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Caldicot/Blaina/Brecon, Wales: Ryan Harrison, Tomas Young and Cyle Jones

#TheList Ryan Harrison, born c. 1994, of Masefield Road, Caldicot, Monmouthshire NP26 4JY, Tomas Young, born c. 1993, of East Pentwyn, Blaina, Abertillery, Monmouthshire NP13, and Cyle Jones, born 09/11/1987, of Cwrt Tarrell, Newgate Street, Brecon, Powys LD3 8ED – for the barbaric persecution of wildlife, which included skinning alive a baby badger, and cruelty including violence to dogs

Welsh badger baiters Tomas Young, Cyle Jones and Ryan Harrison
Clockwise from the left Tomas Young, Cyle Jones and Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison, Cyle Jones and Tomas Young were jailed for badger baiting and animal cruelty following a probe by a BBC Wales TV programme.

Welsh badger baiter Cyle Jones
Cyle Jones

The court was told that an RSPCA inquiry was launched following an undercover investigation by BBC Wales Investigates. The programme entitled The Secret World of Badger Baiters was shown in May 2018 and is currently available to watch on YouTube.

Following the programme’s broadcast warrants were executed at the addresses of the three individuals identified, being Young, Harrison and Jones

Welsh badger baiter Ryan Harrison
Ryan Harrison

A phone seized from Harrison contained numerous videos, text messages and images depicting hunting and animal cruelty offences. Video clips alone amounted to 447 with the majority of the material extreme in its nature.

The animal cruelty footage showed wildlife being killed and dogs with extensive injuries from being used to hunt animals. The voice of Harrison was heard and there were videos and pictures showing Young.

The RSPCA special operations unit also were able to view footage obtained by the BBC.

One particular horrific incident involved a baby badger which had been skinned alive by dogs.

The badger’s skin was split down the middle and pulled back from the body.

Shortly after the baby badger is seen to be still alive and is killed by Young hitting it with a shovel.

District Judge Neil Thomas described the trio’s offences as “medieval barbarity”.

Welsh badger baiter Ryan Harrison
Ryan Harrison

Harrison and Young pleaded guilty to six joint offences in that they did wilfully kill, injure or take a badger on four different occasions.

They also admitted attempting to take or kill a deer in the Forest of Dean, and causing unnecessary suffering to a boar by letting it be attacked by dogs and by stabbing the animal with a knife.

Harrison also pleaded guilty to another nine offences.These were:

  • Attempting to take or kill a deer
  • Attempting to wilfully kill, injure or take a badger on two occasions
  • Causing unnecessary suffering to a terrier dog called Ted by failing to obtain professional veterinary care for injuries to the dog’s lip and chin
  • Causing unnecessary suffering to a terrier by failing to obtain professional veterinary care for injuries to the dog’s chin area
  • Causing unnecessary suffering to a boar by causing the said animal to be attacked by dogs and by stabbing the said animal with a knife
  • Causing unnecessary suffering to terrier called Brock by failing to obtain professional veterinary care for injuries to the dog’s neck area
  • Two other charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a boar, by causing the animal to be attacked by dogs
Welsh badger baiter Cyle Jones
Cyle Jones

Jones admitted two charges of unnecessary cruelty to animals, relating to two dogs that were injured.

He was given a custodial sentence because he was not allowed to keep dogs, having been previously convicted of having a dog dangerously out of control.

Welsh badger baiter Tomas Young
Tomas Young

In their defence, the men said they had grown up with countryside pursuits.

There was no mitigation, said the judge, as far as he could see.

“The absence of remorse was obvious,” he said.

Chief inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “The RSPCA’s special operations unit has to investigate some truly gruesome acts on animals. But the prolific nature of these horrific crimes are some of the worst I – and my inspectors – have ever had the displeasure of witnessing.

“This barbaric, deliberate and calculated torture has caused wildlife and dogs to suffer immeasurably, solely for the sadistic pleasure of a handful of depraved individuals.

