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Clifton, Nottingham: Amelia Mercer

#TheList Amelia Mercer, born 07/05/1988, of Conifer Crescent, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 – banned from keeping equines for life after death of three horses she bought from a traveller

Amelia Mercer from Clifton, Nottingham, UK, and the three ponies who sadly died while under her care
Amelia Mercer and the three ponies who died while under her care

Mercer pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two horses between February 1 and 7; and one charge of failing to ensure proper diet or environment, protection from pain or disease.

The RSPCA seized the animals and found them so sick that a vet recommended they should be put down, a court heard.

One died before it could be euthanised and the other two were destroyed, after being taken from her land in Gotham in February.

Rory Macmillan, mitigating, told the court that his client was visited on February 1, 2019, by a man with some horses in a vehicle.

“A person who appeared to be a traveller said they had a small grey. She agreed to pay £200.

“She saw it from the front end and it looked all right. They said they had two other horses she could have free. She gave them £100, only seeing their heads and necks in a van.

“From the moment she saw them, particularly the two additional ones, she saw they were in a very bad state, very thin.

“They looked as if they were starving. Their bones were jutting out and if she had seen them, she would not have taken them on.

“The traveller very quickly left,” said Mr Macmillan.

The horses had no names. She gave them drink and a little food, realising that overfeeding might make them ill.

Mr Macmillan said that Mercer had severe health problems and added: “She has always been interested in horses and has always tried to help them. She is not a bad person.”

Richard Purchase, for the RSPCA, said that Mercer had been warned previously about the condition of other horses she had kept.

When inspector Sarah Gardiner called, she felt that the horses were suffering and were being kept in poor conditions.

A vet visited and recommended that all three horses should be put down. One died from salmonella poisoning before this could happen.

“They were not given a proper suitable diet and were not in a suitable environment. There was no protection from the weather.

“Mercer was interviewed and said she bought them a week before from a traveller and that they were already in this terrible state,” said Mr Purchase.

He said that Mercer had no previous convictions and has other pets which do not create concerns.

“Clearly she is unsuitable to own horses,” added Mr Purchase.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £230 for fines and charges and £600 towards the RSPCA’s. Lifelong ban on keeping horses or ponies.


Clifton, Nottingham: Tony and Helen Peck

#TheList Tony Peck, born c. 1976, and wife Helen Peck, born c. 1965, both of Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 – kept their four cats in filthy and cramped conditions at their home.

Tony and Helen Peck and photographs taken inside the filthy home in which they kept four flea-infested cats.
Tony and Helen Peck and photographs taken inside the filthy home in which they kept four flea-infested cats

Tony and Helen Peck pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences after their four flea-infested cats were found living in squalor.

Conditions inside the Pecks' filthy house.
Conditions inside the Pecks’ filthy house.

Shocking pictures show cluttered rooms littered with cans of cat food piled several feet in the air, almost to the ceiling.

The court was told the RSPCA was contacted by a member of the public who raised concerns about conditions the cats were living in.

A warrant was obtained by the police after the RSPCA was unable to gain access to the property to check on the animals’ welfare.

RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond and the police entered the house on January 18, 2018 and were shocked at the conditions.

Inspector Hammond said: “Two of the cats were in one bedroom and the remaining two were in a separate bedroom – both rooms had faeces and urine everywhere and the smell was incredibly strong.

“One of the rooms had approximately 300 empty cat food tins in it and it is lucky that these tins didn’t injure the cats.

“There were flies everywhere and the cats were riddled with fleas.

“The conditions they were living in were far from ideal – not only was it filled with rubbish, but there was little ventilation and light.

“Both Tony and Helen Peck knew the cats had fleas but rather than seeking vet treatment, they tried to treat this themselves using lemon juice and olive oil – an idea they had got from the internet.

“Keeping animals in these conditions is not acceptable, nor is it OK to try and treat your pets yourself using advice from the internet instead of taking them to a vet.

“These poor cats were covered in fleas and suffered as a result.”

The four cats – tortoiseshell Minnie, tabby Hettie, ginger cat Ollie and cream cat Logan – have now been signed into the RSPCA’s care where they will be put up for rehoming.

While they have been banned from keeping animals for three years, Magistrates gave Tony and Helen Peck permission to keep two budgies.

Sentencing: banned from keeping animals for three years.

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St Ann’s, Nottingham: Son Van Huynh and Hai Huynh

#TheList Son Van Huynh, born 20/08/1965, and Hai Huynh, born 02/02/1996, both of 11 Kildare Road, Nottingham NG3 3AF – for the severe neglect of three dogs, all of whom had to be euthanised

Vietnamese nationals Son Van Huynh and his son Hai Huynh pleaded guilty to eight Animal Welfare Act offences between them, relating to the neglect of three dogs.

The court heard that the RSPCA became involved in August 2017 after a neighbour contacted the animal welfare charity about a “high-pitched whining” which was coming from the garden of the house.

When RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond arrived at the house, she found that the high-pitched whining was coming from a Japanese Akita dog, named Skye, who had collapsed and was covered in maggots.

There was a second dog also in the garden, a German Shepherd called Gino, and a third dog, a shih tzu called Miko, was inside the house living in a poor environment. None of the dogs had access to an adequate supply of fresh water.

Close-up of one of Skye's maggot-infested wounds.
Skye’s multiple wounds were infested with maggots.

Inspector Hammond said: “Skye was in such a poor condition and had collapsed, she wasn’t able to stand at all. Her high-pitched crying was evident that she was suffering a great deal. She had open wounds on her body which were covered in maggots – her skin was rotting away and she was being eaten alive.

