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Grangetown, North Yorkshire: Michael Warren

#TheList Michael Rodger Warren, born 20/06/1985, of Avondale Close, Grangetown, Middlesbrough TS6 9SD and with links to Guildford, Blackpool, Whitstable and Worthing – let a German Shepherd starve to death and left another with severe muscle wastage in squalid faeces-littered house

Social media photo of dog killer Michael Warren

When RSPCA inspectors visited Michael Warren’s filthy home on June 27, 2020, they discovered the stricken dogs, Bolt and Panther. Very sadly, Bolt had already died from malnutrition while Panther had been starved to the point of emaciation. He weighed just 17.5kg, which is around half the weight of a healthy German Shepherd.

He had also suffered hair loss and was riddled with fleas.

When interviewed Warren was said to show “very little remorse” for what happened and “at one point he got up to make a cup of tea”.

Panther and Bolt, who were left to starve by Michael Warren
Panther and Bolt (white), who were left to starve by Michael Warren

Warren was charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal but didn’t even turn up to his trial at the Magistrates’ Court.

Warren lies on social media  about Bolt's cruel and preventable death
Shocking hypocrisy: Warren lies on social media about Bolt’s cruel and preventable death

He was found guilty in his absence and also appeared on Thursday 10 July 2020 to be sentenced for breaching a suspended sentence order relating to an offence he was sentenced for in 2019.

Nicci Horton, mitigating, said her client had a diagnosis of dyslexia, had attended special needs schools in his youth and was taken into foster care at the age of six.

Ms Horton told the court that the puppies were bred by Warren’s mother, prolific backyard greeder Lucy Koca of Redcar. In June 2018 Koca had given her son two of the puppies as a birthday present but when he tried to return them, she refused to take them back.

Bolt and Panther as puppies
Bolt and Panther as puppies

Ms Horton agreed her client had been “negligent” in his actions, adding that he had been mostly living at another address at the time.

Warren has six previous convictions for eight offences.

In January 2019 a court heard how he threatened to slit his ex-girlfriend’s throat.

Dog killer Michael Warren pictured outside court

Judge Jonathan Carroll told Warren: “You neglected these two dogs to the extent that one nearly starved to death and the other one actually did.”

He added: “You must have known that dog was suffering and you did nothing about it.”

The court directed that the surviving dog, Panther, be passed into the care of the RSPCA for rehoming.

Sentencing: 30 weeks in jail. Disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.

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Whitby, North Yorkshire: Lesley and Alexander Cameron

#TheList Lesley Cameron (aka Lesley Grimshaw), born 01/04/1960 of 30 Dundas Gardens, Whitby YO21 1HD and Alexander Cameron, born 08/10/88 of 2 Greens Yard, Church Street, Whitby YO22 4AY – left their pet dog suffering in pain with a foul-smelling infection

Dog abuser Alexander Cameron from Whitby
Alexander Cameron and his mother Lesley Cameron are banned from keeping animals until 2030 after being convicted of cruelty to their pet Akita

Lesley Cameron and her son Alexander Cameron pleaded guilty to offences related to causing unnecessary suffering to their pet dog, Tigerlilly The Akita was suffering from a painful uterus infection but her owners failed to take her to the vet for treatment.

The court heard that an RSPCA inspector visited the pair’s home on November 28, 2019, after concerns were raised that the dog had missed her last three vet appointments.

Upon arrival, the RSPCA, along with North Yorkshire Police, found Tigerlily in a sorry state and suffering from pyometra.

Abused Akita Tigerlilly
A deprivation order was placed on neglected Akita Tigerlilly who will now be rehomed

RSPCA inspector Claire Little said: “I’ve met Tigerlily many times over many years and she’s a very friendly dog who has always come to the door to meet me.

“Upon entering the room where Tigerlily was lying on the floor, there was a noticeable and unpleasant smell, and she didn’t get up which worried me.

“I encouraged her to stand up so I could check her over, which she did, and she had lost weight from my last visit.

