#TheList Derrick Daniel Dawkins, born 1962, of 5 Clement Street, Tredworth, Gloucester GL1 4JW – left two dogs outside continuously during the ‘Beast from East’ snowstorm
Bull terriers Dessa and Diesel were found in a snow-covered yard without shelter as temperatures dropped below freezing. One of the dogs was tethered by a chain and had become entangled. Both had untreated painful lesions and sores on their legs and bodies.
Now the dogs’ cruel owner Derrick Daniel Dawkins, has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping any animal for 10 years.
Investigating RSPCA Inspector Phil Mann said: “As temperatures dropped below zero and snow covered the country, Dessa and Diesel were outside day and night without appropriate shelter.
“When I saw them locked outside, I feared that if I didn’t help them straight away there would have been two dead dogs in the following morning.
“Simply leaving pets outside to fend for themselves without shelter should never be seen as an option.
“Dogs must have constant access to a suitable shelter, and owners should also ensure bedding and sleeping areas are warm, dry and away from any draughts.
“It is shocking that Dawkins left these dogs outside during such horrendous conditions and even more heartbreaking to discover they had been left to suffer with painful, untreated sores.”
#TheList Zoe Powell, born c. 1976, of Bellevue Road, Ruardean GL17 9UY – for severe neglect of an underweight American bulldog who was found with sore patches on his ears and body
]Forest of Dean District Council prosecuted Zoe Powell after her American bulldog, Beethoven, was found straying. He was in poor condition, underweight and covered in sore patches.
Veterinary reports later confirmed that Beethoven was underweight for a dog of his size and breed and that there was no medical cause for the weight loss; the only conclusion to be drawn was that his condition was due to lack of adequate nutrition.
The sores on his body were thought to be pressure sores caused by lack of muscle and body fat when Beethoven was lying down.
Forest of Dean District Councillor Tim Gwilliam, leader of the council said: “I’d like to thank our local street wardens for acting quickly to save Beethoven from neglect.
“As a council we take animal welfare seriously and this case is an example of how we will take action where we can.
“I’m pleased that the court ordered that Miss Powell should be disqualified from keeping or looking after any dogs for at least the next five years.”
Sentencing: total costs, fines and charges of £787.50. Banned from keeping cats and dogs for a period of at least five years.
#TheList Leigh Hancock, born February 1984, of 1 Old Dry Arch Cottages, Marstow, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6EQ – ran a puppy farm and conned buyers they were ‘family-raised pets’
Leigh Hanock pleaded guilty to illegally selling puppies and laundering the proceeds of his crimes
The puppy farmer, formerly of Rodley Road, Lydney, Gloucester, was turning out “conveyor belt puppies” which were in poor condition when he sold them.
The court heard Hancock “blitzed” social media with adverts for Golden Retriever and Labrador puppies that were purportedly the result of ‘accidental pregnancies’ but were in fact from the puppy farm he ran from an adapted shed in the back of his former home in Lydney.
He would say the puppies were socialised with humans, children and other family pets when the reality was they were kept in cages in the shed.
Trading standards officers analysed a series of advertisements that Hancock placed under various pseudonyms.
Prosecutor Rosamund Rutter said: “A hundred adverts were associated with the defendant – and seven mobile numbers.”
Hancock used various email addresses including the name of one of his children on one email. This was ‘to avoid advertising platforms suspecting he was a trader rather than private seller.’
“When analysed it was noted they were worded in a strikingly similar manner, and contained similar grammatical errors,” the barrister said.
Ms Rutter told the judge of members of the public who were looking for family pets and were assured that was what they were buying.
She added that Hancock even told one couple he and his family were ‘heartbroken they had to give the puppy up.’
The offences dated between June 2016 and March 2017 but Ms Rutter told the court that the operation was running before then.
She described it as a “conveyor belt of puppies, in poor conditions”.
Hancock admitted placing 60 advertisements between July 2016 and March 2017 which implied the pups he was selling were from a family home.
He also admitted withdrawing £23,134.56 of ‘criminal property’ from his bank on March 29 2017 when authorities executed a search warrant at his address and he became aware they were there.
Recorder Ben Browne QC told the defendant the puppies were: “A very different proposition from what you advertised.”
“In each case the set up was to make it look like it was, but it was blatantly untrue.”
#TheList Farhad Khalil Ahmed of Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 – carried out illegal slaughter of a male sheep
Ahmed, owner of Lydney Hand Car Wash, Newerne Street, Lydney GL15 5RF, was convicted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with causing unnecessary suffering to a ram.
