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Airdrie, North Lanarkshire: Andrew McPherson

#TheList Andrew William McPherson, born c. 1982, of 20 Harris Place, Airdrie ML6 8FN – for starving and neglecting his two dogs over a prolonged period

Andrew William McPherson
Andrew William McPherson

Andrew McPherson admitted he failed to provide a nutritionally adequate diet or veterinary treatment for seven-year-old German shepherd Zara, and Bobo, a 16-year-old male crossbreed, resulting in the dogs’ welfare being seriously impacted and causing unnecessary suffering.

Scottish SPCA photographs of dogs neglected by Andrew McPherson
Scottish SPCA photographs of dogs neglected by Andrew McPherson

McPherson pleaded guilty under Section 19 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering and for failing to provide veterinary treatment for the dogs.

He was fined and given a five-year ban on keeping dogs.

Neglected dog  Bobo
Neglected dog Bobo

Scottish SPCA inspector Emma Sergeant said, “We are pleased McPherson has been handed a ban for this level of neglect.

“McPherson has been known to the Scottish SPCA since 2018. We have tried on several occasions to provide him with guidance and advice on how to care for his animals.

“After some improvement in the condition of Zara and Bobo following our initial intervention, we were frustrated and disappointed to see the deterioration in the dogs when we attended the address in September last year.

“The living conditions were dirty and cluttered, with piles of litter on the floor and household items stacked in other rooms, making them inaccessible.

“The dogs were severely underweight with both their hip bones and ribs visible. Their nails were also very overgrown, which would have caused the animals a lot of discomfort.

“During our visit, some dog food was accidentally spilled on the floor and the dogs were so hungry they began to fight each other for the food.”

Emma added: “On veterinary examination, it was established that the dogs had no underlying medical conditions and they easily put on weight while in our care.

“It would have taken months for the dogs to get into the condition they did. This did not happen overnight.

“McPherson clearly did not learn from past advice and intervention. Ultimately his two dogs were caused unnecessary suffering as a result.

“Providing an animal with a basic level of nutrition to stay healthy should not be a difficult task.

“We hope this sentence makes McPherson consider his ability to be able to look after any animal in the future.

“Thankfully, both Zara and Bobo went from strength to strength in our care and were successfully rehomed. They will now receive the love and attention they deserve for the rest of their lives.”

Daily Record

Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire: Dalton Prior

#TheList persistent thug Dalton Prior, born 13/02/1996, of 8 Luggiebank Place, Bargeddie, near Coatbridge G69 7SE – kicked and terrorised his pet dog

Dalton Prior and the dog he abused, Jock
Career criminal and drug addict Dalton Prior was seen kicking Jock and dragging him along the road

Heartless Dalton Prior, who has numerous previous criminal convictions, including some for violence, caused the distressed five-year-old dog, known as Jock, unnecessary suffering by kicking him and pulling him harshly by the lead on November 7, 2019.

Earlier that day, he broke into a house on Drumpark Street with the intention of committing theft. The thug’s catalogue of crime continued when he assaulted a police officer by attempting to headbutt him.

Dalton Prior and the dog he abused, Jock

Prior was on bail when he committed the offences.

He also admitted being in possession of a knife in public at Whifflet Court in June 2019.

Prosecutor Jamie Dunbar produced a list of Prior’s previous convictions, which were admitted.

The fiscal depute told Airdrie Sheriff Court: “It was a two-storey house. The householder and his daughter were within.

“At 2.20pm, they heard a door handle move and being forced by a shoulder. They shouted and saw a man running from the door holding a dog. He shouted back, ‘I must be at the wrong door’, and left the area.

“At 2.45pm, witnesses heard a dog yelp and saw a dog on a lead.

“The man with the dog, the accused, was very unsteady on his feet, pulling the dog behind him.

“He turned and kicked the dog. It cried out. He continued to pull the dog harshly.

“The dog was clearly frightened and distressed.

“At 3.05pm, police saw Prior. His speech was slurred. He was detained and searched.

“He became aggressive and motioned his head towards a police officer.

“He was restrained and taken into custody.”

The fiscal depute added: “In another matter at 5.45pm, the accused was known to the complainer.

“He heard a buzzer at his door and shouted to Prior you are not allowed in.

“He replied, ‘I’ve nowhere else to go. He lifted up his top and a black-handled kitchen knife was in the waistband of his trousers.