“Immediately I could see that the fur around her back end was wet and dirty.

“As she stood up I could smell the unpleasant smell more strongly and upon closer examination, I saw a greeny milky coloured discharge from her body

“The fur around there was soaked and appeared sticky when touched and her fur was matted.”

Dog abuser Alex Cameron with victim Tigerlilly

She added: “Ms Cameron allowed me to take Tigerlily to the vets for examination and she was taken into possession by police on vet advice and placed in RSPCA care pending the outcome of my investigation.

“Tigerlily is doing really well with a foster family at the moment I am really happy that we’ll now be able to find a permanent home for her, where her needs will always be met.”

Dog abuser Alexander Cameron from Whitby

In addition to the disqualification, a deprivation order was placed on Tigerlily whose care will now pass to the RSPCA.

Sentencing:
Alexander Cameron – 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days; 140 hours of unpaid work; total of £290 in costs and charges.

Lesley Cameron 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days; £290 in costs and charges.

Both were banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

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Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Brash Bullows

#TheList Brash Bullows, born c. 1994, no fixed abode, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire – hurled a box of ferrets at passing cars after downing ten pints of beer

Police mugshot of Brash Bullows

Social outcast Brash Bullows jumped on car bonnets, smashed windscreens and punched one shocked driver in a frenzied boozed-up rampage.

The aggressor, who lives in the North Yorkshire woods, flew into a rage when he was refused ‘a lift’ from several motorists who were queuing in traffic.

A court heard the defendant screamed and swore at one driver as their petrified eight-year-old granddaughter sat in the backseat.

Burrows was chased down by members of the public and detained until the police arrived.

Nine vehicles were damaged in total, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage during the incident.

Burrows admitted nine counts of criminal damage and was jailed for 21 months.

The court heard that Bullows had 27 previous convictions for 49 offences including serious violence.

In March 2019, he was given a 17-month suspended prison sentence after charging at a man with a knife and aiming the weapon at his head.

It is understood there were no injuries to the ferrets, who were taken in by the RSPCA following the incident.

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Malton, North Yorkshire/Hunslet, Leeds: Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan

#TheList Michael Patrick Price, born 07/05/1991, of 24 Lime Tree Avenue, Malton YO17 7BZ, and partner Shannon Hanrahan (aka Shannon Price) born 04/06/1993, of Kidacre Park travellers site, Kidacre Street, Leeds LS10 1BD – abandoned several animals at Appleby Horse Fair

Animals abandoned and mistreated by gypsies Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan
Gypsies Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan mistreated animals and birds in their care

RSPCA inspectors were alerted after a passer-by saw that a pony had been left tethered beside the A685 just outside of Kirkby Stephen while two dogs were running loose near to two empty kennels.

None of the animals were being supervised or looked after, and the pony had no access to drinking water. Another dog – found in a cage without bedding – had no clean drinking water.

RSPCA inspector Claire Little said: “On Friday 31st May, whilst on duty in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, my colleague and I received a request from the police to help with some animals.

“As we arrived at the location I saw a brindle lurcher-type dog and what appeared to be a collie-type dog amongst the traffic and the police were trying to catch them.

“We pulled over and I managed to secure the dogs and get them into our van for safekeeping whilst we approached the police officers.

“It was explained to us that the owners of the dogs were believed to be the occupants of a caravan on the side of the road and that they were in Bradford.

“The dogs were wearing collars but there was no tethering equipment of any kind and a small caged area measuring approximately 2 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft with no lid was the only possible living area I could see for them. There was no shelter available for the cage.

“The police were concerned regarding some birds in cages they had seen inside a van next to the caravan so my colleague went to look at those – they turned out to be wild goldfinches.

“I then saw a small cream Lhasa Apso-type dog that appeared young, inside a metal cage at the side of the road. The cage had a lid that was secured but there was no shelter and the dog was laying on wet grass with no access to water. As the weather was wet I was concerned about the dog as they appeared to be shivering.