Ahmed admitted to being filmed cutting a ram’s throat as an accomplice helped him restrain the animal. The video, originally obtained by Caerphilly Trading Standards officers in an unrelated investigation, was passed to Gloucestershire Trading Standards who interviewed Ahmed for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Ahmed entered a guilty plea and was convicted of a single offence of causing unnecessary suffering to the ram under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for public protection said “I would like to congratulate our Trading Standards Animal Health Team for bringing this offender to justice. This animal clearly suffered a horrific death at the hand of this person and his accomplices.”
“Our Trading Standards team work to ensure the strict welfare standards for farm animals are followed at all times.”
Sentencing: 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay the full prosecution costs of £1,700 and an £85 victim surcharge.
#TheList prolific cat breeder/dealer and mistress of deceit Lizzie Beth Scarrott, born c. 1986, of The Nurseries, Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire (as at June 2019 believed to be in the village of Longhope) – sold multiple poorly kittens that later died or had to be put to sleep due to illness
On 7 November 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 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.
=== 2019 update: she’s now living in Longhope, Gloucester, and continues to breed kittens, which she advertises on Facebook, Gumtree and Pre-loved.
Scarrott was featured in That’s Life magazine after a customer told them how a kitten she had purchased from the breeder soon fell gravely ill with a virus and also infected her other cat. Neither cat survived and their owner ended up £1,000 out of pocket. When confronted, the woman the magazine dubs ‘the Kitty Killer’ didn’t want to know. Leopards and spots.
#TheList farmer Clive Lockton, born c. 1958, of New Road Farm, Todenham, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9PN – kept his livestock and poultry in terrible conditions
Lockton pleaded guilty to 17 animal welfare offences including causing unnecessary suffering to a female pig as well as failing to ensure animal welfare and failing to properly inform the authorities of a death of a cow on the farm.
The conditions in which the farmer kept his livestock and poultry were so unsuitable and dangerous that one pig was injured by a makeshift shelter which collapsed on it. The animal had to be shot by a vet to relieve its suffering when animal welfare inspectors visited.
He also pleaded guilty to failing to ear mark cattle and failing to inform the authorities of animal movements off his farm.
The court heard how Trading Standards officer Claire Miers and vet Marie Ipas both visited Lockton’s farm on June 7th last year and found 75 pigs, seven sheep and hundreds of chickens living in a ‘terrible conditions’ with poor, inadequate bedding and feed and water.
Prosecuting Bonnie Styles said there was no fresh water or bedding for the animals and that shelters constructed by Lockton had collapsed, injuring a sow.
The pig had a massive abscess on its leg and had suffered broken ribs when the wall fell on it. It was in such a poor state a vet had to be called immediately to shoot the animal to put it out of its misery.
The court heard how Miss Miers had previously visited the farm and helped Lockton apply for planning permission to build a new shed for the pigs but when she later returned the shed was being used to house cattle.
“At one end of the shed there was an area which was used for feeding. There were pallets and a trough all tied together with string and there were planks on the floor with nails sticking out of them which the cattle could injure themselves on,” said Miss Styles.
“In the feeding area the mud was so deep the cattle couldn’t walk and there was metal corrugated panels sticking out of the ground.
“There was an old bath used for feeding which was in a filfthy condition and in a water container there was a dead bird which Mr Lockton said he was going to remove later.
“There were holes in the floor big enough for a pig to fall into.”
The court heard there was also a pile of out of date food which the chickens and pigs had access to.
“There was Cumberland sausages, chicken and bacon sandwiches and flame grilled chicken which the free roaming pigs and hens had access to,” said Miss Styles.
The inspectors also saw three calves without ear tags which are required by law because of animal health and movement regulations.
They also found a sow in pain suffering.
“The pig was in a very poor condition and had what appeared to be an open wound on its legs. It was hobbling and its jaw was dislocated,” said Miss Styles.
Manure and dirt had built up in the water containers.
“The pig pens were in a very poor state with no dry area and empty food buckets,” said Miss Styles.
Sentencing: rehabilitation order to carry out 15 days’ community service over 12 months. Total of £485 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping cattle and pigs for a period of five years, with stipulation that this cannot be appealed for a period of two years.
#TheList Stephen D Bowes, born 1971, of 48 Cranleigh Court Road, Yate, Bristol BS37 5DJ – possessed images showing human intercourse with reptiles, horses, goats, donkeys and dogs
Between 8/12/16 and 3/11/17 made category A, B and C images of children and possessed a pornographic image which portrayed, in an explicit and realistic way, persons performing an act of intercourse with live animals or reptiles namely snakes, horses, goats, donkeys and dogs.
