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Stanley, County Durham: David Morton

#TheList David Morton, born c. 1992, of Jane Street, Stanley DH9 7BH – left his husky dog to suffer with a broken leg for more than four weeks.

David Morton, who is no stranger to the courts, told magistrates he didn't "give a monkeys'after being convicted for leaving his pet dog to suffer in agony with a broken leg
Morton, who is no stranger to the courts, told magistrates he didn’t “give a monkeys’after being convicted for leaving his pet dog to suffer in agony with a broken leg

Serial headcase David Morton was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal for failing to get veterinary treatment for his pet husky’s broken leg. The cause of the dog’s injury was unexplained.

Morton, who was recently given community service after sending human faeces to a police officer, told magistrates that he “didn’t give a monkey’s” what they said and would have two dogs by the weekend.

Husky Sendi who was mistreated and neglected by her uncaring owner David Morton
Husky Sendi who was mistreated and neglected by her uncaring owner David Morton

Kevin Campbell, prosecuting on behalf of RSPCA, said the charity became involved after a veterinary surgeon contacted them to raise concerns about Morton’s dog, a female husky named Sendi.

He said: “On the 22nd July [2019] the dog was seen by a vet who conceded that the dog had a fracture to her leg and the injury was four to six weeks old. The dog had either been untreated or treated inadequately.

“She concluded that the dog was clearly suffering as a result of the failure to give it any proper treatment.”

The dog had a broken femur and was unable to walk when she was seen by a vet.

Mr Campbell added: “When inspectors attended the address they could see the dog was unable to stand on its hind leg.

“A male answered the door and said he was the defendant, the inspector asked him about the dog in question and he was uncooperative – referring to him as a donkey.

“The defendant told him to f*** off, he was not allowed to enter the property and police had to be called to help him.”

PIctured is convicted dog abuser David Morton outside court

Paul Donohue, mitigating, said the 28-year-old had not set out to harm his own dog.

He said: “The actual injury has not been caused on purpose. It was caused accidentally and the complaint is that the dog did not have the proper treatment. He accepts that the dog did not have an operation but that wasn’t for lack of trying.

PIctured is convicted dog abuser David Morton outside court

“Like many people he does not have insurance so if anything happens it would fall to him to pay for it.

“If he had £5,000 there and then he would have spent it on the dog.

“He didn’t want the dog to suffer but he just has not got the money.”

Sendi was treated by the RSPCA and remains in their care.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £480 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years. Morton is already serving a community order for a previous offence.

Northern Echo

Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Lianne Dunn

#TheList Lianne Dunn, born c. 1987, of Copley Road, Doncaster DN1 – failed to provide veterinary care for her pet dog’s skin condition

Animal abuser Lianne Dunn from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK

An order was made for the dog, known as Codey, to be rehomed. Dunn is allowed to keep her cats.

Sentencing: £120 fine, £300 costs. Disqualified for having custody of a dog for two years.

Doncaster Free Press

Alfreton, Derbyshire: Nigel Stubbins

#TheList Nigel Stubbins, born 25/01/1972, of 84 Main Street, Newton, Alfreton DE55 5TE – for brutal handling of a collapsed cow in an abattoir

Nigel Stubbins

Nigel Stubbins was found guilty of two counts of unlawful handling of a dairy cow, in addition to an earlier guilty plea for inappropriately transporting a horned bull in the same compartment as other cattle.

Stubbins was caught on CCTV at Foyle Abattoir in Cinderford, using an electrical goad and excessive pulling to attempt to move a Holstein Fresian cow for about 45 minutes.

The incident occurred on November 13, 2018, when Stubbins arrived at the abattoir at 9pm outside normal operational hours.

He proceeded to unload cattle from a compartment. The CCTV footage showed that when he opened the lorry’s top rear compartment, one of the cows was down and slid down the ramp.

Stubbins then spent 45 minutes trying to get the cow to stand and walk into a pen when it was evident from the footage the cow couldn’t get up and remain on her feet.

