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South Moor, County Durham: Claire Hewitt

#TheList Claire Hewitt, born 10/08/1988, of Park Road, South Moor, near Stanley, County Durham DH9

Claire Hewitt

Single mother-of-five Hewitt was given an order banning her from keeping pets and ordered to pay £150 after she was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering after failing to address a dog’s poor condition between September 2019 and October 2019.

She was also in the dock for failing to take steps to ensure that the needs of a dog and three cats were met.

Northern Echo

Bacup, Lancashire: Eleanor Marsh and Amy Youll

#The List Eleanor (Ellie) Rose Marsh, born c. 1992, and Amy Elizabeth Youll, born 17/02/1992, both of Todmorden Road, Bacup OL3 – both pleaded guilty to not taking reasonable steps to ensure the needs of the eight dogs and three cats were met.

Convicted animal abusers Amy Youll and Ellie Marsh from Bacup, Lancashire, UK
Amy Youll (left) and partner Ellie Marsh failed to look after eight dogs and three cats and have now been banned from keeping animals for just 12 months.

Sentencing:
Both women were ordered to pay a total of £180 and banned from keeping animals for just 12 months.
Deprivation order on all of the animals.

LancsLive

Cefn Hengoed, Caerphilly: Ieuan Batten

#TheList Ieuan Batten, born 23/10/1996, of Forest Avenue, Cefn Hengoed, near Ystrad Mynach CF82 – beat up his mother after she intervened to stop his savage attack on a dog

Pictured is violent thug Ieuan Batten from Cefn Hengoed in Caerphilly, Wales, who has numerous previous convictions for violence.
At just 23 years of age Ieuan Batten, who goes by the nickname Skins Citroen, has racked up 20 convictions for 49 offences. These included previous assaults on his own mother.

Prosecutor Leah Pollard told the court that 23-year-old Batten had a history of violence against his mother, with previous assault convictions recorded against him.

She said this latest attack happened just before Christmas 2019 when Batten came home “under the influence and in an aggressive mood”.

Pictured is violent thug Ieuan Batten from Cefn Hengoed in Caerphilly, Wales, who has numerous previous convictions for violence.

Judge Daniel Williams was told of how Batten’s mother and two women, one of whom was pregnant with his child, were in her house when he went “completely mad”.

After two dogs began fighting, he took one of them into the kitchen and repeatedly punched and kicked him.

Batten’s mother covered the animal to protect him before her son turned his attention to her.

Miss Pollard said: “He was in a complete rage. He grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the living room.

“He started punching her and stamping on her all over her body.”

One of the women told police: “It lasted for about half an hour. I have never seen such violence in my life and I was shocked – especially when it was carried out by someone against their own mother.”

The victim was taken to hospital with her face “totally swollen and black and her body covered in bruises”.

Batten pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The court was told he had 20 previous convictions for 49 offences.

Nik Strobl, mitigating, said: “The defendant wishes to express his remorse and he can’t believe what he has done to his own mother.

“He has little recollection of what happened.”

Judge Williams told Batten, who was high on alcohol and drugs during the attack, that: “This was a savage assault. You used dreadful violence.”

Sentencing: jailed for two years and given a five-year restraining order preventing him from contacting his mother. He must pay a victim surcharge upon his release from custody. He was not banned from keeping animals.

South Wales Argus

Hillfoot, Sheffield: Carolyn Ashton

#TheList Carolyn Ashton, born 14/03/1971, of 40 Otley Walk, Sheffield S6 3PX – kicked and dragged a terrified dog leaving him frightened and crying

Ashton admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a dog after she was caught kicking and dragging him in the street.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how Ashton was seen mistreating the dog near McDonald’s restaurant, on Penistone Road, Sheffield.

Rob Coyne, prosecuting, said: “On July 20, in the early hours of the morning, police were called to an incident at McDonald’s on Penistone Road, Sheffield, to assist security with an aggressive female who was this defendant.

“The defendant was seen by others repeatedly kicking a dog which was with her and she was described as drunk and behaving in a disorderly manner.

“The dog was seized from the defendant and appeared in poor condition and was frightened and crying.”

Mr Coyne added the dog was examined by a veterinary surgeon and the dog was found to be in a poor condition covered in fleas and the vet stated the dog’s condition was among the worst cases for fleas he had ever seen.

Ashton pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by kicking and dragging the dog by his lead and admitted a further count of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by failing to obtain veterinary care and treatment.

She also pleaded guilty to being drunk-and-disorderly in a pubic place outside McDonald’s.

Sentencing: community order to last until September 2020, with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Fined £25 and ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £85 costs. It is not known if she was banned from keeping animals or if the dog was returned to her.

The Star

Hailsham, East Sussex: Leonard Jones

#TheList horse trader Leonard Jones, born c. 1966, of 41 Butts Field, Hailsham BN27 2BZ – for the severe neglect of a piebald mare.

Leonard Jones is now banned from keeping animals for five years following his conviction for horse neglect.
Leonard Jones, who is from a notorious family of travellers, is now banned from keeping animals for five years following his conviction for horse neglect.