“BBC Wales’ initial work on this case was very important, and firmly in the public interest – paving the way for the RSPCA to undertake this investigation and bring these perpetrators to justice.

“Sadly, people who enjoy inflicting such pain and suffering on wildlife continue to offend in Wales. The RSPCA will not rest in bringing people like these to justice.

“As well as BBC Wales, we’d also like to thank the police forces who assisted us on this case – Gwent Police, South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys and Gloucestershire Police.”

Sentencing: Ryan Harrison was jailed for 22 weeks, Thomas Young got 20 weeks and Cyle Jones was given 18 weeks. All three defendants were banned from keeping dogs for life.

BBC News
South Wales Argus

Hyde, Greater Manchester: Ian White

#TheList Ian White, born c. 1983, of Camborne Road, Hyde, Thameside – stamped on a pensioner’s dog during a violent crime spree

Thug Ian White of Hyde, Greater Manchester, stamped on a pensioner's dog during a violent crime spree
Thug Ian White of Hyde, Greater Manchester, stamped on a pensioner’s dog during a violent crime spree

Ian White’s catalogue of offending began at 10.20pm on November 12, 2018, when he called for a taxi which arrived at a house in Hyde, Manchester.

During the drive he took out a knife and began threatening the driver of the vehicle.

The taxi dropped him off in Buxton Road, Furness Vale, where he flagged down a passing 4×4 and demanded the 65-year-old woman drive him away from the scene.

The woman, who was not physically harmed during the incident, let him out in Yeardsley Lane, Furness Vale. A short time later White made his way to a pub in Buxton Road, Furness Vale.

He entered the pub threatened staff with the knife, caused criminal damage within the business and then left.

White then knocked on the door of a nearby house demanding a taxi be called for him. When the owner, a 75-year-old man, refused to call White a cab he forced his way into the property, assaulting the pensioner and stamping on his dog.

He then left this address and was detained by officers in Buxton Road.

White was charged with 16 offences including threats to kill, possession of a bladed article in public, criminal damage, kidnapping, ABH, affray and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court on May 21, 2019, where he pleaded guilty to all offences (other than an attempted robbery which he pleaded guilty to theft from a person) and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

A number of psychological assessments were made of White and it was concluded that the offending took place at a time when he was suffering “an autistic crisis”.

Derbyshire Police
Derby Telegraph

Coventry: Martin Carter

#TheList Martin Carter, born, c 1986, of Mercers Meadow, Keresley End, Coventry CV7 8RF – stole a dog from Birmingham Dogs Home and cut off his ears to avoid capture

Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his former owner, Martin Carter. He has now been jailed for six months.
Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his callous former owner, Martin Carter.

The court heard that Martin Carter stole the three-year-old Mastiff cross – known as Marley – during a burglary at Birmingham Dogs Home in November 2017.

Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his former owner, Martin Carter. He has now been jailed for six months.
Birmingham Dogs Home never gave up searching for Marley and released stills from CCTV footage in the hope of identifying the thief

Staff at charity never gave up the search for the pooch and after a number of appeals police recovered Marley from an address in Keresley, Coventry.

The court was also told that cruel Carter had arranged for the dog’s ears to be surgically cropped off in an attempt to conceal his identity.

He even had the dog’s microchip surgically removed and replaced with another.

Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his former owner, Martin Carter. He has now been jailed for six months.
Marley pictured before his ears were cruelly mutilated by his former owner, Martin Carter

Marley had been re-homed to the home by the courts after his previous owner was convicted of using the dog in an attack on a woman earlier that year.

Carter’s court appearance came after a police investigation across the West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands Police regions.

An application by the prosecution for Carter to be disqualified from owning animals again was not granted.

Sentencing: six-month custodial sentence for handling stolen goods and three months for the animal offence – to run concurrently.