“A grey shetland pony tethered with a length of blue nylon rope tied around their neck was nearby. The rope was so tight that I couldn’t get my finger between the rope and the neck and I was concerned that this may start to injure the pony if they remained in this situation. The rope was tied to a nearby branch of a hedge that was quite flimsy. The pony’s hooves appeared overgrown.

“The police took the three dogs and pony into possession and placed them in RSPCA care.”

Michael Patrick Price admitted not ensuring the needs of the pony were met, and the same charge for a lurcher dog and a collie cross.

He also admitted having two goldfinches.

His co-accused Shannon Hanrahan admitted failing to ensure the proper care of the caged dog, and illegally having the two goldfinches.

A deprivation order was placed on the pony and two dogs who will now pass into RSPCA care and be rehomed. The birds were released back into the wild.

Sentencing:
Price was given 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs and charges totalling £690. He was banned from owning or keeping any animal for four years.

Hanrahan was given a 14-day curfew at an address in Byker, Newcastle. She must pay also £250 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

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Middlesbrough: Steven Harrison

#TheList Steven Anthony Harrison, born 12/08/1985, of Brereton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3HS – starved and neglected his pet dog and let him stray

Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions
Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions

Steven Harrison’s dog, known as Benson, was found “skinny, lethargic and retching’ with a potato stuck in his throat. He had also swallowed a dishcloth which was lodged in his stomach.

Crossbreed Benson had a whole potato stuck in his throat and dish cloth in stomach
Benson had a whole potato stuck in his throat and dish cloth in stomach

Career criminal Harrison, who has racked up dozens of convictions for house burglary, was convicted of two offences under the Animal Welfare Act: one of causing unnecessary suffering and one of failing to meet Benson’s needs.

A member of the public had alerted the RSPCA after the dog was found straying on February 4, 2019.

Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions
Father-of-three Harrison has the nickname Wayno

Inspector Clare Wilson said: “When I first saw Benson he was skinny, lethargic and kept retching and coughing constantly. I could feel and see all of his ribs and his spine.

“It was late at night so I took him to a nearby vet surgery where staff were concerned that he had an obstruction.

“He was put onto a drip and given pain relief and medication to help with the sickness. Vets did lots of tests and x-rays showed a large obstruction in his chest cavity, behind the heart. He needed a special operation to remove it – and that’s when vets found a whole potato and dishcloth inside him.

“It was touch and go whether he’d survive the complex operation but, luckily, he pulled through.”

Inspector Wilson traced Harrison and was told that Benson had been vomiting for a number of days but no veterinary treatment was sought and he was allowed to stray around the area.

She continued: “He was extremely poorly by the time we were able to get him the vet. He was lucky to survive.”

Habitual house burglar Steven Harrison can now add animal cruelty to his long list of convictions
Police mugshot of Steven Anthony Harrison

Benson was signed over to the RSPCA after court.

The inspector continued: “Poor Benson has a stricture in his oesophagus which means he will probably always need to be fed small amounts of food regularly so this incident has had a life-changing effect on him.

“He’s doing well otherwise though and is such a lovely dog that the animal centre staff who are caring for him are hopeful they will be able to find him the special home he needs and deserves when he’s ready.”

Sentencing: six weeks’ custody suspended for 12 months; ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay a victim surcharge of £115. Disqualified from keeping all animals for seven years.

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Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees: Kelly Henry

#TheList Kelly Henry, born 10/01/1984 of Hatchlands Park, Ingleby Barwick TS17 5GT – for the prolonged ill-treatment of her elderly Labrador

Pictured is convicted animal abuser Kelly Henry from Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees
Personal trainer Kelly Henry is banned from keeping animals for just five years

Self-employed fitness instructor Kelly Henry, who trades under the name Kelly Henry Signature Personal Training, pleaded guilty to cruelty towards her emaciated black Labrador, known as Shadow.

