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Stalybridge, Greater Manchester: John Baimbridge

#TheList John David Baimbridge, born 01/06/1989, of 5 Grey Street, Stalybridge SK15 2NP – for the neglect of two dogs found underweight and infested with fleas at his family home

John Baimbridge from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, was banned from keeping animals for five years after his pet dogs were left with severe flea infestations and other symptoms of neglect
John Baimbridge was banned from keeping animals for five years after his pet dogs were left with severe flea infestations and other symptoms of neglect

RSPCA inspector Lorna Campbell visited the property John Baimbridge shares with parents Judy and Dave Baimbridge and his brother James Baimbridge and discovered the dogs in poor condition. Both dogs – a red cocker spaniel named Ollie and a German shepherd called Pippa – were scratching furiously due to a severe flea infestation. They were also severely underweight and had suffered extensive fur loss.

Fleas could be seen in neglected spaniel Ollie's fur
Fleas could be seen crawling in spaniel Ollie’s fur

Pippa was in so much pain she was crying, yet Baimbridge had not taken her or Ollie to the vets in four months.

Baimbridge agreed to sign the dogs over to the RSPCA and they were taken to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency treatment.

Pippa weighed just 21.5kg, when an average weight should have been 32kg, and her body condition score was one out of nine, with one being the lowest possible score. Her ribs, spine and hip bones were clearly visible.

German Shepherd Pippa was neglected by her owner John Baimbridge from Stalybridge
German shepherd Pippa was emaciated with numerous bald patches on her body

She also had widespread hair loss across her body due to a chronic skin condition, believed to have been caused by an untreated flea infestation

Vets found Ollie’s foot had grown around towards the paw pad due to the matted fur. The matts had to be shaved off and his claws were cut.

Following on from the treatment both dogs made a full recovery and have been re-homed.

Baimbridge admitted two animal welfare charges at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on January 7, 2020. No charges were brought against any of the other members of the household in which the dogs lived.

Sentencing: 12-month community order including 100 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay a total of £415. He was banned from keeping animals for five years.

Manchester Evening News

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Additional information:
John Baimbridge is employed by North West Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Technician. Baimbridge works on the front line and deals with patients. He is based at Tameside Ambulance Stations.

Rochdale, Greater Manchester: Gusztav Petrovics

#TheList Roma gypsy Gusztav ‘Guszti’ Petrovics, born 04/08/1988, originally from Pécs in Hungary and currently of 20 Abingdon Close, Rochdale OL11 – kept 27 dogs stacked up in their own faeces and urine with no food or water.

Dodgy breeder/importer Gusztav Petrovics from Rochdale and some of his dogs
Obvious backyard breeder/puppy farm importer is obvious: Guszti Petrovics from Rochdale and some of the dogs stacked up in cages inside a filthy shed.

Petrovics was found guilty in his absence of two animal welfare offences at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on November 18, 2019.

Dodgy breeder/importer Gusztav Petrovics from Rochdale kept dogs in grim conditions
Conditions inside the metal shed where Petrovics kept the dogs were grim and inhumane

The court heard the RSPCA were called to Petrovics’ home on January 24, 2019, following concerned calls from members of the public.

When they visited the home, Petrovics confirmed he owned a large number of dogs, and allowed RSPCA inspector Danni Jennings to see them.

Dodgy breeder/importer Gusztav Petrovics from Rochdale kept dogs in grim conditions

She was shown inside a closed metal shed in the back garden, where there were seven dog crates full of dogs and puppies piled on top of each other.

In total there were 10 female adult dogs, one male and 15 puppies – all Dachshunds – with one female terrier-cross.

An expert vet who joined police and the RSPCA on the raid confirmed that the dogs were not being looked after properly.
They were seized by police, the court heard.

Petrovics said during his interview that he had imported the dogs from Hungary, where he grew up, and planned to give the puppies to friends.