Stubbins tried various methods to get the cow to stand up, including pulling her by the nose, using ropes to drag her round, and excessive use of an electric goad over a half-hour period.

There are strict rules in place for the use of electric goads. They should not be used repeatedly when animals fail to respond and when the cattle are unable to get up.

It is also specifically prohibited to lift or drag animals by the head, ears, horns, legs, tail or fleece, or handle them in such a way as to cause them unnecessary pain or suffering.

Sentencing: fined £1,055 and ordered to pay £2,000 towards prosecution costs and a £155 victim surcharge.

GloucestershireLive

Stroud, Gloucestershire: Ottilie Smith and James Gardner

#TheList Ottilie Smith, born June 1986, and James Gardner, born October 1981, both of Gibson Close, Stroud GL5 1HZ – left their dog to suffer with a severe skin condition

Ottilie Smith and partner James Gardner, who are parents, had not sought treatment for nine-year-old Mastiff Scrum’s significant skin problems.

A concerned member of the public reported the dog’s condition to the RSPCA and inspectors who attended the house ordered the couple to take Scrum for treatment – warning them about the consequences if they did not comply.

Prosecutor Kevin Withey told the crown court: “When the officers returned to the couple’s home they noticed the dog had not been treated and seized it.

“They took the dog to one of their veterinary specialists who examined the animal and said it was underweight and was suffering from alopecia and other skin ailments.

“The RSPCA funded the animal’s treatment, enabling its full recovery.”

Smith and Gardner had been convicted of animal cruelty by Cheltenham Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing in September 2019 but they lodged an appeal to the crown court against the sentence and they refused to sign over the dog so that the RSPCA could rehome him.

The court was told on Friday 6 December 2019, however, that the pair had dispensed with the services of their lawyer and had failed to turn up themselves to pursue the appeal.

The Judge, Recorder Adam Vaitilingham QC, then proceeded to hear the appeal in their absence.

He and two JP members of his bench concluded that the sentence imposed by the magistrates was appropriate and dismissed the appeal.

The court also formally assigned ownership of Scrum to the RSPCA.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £1,200 compensation and £100 each towards the appeal costs. Banned from keeping domestic animals for two years.

Gloucestershire Live

Additional information:
Ottilie Smith also uses the surname Segadelli. She owns a cleaning business called Shamazing which is also on Facebook. James Gardner was a director of James Gardner’s Groundworks Ltd alongside Smith, but this company was dissolved in 2018.

Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Julieann Greenwood

#TheList Julieann Greenwood, born c. 1966, of Burn Closes Crescent, Wallsend NE28 – failed to get veterinary treatment for her flea-riddled pet cats

Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire
Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire

Julieann Greenwood’s cats, Sapphire and Starlight, were found covered in fleas by RSPCA inspectors. A court heard that one of the animals was almost bald due to alopecia.

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Stewart Haywood told North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court of Greenwood’s “prolonged neglect”.

He said: “It would have taken months for the cats to get into the condition they were in.

“The two cats were discovered by inspectors for the charity at her home in July, just months after her op.”

Greenwood portrayed herself as a cat lover in court. She said she had tried to get treatment for her animals by buying a collar from Amazon.

Pictures later released by the RSPCA showed Starlight’s skin had scabbed due to the fleas. When challenged over their condition, Greenwood was said to have been abusive to inspectors.

Defending her actions, Gerry Bass, mitigating, said: “I don’t think she gave the best impression of herself that day as she was deeply upset.”

Following a sex change in April, it was claimed she “had taken her eyes off the ball” and allowed her beloved pets to suffer.

