an underlying condition because the couple seemed to have been advised by a vet in 2016 that follow-up appointments would be needed. Her weight then was only 18kg.

These appointments were never kept, however, and attempts by the veterinary surgery to make contact were unsuccessful.

A post-mortem suggested that there was no underlying reason for the weight loss.

Craig Davy, mitigating, said the other dog was perfectly healthy but was treated in a similar way to Cassie and they claimed that the second dog might have taken some of Cassie’s food.

“They noticed the weight of Cassie declining in a period of a few weeks,” said Mr Davy.

“They should have done more over that period of time. Both were distressed by the fact that Cassie had to be put down.”

The court heard that Bloy claimed because he worked away 60 to 70 hours a week, he did not notice the dog had lost weight. She used to play around in the garden and the first time he realised there was a problem was when the dog collapsed.

Photo of Heather Wray. German Shepherd Cassie had to be euthanised after becoming "extremely malnourished" when her cruel owners Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray failed to call in veterinary help
Cruel dog abuser Heather Wray from Grimsby

Wray had owned Cassie since she was a puppy but two years ago, her behaviour changed and she started jumping at shadows and running around obsessively.

The pair said they sought help and tried to sort out the problems but the dog would not eat when she was watched.

Wray admitted that she should have sought advice a lot earlier and she regretted that.

A woman who was in court supporting the couple had offered to provide a new home for the other dog.

Photo of Heather Wray. German Shepherd Cassie had to be euthanised after becoming "extremely malnourished" when her cruel owners Christopher Bloy and Heather Wray failed to call in veterinary help
Heather Wray had owned Cassie since she was a puppy

District judge Daniel Curtis told the couple: “Unfortunately, through your neglect, this dog had to be euthanised on the day that it appeared in front of a veterinary surgeon, who took the view, having examined it, that it was extremely malnourished and had been neglected.

“During that period, you did not do enough to save that dog. You should have looked after it. It’s an obligation that you have.

“The dog was emaciated in 2016. It was even worse when you presented it at the vet’s in 2018.”

The RSPCA will decide whether the supporter who was in court is a suitable person to have care of the other dog.

After the hearing, the woman was among angry supporters of Bloy and Wray who confronted a Grimsby Live photographer, hurling loud abuse and waving their arms around to try to prevent pictures of the defendants being taken as they left court.

Sentencing:
Bloy was given 80 hours’ unpaid work and Wray was given five days’ rehabilitation. Total of £585 costs and charges each. 10-year ban on keeping animals with no right of appeal for five years.

GrimsbyLive
Daily Mail

Airdrie, North Lanarkshire: Anthony Storer

TheList Anthony ‘Tony’ Storer of Douglas Street, Airdrie ML6 9JS – failed to take his gravely ill boxer dog to the vet causing her condition to worsen

Storer was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at Airdrie Sheriff Court on April 1, 2019.

The dog, named Sasha, suffered three small tumours, inflamed and overgrown gums, was severely underweight and had renal compromise, dental disease and hypothyroidism.

Sasha’s owners, Tony Storer and Caroline McLeish (she was sentenced in November 2018 for her part in the dog’s suffering and given a three-year ban), had allowed her to slowly deteriorate to such a state vets couldn’t help her.

Dog abuser Caroline McLeish from Aidrie, North Lanarkshire
In November 2018 Storer’s co-accused Caroline McLeish, also of Douglas Street, Aidrie, was banned from keeping animals for just three years

Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Chisholm said: “This charge was dealt as Storer 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 her 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.

“Three small tumours were found on various points of her body and a veterinary exam found Sasha to have renal compromise, dental disease and hypothyroidism.

“Unfortunately, after struggling with various health issues, the sad decision was made to put Sasha to sleep.

“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: Storer was fined £300 and banned from owning dogs for two years.

Scottish SPCA News
Evening Times

Wednesbury, West Midlands: Usman Khalid

#TheList Usman Khalid, born 04/01/1994, of Old Park Road, Wednesbury WS10 – banned for life from keeping animals after his emaciated dog died shortly after giving birth to 16 puppies

Backyard breeder Usman Khalid from Wednesbury, West Midlands, failed to get treatment for his distressed dog after she gave birth. Of the litter of 16 just one survived.
Backyard breeder Usman Khalid from Wednesbury, West Midlands, failed to get treatment for his distressed dog after she gave birth. Of the litter of 16 just one survived.

Backyard breeder Usman Khalid was found guilty of two animal welfare offences after failing to get veterinary treatment for Dogue de Bordeaux crossbreed Jinx after she gave birth to a huge litter of puppies.

Backyard breeder Usman Khalid from Wednesbury, West Midlands, failed to get treatment for his distressed dog after she gave birth
Sole surviving puppy Winnie has recovered from her ordeal and been rehomed but her mother Jinx (inset) died a horrific death thanks to the neglect of Usman Khalid

The court heard that three of Jinx’s puppies had been still-born and one was crushed during birth. Eleven other puppies had died days later.

