#TheList Wayne Lawson (DoB: 28/09/78) of Sheehan Gardens, Carlisle, Cumbria, and Richard Todd (DoB: 20/07/78) of Mills Road, Wigton, Cumbria – made a video as they tried to kill a badger by setting their dogs on it
Lawson and Todd admitted trying to kill the badger while Lawson also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a black Patterdale terrier called Scooby.
Lawson failed to get veterinary care for injuries to Scooby’s ear and lower lip.
The men were due to stand trial but after charges of interfering with badger setts and of causing an animal fight to take place were dropped, they admitted the attempt to kill.
Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA officer Jason Bowles said: “We received intelligence that Mr Lawson was involved in badger digging and found two dogs at his property with extensive scarring and nasty injuries consistent with fights with badgers.
“We seized a mobile phone which had saved videos showing him and another man digging down to tunnels before placing the dogs underground to find the wild animals.
“This case really shows the suffering caused to the poor badgers who are hunted for fun as well as the dogs used in this barbaric blood sport. They are often left with hideous injuries and disfigurements and rarely receive appropriate veterinary treatment or pain relief.”
Sentencing: Both – 140-day prison term, suspended for a year.
Lawson – 160 hours of unpaid work in the community. Disqualified from keeping dogs for four years. Total costs and charges of £1,415.
Todd – 100 hours of unpaid work in the community. Total costs and charges of £1,115. Banned from keeping animals for two years.
#TheList Angela Roe (aka Angela Atkinson) of Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire PR2 – live-streamed a video showing her abusing a cat who was later found dead
The sickening footage, which was screened on Twitter’s live-streaming video app Periscope – showed pet cat Misty screaming in agony as her owner, Angela Roe, bit and roughly handled her.
Misty was tragically found dead at Roe’s home by police after the incident was reported by a sickened friend.
Preston Magistrates’ Court heard the witness, who became online friends with Roe, saw Misty on her lap in a live stream on August 26 2017, in which she was “squeezing and shaking” the animal.
She was shouting, calling the cat a ‘pyscho’ and suggesting she should ‘not bite the hand that feeds’.
The woman then saw Roe bite the distressed cat’s ear, causing her to scream in pain.
Roe was heard to say it “needs to be disciplined or it will walk all over me.
Roe, who has mental health problems, was then seen to self harm and rub blood on the cat’s fur.
The worried woman corresponded with Roe the next day on Periscope, whilst Roe was drunk. She said her ‘other personality was going to come out. The bad side, the Jekyll; and Hyde nasty side of me.’
Misty was seen walking around and appeared to be fine, but the clip showed Roe put her on her lap again and say: ” Can she kill the cat and then kill herself?”
The witness pleaded with Roe saying: “Don’t do that – if you don’t want the cat I will give it a home.”
The court heard Roe told her viewer the only way she would kill her is by ‘starving her’. The woman could then hear the cat screaming but the video then ended.
Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Paul Ridehalgh said: ” Around 25 minutes later the broadcast resumed and the defendant typed:”My cat has just attacked me” and claimed Misty was ‘demonic’.”
The concerned friend asked what had happened and Roe told her the cat had attacked her and turned her phone camera around to show blood on the table, wall, skirting board and door in her home, which Roe claimed had come from her finger.
Mr Ridehalgh added: “When she was asked where Misty was she ‘became very aggressive and hissed like a cat’ at the screen.”
Roe claimed Misty was asleep on a ledge in the living room, but when the woman saw the cat it looked ‘stiff’, and she called the police.
When officers arrived they found Misty dead on the window sill, with blood on her.
Roe, who was drunk, claimed it was from her own self harming and said the cat was asleep. There were dirty dishes and rubbish strewn over the floor.
Misty’s body was taken to a veterinary pathology department in Liverpool, which indicated the cat, who had various injuries, including a haemorrhage in her lungs and bruises, had died from being smothered.
Roe was not convicted of this as there was insufficient evidence she was directly responsible, but she admitted causing Misty unnecessary suffering and failing to meet her needs.