Dodgy breeder/importer Gusztav Petrovics from Rochdale

Inspector Jennings said: “The smell from the shed was apparent as soon as we were in the back garden. These dogs were kept in cramped conditions in cages which were stacked on top of each other.

“They were lying in their own faeces and urine – and the smell from the shed was evident as soon as we went onto the back garden. There was also no water or food in the cages for the dogs. The conditions were absolutely appalling.

“The puppies were immediately signed over into RSPCA care and have been rehomed. Following the conclusion of the case the RSPCA has taken the adult dogs into our care and they too will be rehomed.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order. Ordered to pay £1,000 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Five-year ban on keeping animals.

Rochdale Online

Bolton, Greater Manchester: Kieran Huelin

#TheList Kieran Huelin, born 26/08/1983, of Felton Walk, Bolton BL1 8EN – caught on camera hitting and shouting at his pet dog

Animal abuser and paedophile Kieran Huelin from Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK

Huelin, a convicted paedophile, pleaded guilty to failing to protect the dog from pain, injury, suffering and disease.

In a video released by the RSPCA, the 36-year-old is seen walking around his flat while his brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier Rosie is sat on an armchair.

In the two-minute video, Huelin waves a finger in her face before slapping her once. Rosie gets off the chair and follows Huelin before he ushers her back onto the chair.

He threatens to hit Rosie on a few more occasions, raising his fist in the air and putting his finger in her face, before appearing to slap her down again twice.

In the footage, Huelin looks unsteady on his feet and stumbles backwards on one occasion.

After being sent the video and some details of where the incident reportedly took place, the RSPCA investigated and inspector Danni Jennings visited an address on June 14, 2019.

Inspector Jennings recognised Huelin who lived at the flat as the man in the video and Rosie was also there. She also recognised the interior from the video.

Huelin signed Rosie over into RSPCA care while an investigation took place.

Staffy Rosie was subjected to violence by Kieran Huelin of Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK
Abuse victim Rosie

Inspector Jennings said in her witness statement that Rosie was in good bodily condition and was friendly and playful but showed submissive behaviour.

She said: “Dog owners should always make sure their pets are handled properly and not stressed or endangered with any aggressive or anti-social behaviour.

“Training should always be reward-based and should not include physical punishment as this may cause pain, suffering and distress.

“Rosie is a lovely and bouncy dog in real life but on this footage she is quite the opposite.”

Rosie is now in the care of the RSPCA and will be placed up for adoption soon.

Sentencing: 12-month community order – including an alcohol treatment order. Ordered to pay £800 costs, as well as an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

Bolton News
Manchester Evening News

Rochdale: Carl Kawka

#TheList Carl Kawka, born c. 1962, of 19 Channing Court, Rochdale OL16 4QG – for shocking neglect of ten ponies, only two of whom survived

Carl Kawka horse neglect case: one of the rescued ponies

Kawka pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences.

The court heard how the RSPCA investigated Kawka over concerns about ten horses he had in his care in stables off Duchess Street in Oldham.

Inspector Danni Jennings and officers from World Horse Welfare found eight horses had severely overgrown and deformed hooves which had left them crippled.

Five of the horses were in such a suffering state that an independent vet decided the kindest thing was to put them to sleep.

Three more horses were sent for emergency veterinary treatment, but they were in such poor condition the independent equine vet also decided these needed to be put to sleep to end their suffering.

Carl Kawka horse neglect case: filthy stables

All the horses were found in a stable block which was piled high with faeces.

The conditions were so bad two horses had to be dug out of the stable as the filth had piled up so high rescuers were unable to open the stable door.

Carl Kawka horse neglect case: overgrown hooves

The court heard the horses had not had a farrier to trim their hooves for at least 12 months, when this should take place about every six weeks. This had caused the hooves to grow out of control leaving the horses crippled and struggling to walk.

Inspector Jennnings said: “Because of the filth in the stables it was difficult to see how bad the hooves were but then it soon became apparent when we led them outside.

