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Plymouth: Kieran Mitchell

#TheList Kieran John Jerome Mitchell, born 27/05/1995, of Keswick Crescent, Plymouth PL6 – punched and slapped his pet dog 36 times causing him to suffer wounds to his head and ears

Dog abuser Kieran Mitchell from Plymouth and his victim, Hugo
Kieran Mitchell beat and taunted his pet dog, Hugo

Convicted cannabis dealer Mitchell, formerly of Penrose Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the bull terrier Hugo in November 2017. He was convicted in his absence back in July 2018 and a warrant issued for his arrest the following month.

Mitchell surrendered to custody in March 2020. He was released on bail but failed to turn up at the next hearing. Magistrates have now issued a further arrest warrant.

Dog abuser Kieran Mitchell from Plymouth

The RSPCA, which brought the case, said concerns were raised about the welfare of Hugo, after they were sent an anonymous audio recording of him being beaten and taunted by Mitchell.

RSPCA prosecutor Lindi Meyer told the court it was a “nasty sustained attack” with a total of 36 hits, punches or slaps heard on the recording.

As Mitchell attacked the dog he can be overheard goading him, asking him: “Are you crying now? Whimpering?”

The RSPCA seized Hugo from Mitchell and took him to a vet for examination. The vet found three lesions on his face, one of which was near an eye. The vet said that the beating would have been a traumatic experience for Hugo, causing him to feel “terror, fear, pain and anxiety”.

Dog abuser Kieran Mitchell from Plymouth

Mitchell admitted in his interview that he smacked Hugo and would rub his nose in it if he fouled on the floor.

The presiding magistrate told Mitchell: “You acted in anger against an innocent animal.”

Sentencing: 24 weeks in prison. £115 victim surcharge. Banned from owning animals for ten years.

Plymouth Live

Additional information:

  • Kieran Mitchell has links to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.
  • He has lived in Wilton Street, Plymouth PL1 5LT
  • We understand that Hugo was put to sleep by police for being a banned breed

Greenbank, Plymouth: Rhys Anderson

#TheList Rhys Anderson, born c. 2000, of Kensington Road, Greenbank, Plymouth PL4 – launched a sadistic attack on a herring gull chick causing the baby bird to lose his leg

Plymouth teenager Rhys Anderson launched a cruel and violent attack on this helpless herring gull chick.
Plymouth teenager Rhys Anderson launched a cruel and violent attack on this helpless herring gull chick.

In July 2019 Rhys Anderson caught a seagull chick, and proceeded to throw him in the air, kick him, and then beat him with a broomstick. Anderson and an as yet unidentified accomplice were caught on CCTV laughing manically as they attacked the helpless birth.

The badly injured chick, who has been named Hoppit, was taken into the care of Athena Wildlife & Bird of Prey Care (Rehab) – Plymouth. Although Hoppit’s broken leg had to be amputated he appears to be coping well.

Sadistic animal abuser Rhys Anderson from Plymouth, UK
Rhys Anderson

Anderson pleaded guilty before city magistrates to hurting the herring gull chick in Plymouth on 10 July 2019.

Sentencing: 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work. Completion of a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and thinking skills course. Ordered to pay £250 compensation to Athena Wildlife & Bird of Prey Care.

PlymouthLive

Devonport, Plymouth: Haley Croshaw

#TheList Haley Marie Croshaw (aka Haley Knill), born 28/01/1986, most recent known address Poole Park Road, Plymouth PL5 – for leaving two horses to suffer with severe bite and kick wounds

Horse abuser Haley  Croshaw from Devonport in Plymouth, Devon, UK
Haley Croshaw

Mother-of-two Haley Croshaw pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 after failing to treat painful, infected bite and kick wounds suffered by her horses.

Two horses owned by Croshaw were discovered with severe injuries after an RSPCA inspector was called to a farm in Callington by concerned members of the public on May 18, 2019.

A bay gelding, known as Spirit, was discovered with bite and kick wounds which had been caused by a stallion and left untreated.

Horses neglected by Haley  Croshaw from Devonport in Plymouth, Devon, UK

Upon further examination, the pony was found to have multiple wounds all over his body including an abscess on his neck and a large necrotic wound with fly-strike on the left thorax measuring approximately 4 inches by 5 inches.

He also had infected wounds on his right hind leg and an infected wound on his back right leg causing significant lameness to his right hind limb.

Veterinary experts concluded Spirit was suffering and had been suffering for a significant length of time, with the wounds indicating they had been left for at least a couple of weeks and that the suffering could have been avoided by appropriate management to prevent fighting among the horses.

A second horse, known as Maybelou, was found with untreated injuries that had been caused by an ill-fitting headcollar.

RSPCA inspector Jon Phipps, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “These horses were left to suffer needlessly as a result of irresponsible ownership and lack of care.