Greenwood pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Sentencing: fined £120 and ordered to pay £400 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

Chronicle Live

Perth, Scotland: Christopher Dickson

#TheList Christopher James Dickson, born July 1987, of 2 Balhousie Street, Perth PH1 5HJ – caught on dashcam brutally kicking his dog after she strayed onto the road

Dog abuser Christopher James Dickson of Perth in Scotland

Horrified witnesses saw Dickson, a director of The Dunblane Motor Company Ltd, which trades as Dicksons of Perth, kicking the dog on her underside causing her to fall to the ground.

The court heard that when a passing motorist pointed at Christopher Dickson from her car, he gesticulated at her by raising his middle finger.

One of the witnesses was “particularly upset” at what had happened and uploaded dashcam footage on to Facebook and it was “circulated” by other members of the public.

Dickson was subsequently identified and later traced by police.

Dog abuser Christopher James Dickson of Perth in Scotland

Dickson admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by gesticulating at a member of the public and kicking a dog on Perth’s Dunkeld Road on September 14 2019.

He originally admitted causing the animal unnecessary suffering by kicking her on the body but having obtained legal representation later changed his plea to not guilty. This plea was accepted by the Crown. He was not, therefore, banned from keeping animals.

Dickson’s solicitor Paul Ralph said his client had been walking his dog when she strayed from his side.

He said: “The problem was the dog was not on the lead. The dog walked on the road.

“He administered swift justice, which he would normally have done with a clip round the ear but he’d had an operation to his hand.

“The dog is six and a half years old and still lives with him.”

Dickson was told by a sheriff that this was “a dog-loving nation” and the attack had caused revulsion.

Dickson is no stranger to appearing in the dock at the Perth court.

In September 2017, he was banned for five years and ordered to carry out unpaid work – as an alternative to prison – after he ignored a 40-month driving disqualification imposed earlier after a drunken road rage incident. The court heard that he got behind the wheel of his £37,000 Mercedes but was caught by police.

He was banned for five years and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after he admitted driving without a licence and without insurance on Perth’s Balhousie Street on August 3, 2017.

Dickson had earlier been put off the road for more than three years – and fined £5000 – after he was convicted of causing an accident which left three young children screaming in terror in their parents’ people carrier.

Aged 29 at that time, he was convicted of driving with 35 microgrammes of alcohol in his system – the legal limit is 22 – driving carelessly and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

He also has a previous conviction for drink-driving from February 2008, when he was fined £600 and disqualified for
two years.

Sentencing: fined £240.

The Courier

Verwood, Eastern Dorset: Jillian Sanford

#TheList breeder Jillian Elisabeth Sanford, born c. 1948, of Oaklands Close, Verwood BH31 6NZ – for extreme neglect of eight dogs

Breeder Jillian Sanford of Verwood, Dorset, UK, kept dogs in appalling conditions in her filthy home

Sanford, who breeds whippets and English setters under the name Erinnis, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an English setter named Star by failing to seek appropriate care for an entrapped claw. She also failed to get veterinary treatment for her seven whippets’ various ailments, which included chronic eye condition and advanced dental disease.

At least one of the dogs was said to be very thin when rescued. The abuse apparently took place over a prolonged period and it took some time for a prosecution case against Sanford to be built.

Breeder Jillian Sanford of Verwood, Dorset, UK, kept dogs in appalling conditions in her filthy home

Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £1,180 fines, costs and charges. All dogs handed over to the RSPCA. Banned from keeping any animal for five years.

Bournemouth Echo
Dorset Echo

Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt Associates William Tatler and Sam Staniland

#TheList William Tatler, born c. 1973, of The Green, Idridgehay, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2SJ, and Samuel Staniland, born c. 1987, of Hadleigh, Ipswich IP7 – for illegal fox hunting, with cubs being targeted.

Will Tatler (left) and Sam Staniland received pitiful fines after being filmed illegally hunting a fox
Will Tatler (left) and Sam Staniland received pitiful fines after being filmed illegally hunting a fox

Joint master Will Tatler and huntsman Sam Staniland admitted hunting a wild mammal with dogs at Spath Covert, in Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018.