The ten-year-old dog, whom Henry had owned since she was a puppy, was found by the RSPCA in a “dreadful condition”, weighing just 16kg and having no body fat.

Police were called to Henry’s previous address in Eaglescliffe, Stockton, after an RSPCA inspector saw Shadow looking starved in the garden through slots in the fence. The inspector found two empty dog bowls.

Stuart Bennett, prosecuting, told the court the dog would have been “in pain and suffering weakness” due to malnutrition.

Mr Bennett estimated that this suffering would have lasted around four weeks but “only occurred due to neglect which had obviously been far longer”.

Henry claimed she had fed Shadow but admitted it “probably wasn’t enough”.

Shadow was also found to have cataracts, which Henry had dismissed as “glazed eyes” due to her age. Henry agreed that she should have taken the dog to the vet and said she hadn’t done so as she “didn’t want to look like a bad person”.

The prosecution said that Henry had bought two kittens whom she had taken to the vet regularly, adding that this was “difficult to comprehend”.

The court was shown a series of photographs as evidence of Henry’s neglect. These included photos of Shadow with a protruding rib cage and spine.

Pictured is convicted animal abuser Kelly Henry from Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees

A probation service report described how Henry’s personal circumstances had changed after the collapse of her marriage. They said that her neglect of Shadow was “a result of her burying her head in the sand with everything else going on in her life”.

Henry expressed remorse for her actions and agreed that she could have cared for Shadow “a lot better”.

Danielle Hewitt, defending, said that Henry’s two children would “suffer if a custodial sentence were to be imposed”.

Sentencing: 12 weeks in custody suspended for 12 months. 25 days of rehabilitation activity. Ordered to pay £522 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years. Deprivation order on Shadow and her two kittens.

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Malton, North Yorkshire: Jean Simpson

#TheList Jean Audrey Simpson, born 27/04/1958, of Milton Avenue, Malton YO17 7LD – for severe neglect of a Bichon Frise

Neglected bichon frise Oscar
Little Oscar was in an appalling condition following at least two years of neglect by his cruel owner Jean Simpson of Malton in North Yorkshire. The dog originally belonged to Simpson’s son, a convicted paedophile currently in jail for his crimes.

Simpson pleaded guilty to neglect under the Animal Welfare Act. after leaving her Bichon Frise Oscar to suffer unbearable pain. The little dog’s entire body was covered in clumped fur, with infections causing “tar-like gunge” to spread across his face. His fur was so badly matted that vets were forced to remove one of his eyes.

RSPCA Inspector Alice Cooper, who was called to Simpson’s home, said it was clear that “Oscar had extreme and extensive matting over his head, face, ears, legs and feet”

She added: “His ears were two huge clumps of infected matted fur with green, yellow and black tar-like gunge, spreading out of his ears and across the side of his face.

“One eye was completely matted over with fur and the other was crusty with green gunk stuck to the eyeball and surrounding area.

“His legs were solid clumps of thick, tightly packed matts and his feet were now large balls of matted fur. I couldn’t see his foot pads, and I could only see the odd nail poking out the matted ball.

“Oscar was making a whimpering noise and crying out in pain if I tried to stroke him or touch him to assess his condition.”

Neglected bichon frise Oscar was covered in sores, had an inflammation of the ear canal and needed 17 teeth removed
As well as losing an eye, Oscar was covered in sores, had an inflammation of the ear canal and needed 17 teeth removed

Simpson had called the RSPCA to her property to ask them to re-home Oscar because of his poorly ears. But the dog was sedated and vets spent several hours removing the fur – leaving him 1kg lighter by the time they had finished.

Oscar, who was covered in sores, had an inflammation of the ear canal and needed 17 teeth removed. Vets were also forced to remove an eye due to permanent damage caused by the matting which left him blind.

Inspector Cooper added: “These were all health problems that could have been quickly and easily treated if his owner had taken him for veterinary treatment and had him groomed regularly.”

Oscar came to be in Simpson’s care unexpectedly in September 2016 after her predatory paedophile son, Darren Simpson, was sent to prison.