“These two horses were both left with serious injuries for which no veterinary attention was sought. Owners have a duty of care to their animals and must ensure they are safe from harm and receive the care they need.”

Both horses have since recovered and found new homes.

Sentencing: 16-week prison sentence, suspended for one year; total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for ten years.

PlymouthLive

Sleaford, Lincolnshire: Kimberleigh Steele

#TheList Kimberleigh Joanne Steele (aka Kim Donaghy), born 24/02/1989, currently of Castleland, Tulsk, County Roscommon, Ireland, and previously of 19 Polyanthus Drive, Sleaford and with links to Plymouth, Devon – bred dogs for fighting

Dog fighting ring member Kimberleigh Steele pictured outside court. Photo also shows Baddy, a victim of the pair's cruelty. The dog is believed to have died from his injuries, but his body has never been found.

Dog fighting ring member Kimberleigh Steele pictured outside court. Photo also shows Baddy, a victim of the pair’s cruelty. The dog is believed to have died from his injuries, but his body has never been found.

Steele was part of a dog fighting ring which was headed up by her partner, John Herbert Knibbs.

Steele's partner in life and in animal crime John Knibbs remains at large
Steele’s partner in life and in animal crime John Knibbs remains at large

Knibbs has failed to attend numerous hearings and a warrant is out for his arrest after he was convicted of dog fighting, ear cropping and causing unnecessary suffering.

Steele travelled from Ireland for a trial at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday, 8 April 2019.

Following her five-year disqualification order Steele will have to give up ownership of two dogs and a horse she keeps in Ireland

Before moving to Ireland Steele lived in Sleaford with Knibbs and has also stayed at two different addresses in Plymouth: Downfield Walk PL7 2DT and Durban Road PL3

In court she was sentenced for aiding and abetting Knibbs as well as possession of a banned pit bull terrier. The court also heard how she had ten animals in total, which were all used in a dog fighting ring. One has since died.

RSPCA prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court: “At the time of the raid Steele claimed to own all of the dogs.

“We are looking after the dogs in kennels for £15,700 a year. Some are so dangerous they need to be darted before the staff can go inside.”

Sentencing Steele, the judge told her: “Your partner Knibbs has not attended court and is not that big of a man without his dogs.

“The custody threshold has passed but I am going to suspend it because you have young children.”

Speaking after Steele’s sentencing RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Withnall said : “It is a shame that Knibbs wasn’t here today.

“We are pleased with the district judge’s comments and the sentence he’s handed down. Knibbs isn’t bold enough to be here, we hope he will be sentenced soon.”

Sentencing: suspended custodial sentence of 16 weeks; £615 in fines. Banned from keeping animals for a paltry five years.

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St Budeaux, Plymouth: Darryn Carpenter

#TheList Darryn Carpenter, aged 37, Normandy Way, Plymouth PL5 – beat pet rabbit Lucky to death and dumped his broken body in a dustbin

Twisted father Darryn Carpenter of St Budeaux beat a defenceless pet rabbit to death
Twisted father Darryn Carpenter of St Budeaux beat a defenceless pet rabbit to death

Father-of-two Carpenter, who has a conviction for domestic violence, was found guilty in his absence of causing Lucky unnecessary suffering on or about December 8 , 2017.

Police visiting Carpenter’s home on another matter found the animal wrapped in a plastic bag in the bin.

When questioned Carpenter claimed he had gone downstairs when he heard Lucky making noises, and after picking him up he dropped Lucky on the floor by accident. He said  that when he put Lucky back into the hutch he was unharmed, but was found dead in the hutch the next day.

A post-mortem examination showed Lucky has suffered a severe injury to his thorax (the area between the neck and the abdomen).

He had a fracture dislocation of his spine and severe bleed to his chest cavity and into his lungs. It was concluded that he died as a “result of blunt force trauma”. Significant force had been applied to break the rabbit’s back. None of this was consistent with Carpenter’s claims that the rabbit had accidentally fallen to the floor.

Speaking about the case RSPCA chief inspector Richard Abbott said: “This was a very upsetting case where Mr Carpenter inflicted a great deal of violence and cruelty on a defenceless pet, who was kept at his home.”

“Pets deserve to be treated with care and respect and it’s terribly sad that poor Lucky’s life ended in this way.”

Sentence: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Total of £615 costs and charges.  Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires August 2028).

Plymouth: Lisa Clements and partner Paul Rendle

#TheList Lisa Clements, aged 34, and Paul Rendle, 37, both of Chatsworth Gardens, Plymouth PL5 2JU – banned from keeping mammals and birds for 10 years after their emaciated dog was rescued by the RSPCA.

Dog abusers Lisa Clements and Paul Rendle from Plymouth and victim Diesel who has now recovered.

The pair  admitted causing unnecessary suffering when they appeared before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

RSPCA Inspector Jon Phipps visited the couple’s home after concerns were raised about the welfare of Staffordshire bull terrier Diesel.