The court heard in March 2018 police attended Roe’s home again to speak to her and she declared: ” There is a video dating back to August this year. The cat bit me and I bit her back. I was ******** out of my head.”
Roe thanked the bench as they agreed to suspend her 12 week jail term for a year on account of her mental health and alcohol issues. The chairman of the bench noted her “deliberate attempt to cause suffering” and added: ” The act was purely intentional as far as you were concerned.”
Sentencing: 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year; rehabilitation activity and alcohol treatment requirement. Total costs and charges of £490. Banned from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Martin Frederick Jones, born c. 1986, of Park Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 0DH – captured on CCTV battering a terrified dog
Father-of-seven Martin Frederick Jones pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on March 7, 2018
He was spotted by two horrified witnesses hitting his golden labrador puppy Millie near Ellesmere Port bus station.
The shocking incident was captured on CCTV and shows Jones assaulting the defenceless dog.
In the footage Millie runs out into the road and is caught by Jones, who grabs her and punches her multiple times in the side, before pulling her back to the pavement.
Wirral magistrates court was told how the two female witnesses had got off a bus and saw Jones yank the dog, before she ran into the road.
When Jones got the dog back he hit her on her side and the witnesses reported Millie cowered and seemed very scared.
The women were so worried about the dog they decided to follow Jones home and saw him further yank Millie with “uncalled for force.”
Chris Murphy prosecuting said: “The women saw the dog shaking and reported that it appeared timid.
“The incident was reported to the RSPCA and the CCTV of the incident was given to vet Holly Jones who also examined the dog.
“The vet expressed concern for the welfare of the dog and Millie was taken from the family home.
“When she examined her Millie seemed very reserved and anxious, although there were no visible bruises she pointed to mental trauma the dog had gone through.
“When the defendant was interviewed by the RSPCA he accepted responsibility and said he had done it to “make her understand.”
The court heard Jones suffers from mental health problems including Aspergers and ADHD and had no previous convictions.
Scott McCrimmon, defending, said Jones was a family man, had seven children and had always owned dogs.
He said: “Millie is a family pet and the children have been missing her.
“He admits he overreacted and caused trauma to Millie, when he was in a blind panic.
“He accepts he used force to control the dog and handled it very poorly.”
Sentencing Jones District Judge Nick Sanders said: “You went over the top, Millie was a young dog that didn’t understand what was going on.
“What you did was in no way helping her understand, you lost your temper.
“You need to take a long hard look at the way you treat animals.”
RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This was a vicious attack on a completely defenceless dog which is just simply unacceptable.
“The CCTV captures Millie breaking away from her owner and running into a road, the cars are seen to be slowing down and as Jones catches up with his dog he unleashes a number of heavy blows which he said where ‘to confuse her and make her understand’.
“However this would only have had the effect of inflicting pain and resulting in the dog becoming scared of Jones.
“Beating a dog is never acceptable and is certainly not a nice thing to witness. Jones beat poor Millie in front of numerous members of the public in broad daylight seemingly unfazed.
“Thankfully two brave witnesses came forward to assist in the investigation and after CCTV enquiries recovered two clips of the incident, we were able to locate Jones and remove Mille from his abusive care.
“After waiting many months for this case to come to trial today, Millie can now look forward to finding a loving forever home.”
Sentencing: Total of £270 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for a mere three years (expires November 2021).
#TheList Paul Simpson, born 16/05/1958, of Maple Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 1JW – left two horses to starve in a field, one of whom later had to be put down.
Simpson pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act.
The RSPCA was contacted by a member of the public who had seen a horse lying down in a field off Mere Lake Road, Talke Pits, Stoke-on-Trent. A bay mare, Polly, and a grey mare, Biscuit were found “skinny and lame, covered in lice and with no food or water”.
Between 1 November and 28 November 2017 Simpson caused unnecessary suffering by failing to investigate the cause of the poor bodily condition and weight loss of Polly and Biscuit.