“Police were contacted and he was arrested.”

Dalton Prior

Defence lawyer Fraser McKinnon said, in mitigation of his client: “He has been on remand since November 8.

“His record does him no favours, caused by his drug addictions.

“He has several previous convictions.”

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll told Prior: “Given your record, which is very poor, and the nature of the offences, there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.

“You were also on licence at the time. You will return to prison for four months.

“For the incident with the dog, this was unpleasant cruelty.”

Sentencing: jailed for a total of 19 months on all of the charges. Banned from owning or being in control of an animal for three years (expires March 2023).

Daily Record

Wishaw, North Lanarkshire: Conran Connor

#TheList badger baiter Conran Connor, born 01/12/1998, of 61 Gateside Road, Wishaw ML2 7SB – kept dogs for animal fighting

Conran Connor was jailed for 5 months after making three pets brutally attack badgers
Conran Connor was jailed for 5 months after making three pets brutally attack badgers

Conran Connor was sentenced to 21 weeks in prison and given a 15-year ban on owning and/or being in control of any animal after admitting to keeping and training his three dogs for animal fighting.

A Patterdale terrier was discovered with horrific injuries
A Patterdale terrier was discovered with horrific injuries

Connor was caught when a Patterdale terrier was discovered with horrific injuries consistent with being caused by badger baiting.
The dog’s injuries were so severe that he had to be put down by vets.

Knives were then found in Connor’s home with badger blood and DNA during a Scottish SPCA investigation.

The probe revealed Connor had direct links to badger baiting.

Wildlife abuser Conran Connor from Wishaw, Scotland

He dug up badger setts in woodland in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, in preparation for illegal and bloody fights where the animals are set upon by dogs.

Connor's dog had injuries consistent with animal fighting
Connor’s dog had injuries consistent with animal fighting

A Scottish SPCA undercover inspector said: “We became aware of Connor following an enquiry into an abandoned Patterdale terrier, found in the Carnwatch/Carluke area, which had injuries consistent with badger baiting and fighting.

“The dog had to be euthanised due to the extent of his injuries.

“Our investigation led to the home of Connor and with a warrant, we discovered evidence to suggest he was engaging in animal fighting.”

The inspector added: “We recovered proof that Connor had held conversations specific to purchasing dogs for, and discussing, animal fighting.

“Other items recovered from the house included numerous magazines and books relating specifically to hunting and fighting dogs with wild animals, hunting clothes, devices used to lure foxes called fox callers, a torch identical to one found during the excavation of a badger sett and knives, many of which were subsequently found to have badger blood and DNA.

“We were able to gather the DNA evidence thanks to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).

“Multiple items found matched those in Connor’s possession of him posing with dead wild animals and his three dogs”.

Image recovered from badger baiter Conran Connor's phone showing him in a hole in the ground with his dog

The SIU inspector added: “Other images confirmed his presence at badger baiting sites and showed his own dogs at the entrance to a badger sett.

“There were also men digging into the ground at night in woodland. This is an activity carried out as part of the badger baiting process. Other pictures include a dog with injuries consistent with badger fighting.

“We welcome the sentence handed down to Connor. He engaged in depraved acts that showed his complete disregard for animal welfare.

“He caused extreme levels of suffering to the wild animals involved and put his three dogs at great risk of injury or death, and failed to get any veterinary treatment when they were injured.”

The Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit are experts in investigating animal fighting offences and rely on information from the public to continue to put a stop to this horrific activity.

Sentencing: 21 weeks in prison. Banned from owning any animal for 15 years.

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Update 11/09/2020 Connor’s prison sentence was overturned by the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh. He was given 130 hours of unpaid community work instead.

Connor’s lawyer Jackson Bateman of Charles Ferguson Solicitors had urged the court to “stop short” of jailing Connor.

He said: “He was only 18 at the time and comes from a family who viewed that sort of behaviour as acceptable.”

Daily Record

Bellshill, North Lanarkshire: Allan King

#TheList Allan King, born 05/04/1985, of 3 St Andrew’s Court, Bellshill ML4 1FD – swung a dog by the ears before kicking her repeatedly because she wouldn’t “walk properly”

Dog abuser Allan King of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

King grabbed the mongrel before dropping her on the ground. He then struck her back with his knee and repeatedly kicked her. The attack left a shocked eyewitness ‘physically sick’ after she watched him repeatedly strike the ‘cowering and trembling’ animal in Bellshill, Lanarkshire.