“This is the worst case of horse neglect I have seen in my 11-year career as an RSPCA inspector.

“The horses were clearly suffering and were crippled, they were struggling to walk, and it was obvious they had not seen the light of day for a long period of time.

“The way they were neglected was horrific – it was a really sad and depressing day for all involved.”

Following lengthy treatment, two of the horses are on the road to recovery; one, called Ronnie, has now been rehomed, and another, Celine, is recovering well and will be due for re-homing soon.

Sentencing: 18-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months; five-month curfew; total of £515 costs and charges. Banned from keeping all animals for life.

Mirror
Rochdale Online

Rochdale, Greater Manchester: Scott Buik

#TheList Scott Andrew Buik, born 30 September 1991, of Mellor Street, Rochdale OL11 – starved two dogs and a cat to death.

Scott Andrew Buik from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, left two dogs and a cat to starve to death

Scott Andrew Buik was found guilty of four animal welfare offences.

An RSPCA investigation began after Buik took an emaciated white and brindle Staffordshire bull terrier, known as Buster, to a vet on November 12th, 2018.

Scott Andrew Buik from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, left two dogs and a cat to starve to death

Buik told the vet that Buster had become unwell that morning, but on examination it was clear the dog had been starved. He weighed just 11kg, which is around half of what a healthy dog of Buster’s breed should weigh.

The vet examined the dog and saw that he was gravely ill. He was unable to lift his head and was emaciated, with all his bones protruding.

The vet put the stricken dog to sleep to end his suffering.

Concerned that Buster’s condition was caused by neglect, the vet contacted the RSPCA and inspectors Natalie Taylor and Nina Small visited Buik’s house that afternoon.

Buik invited Inspector Taylor inside and showed her a cage where Buster had been kept in the kitchen.

Next to this was another cage covered in a pink blanket and when she touched the blanket it was so full of fleas, it was moving.

When Inspector Taylor removed the blanket she was horrified to discover the emaciated body of a Labrador-cross dog called Scarlett.

Scott Andrew Buik from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, left two dogs and a cat to starve to death. Photo shows body of crossbreed Scarlett.
Starved crossbreed Scarlett was skin and bone

This dog was severely underweight and her rib cage, spine, shoulders, and hip bones were prominent. It is believed she died the previous day.

Next, Buik led Inspector Taylor to the cellar of his house where she found the body of tortoiseshell female cat named Tilly. She had been dead for some time as mould was growing on her face.

Buik had claimed he had been looking after Scarlet and Tilly for friends, but while in his care the animals were left to starve.

Scott Andrew Buik from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, left two dogs and a cat to starve to death

Inspector Nina Small said in her 16-year career with the RSPCA this has been one of the most horrific cases she has come across.

She said, “It was awful to see the condition of these animals they must have suffered a long and lingering death because they were denied food.

“They were clearly kept in atrocious conditions where they were locked away and really just left to rot.

“The post mortem reports revealed pieces of plastic and metal in the dogs’ bodies so they had been so hungry they were trying to eat anything they could.

“Withholding food when it was available and leaving these animals to suffer until they died is the most callous thing imaginable.”

Sentencing: 26 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months; community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days and 150 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay £1,280 costs and a victim surcharge of £115. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Oldham Chronicle
Manchester Evening News

Bury, Greater Manchester: Eden Chemo

#TheList Eden Chemo, born c. 2001, of Gloucester Avenue, Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester M45 6BX – filmed punching a husky-Staffy cross as the dog cowered in fear

Violent Eden Chemo was filmed subjecting a dog to a brutal attack
Violent Eden Chemo was filmed subjecting a dog to a brutal attack

Vicious thug Eden Chemo was captured on video launching a sickening attack on the terrified dog, known as Zeus. The shocking act of violence was recorded by Chemo’s friend, who has not yet been identified.

The clip, which was posted on social media, showed the moment Chemo clenches his fist, screams and then punches Zeus twice as the dog lies helpless on a sofa.