Birmingham Mail

March, Cambridgeshire: Lee Fisher

#TheList Lee John Fisher, born c. 1988, of 4 Haslehurst Close, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 9BB – jailed after RSPCA find pigs lying dead and emaciated in Chatteris

Farmer Lee John Fisher of March, Cambridgeshire, left pigs to starve to death in horrible conditions
Farmer Lee John Fisher of March, Cambridgeshire, left pigs to starve to death in horrible conditions

Fisher entered a guilty plea to ten offences under the Animal Welfare Act in April and was then sentenced at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on May 16, 2019.

The charges relate to the inadequate diet given to the pigs and a lack of veterinary care provided for them.

Following the investigation 103 pigs were signed over into RSPCA care.

Farmer Lee John Fisher of March, Cambridgeshire, left pigs to starve to death in horrible conditions

RSPCA Inspector Alex Coghlan attended the site in August 2018. She said: “We were alerted to the state of this land via an anonymous letter including photographs.

“The smell of the site hit you as soon as you walked in, the pigs were being kept in cramped conditions and in some cases alive animals were lying alongside dead ones.

“It was distressing to see particularly as only one pen had any water for the pigs, when we offered the younger pigs a drink they were frantic. I was very concerned for the welfare of these animals.”

Sentencing: two 18-week custodial sentences and eight 9-week custodial sentences on the charges, to run concurrently. £600 costs. Disqualified from keeping all animals for 15 years.

Cambs Times

Fulham, South-West London: Jibriel Guled

#TheList Jibriel Guled, born c. 1994, of Barclay Close, Cassidy Road, Fulham SW6 – kicked a four-month puppy to death

Dog killer Jibriel Guled is from Somalia but now lives in Fulham, South-West London
Jibriel Guled had subjected Bibi to previous attacks but this time she died from the injuries the Somali national inflicted on her

Guled was jailed and banned from keeping animals for life after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier called Bibi by the infliction of physical abuse, namely blunt force trauma.

The RSPCA and police attended the property on 23 June, 2018, following a call to 999.

Bibi was sadly already dead and RSPCA Inspector Mike Beaman, who investigated, collected her body which had been placed in a wicker basket and wrapped in blankets.

Inspector Beaman said, “This was an extremely sad case involving a young dog whose life was cut short far too soon. Myself and the police attended the property in June last year after the police received an emotional 999 call from someone claiming Guled had kicked his dog.

“Poor Bibi would have experienced extreme pain and suffering from this physical abuse which we now believe was inflicted on her over a period of months.”

Dog killer Jibriel Guled is from Somalia but now lives in Fulham, South-West London
Dog killer Jibriel Guled is from Somalia but now lives in Fulham, South-West London

Somali national Guled said in court that the bed inside the property had collapsed on top of Bibi and this had caused her injuries and killed her.

A post-mortem examination of the dog’s body revealed that there were also three historical injuries of blunt force trauma to the dog’s body which occurred between May and June before the final incident which led to her death.

Sentencing: 26-week custodial sentence; £1000 in costs. Banned from keeping all animals for life.

BBC News

Wood Farm, Oxford: Callum Gerken

#TheList Callum Lee Gerken, born 6 January 1992, of Wood Farm, Oxford – beat a Labrador puppy to death with a slipper

Dog killer Callum Gerken of Wood Farm in Oxford and his victim, Shadow
Puppy Shadow suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack by evil Callum Gerken

Shadow, a 17-week old black Labrador puppy, suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack by Callum Gerken.

Dog killer Callum Gerken of Wood Farm in Oxford

Gerken also sent malicious voice clip messages to Shadow’s owner, claiming ‘I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other.’

On Wednesday April 3, police were called to an address in Saunders Road, Oxford, where Gerken had caused serious injuries to the puppy.

Gerken was arrested on April 4 before being charged the following day.

The court heard that Gerken had become angry with the puppy for defecating inside and ruining items in the house by tearing them.

Shadow suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack by Callum Gerken
Shadow

He started repeatedly hitting the dog with a slipper.

When the animal was struggling to breathe, Gerken refused to get medical help.

Instagram post by dog killer Callum Gerken of Wood Farm in Oxford and his victim, Shadow
Gerken Instagram post shows him petting a puppy that doted on him

Gerken sent voice clips to Shadow’s owner which amounted to malicious communications.