The dog was heard whimpering and was seen shaking with her tail between her legs as King attacked her.

When he was asked to stop his attack, the thug shouted ‘Fuck off’ at the woman. Passing police intervened and King was caught after fleeing the scene.

The thug, who was supposed to be looking after the dog, said he hit the animal because she would not walk properly.

King admitted causing the dog unnecessary suffering and acting in a threatening or abusive manner in June 2019.

Depute fiscal Morag McClintock said: “At around 11.15am the witness was on the main street in Bellshill where the accused had the dog off the ground with its ears and was swinging the dog with them.

“He then dropped the dog on the ground.

“The witness asked the accused to stop and leave the dog alone but he shouted ‘fuck off’ and while this was going on police in uniform could hear the shouting.

“The police saw him walking towards them and kept a watch on him and observed the accused strike the dog three times with considerable force.

“It was seen cowering from the accused, sinking lower to the ground and trembling.

“When the accused saw the police he let go of the lead and ran off.

“He was asked to stop but continued running and a foot chase took place with other officers eventually finding him.

“The accused said ‘look I’m sorry I kicked my dog. I’m sorry but the dog was not walking’.

“The civilian witness advised she had never seen anything like it and that his actions had made her physically sick.”

The dog was later handed into Bellshill police station.

Jack Grant, defending, said: “This wasn’t his dog but his partner’s who had been away on a long weekend and he had been given the dog to look after and this took place on the last day he had it.

“His actions on that day were deplorable but he says he was frustrated and embarrassed by the dog and did what he did and for that he is extremely remorseful.

“He is prepared to accept that a custodial sentence may well be in the court’s mind but I ask that there is some sort of alternative imposed.”

Sheriff Vincent Smith said: “In all of the circumstances I’m going to deal with this by way of a community payback order with a requirement you carry out unpaid work.”

Sentencing: ordered to carry out 210 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping any animals for 12 months.

Scottish Sun

Wishaw, North Lanarkshire: Gale Maitland

#TheList Gale Elizabeth Maitland, born 15/02/1967 of Carbarns West, Wishaw ML2 0DE – kept cats and a dog in fly- and faeces-infested conditions

Convicted animal abuser Gale Maitland kept animals in horrific conditions in her filthy home
Maitland is now banned from keeping dogs for life

Following a tip-off from a concerned postal worker, Scottish SPCA inspectors attended Gale Maitland’s home and were confronted with a scene of horror, with five cats and a dog living in the foulest of conditions.

Maitland admitted two charges of failing to admit the needs of the animals.

Depute fiscal Abby Seal said: “In March police received an anonymous call from a Royal Mail worker who had attended at the locus during her shift and noticed the door lying ajar.

“The caller believed the house had been trashed and wanted to make a report because the house was in a state of disarray and she could see a dog in a cage in a distressed state.

“The house was in an extremely unsanitary state and in complete disarray and there was an overpowering, pungent smell of urine being intensified by the central heating.

“Inspectors from the SPCA found the hall and stairway full of clothing, bin bags, rubbish and half-eaten takeaway boxes.

“Several cats were seen eating mouldy food from takeaway boxes.

“Throughout the property there was animal faeces and urine on the furniture.

“In the kitchen there was a tan crossbreed dog in a crate on the floor which was in a distressed state and the crate was described as being in a horrendous state and totally unsuitable for a dog to caged within it.

“The crate had a deep build-up of faeces and food which was several inches high.

“A downstairs toilet was being used as a large waste area with bin bags stacked on top of each other 6ft high.

“There was an overpowering smell of ammonia coming from three cat litter trays and it was described by inspectors as the worst litter trays they had seen.

“The master bedroom was in a similar state to the rest of the house and a small cat was observed eating from a partially eaten pizza box.

“Photographs were taken of each animal and they were taken to the Lanarkshire rehoming centre.”

Kauser Iqbal, defending, said: “There was no deliberate intent on her part relating to these offences.

“She was under an extreme amount of stress with the health of her father and long hours that she was working.

“The wake up call for her was when the animals were taken away by officers from the SPCA.

“She has taken significant steps in the property and has replaced every item of furniture and carpet inside.