Before 28 November 2017 Simpson caused unnecessary suffering by housing a lame horse, Polly, on wet muddy ground,
Between 8 August 2017 and 28 November 2017 Simpson failed to provide veterinary care for Biscuit’s lameness.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who investigated, said: “Both horses had rugs on them but I could still see every bone sticking out. I attended with World Horse Welfare, a vet and the police and we were all immediately concerned. Both horses had a really depressed demeanour and were just standing there not moving.
“The vet had a look at them and made the decision that they were suffering and needed immediate veterinary attention. They both had low body scores, one was given a body score of 0.5 out of five and the other was given a score of one.
“Polly, also had a swollen knee from an untreated injury, and Biscuit had a massive bone abscess on one of her front hooves which would have been incredibly painful for her and was the reason why she was so lame.”
Biscuit was found to have “pus coming out of every hoof” and was “so poorly” the vet made the decision to put her down. Polly was taken into the care of World Horse Welfare.
Sentencing:10-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months; two-week curfew; ordered to pay £250 costs and £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping horses for five years
#TheList Ryan Alexander Oldfield, born 11/03/1992, of Baker Close, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 7BX – threw a pet dog 20 feet over a stream; assaulted a woman by beating her
Oldfield, who’s originally from Morecambe and has something of a shady past, admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal during an incident in Chorley on August 12, 2018.
A regular participant in ‘strong man’ competitions, Oldfield also pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her on the same day. He admitted his role in both offences during a hearing before Preston Magistrates’ Court.
The magistrates’ bench also imposed a rehabilitation activity requirement, and Oldfield must take part in a Building Better Relationships probation programme.
#TheList Maureen Payne, born c. 1958, and son Robert J Payne, born 1980, both of Birchfield Close, Fairfield, Liverpool L7 9LZ – kept their elderly maggot-infested shih-tzu dog in filth and squalor and with a variety of untreated health issues
RSPCA Inspector Fischer was greeted by a strong smell of urine and faeces upon entering the “cluttered” and “dirty” house occupied by Maureen Payne, 60, and her 38yo son Robert Payne.
One photograph taken inside the property shows a floor coated in animal faeces, with paw prints where Poppy had walked her waste through the house. Her bed was full of faeces and she had urinated throughout the house.
Inspector Fischer eventually found the elderly shih-tzu hiding under an upstairs bed where she was “snappy and reluctant to come out”. Her fur was matted and covered in faeces. She was also blind, overweight, and infested with maggots.
Ms Payne told the RSPCA that she had booked an appointment at the vet but it was later established that this was a lie.
Vets at the Greater Manchester Animal Hospital had to shave off Poppy’s badly matted fur to try and treat her numerous conditions which included skin sores and dry eye. The dog, who was described as being in pain and distress, had become obese through lack of walking. Sadly, she was put to sleep.
Paul Potter, defending the pair, said Ms Payne is “bad on her feet” and has limited mobility, which meant she could not walk Poppy.
The dog was inherited from Ms Payne’s mother, who died in 2016. Mr Potter said Ms Payne had “successfully kept pets in the past but found this breed demanding”.
Sentencing: Four-week curfew; joint costs of £586. Disqualified from keeping any animal for an indefinite period, with a minimum term of five years before they can appeal this order.
#TheList Kelly Smyth, born c. 1978, of Poulton Road, Wallasey CH44 – killed her pet lizard by throwing it from a first- floor window towards police officers
Smyth was found guilty in her absence of two animal cruelty offences at Wirral Magistrates Court in relation to the death of the native Australian lizard, known as a blue-tongued skink.
The court heard how Merseyside Police had attended her first floor flat on June 25, 2018.
When they arrived Smyth told them she no longer wanted her pet dog and they were concerned she would harm it so they led the pet away to their van.
As they took the dog outside, officers said they saw Smyth at her first floor window and heard what they described as a “loud slapping noise.”
They went to the area where the noise came from and found the skink frothing at the mouth and dying on the pavement.
Officers took the seriously injured reptile to a nearby veterinary practice but he had died on arrival and the police referred the case to the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, who investigated the case, said: “A post mortem revealed this poor skink had suffered a multitude of injuries after being thrown from the window including a broken back, haemorrhage to the brain and blood on the lungs.