In the messages, he said the puppy had ‘sh*t everywhere. I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other.

‘I don’t give a fuck. That is how it will be with me. She ain’t gonna do that again because she cannot fucking walk.’

Dog killer Callum Gerken of Wood Farm in Oxford

Gerken had previously denied the charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and sending malicious communications. But he changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.

Footage of Gerken with Shadow during which he calls her his “best friend”

Sentencing Gerken, magistrates told him: ‘The dog died as a result of what was done to her.

‘You were determined to cause harm and you made threats that you would cause further harm to the dog.

‘You were in a position of responsibility. You used a slipper as a weapon.

‘You did not call or take the dog to the vet or seek advice even though you were aware she was unwell.’

Dog killer Callum Gerken of Wood Farm in Oxford

Supporters shouted ‘love you Cal, see you next week’ as he was taken away from the dock.

Sentencing: 23 weeks in prison; ordered to pay £250 compensation and £1,000 in court costs. Banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

Daily Mail
Oxford Mail

Torry, Aberdeen: Kevin Goffin

#TheList Kevin Goffin, born 25/09/1981, of Crombie Road, Torry, Aberdeen AB11 – kicked a chihuahua into the air, causing her to yelp in pain

Convicted animal abuser Kevin Goffin from Aberdeen

Goffin, a drink and drug abuser with a long history of disorder and violence, booted the tiny dog two or three feet into the air during a street argument with his girlfriend.

The distressed chihuahua was taken to a vet and had to be given methadone before she could even be examined. While clearly in a great deal of pain, she had suffered no internal bleeding.

Convicted animal abuser Kevin Goffin from Aberdeen
Goffin has a valeting business called Mirror Finish Aberdeen Ltd

Goffin pleaded guilty to causing the animal unnecessary suffering by kicking her in the abdomen and also behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Depute fiscal Alan Townsend told the court that Goffin had gone to his partner’s home at around 10pm on April 20, 2019.

After being refused entry, the woman assumed he had left and took her dogs for a walk at around midnight.

Mr Townsend said: “The accused approached her as she was on this walk.

“A verbal argument then took place between the pair and neighbours, or other people in the vicinity, heard her say ‘can you leave me alone? I’m really scared’.”

The argument began to “escalate” and witnesses contacted police. Mr Townsend said: “A few minutes later, still arguing, police and witnesses see the accused kick the dog in the air.

“It’s described as travelling two or three feet. There was a yelp of pain.”

Police mugshot of convicted animal abuser and habitual criminal Kevin Goffin
Police mugshot of convicted animal abuser and habitual criminal Kevin Goffin

The depute fiscal described the woman “screaming” and going to the door of one of the witnesses in “distress and shock”.

He said: “The dog was in a lot of pain and would squeal whenever anyone touched it.”

Convicted animal abuser and habitual criminal Kevin Goffin pictured outside court
He has a chin to rival Desperate Dan’s, but Goffin has a girlfriend and she’s apparently standing by him despite his aggression towards her and her pets

Goffin’s lawyer said his client had got into an argument with people in the block of flats where he lived and been advised to leave by police.

He said: “He went on a bender, drink and drugs, then went to hers.

“What he did to the dog is something he’s very ashamed of.”

He said the pair were still a couple and said: “She wants him back.”

Jailing Goffin for six months, Sheriff Mark Stewart said: “It’s not just a criminal record that’s lengthy, it has a certain undertone to it which involves disorder and violence.

“I have to say, it’s troubling that the violence is directed, among other places, to a domestic setting and also to other individuals who have been targeted for particular reasons.”