Bichon frise Oscar looking happy and healthy in his new home
Oscar has been rehomed to a couple who adore him

The dog has now been re-homed with a new family after recovering at York Animal Home.

Inspector Cooper said: “Oscar has lost an eye and will need medication for the rest of his life but he’s been lucky enough to find a new home with a wonderful couple who absolutely adore him.

“I appreciate that Ms Simpson didn’t plan on having a dog and that she couldn’t afford to treat him when he needed veterinary care. However, anyone who is struggling to care for their animals needs to ask for help so animals are not left to suffer.”

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Banned from keeping animals indefinitely.

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Hinderwell, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, North Yorkshire: Jamie Cole

#TheList Jamie Chapman Cole, born 27/09/1996, of 4 Pond Farm Close, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5HJ – for the starvation and neglect of his cocker spaniel dog

Convicted dog abuser Jamie Cole from Saltburn by the Sea, and his "shockingly thin" cocker spaniel, Blue
Jamie Cole’s dog Blue was described as shockingly thin, but the gamekeeper was not banned from keeping animals.

Vets estimated that gamekeeper Jamie Cole had neglected and starved his 10-month-old dog, known as Blue, for three to four weeks.

On 4 February 2019 Cole, who at the time was based at a farm near Minsterley in Shropshire, took Blue to the Malthouse Veterinary Group in Shrewsbury complaining of diarrhoea.

Vets there found her to have sunken eyes, a low body temperature, weighing only 6kgs and unable to stand on her own for long.

RSPCA prosecutor Roger Price told the court that a healthy body temperature for dogs would be between 38 and 39.2 degrees and the vet who assessed Blue used a thermometer that would only go as low as 32, which indicated that her temperature was at or below that threshold.

Blue was taken in and placed on a bed with a heat lamp to try and raise her body temperature, and ate “ravenously” when fed, Mr Price said.

Blue’s condition improved and she was seen on February 6 by another vet at Taylor & Marshall.

That vet described Blue as “shockingly thin” and said she was likely to have been in her condition for three to four weeks.

She had been suffering with a “large amount” of roundworms as well, Mr Price said.

Her condition continued to improve in the vets’ care and she gained weight.

The court heard that Cole was an experienced handler of dogs, and that several other dogs he had responsibility for at the time were healthy and happy.

Cole’s representative Georgia Griffiths told the magistrates: “This is a man who’s incredibly upset with what’s happened. He feels terrible in himself for letting it happen, and letting the dog down and himself down.”

Being a gamekeeper was a “lifelong dream” and he had always had a good relationship with dogs, she said, but after his failure to care for Blue he has given up his other dogs and his job voluntarily and moved to be with his family in Yorkshire.

“His dream has been squashed by his own actions but he wasn’t malicious, and he didn’t do it on purpose.”

Chair of the bench Lesley Thirlwell said: “You were proactive in giving up your job, your animals and changing your lifestyle completely.

“We feel that that was punishment over and above the punishment the courts were going to make.

“You have shown remorse and already changed your lifestyle, and that has convinced us you will not be acquiring any dog in the near future.”

Sentencing: community order including 80 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £485. Deprivation order on Blue but no ban on keeping animals was imposed by the court.

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Middlesbrough: Neil Souter

#TheList Neil Patrick Souter, born 29/11/1960, of Blakey Walk, Middlesbrough TS6 8BB – exposed his three dogs to extreme suffering

Neglected dogs belonging to Neil Souter from Middlesbrough
One of Neil Souter’s three neglected dogs

Souter denied his pet terriers Boyo, Vino and Baby veterinary treatment over a five-year period and allowed them to suffer severely, leaving one with an “oozing” tumour, and others with growths, blackened skin, and teeth problems.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, described the scene to the court:
“There was an unpleasant smell in the house and all three dogs were in poor condition.

“On arrival, Baby was asleep, but the inspector saw that she had fur loss.”