People from all over the UK reported the video to the RSPCA after it was posted on Twitter and several others also named Chemo as the attacker.

The animal charity launched a probe that same day and Inspector Emma Dingley visited Chemo’s address.

Violent Eden Chemo was filmed subjecting a dog to a brutal attack

He was later charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by subjecting the dog to unnecessary physical violence resulting in fear and distress.

Violent Eden Chemo was filmed subjecting a dog to a brutal attack

Inspector Dingley said: ‘This was a cowardly and nasty attack on a dog which was laying down in his home and seemed to have no idea why he was being subjected to such violence.

‘The video of the attack was posted on social media which led to us being inundated with calls from across the country reporting the shocking footage.

Abused dog Zeus is now looking for his forever home
Abused dog Zeus is now looking for his forever home

‘Zeus has been in the care of the RSPCA pending the outcome of this court case and has really come on leaps and bounds. At first he was frightened of hand movements and if anyone went to stroke near his head he would drop to the floor.

‘Now he has grown in confidence and he is such a lovely and friendly dog.’

Sentencing: 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work; £300 costs. Banned from keeping animals for three years.

Daily Mail
Manchester Evening News

Hyde, Greater Manchester: Ian White

#TheList Ian White, born c. 1983, of Camborne Road, Hyde, Thameside – stamped on a pensioner’s dog during a violent crime spree

Thug Ian White of Hyde, Greater Manchester, stamped on a pensioner's dog during a violent crime spree
Thug Ian White of Hyde, Greater Manchester, stamped on a pensioner’s dog during a violent crime spree

Ian White’s catalogue of offending began at 10.20pm on November 12, 2018, when he called for a taxi which arrived at a house in Hyde, Manchester.

During the drive he took out a knife and began threatening the driver of the vehicle.

The taxi dropped him off in Buxton Road, Furness Vale, where he flagged down a passing 4×4 and demanded the 65-year-old woman drive him away from the scene.

The woman, who was not physically harmed during the incident, let him out in Yeardsley Lane, Furness Vale. A short time later White made his way to a pub in Buxton Road, Furness Vale.

He entered the pub threatened staff with the knife, caused criminal damage within the business and then left.

White then knocked on the door of a nearby house demanding a taxi be called for him. When the owner, a 75-year-old man, refused to call White a cab he forced his way into the property, assaulting the pensioner and stamping on his dog.

He then left this address and was detained by officers in Buxton Road.

White was charged with 16 offences including threats to kill, possession of a bladed article in public, criminal damage, kidnapping, ABH, affray and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court on May 21, 2019, where he pleaded guilty to all offences (other than an attempted robbery which he pleaded guilty to theft from a person) and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

A number of psychological assessments were made of White and it was concluded that the offending took place at a time when he was suffering “an autistic crisis”.

Derbyshire Police
Derby Telegraph

Oldham, Greater Manchester: Zoe Allen

#TheList Zoe Elizabeth Pearsall Allen, born 23/10/1972, formerly of Hawley Street, Colne, Lancashire and more recently Henshaw Street in Oldham – left dogs, cats and a ferret behind when she moved out of her home

Thirteen animals were left to starve to death by Zoe Allen, now of Oldham
Thirteen animals were left to starve to death by Zoe Allen, now of Oldham

In total, two dogs, ten cats and a ferret were discovered at Zoe Allen’s house after she moved out – six of the cats and the ferret were dead.

Allen pleaded guilty to eight offences relating to the two dogs and seven of the cats under the Animal Welfare Act*.

RSPCA inspector Natalie Taylor said: “We got a call that Allen had abandoned her animals and I attended.

“There were lots of blue bottle flies in the window of the property, which I know from experience isn’t a good sign.

“I knocked, and was relieved when one of the dogs, Cassey, jumped up at the window, but my relief didn’t last long as she didn’t look in good shape.

“I could hear a second dog – Trixy – barking frantically upstairs and I knew there were some cats in there too.