Sentencing: six months in jail

Evening Express

Belton, Doncaster: Simon Hallgarth and Paul Walker

#TheList hoarders Simon Hallgarth, born c. 1971, and partner Paul Walker, born c. 1976, both of 2 Holland Close Villas, Woodhouse, Belton, Doncaster DN9 1QJ – for cruelty towards 52 dogs and three goats

Hoarders Simon Hallgarth and Paul Walker of Doncaster were jailed and given lifetime animal ban for neglecting dozens of dogs and three goats
Simon Hallgarth (right) and Paul Walker of Belton, Doncaster, were jailed and have been banned from keeping animals for life after admitting cruelty to dozens of dogs and three goats

Simon Hallgarth and Paul Walker pleaded guilty to 11 offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Hoarders Simon Hallgarth and Paul Walker of Doncaster were jailed and given lifetime animal ban for neglecting dozens of dogs and three goats

The RSPCA were alerted to the plight of the pair’s animals after receiving a call to its cruelty line about three abandoned goats, who were found living in a poor environment with no access to water.

As RSPCA Inspector Tamsin Drysdale spoke to Walker, a number of dogs could be heard barking from inside a garage nearby so she asked if she could see them.

Hoarders Simon Hallgarth and Paul Walker of Doncaster were jailed and given lifetime animal ban for neglecting dozens of dogs and three goats

She said: ““As the garage door was opened the smell of faeces and urine was overwhelming. There were four pens with various breeds of dogs living in them.

“Their food and water bowls were filthy and empty and the dogs were pungent, their coats in various stages of matting.

“The three dogs in the last pen were in such a poor condition I wasn’t sure what breed they were. Two of the dogs were moving, albeit very slowly, but the third dog, a Bichon Frise called Peggy, appeared to be dead.

“I went into the pen and gently shook her and I was shocked when she moved slightly.

“At the vets she was found to be very thin, in respiratory distress and hypothermic. She was initially unable to be examined because of the extent of the matting, which had to be cut away.

“She had a fractured wrist and wounds on her back legs so badly infected that they were down to the bone. The damage was irreparable and she was put to sleep on humane grounds.

“A large number of dogs were also living in the house, and though these were in better condition than those in the garage, many of these were also suffering.”

Hoarders Simon Hallgarth and Paul Walker of Doncaster were jailed and given lifetime animal ban for neglecting dozens of dogs and three goats

Three other dogs were also put to sleep on veterinary advice, including a 17-year-old Shih Tzu called Daisy who was in severe respiratory distress and had two blind shrunken eyes that were discharging green pus and her ears were also discharging pus.

Another dog, Cookie, had to have a leg amputated.

Seven of the 52 dogs removed from the property were suffering with severe dental disease, four of them with ear infections, two of them with eye infections and one with overgrown nails that had penetrated the pads of the dog’s feet.

Thirteen of the dogs and the three goats did not have their needs met due to the environment they were living in and/or a lack of fresh clean drinking water.

In mitigation, the court heard that Hallgarth had bought the dogs as a way of coping after the death of his mother in 2013, with whom he had bought the property, lived and owned dogs previously.

He accepted that he had caused very high suffering and was remorseful.

Hoarders Paul Walker (left) and Simon Hallgarth from Doncaster have been banned from keeping animals for life
Hoarders Paul Walker (left) and Simon Hallgarth from Doncaster have been banned from keeping animals for life

In respect of Walker, the court heard that the offences had been borne out of concern and care for his husband.

The court heard that both defendants were overwhelmed financially and by the level of care the animals needed. They were of previous good character and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Sentencing: 14 weeks in prison; post-sentence supervision orders of 12 months, less the time served in prison. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

The Star


Burnhope, Durham: Kevin Knox

#TheList puppy farmer Kevin Knox, born c. 1959, of The Grove, Burnhope, Durham DH7 0AH – sold poorly puppies without a licence to unsuspecting buyers

Puppy dealer Kevin Knox of Burnhope, Durham
Kevin Knox, who was previously exposed in a BBC documentary on puppy farming, has finally ben sent to jail and has also been hit with a huge tax bill

Kevin Knox, who traded as Ivy Leaf Kennels, sold puppies which buyers complained were sick on three occasions, while not in possession of a pet shop licence.

Two of those sales were made to customers who had responded to adverts placed under the false name of Graham Thompson.