“This wasn’t a deliberate or planned course of action and she has been extremely stressed over these proceedings.”

Two of the cats known as ‘Chance’ and ‘Loki’ will be returned to Maitland but the other three will be re-homed along with the dog.

Sentencing: 240 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping dogs for life.

The Sun

Wishaw, North Lanarkshire: Sean McGinnes

#TheList Sean McGinnes, born 04/05/1984, of Faskally Walk, Newmains, Wishaw ML2 9LD – strangled his sister’s pet rottweiler and dumped his body in a wheelie bin

Sean McGinnes from Wishaw strangled rottweiler Tyson to death
Sean McGinnes from Wishaw strangled rottweiler Tyson to death

Sean McGinnes was convicted of causing the three-year-old dog, named Tyson, unnecessary suffering and asphyxiating him by an unknown method causing him to die.

The court heard that McGinnes choked Tyson to death after a row with his sibling AnneMarie McGinnes.

The pair had been in Miss McGinnes’ home in Newmains, Lanarkshire, when they had a minor argument about the dog.

Tyson was strangled to death by evil Sean McGinnes from Newmains, Wishaw
Tyson was strangled to death by evil Sean McGinnes from Newmains, Wishaw

McGinnes left the house but the three-year-old pet was later discovered lying in the bin with a jumper tied to his collar.

Police were called in and McGinnes was arrested.

He went on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court and insisted he had nothing to do with the animal’s death.

But he was convicted by Sheriff Linda Nicolson who told the thug he faces jail for the horrific incident of January 2018.

Miss McGinnes said she was traumatised by her ordeal and has called on her brother to be put behind bars.

Tyson was strangled to death by evil Sean McGinnes from Newmains, Wishaw

She said: “Sean and me had a daft argument after he took Tyson without permission. He brought him back to my back door in a bin already passed away with his jumper tied around Tyson’s collar.

“I was distraught and still am. I can’t bear to think what poor Tyson endured at that monster’s hands.

“I really don’t know who he is anymore, even if I did at all. I wouldn’t give him time of day again because of the evil crime he has committed.

“What I went through in court was horrible, distressing and sad but I had to see justice done for my boy. All the lies he told were disgusting and at times it was uncomfortable to sit through.

“He should be jailed. Anyone who harms pets or animals should all receive jail because I think Scottish law is far too light on people who are cruel to animals.

“I have been looking after another dog called Marley which helped me because I was depressed by what had happened but no other dog could ever replace Tyson, I loved him to bits.”

Dog killer Sean McGinnes from Newmains, Wishaw
Dog killer Sean McGinnes from Newmains, Wishaw

McGinnes was jailed for 15 months for killing Tyson and was hit with another eight-month term after he admitted threatening his former partner. The terms will run consecutively.

Sentencing: jailed for a total 23 months. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Scottish Sun

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.

Evening Times

Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire: Mia Connor

#TheList Mia Beth Connor, born 21/12/97, formerly of Rockhampton Avenue, East Kilbride, and now of Greenfaulds Crescent, Cumbernauld G67 2PJ – for shocking neglect of cats, dogs and lizards

Presa Canario cross Hulk had been locked in a room by his irresponsible owner Mia Connor now of Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire
Presa Canario cross Hulk had been locked in a room by his irresponsible owner Mia Connor

An investigation by the Scottish SPCA found that single mother-of-one Mia Connor had kept her animals in atrocious conditions and deprived them of food and water.

By the time the SSPCA attended Connor’s then property in Westwood, East Kilbride, a bearded dragon and gecko had already died a slow and miserable death. Their decomposed and dessicated bodies were found in an unlit and unheated vivarium. A surviving dragon named Cheech was found to be suffering severe dehydration and hypothermia.

Connor had failed to feed other pets properly, including cats Nemo and MJ, a collie named Luka and a Presa Canario cross called Hulk. Luka especially was very underweight

Foul conditions at the property in which animal abuser Mia Connor kept dogs, cats and lizards
Foul conditions at the property in which animal abuser Mia Connor kept dogs, cats and lizards

SSPCA inspector Jack Marshall described being met with “an overpowering smell of faeces and urine” as he entered Connor’s property which was strewn with rubbish and faeces.