“I’ll never forget this house as long as I live.”

Thirteen animals were left to starve to death by Zoe Allen, now of Oldham

When housing officers granted access the animals were discovered living amongst clutter, rubbish and their own filth. Initially two cats were found alive along with the bodies of six cats and a ferret.

A further two cats were caught in cat traps in the days following. There were lots of empty food and water bowls. Fleas were visible on both the alive and dead animals.

The animals were seized by police and placed in RSPCA care on veterinary advice.

On examination, the four surviving cats were found to be emaciated. Cassey – a female Jack Russell type dog – was very thin with her ribs, spine, and pelvis all prominent. She had a mass on her eye, an ear condition and a skin condition.

Trixy – another female Jack Russell type dog – was even thinner than Cassey, with her ribs, spine and pelvic bones easily visible. She had a skin condition and overgrown nails that had grown into the skin.

All have recovered in RSPCA care and have now been happily rehomed.

In mitigation the court heard that Allen had to leave the house due to a water burst, rent arrears and problems with her neighbours. Her benefits stopped so she moved to Oldham. The court was told she had “buried her head in the sand”.

Sentencing: 12-month community order with curfew and 20 rehabilitation requirement days. Ordered to pay £300 costs and a £85 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

RSPCA News
ITV News

Leigh, Greater Manchester: Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst

#TheList Jodie Mulcrow, born c. 1993, and David Herbst, born 01/11/1991, both of Wigan Road, Leigh WN7 – launched a violent attack on their own dog, causing her horrific facial wounds

Staffy Emily suffered a horrific facial injury while in the care of evil Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst from Leigh, Greater Manchester
Staffy Emily suffered a horrific facial injury while in the care of evil Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst from Leigh, Greater Manchester

Herbst and Mulcrow were given suspended sentences after magistrates heard how their Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Emily, suffered shocking injuries from “blunt force trauma” whilst in their care.

Staffy Emily suffered a horrific facial injury while in the care of evil Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst from Leigh, Greater Manchester

The pair, who have three children, were both convicted of three animal abuse charges – which include failing to seek veterinary care, failing to get treatment for a skin condition and failing to protect a dog from pain and suffering.

Staffy Emily suffered a horrific facial injury while in the care of evil Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst from Leigh, Greater Manchester
Jodie Mulcrow

They were found guilty following a trial which they did not attend back in April 2019.

During their sentencing hearing, RSPCA prosecutor Anna McDonald showed the bench images of the dog’s injuries.

Staffy Emily suffered a horrific facial injury while in the care of evil Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst from Leigh, Greater Manchester
Emily has recovered from her ordeal at the hands of cruel Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst

Herbst and Mulcrow both denied causing the wounds, but magistrates heard how a truncheon spiked with nails was found on their property.

Ms McDonald told the bench how, in September 2018, the couple’s neighbour had been in her back garden when she heard the dog yelp next door.

“She asked if he (Herbst) had hit the dog,” she said. “He denied it.

“On November 23 he went over to his neighbour’s in a panic. Emily had a cut on her head over her eye. She advised him to take the dog to the vets.”

Concerned about Emily’s welfare, the neighbour said she would take the dog to the vets herself if the couple didn’t.

“She could see that there was a puncture wound on the dog’s left cheek,” added Ms McDonald. “She contacted the RSPCA about the dog’s injuries.”

The dog was treated for the wounds to her eye and upper lip and put on painkillers.

She was later taken to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, where vets determined that her injuries had been sustained a few days previously as a result of “blunt force trauma”.

When interviewed by RSPCA officers, the couple said that they had had “family dog” Emily for between two-and-a-half and three years.

Regarding her skin condition, they said that they had tried treating it, but it hadn’t worked.

Staffy Emily suffered a horrific facial injury while in the care of evil Jodie Mulcrow and David Herbst from Leigh, Greater Manchester
David Herbst

Herbst said that he had let Emily in the field at the back of the couple’s house and that she had “come back” with the injuries to her head.