Neglected dogs belonging to Neil Souter from Middlesbrough
The dogs were suffering a range of medical and dental issues but their irresponsible owner had failed to take to them to the vet.

Baby also had tumorous masses on her bottom and right foot, leaving her unable to walk and suffering for “no less than two weeks”.

Mr Haywood added that Souter said he was “aware of the lump” and said Baby had had it for about “five years”.

“The defendant had an open bottle of alcohol and was seen to be under the influence”, he said.

“He then walked out of the house holding Vino shouting that the RSPCA were going to take the dog to put her to sleep.”

Souter eventually “calmed down” and let the inspector remove the dogs.

All three of the dogs had “black, thickened and flaky” skin from untreated disease likely caused by fleas, while Boyo and Vino had dental disease that caused suffering for “no less than six months”.

All three dogs were later euthanised or passed away from their catalogue of ailments.

Souter said he accepted ownership and “did what he could” when it came to the dogs’ health.

A probation officer told the court that Souter was “resistant” to questions and alleged photos of the neglect had been “tampered with” by the RSPCA.

His solicitor Paul McGee said his client, who had no previous convictions, is paranoid and believes “people are out to get him”.

He also submitted a string of other factors in mitigation, including that Souter was blind in one eye, had a fear of leaving home and was struggling after a string of family bereavements.

But district judge Natalie Wortley dismissed pleas for leniency: “This is a case that involved prolonged neglect and a high level of suffering.

“I have heard you were extremely loyal to those dogs and loved those dogs but you neglected them severely.”

Sentencing: 12 weeks in prison; ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Disqualified from owning animals for five years.

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Loftus, North Yorkshire: Carla Freer

#TheList Carla Marie Freer, aka Carla Jackson, born c. 1978, of High Street, Loftus TS13 – neglected her Shih Tzu to the point where the dog’s feet had dissolved under her matted fur and Freer didn’t even notice

Convicted dog abuser Carla Marie Freer aka Carla Jackson from Loftus, North Yorkshire, and little Lola who had to be put to sleep to end her suffering
Convicted dog abuser Carla Marie Freer aka Carla Jackson and little Lola who had to be put to sleep to end her suffering

The RSPCA was called in March 2019 after the dog, known as Lola, was taken to a vet practice by a concerned member of the public.

RSPCA Inspector Clare Wilson said: “Lola was in a shocking condition, her fur was extremely matted and covered in urine and faeces and she was struggling to walk.

“Unfortunately when vets put her under anaesthetic to clip her fur what they found was worse than anyone could have imagined.

“Her hind feet had literally dissolved under the matting, and her back legs were just stumps with exposed bone.

“The vet decided that the only humane thing to do was to put her to sleep to prevent further suffering which took place with her owner’s consent.”

Convicted dog abuser Carla Marie Freer aka Carla Jackson from Loftus, North Yorkshire

Lola’s owner, mother-of-three Carla Marie Freer pleaded guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

Veterinary evidence produced in court said that it was highly likely that the matting – which in extreme cases can restrict blood supply – had caused Lola’s feet to be destroyed.

Shih Tzu Lola had to be put to sleep following months of neglect by her owner Carla Marie Freer aka Carla Jackson from Loftus, North Yorkshire
Shih Tzu Lola had to be put to sleep following months of neglect by her owner Carla Marie Freer aka Carla Jackson from Loftus, North Yorkshire

The expert vet said that in 30 years’ experience, and dealing with many cases of matting including where limbs had been lost, it was “without doubt…the worst case of a matted animal I have seen”.

In mitigation the court was told that Freer’s personal circumstances had dramatically changed resulting in her not having so much time for Lola. It wasn’t deliberate cruelty, and she didn’t know the extent of the injuries or she would have acted.

Sentencing: four-month prison sentence suspended for two years; two-year community order comprising 150 hours of unpaid work, 10 days of rehabilitation requirement days, and an eight-week curfew. Freer was ordered to pay a total of £515 costs and charges. She was disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

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