Leonard Jones was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse by failing to provide adequate or any parasitic control.

The offence took place at Hailsham between February 26 and December 28, 2018.

He was also found guilty of a further charge of causing unnecessary suffering to the piebald mare by failing to investigate and address the animal’s poor body condition and health.

Sentencing: 24 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. Six-month curfew. Ordered to pay £1,250 in costs. Banned from keeping or owning any animal for five years.

Eastbourne Herald

Dinnington, South Yorkshire: Anne Louise Moffatt

#TheList Anne Louise Moffatt aka Anne Louise Pearce, born c. 1971, of Scarsdale Street, Dinnington S25 2RN

Animal abuser Anne Louise Moffatt from Dinnington, South Yorkshire
Anne Louise Moffatt is banned from keeping animals until November 2029

Caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal (species and nature of abuse not specified). Did not take steps to ensure that the needs of an animal for which she was responsible were met.

Sentencing: £120 fine, £200 costs. 10-year ban on keeping animals.

The Star

Penrith, Cumbria: Scott Bruce

#TheList Scott Bruce, born c. 1972, of 8 Anchor Close, Penrith CA11 9HQ -failed to treat his pet dog’s chronic skin condition and deteriorating physical health

Dog abuser Scott Bruce from Penrith
Scott Bruce celebrates his family’s lottery win in 2015

Bruce, whose family won £727,000 on the National Lottery in 2015, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Mia. The court heard how he failed to seek appropriate veterinary care for Mia’s chronic skin condition and deteriorating physical health.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Ordered to carry out unpaid work for 80 hours within the next 12 months. £503.20 in court cost. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years with right of appeal after five years.

News & Star

Dewsbury, West Yorkshire: Steven Field

#TheList Steven Field , born c. 1961, of 7 Smithy Place, Dewsbury WF12 0HG – for unspecified cruelty offences relating to a dog

Field failed to ensure that a dog received appropriate veterinary care between April 19 and May 17, 2019.

Sentencing: Curfew; total of £385 costs and charges. Banned from owning or keeping animals for life.

ExaminerLive

Dundee: Andrew Alexander

#TheList Andrew Alexander, born 26/07/1984, originally from Dundee and as at September 2019 of Malvern Drive, Ilford, London IG3 9DR – stole a pug named Pixie who is believed to have died

Violent thug Andrew Alexander, originally from Dundee Scotland, and now of Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.
Violent thug Andrew Alexander, who now lives in Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.

Eleven-month-old pug Pixie went missing on July 16, 2018 from a flat in Stobswell, Dundee, while in the care of Andrew Alexander.

Violent thug Andrew Alexander, originally from Dundee Scotland, and now of Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.

Following her disappearance, eye-witnesses reported seeing a dog matching Pixie’s description being hit in the face at Baxter Park and then being carried lifeless by a man through the streets of Dundee towards a bridge over the River Tay.

Now construction worker Andrew Alexander has been fined £250 after being convicted of stealing the dog. As there was no admissible evidence that he had killed or mistreated the animal, he faced no charges in relation to this.

To date, it is not known what exactly happened to Pixie but it is believed that Alexander dumped her broken body in the River Tay.

Lawyer Ian Houston of Bruce Short solicitors.
In a bizarre legal argument, Alexander’s lawyer Ian Houston told the court that as Pixie was dead she was “nobody’s property” and could not, therefore, be stolen.

Alexander was represented in court by dodgy lawyer Ian James Houston of Bruce Short Solicitors, Rattray Street, Dundee. Houston tried to get his client off with the theft charge on the grounds that the “property”, i.e. a much-loved family pet, no longer existed because she was dead. Houston insisted on proving to the court that the dog had died by showing the CCTV footage of Alexander carrying Pixie’s body through the streets despite the anguish of the dog’s distraught owner, who was present in court. How do these people sleep at night?

A spokeswoman from animal group Missing Pets Dundee and Angus said: “Justice has not been served for poor Pixie.

“Too many cases of animal abuse are going unpunished. This has to stop, there is just no deterrent.

“We feel for the family and also all the witnesses after waiting so long to see justice done and it just didn’t happen.”

The little dog was last seen safe on July 16, 2018, at the home of her owner, Kelly Deuchars.

She left the animal in the care of Alexander, who was her flatmate, and went out to do some shopping.

When she returned, the dog was gone.

Alexander, who has a previous conviction for attempted murder, denied stealing the dog but was found guilty of the offence.

He was also found guilty of assaulting Ms Deuchars in August 2019 by seizing her on the body, placing her in a headlock and spraying an unknown irritant in her face.

Sentencing: Alexander was ordered to pay £250 to Ms Deuchars for the theft of the dog and a further £250 for the assault.

The Courier

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Background:
We originally published this article in August 2018 but had to withhold certain details at the time, so as not to jeopardise the prosecution case against Andrew Alexander. This is an edited version of that article. to reflect the latest developments.

Violent thug Andrew Alexander, originally from Dundee Scotland, and now of Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.