Inspector Phipps said: “Diesel was sadly in a poor condition that could have been treated easily with the right care and attention.

“His condition has improved significantly simply with normal feeding.

“He almost doubled his weight in our care from 10kg to 19.6kg and is now at a healthy weight.

“There is never an excuse for failing to meet the needs of an animal and allowing them to get into such a poor and emaciated condition.”

Sentence:  £280 each in court costs; 10-year ban on keeping mammals and birds (expires August 2028).

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Sketty, Swansea: Maria and Andrew Louden

#TheList Maria Elaine Louden, born 17/07/1964, and husband Andrew Neilson Louden, born 26/06/1963, formerly of Plymouth, but now of 23 Clyne Court, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8JD – starved and neglected two retired greyhounds

Maria and Andrew Louden almost starved their two pets to death while leaving them flea-ridden and covered in painful sores
Maria and Andrew Louden almost starved their two pets to death while leaving them flea-ridden and covered in painful sores

Andrew and Maria Louden, who at the time were living in Ladywell Place, Plymouth, almost starved their flea-riddled greyhoundsTottie and Pebbles to death and left Tottie’s painful sores untreated.

Former racing greyhound champion, Bubbly Totti, was found emaciated, flea-ridden and covered in sores after being neglected by the Loudens
Former racing greyhound champion, Bubbly Totti, was found emaciated, flea-ridden and covered in sores after being neglected by the Loudens

The pair pleaded guilty to failing to adequately feed the pets and get veterinary attention for Tottie’s sores between September 20 and October 4, 2011.

Former racing greyhound champion, Bubbly Totti, was found emaciated, flea-ridden and covered in sores after being neglected by the Loudens

They also admitted to failing to protect both dogs from pain and suffering in not treating their flea infestations.

The Loudens were banned from keeping animals for life but spared jail due to their poor health.

Presiding magistrate Dennis Gavin told the court the dogs were left ‘malnourished, underweight and flea-ridden’.

He added: ‘Had it not been for your medical conditions, you would be going to prison today.’

Andrew Louden

RSPCA Inspector Sarah Morris, speaking after the case, said it was the worst case of dog cruelty she had seen in 12 years.

She added: ‘A life ban from keeping animals is a brilliant result. The dogs were in such a terrible, tragic state. This case will stay with me.’

Julian Jefferson, representing the Loudens, had said both his clients were disabled and on benefits and had found it hard to feed the dogs adequately because their payments had been ‘suddenly seized’.

Maria and Andrew Louden almost starved their two pets to death while leaving them flea-ridden and covered in painful sores

Magistrates heard that both dogs were ‘about to die’ when the Loudens finally took them for treatment.

Andrew Wyatt, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the couple took Tottie to a PDSA animal hospital on October 4, 2011.

Staff said the dog was emaciated, flea-ridden and had sores on his hindquarters.

Pebbles was also examined by a vet and found to be in a similarly poor state and close to death.

Mr Wyatt said Tottie, known as ‘Bubbly Tottie’, had previously won the greyhound St Leger, a famous competition at Wimbledon Stadium, and once changed hands for £50,000.

Both greyhounds made full recoveries and were rehomed.

Sentencing: eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months; four-month curfew; £200 in costs each. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Daily Mail

Update May 2017: Wales Online reported that the Loudens were fined a total of £520 between them after breaching their ban on keeping animals. RSPCA inspectors, acting on a tip-off, found a guinea pig and two hamsters in their home at Clyne Court, Sketty, in March 2017.

Plymouth, Devon: Matthew West

#TheList Matthew West, also known as Matthew Ryan, born 06/02/1990, a career criminal originally from 35 Embankment Road, Plymouth PL4 9HX, but with links to Camborne, Cornwall – kicked and dragged a Staffordshire bull terrier; the dog’s leg had to be amputated and she lost the sight of one eye

Drug addict, career criminal and dog abuser Matthew West from Plymouth
Drug addict, career criminal and dog abuser Matthew West from Plymouth

West kicked and dragged five-month-old Staffy Tia so severely that one of her hind legs was badly broken and later had to be amputated.  The court heard that Tia was also found to be blind in one eye, had symptoms of mild concussion and had grazes over her body.

A  passer-by saw West kicking and dragging the puppy down the street and alerted police.

West gave evidence to say that the dog was already injured when he bought her for £250 a few days before. He denied kicking or dragging the dog and said he was just trying to get her to walk.

West’s lawyer said his client had a history of psychiatric problems.

West was found guilty and sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for the animal cruelty offence and banned from keeping animals for 25 years. He was given a further four weeks for a public order offence in which he  had threatened a female housing officer and said he would ‘burn the place down’.

Sentence: 12-week prison sentence; 25-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2036).

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In May 2018 West was jailed for 4 years for his part in an armed raid on a convenience store.

PlymouthLive