Sentencing: Bowes was due to be sentenced on 29/08/18 but the outcome was not reported.
#TheList Iain Duncan Cockley-Adams, born August 1960, of Croghan Hill Farm, Sevenhampton, Cheltenham GL54 5SL – left two dogs for eight hours in a horsebox in 29C temperatures; one dog died
Iain Cockley-Adams, a manager with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS, was convicted of cruelty after leaving his two collie-cross dogs in the back of his vehicle while his wife competed in a riding event.
Cockley-Adams left two dogs in a horsebox at the event in Euston on a hot day in June 2017. He said he’d left them with four bowls of water and checked on them twice.
But temperatures outside had reached 29C and the court heard the horsebox felt as hot as an oven when opened.
Labrador-collie cross Wade was found collapsed and was put down.
Miraculously his brother Dec survived.
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens argued that Cockley-Adams failed to check the pets often enough.
She said: “No one is suggesting this was deliberate, but it was careless.
An RSPCA spokesman blasted the “avoidable” death, adding: “We hope that this case sends out a clear message that leaving a dog in a hot vehicle, will not be tolerated by the courts.”
Sentencing: fined £1,750, and ordered to pay £1582.23 in court costs. Banned from keeping another dog for three years, but magistrates did not order the seizure of Dec.
#TheList Emma Miles (aka Emma Forber), born c. 1989, of Lawrence Grove, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 4EY – left dog alone to starve to death
Mother-of-two Emma Miles left Staffy Yolo locked in the kitchen of her flat when she moved out, leaving him to starve to death. Only fur and faeces were found in his stomach and his internal organs had decomposed.
Following her formal eviction from Oak Drive, Dursley, council workers clearing the property discovered that the kitchen floor was covered in faeces and a brown sludge, and subsequently discovered the emaciated corpse of a dog wrapped in a plastic bin bag, which had been placed in a cupboard.
When Stroud District Council’s animal welfare officers were called in to investigate the case Miles claimed that she had given Yolo to a former boyfriend.
However rigorous investigations by SDC animal welfare officer Alex Myrie demonstrated that was not the case, and that Miles had left Yolo alone in the flat without food, water or human company over a period of weeks, which resulted in him starving to death.
A wound was discovered that was consistent with a pressure sore arising from an inability to move prior to his death. The brown sludge found on the kitchen floor was consistent with the advanced decomposition of internal organs.
A vet appointed by the council reported that Yolo ‘suffered a great deal in the slow, cruel and unnecessary process of starvation.’
Miles was found guilty of causing Yolo unnecessary suffering which resulted in his death.
Mrs Myrie, who led the investigation, said: “In my 16 years in this role, this is the worst case of animal cruelty I have had to deal with.
“The last days and weeks of Yolo’s life must have been the stuff of nightmares. Staffies thrive on human company and the thought of Yolo spending his last week’s not only starving and thirsty but also lonely, breaks my heart.
“It seems a cruel irony that Yolo’s name stands for ‘You Only Live Once’ when his life ended so cruelly and needlessly.
“There are no winners in cases of this nature but we are very grateful to the courts for bringing Miss Miles to account for her actions, in particular banning her from having any responsibility for any animal for the next 10 years.”
Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work in the community within 12 months. Total of £1,115 costs and charges. Disqualified from owning or having responsibility for any animal for 10 years (expires February 2028).
#TheList Alice Mary Louise Jones, born 25/08/1997, of Saintbridge Road, Longford, Gloucester GL2 9FN – starved a pony who was found collapsed in a barn
Jones, previously of Raleigh Close, Gloucester, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony, named Blue, after failing to investigate the cause of his weight loss between February 19, 2016 and March 3 2016, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The RSPCA was contacted by a concerned member of the public who had spotted Blue in a collapsed and emaciated state in a barn at Packthorn Farm, Whitminster Lane, Frampton on Severn.
Inspector Mark Lewis said: “Sadly Blue had been starved to the point when he was incredibly thin and unable to stand.
“Unfortunately he was in such a terrible state that he had to be immediately put to sleep to ease his suffering.
“The post mortem showed his condition wasn’t because of an underlying disease – it was simply down to the fact he wasn’t given the food he needed.
“Owners have a responsibility of care to their animals. To allow an animal to get into such a shocking state is inexcusable.”
Sentencing: 180 hours of unpaid work; total of £660 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping horses for five years (expires January 2022).