Knox has now been jailed for eight months and given a five year ban from operating a pet shop, following a prosecution by Durham County Council.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Knox was a partner in Ivy Leaf at a premises elsewhere in the village, under a pet shop licence, until March 2018.

A judge was told that the council’s animal health team investigated beyond this date and concluded that the premises was still being run as a pet shop despite a licence no longer being in place.

Evidence was found of Knox advertising on the pet shop’s website and other online sales pages using a false name.

The court heard how in June 2018, the council received a complaint of a puppy, having been purchased via the Ivy Leaf website, becoming ill on the day of purchase.

Enquiries revealed that the purchasers contacted the business and spoke to Knox.

They then attended the Ivy Leaf site where Knox’s business partner showed them a selection of puppies and sold them one.

Further enquiries revealed that the defendant bought microchips and that he took 33 puppies in to vets between June and August 2018.

Knox pleaded guilty to two charges at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court in March – operating without a pet shop licence and giving false information as to his identity.

The sentencing hearing was told how Knox’s licence had been due for renewal in December 2017 and how he had taken until the February of the following year to seek this.

However the council refused the application in April 2018. The business had considered appealing but chose not to.

At the time, it had 30 dogs on the premises and the court heard Knox panicked and did not know what to do.

He accepted he could have called the council to ask but did not. Knox chose to sell the remaining puppies without a licence and used a neighbour’s name, although receipts were given in the name of Ivy Leaf.

The judge was told Knox had since lost his business, his house and his wife; broken his ankles and was in receipt of Universal Credit.

Sentencing: four months in prison for the offence of giving false information and one month for not having a pet shop licence, with these to be served at the same time. He was given a further four months in prison for breaching a suspended sentence. Five-year ban on operating a pet shop.

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Great Horton, Bradford: Raja Zulqarnain

#TheList Raja Q Zulqarnain, born c. 1982, of Southmere Oval, Great Horton, Bradford BD7 – left his pet kitten’s horrendous eye infection untreated – causing the eyeball to rupture and burst.

Kitten neglected by Raja Zulqarnain of Great Horton, Bradford, who has now been sent to jail for 4 months.
Vile kitten abuser Raja Zulqarnain of Great Horton, Bradford, hadn’t even given his abandoned pet a name

Zulqarnain pleaded guilty to an offence of causing unnecessary suffering to his kitten, who was aged just eight weeks old at the time.

Bradford Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday how the RSPCA was called to reports of a suffering kitten at the address after a resident saw the poorly pet’s eye on August 22, 2017.

Inspector Emma Dingley was sent to investigate and found the suffering kitten cowering in a nearby garage and was shocked by the severity of his eye infection.

She said: “The resident told me the kitten was in the garage as she had been trying to feed it.

“It was 10pm and pitch black when I went inside to try find the kitten and although I couldn’t see him I could smell the infection it was so bad.

“Then when I brought him out and held my torch up to him I could see the severity of the infection, which had caused his eyeball to rupture and burst.

“The kitten, who had sadly not even been given a name, was also severely underweight.

“I rushed him to a nearby vets who also found the kitten was infested with fleas causing flea anemia – which is when the fleas drain so much blood it causes the body to shut down.

“The vet said if the kitten had been healthy he could have had the eye removed but because of his medical problems he wouldn’t survive the anaesthetic and the kindest thing to do was put him to sleep to end his suffering.”

Inspector Dingley later interviewed Zulqarnain and he admitted the kitten was his but said he had no money to seek veterinary treatment for him.

She added: “He said didn’t know the kitten was living in the cold garage and also said he had no name for the cat.

“The magistrate was disgusted by the photographs of the eye injury which were shown in court – and said he couldn’t bring himself to look at them.

“It is so sad that the kitten was only a few weeks old and during that time suffered terribly. It is such a shame because he was such a friendly little guy and when I picked him up that night he was enjoying cuddles and attention. It was an extremely upsetting case.”

Sentencing: jailed for four months. No indication of a ban.

Telegraph and Argus