Jinx, who was said to be “skin and bone”, was found by a concerned member of the public motionless and crying in a kennel at Khalid’s home. She was unable to stand and was suffering with diarrhoea. Her mammary glands were severely ulcerated, which meant she could not provide her puppies with the milk they needed to survive.

They tried to pick her up but she screamed and moments later fitted and died in their arms.

The member of the public took Jinx’s body to a nearby vets – along with the one surviving puppy, Winnie – and the RSPCA were contacted.

Winnie received emergency treatment but was so gravely ill she was not expected to survive the night.

But the brave pup pulled through and has now made a full recovery and has been rehomed by the charity.

Inspector Nicola Johnson, who led the investigation, said the puppies’ bodies were never found.

She continued: “When I saw Jinx’s body it was quite clear she was emaciated with her ribs clearly visible and she had awful ulcers on her mammary glands which would have been very painful.

“If she was taken for treatment when the problem first arose I am in no doubt she would have have survived.

“As we never found the puppies we were unable to establish how they died.

“This has been a terribly upsetting case to deal with but I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the public who got involved by trying to help the mum and pup, alerting us to what they had found and bravely giving evidence in court which meant we could get some justice for Jinx and helped her pup Winnie survive.”

Sentencing: 200 hours of community service; total of £585 costs and charges. Banned for life from keeping animals.

BirminghamLive

Rotherham: Reece West

#TheList Reece Kevin Tommy West, born 25/10/1996, of St John’s Road, Rotherham – beat a tiny chihuahua so badly he had to be put to sleep

Dog killer Reece West and his tiny victim, Mac the chihuahua
Dog killer Reece West and his tiny victim, Mac the chihuahua

The chihuahua, Mac, suffered severe head injuries resulting in him having to be put to sleep on humane grounds whilst in the care of his owner’s then boyfriend Reece West.

Dog killer Reece West from Rotherham

West was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by subjecting him to non-accidental injury on April 12, 2018.

After the case, RSPCA Inspector Paula Clemence said: “This was a very upsetting case to deal with. The owner of Mac is devastated – as you’d imagine.

“She left for work, and everything was fine, then she got a text from her boyfriend at the time – West – saying something was wrong with Mac and she needed to come back.

“She went straight home and found Mac collapsed, bleeding from his eye and ear and turning blue. She rushed him to a vet where he was placed on oxygen and examined and found to have severe head trauma.

“Extremely sadly, the decision was made to put him to sleep on humane grounds.”

Dog killer Reece West from Rotherham
West is now banned from keeping animals for life

Vet evidence stated that Mac had a large swelling around his left eye, bruising to his ear and across his body including his chest, toes and legs, and had a number of scratches and small abrasions.

A post mortem examination confirmed that Mac had a fractured skull and haemorrhaging to his head and neck consistent with large magnitude blunt force trauma to the area.

West maintained that he had assumed Mac had gone downstairs whilst he was lying in bed, and woke up some time later to find the dog on the bed crying and collapsed.

Both vets who gave evidence felt it was impossible that the dog had sustained the injuries himself, and that a fall from a small height like a bed or sofa or even down the stairs wouldn’t have resulted in head injuries so severe.

RSPCA Inspector Clemence added: “This incident caused a great deal of suffering to Mac, and his death, as well as an enormous amount of upset to his owner whose grief over what happened goes on.”

Sentence: 26 weeks in jail; total of £915 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

The Star
Rotherham Advertiser

Hereford: Liam Stezaker

#TheList Liam Philp Stezaker, born 03/12/1991, last known address Warwick Walk, Hereford HR4 – strangled and kicked his girlfriend’s dog to death during a campaign of violence and abuse.

Violent thug Liam Stezaker strangled and stamped his girlfriend's dog Tilly to death
Violent thug Liam Stezaker strangled and stamped his girlfriend’s dog Tilly to death

Liam Stezaker, who has a previous conviction for drink driving, subjected his girlfriend Sarah Griffiths to regular beatings with one attack resulting in her being hospitalised.

Then in September 2018 Stezaker attacked Sarah’s pet dog, Tilly, strangling her before stamping her to death and dumping her lifeless body in a bin.

Dog killere Liam Stezaker from Hereford
Dog killere Liam Stezaker from Hereford

Stezaker admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour.

Crossbreed Tilly was subjected to a brutal death at the hands of Liam Stezaker of Hereford
Crossbreed Tilly was subjected to a brutal death at the hands of Liam Stezaker

Prosecutor Giles Nelson said Stezaker already had a common assault conviction and was under a community order when he killed Tilly.

He said: ‘Considerable force was used to strangle the dog, causing severe suffering.

‘This was a gratuitous piece of violence against the dog.

‘It was not an accident.’

Dog killer Liam Stezaker
Evil dog killer Liam Stezaker

Judge James Tindal told Stezaker he was considered a ‘high risk’ by the probation service.

Sentencing: 12 months in jail for controlling and coercive behaviour, with two sentences of four months for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and actual bodily harm, plus 28 days for cannabis possession – all to run concurrently.

Daily Mail
Hereford Times