They said they didn’t have money to take her to the vet.

Ms McDonald told magistrates that Mulcrow said Emily had never been to see a vet and that she didn’t believe the dog had suffered because of her injuries.

Defending, Nick Woosey said: “He (Herbst) believed it was a deliberate injury but it wasn’t down to him. They regularly let the dog out in the field, he didn’t think anything of it.”

The bench said they were “horrified” by the images of the dog’s wounds.

Sentencing: eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months; £615 each in costs. Banned from owning an animal for 20 years.

Wigan Today

Little Hulton, Manchester: Nick Wilburn

#TheList Nicholas John Wilburn (aka Nick Maddock), born 19/10/1990, of 8 Bank Lane, Little Hulton, Manchester M38 9UF – carried out DIY medical treatment on a wounded cat; set up a rescue for reptiles while still being subject of a three-year banning order

Convicted animal abuser Nick Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester
Serial animal abuser Nick John Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester, is also known as Nick Maddock

Serial animal abuser Nicholas Wilburn was banned from keeping animals for three years in November 2016 for cruelty offences involving a wounded cat named Jasper.

Wilburn self-diagnosed and self-treated Jasper using a substance made of alcohol which he applied to an open wound.

Wilburn self-diagnosed and self-treated Jasper’s condition and left the moggy in agony

He later advised another person to use the same treatment when he passed over care of the cat.

But RSPCA officers say the treatment administered by Wilburn would actually have caused Jasper additional pain and suffering.

At the time Wilburn was involved with Bolton-based exotic pet rescue MagnaRep, later renamed Nick’s Ark – which was shut down in April 2017 following an RSPCA raid.

Convicted animal abuser Nick Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester

A trial followed during which five people, including Wilburn’s mother, Sue Maddock, were cleared.

Nicholas and Ryan Wilburn, who have since separated, have now been convicted.

Wilburn was found guilty of breaching his disqualification from owning animals; and for owning a bush viper without a licence.

Convicted animal abusers Ryan and Nick Wilburn pictured outside court where they faced cruelty charges
Convicted animal abusers Ryan and Nick Wilburn pictured outside court where they faced cruelty charges

Nick Wilburn’s ex-husband Ryan Anthony Wilburn, born 29/07/1991, of Epping Drive, Sale, Trafford M33 5LN was found guilty of aiding and abetting the breach of a disqualification; and for owning a bush viper without a licence.

Anna McDonald, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said charity workers are still looking after 70 seized animals. Some died following the raid.

Convicted animal abuser Nick Wilburn from Little Hulton, Manchester

Sara-Lise Howe, defence lawyer for Nicholas Wilburn, pushed for a lenient sentence for her client, highlighting that he is a carer for his mother and another disabled woman.

“He has anxiety and depression,” she added.

“It was his involvement with animals which made him not have to take medication. His own health is affected by a continued disqualification.”

The judge banned Nicholas from owning animals for a further five years.

Judge John Temperley told him: “I am concerned that you do post a risk in relation to animals.

“I find you made a serious and persistent breach which took place over a matter of months. You showed an almost complete disregard [for the order] the court made.

“There was a risk of suffering or harm to a large number of animals kept at Nick’s Ark.”

Ryan Wilburn was said by the judge to have had a ‘misguided sense of loyalty’ to his husband when he got involved.

Defence lawyer, Sheila Whitehead, said: “[Ryan] is not a danger to any animal.

“His part in the charity was only to clean and feed the animals and follow the instructions of Nick.”

Judge Temperley said: “Nick was the more dominant one in the relationship.

“I accept that Nick was the driving force and that yours was a smaller role.”

Ryan escaped a disqualification order.

Sentencing:
Nick Wilburn – 12-week suspended prison sentence; 200 hours of unpaid work; £500 costs. Banned from keeping animals for a further five years.
Ryan Wilburn – 200 hours of unpaid work; £500 costs; no ban.

Manchester Evening News