Sometime after 3pm on Monday 16 July 2018 an 11-month-old pug named Pixie went missing from an address in Park Avenue, Baxter Park, Dundee. Pixie’s owner, Kelly, had gone out to do some shopping, leaving the tiny dog alone in the company of her flatmate, Andrew Alexander. Kelly had known this man for several years and he had given her no reason to distrust him.

When Kelly left, Pixie was sleeping and she told Alexander not to take her out. She was alarmed on her return a short while later, therefore, to find the flat empty and Pixie gone. As time passed with no word from Alexander, Kelly became increasingly anxious. As she didn’t have Alexander’s new mobile number she asked a friend to call him. The friend spoke briefly with Alexander who was described as angry, screaming down the phone that he would “speak to Kelly later”.

In a state of panic Kelly rushed over to the nearby park and asked dog walkers if they’d seen Alexander or Pixie but no one had. She returned to the flat and waited anxiously.

Missing pug Pixie is believed to have died at the hands of Andrew Alexander from Dundee, Scotland

When Alexander finally returned home at 7:30 pm he was alone and there was no sign of Pixie. When Kelly asked him where the dog was, Alexander shouted “lost!” in a manner that was more irritated than concerned. He said that Pixie had run off in Baxter Park at 4pm and he’d been unable to find her. He then told Kelly, somewhat bizarrely, that he was “away to jail” but didn’t elaborate on what he meant and left in a taxi to go to a girlfriend’s house.

Kelly texted Alexander the following morning to tell him he was no longer welcome at the flat. His response: “I’ve already moved out lol”

Alexander returned two days later while Kelly was out to collect his things and left for good.

Remorseless Andrew Alexander jokes about Pixie's disappearance with his moronic friend Bob Ramsay of Happyhillock Road, Dundee DD4 8LU
Remorseless dog killer Andrew Alexander jokes about Pixie’s disappearance with his moronic friend Bob Ramsay of Happyhillock Road, Dundee DD4 8LU

In the following days Kelly posted a number of desperate appeals on Facebook. Her posts were shared extensively in the local area, the charity DogLost got involved, and multiple reports of sightings from pedestrians and motorists started to come in. The news wasn’t encouraging, however, with witnesses reporting seeing a man resembling Alexander carrying a pug-type dog that appeared to be lifeless.

One pedestrian recalled seeing the man holding a dog in his arms.

She said: “The dog was very still and I thought that was strange as a dog wouldn’t usually allow itself to be held like that without moving at all.

“He avoided passing close to me on his way towards the city centre – probably because I watching him. It was very clearly a pug and in retrospect, it seemed utterly lifeless.

“The man appeared red and flustered. I wish I had stopped him and asked if the dog was okay.”

Missing pug Pixie is believed to have died at the hands of Andrew Alexander from Dundee, Scotland

Another witness – a young girl – said she had seen a man in Baxter Park pick up a pug by the neck and punch her in the face. The girl had been too afraid to challenge him.

These sightings took place as late as 7pm on the evening of Monday 16 July 2018 – three hours after Alexander said that Pixie had disappeared.

Police Scotland were contacted and on 27 July, 2018 they issued an appeal for information through the local newspaper and social media. Their statement read:

“There have been numerous sightings of what appeared to be a man carrying a small dog resembling Pixie in the Stobswell and Waterfront areas in the following few hours.

“The dog appeared to be lifeless or ill, and the man was described as in his mid 30s-40, tall, large build, and wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts, possibly with stripes down the side.

“He was last seen shortly before 6pm near the bottom of Crichton Street. These sightings have been confirmed on CCTV.

“We have already received a large amount of relevant information from the public regarding this incident and are currently following a positive line of enquiry.

“We have also attempted to contact a number of witnesses who have been identified to us, but have not been able to get in touch with them.

“We would therefore like to ask anyone who has information about this incident who we have not already spoken to, to contact us – in particular if you saw the described man in the area of Baxter Park, Arbroath Road, Blackscroft, Dock Street, the Tay Bridge, Slessor Gardens or Crichton Street, between 3pm and 7pm on Monday 16th.

“We are also very interested in a report given to us regarding a man being seen possibly mistreating a dog in Baxter Park around that time.

“Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting CR/17475/18 or speak to any police officers”.

On 31 July, 2018, the media reported that a man had been charged in connection with Pixie’s disappearance.

In the meantime, Kelly and her friends formed the Facebook group Justice for Pixie with the aim of spreading awareness about the case and campaigning for justice. Sadly that justice never came when Alexander walked free from court with a nominal fine for dog theft.

Knottingley, Wakefield: Shane Measor and Tanya Merrill

Shane Paul Measor, 39, of Foundry Court, Knottingley, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a dog and was fined £123, banned from keeping dogs for 12 months and told to pay £180 in costs.

Tanya Merrill, 33, of Buttermere Walk, Knottingley, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a dog and was fined £40, banned from keeping dogs for 12 months and told to pay £80 in costs.

Wakefield Express

Update: we understand that this case related to a dog named Major who had an untreated skin condition. His owners claim they fell on hard times and couldn’t afford to pay for treatment.