Skye as found in the back yard of the property in St Ann's, ,Nottingham.
Unforgivable neglect: Skye had to be immediately put to sleep on welfare grounds.

“Myself and the vet who accompanied me on the visit to the house were really saddened by Skye’s state and she was put to sleep on humane grounds.”

Gino and Miko were taken to a vets, where examination showed that Gino was suffering from tumours on his foot and anus. The vet made the difficult decision to put him to sleep on welfare grounds.

Sadly, Miko was put to sleep by a vet after he was aggressive and attacked a member of staff at an RSPCA centre.

“This is a very sad case which was the result of a long period of neglect. Hai was responsible for the dogs’ welfare while his dad was away, but they had already been suffering prior to this,” added Inspector Hammond.

Hai Huynh
Warehouse worker Hai Huynh’s excuse for his callous cruelty towards three helpless dogs was that he was working on a dissertation as part of a degree course at Nottingham Trent University.

Presiding magistrate Caroline Exton told the pair: “We find there was greater harm and higher culpability because of the death and suffering caused to the three animals over a very prolonged period of neglect.

“You were both in a position of responsibility of care for these dogs. Both of you omitted to obtain veterinary care. You are equally culpable.”

Although the animal ban was imposed without a finishing date, they could return to court and ask for it to be lifted.

Sentencing: prison terms of 12 weeks, suspended for a year. They must each pay £150 towards the RSPCA’s costs as well as £115 government tax. The two men must spend 12 days of training with probation officers. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

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Pinxton, Nottingham: farmer David Arfon Davies

#TheList David Arfon Davies, born c. 1959, of Brookhill Hall Farm, Brookhill Lane, Pinxton, Nottingham NG16 6JU – neglected the welfare of animals on his farm

Rottweiler Modlin and horse Tommy have recovered from their ordeal on David Davies' farm in Pinxton, Nottingham
Rottweiler Modlin and horse Tommy have recovered from their ordeal on David Davies’ farm in Pinxton, Nottingham

Davies had denied causing unnecessary suffering at the farm but failed to turn up for his trial and was found guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court in February 2018.

The enquiry began when Davies took a horse, named Tommy, to be castrated, only for experts to decide he was too weak to withstand a general anaesthetic.

Tommy’s ribs and spine were easily seen, he was infected with lice, and was not used to being handled.

The RSPCA was told and visited the farm. Inspector Teresa Potter said a rottweiler was tied to a gate and “hunched over a bucket, adding that the dog’s “demeanour was very dull, you could see all his bones and he was scruffy.”

She went into a barn with a vet where they found two cows lying amid straw. A Swiss red cow was under a rug and had “a horrendous wound to her hip.”

Inspector Potter added: “There was a horrible smell as you lifted the rug. I would describe it as a rotting flesh sort of smell.”

Vet Christine Jamieson said the cow had ulcers the size of “dinner plates and right down to the bone.”

She said: “I think it had been dragged over a concrete surface.”

They only found a sick Friesian cow because it was covered with builder’s bags which began to move.

“It was trying to raise its head when it heard us talking,” said Miss Jamieson.

She believed both had been unable to stand since the previous December and that would have caused internal damage.

“We went down to the house and he said ‘they’re alive’, and carried on and didn’t seem to understand it was inhumane to keep cows like that,” added Miss Jamieson.

The RSPCA’s prosecutor Mr Wright called for the farmer to be banned from owning and keeping any animals. This request was granted by the courts, with the farmer receiving a life ban.

Tommy and Modlin were taken into the care of the RSPCA and made full recoveries.  Sadly the two ill cows found on the farm were euthanised immediately.

David Davies was also given a 26-week prison term, suspended for two years, and must pay £750 towards the costs of the RSPCA. Banned for life from keeping livestock.

Nottingham Post

Bulwell, Nottingham: Adrian Straw

#TheList Adrian Straw, born 1963, of 4x Mulberry Gardens, Nottingham NG6 8JH – killed his pet cat with a hammer

Adrian Straw subjected his elderly cat, Lupo, to a violent death
Adrian Straw subjected his elderly cat, Lupo, to a violent death

Adrian Straw was seen smashing 14-year-old Lupo over the head three times in his garden by a horrified neighbour.

The female cat was heard screaming in pain as Straw killed her at 5.50am outside his home  on July 4, 2017.

Straw admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the cat and failing to meet her needs in contravention of the Animal Welfare Act.

Presiding JP Marion Smalley told Straw: “The animal had been in pain before with its paws because of ingrowing toenails and you did not seek medical treatment for it.

“You killed the animal, causing acute suffering. We heard it screamed out. There was no excuse not to take it to a vet or an animal charity for treatment. The incident caused distress to neighbours.”

Straw admitted failing to protect the cat from pain by killing it in an inappropriate manner. He also pleaded guilty to failing to get adequate veterinary care for its ingrowing nails.

After the hearing RSPCA inspector Laura Kirkham said: “I will never know the real motives or whether Lupo was conscious when this incident occurred.

“Subjecting Lupo to blows to the head with a hammer is completely inappropriate. If there were any concerns for her health then either an emergency vet or ourselves should have been contacted for advice or help.

“Some of her claws were so overgrown that they had penetrated her pads and had grown into almost a complete circle. This would clearly have been causing her a great deal of pain and discomfort, particularly as this was on both of her front paws.”

12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. 140 hours of community work. Total costs and charges of £905. Banned for life from keeping animals.