Foul conditions at the property in which animal abuser Mia Connor kept dogs, cats and lizards

Inspector Marshall continued: “Hulk was contained in a bedroom upstairs and when I entered, he was desperate to get out of the room. He was also in a very lean body condition. This room had an overwhelming stench of excrement and urine.

“The animals were transported immediately to the vet and upon examination all were found to be emaciated and dehydrated. Both dogs were given a body score of 2/5. Hulk had a very marked and generalised skin disease which appeared to have had very little treatment. Luka’s coat was in very poor condition and smelled strongly of urine.

“Both cats had evidence of flea infestation.

“Veterinary examination found this to be marked neglect over an extended period of time, for all of the animals, comprising deprivation of the most basic requirements for life, namely food and water. The timescale involved can’t be given precisely but would be expected to be over several weeks.

“Failing to provide for these animals clearly resulted in an unacceptable degree of unnecessary suffering and stress to all the animals involved.”

Connor pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the animals but was let off with a paltry fine and a five-year ban on keeping animals.

Sentencing:
£600 fine. Banned from keeping animals for just five years.

Daily Record

Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire: Rose Galbraith Innes

#TheList Rose Galbraith Innes, born 1970, of 364 Millcroft Road, Cumbernauld G67 2QW – left her two dogs severely malnourished and with protruding ribs.

Photos of Toby and Scamp when they were rescued from Rose Innes. Both dogs were very thin and poorly.

Innes was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to tri-colour spaniel Toby, 7, and 11-year-old crossbreed Scamp.

She is said to have failed to provide adequate diet or veterinary treatment for the two dogs and has been admonished and given the ban following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

Photo of Rose Innes
Rose Galbraith Innes – we believe this is quite an old photo of her and that she looks quite different.

Concerns were raised by a member of the public about the condition of the dogs in December 2017, leading to the Scottish SPCA visiting Innes’ property to check on their welfare.

Commenting on the investigation, Scottish SPCA inspector Emma Sergeant said: “After we opened our investigation, we tried our best to work with the accused but were denied entry to her house.

“Innes eventually took Toby and Scamp to a veterinary practice and upon inspection both were given a body score of 2/9 with their hips, bones and spine clearly prominently protruding.

“Innes was given clear feeding advice by the vet and the practice raised concerns with us about the conditions of both animals.

“She failed to show for a follow-up appointment later that month, leaving the Scottish SPCA with no choice but to secure a warrant to remove the dogs from her care. At the time they were removed Toby and Scamp were malnourished and severely underweight.”

Toby and Scamp were then taken to the SSPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre in Lanarkshire.

Sadly, Scamp developed lameness in his right hind limb in October and scans revealed a tumour in his leg, as well as malignant bone cancer which had spread, and he had to be put down.

SSPCA staff say it’s highly unlikely Scamp’s death was related to his physical condition.

Toby has made a full recovery and following Innes’ sentencing he can now be re-homed.

Sentencing: five-year ban on keeping animals.

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Carluke, North Lanarkshire: Margaret Thomson Forsyth

#TheList Margaret Thomson Forsyth, born 1962, of 9x Unitas Crescent, Carluke, North Lanarkshire ML8 5AP – breached a 15-year ban on keeping animals imposed in 2006 following a case of appalling pet neglect

Margaret Forsyth from Carluke breached a 15-year ban on keeping animals imposed on her in 2006
Margaret Forsyth from Carluke breached a 15-year ban on keeping animals imposed on her in 2006

In August 2006 Margaret Forsyth was banned from keeping animals for 15 years after admitting to causing suffering to three toy poodle dogs, two of whom had to be destroyed.

Forsyth kept the dogs locked in her kitchen and refused to walk, groom or clip them. The poodles were described as being “in a terrible state” when found living in squalor. All of them had advanced dental problems: their teeth were loose, one poodle’s jaw had disintegrated and another had a hole in the roof of hear mouth. Two of the dogs had to be euthanised to end their suffering.

Forsyth pleaded guilty to causing the dogs unnecessary suffering by failing to provide grooming and veterinary treatment.

Twelve years on and Forsyth was found to have breached her ban after Scottish SPCA officers discovered a 12-year-old Jack Russell dog, a 15-year-old female domestic short haired cat and a budgie at her property.

In December 2018 she was ordered to pay a £360 fine. An additional 21 month disqualification order was add on to her existing 15 year ban, which will now expire around May 2023.

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