“From the point of impact it took minutes to die and must have suffered terribly. It is awful that this pet was left to die in agony on the cold, dark concrete of a pavement for no reason.
“The RSPCA take all cruelty cases involving all animals very seriously and we treat this act involving a small reptile the same as if it was a cat or a dog – as the pain and suffering would be the same.
“This case also acts as a reminder that exotic animals need specialist care and many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on as pets.”
Sentencing: Smyth was also given a 12-month community order, a fine of £50, and ordered to pay £150 costs and a £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for just three years (expires October 2021).
#TheList Ian Boyce, born c. 1966, and Leanne Ashworth, born 24/10/1976, both of 187 Sycamore Avenue, Burnley BB12 6AS – left a dog called Sky to suffer the effects of an extreme skin condition for years
Boyce and partner Ashworth were convicted in their absence of failing to act to ensure seven-year-old Staffy Sky received the appropriate treatment for a severe skin condition which resulted in lumps and bumps on her back and areas of skin that were red raw and bleeding.
Blackburn magistrates heard the dog’s misery was eventually ended when she escaped from her cruel owners and, after being narrowly missed by a police car as she ran across the road, jumped into the back of the car and settled down.
An RSPCA vet diagnosed chronic inflammation, blocked oil glands, infection and large cysts. He described her skin condition as preventable and treatable.
Ian Boyes was traced as Sky’s owner through her microchip but his attitude towards the RSPCA inspector was described in court as ignorant, rude and arrogant.
Boyes and Ashworth’s solicitor, in mitigation, told the court that it was due to financial reasons that Sky did not get the treatment she needed.
RSPCA inspector Lyndsey Taylor, who investigated the case, said: “Sky was suffering from severe skin condition which resulted in lumps and cysts, and her skin was red raw and bleeding. She must have been so uncomfortable with it.
“Sky’s situation came to light after she was running stray in the road and in front of a police car. When the officer stopped and opened the car door to get out, Sky jumped in. It was immediately obvious she was suffering. She was taken to a police station and we were called.”
Inspector Taylor said that Ashworth and Boyes “… were aware of the condition and had tried to treat it using medicated shampoo but she had not been to a vets recently. This was a condition which needed veterinary treatment as it was so severe.
“When I took Sky to a vet to have it looked at, they said it was entirely preventable and that she had been suffering as a result.”
Magistrates ordered that Sky be signed over into the RSPCA’s care. Inspector Taylor described her condition as “still healing but she looks and feels so much better”.
Boyes – 120 hours’ unpaid work Ashworth – 42-day curfew Both – total of £335 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expires October 2023)
#Exposed for wildlife persecution: Lee Evans and Ryan Ryder, Wigan
Here we have permanently drunken feral savage Lee Evans and convicted sex offender Ryan Ryder, both of Wigan, who share a common interest in persecuting wildlife. Often seen with dogs in the Three Sisters area of the town, these lazy, useless and sexually incontinent slobs are notorious for torturing rabbits, foxes and badgers. Their dogs bear the scars of being forced into fights with wildlife. It is believed they are also responsible for the deaths of several cats, so they are all-round stinkers.
Squinty-eyed unemployable piss-head Evans of Derwent Road, Ashton in Makerfield, is well known to the RSPCA and has had at least one dog seized from him but refuses to change his barbaric ways. His addiction to seeing living creatures ripped apart limb from limb is just too strong.
In 2012 Evans’ partner in wildlife crime (though there are several others that may yet be exposed – your turn will come, make no mistake) Ryan Ryder, of Hunter Rd, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 40yo woman – a complete “stranger to him – as she was walking home after a night out. He fled the scene, leaving his victim seriously injured on the ground, but was identified by his DNA and convicted. He is now on the sex offenders register for life. Ryder now focuses his innate aggression on animals.
And despite all this both men have girlfriends. Not nice girls, you understand. I mean, how could they be?
Article originally published on the Pet Abuse UK Facebook page