The men were charged under the Hunting Act 2004, which says people who illegally hunt foxes can be fined but not sent to prison.

Fox hunter Sam Staniland now of Hadleigh, Ipswich
Sam Staniland has since left the hunt and moved from Sudbury to Hadleigh near Ipswich

Both men are members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt (MSSH), which operates in East Staffordshire.

It was the second time people from MSSH have been prosecuted for fox hunting. Two other men from the hunt – Johnny Greenall and Glen Morris – were caught illegally hunting fox cubs in 2011.

The case against four other associates of the hunt was dismissed.

Charges against assistant terrierman Sam Stanley were dropped
Charges against assistant terrierman Sam Stanley were dropped

They were assistant terrier man Samuel Stanley, 25, of Burton Road, Needwood; terrier man Andrew Bull, 51, of Meynell Hunt Kennels, Ashbourne Road, Sudbury; whipper-in John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan, 33, of Gaddesby Lane, Kirby Bellars; and joint master Peter Southwell, 61, of Tolldish Lane, Great Haywood.

Terrierman Andy Bull also had the charges against him dropped
Terrierman Andy Bull also had the charges against him dropped

All six men had previously pleaded not guilty and were set to face trial, but Staniland and Tatler changed their plea to guilty before the trial.

The prosecution came after the League Against Cruel Sports filmed a fox being hunted and gave the footage to police.

League Against Cruel Sports investigator Roger Swaine captured the footage on 2 October 2018 at Spath Covert in Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbyshire – the same area where two other men from the hunt were caught illegally hunting fox cubs in 2011.

Mr Swaine said they were “cub hunting”, which is when hounds are trained to hunt fox cubs.

“They were in the same place, it was the same hunt, doing exactly the same thing,” said Mr Swaine, who also filmed the previous footage.

He said he was “disappointed” by the fine.

“The problem is they are very well financed and they have a very good legal defence team,” he said.

“To receive just a fine for this barbaric activity shows the need to strengthen the Hunting Act, including the introduction of prison sentences,” he said.

Still from footage filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports showing a fox being illegally targeted by Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt associates
Still from footage filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports showing a fox being illegally targeted by Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt associates

In a statement issued through the Countryside Alliance, the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt said the Hunting Act was “a difficult and troublesome piece of legislation”.

“It is complex and open to misinterpretation,” the statement said.

“The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt regrets that in this case some individuals were unable to show that they had fulfilled all the conditions of the relevant exemption, as set out in Schedule 1 of the Act.

“The Hunt confirms that moving forward it will continue to operate within the law, utilising both artificial trails and the exemptions provided in the Act.”

Sentencing: fined £535 and ordered to pay £150 towards legal costs.

Derbyshire Live
BBC News

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

Knockmenagh, Craigavon: Arthur Donaldson

#TheList Arthur Donaldson, born 18/02/1977, of 68 Parkmore, Knockmenagh, Craigavon, Co Armagh BT64 2AF – failed to seek veterinary care for his dog’s (unexplained) head injury

Dog abused and neglected by Arthur Donaldson of Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Arthur Donaldson failed to get treatment for his dog’s head injury. The cause of the injury has not been established.

Donaldson was convicted of failing to ensure the welfare of an unnamed 19-month-old female German Shepherd in his care.

The case against Donaldson was heard at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Friday, October 18, 2019.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council brought the case against Donaldson under the provisions of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 following a report from a member of the public who was concerned about the dog’s welfare.

An Animal Welfare Officer visited the defendant’s property in July 2017 and spoke to him regarding a head injury the dog had sustained.

He was then advised to ensure the dog received veterinary treatment as a matter of urgency which he failed to do.

The Animal Welfare Officer later returned to the property with a veterinary surgeon who assessed the dog as being likely to suffer as the wound had become infected. The dog was taken into the care of the council and subsequently rehomed.

Sentencing: fined £500 and ordered to pay a further £424 in fees.

ArmaghI