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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.

GazetteLive

Golcar, West Yorkshire: Jack Green

#TheList Jack Christopher Green, born 15/10/1993, of Sycamore Avenue, Golcar, near Huddersfield, but with links to Longwood, Huddersfield, Leeds and Newmarket – subjected a Patterjack  X Dachshund puppy to a life of pain and abuse

Dog abuser Jack Green
2015 social media image of Jack Green

Agricultural worker Green was prosecuted by the CPS following an investigation by Suffolk Police. The court heard how he subjected the tiny dog, known as Pippin, to repeated acts of cruelty between 18 January 2019 and 2 May 2019.

Pippin was five months old when she was discovered by police outside an address in Newmarket on 1 May 2019. At the time, she was sporting a white bandage on her right foreleg and Green claimed that she may have fallen from a vehicle. He said that he took her to the vets who told him to treat the injury himself, therefore placing a makeshift bandage on her leg with the use of duct tape and a toilet roll holder.  

Abused puppy Pippin

Officers were not happy with her injury, treatment and his explanation so they seized Pippin and sought immediate veterinary attention.  The vet established that her right foreleg showed a severe leg injury that would require some intensive treatment.  

Jack Green

In the autumn Green was charged at magistrates court with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and pleaded guilty to this charge.  

Pippin was rehomed having initially being placed into the care of the RSPCA and attended a vet every two days for three months so she could have her bandages changed.  Following her rehoming, Pippin continues to learn to interact with her new family and other animals.

Abused puppy Pippin

PC Victoria McNamara said: “As a Wildlife Crime Officer for Suffolk Police, I have a specific interest in animal welfare.  Animals of all kinds are often hidden victims of crime and animal abuse can be a gateway to other offences being committed, it is wholly unacceptable to cause suffering to any animal and we will investigate and prosecute those offenders, bringing them to justice.
  
“In the case of Pippin, she was a little puppy who had for the first few months of her life suffered cruelty at the hands of her owner.  She was not in the best condition, she weighed 3.1kg and was on pain relief for quite a few weeks due to her fractured leg.  Over the last few months with correct care, adequate nutrition and lots of love, Pippin has flourished.

“Alongside A/PS Rebecca Webster, the rural crime unit and colleagues at West Yorkshire police roads policing unit in making the arrest we have all made a difference to the life of a puppy.   Coupled with the expertise of Criminal Justice Unit Case Management Officer Jo Foley, it really has been a team effort in bringing the defendant to justice over his actions against this little dog.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence; £200 compensation. Disqualified from owning animals for just five years (expires June 2025).

Suffolk Police
Newmarket Journal
East Anglian Daily Times

East Belfast: John Bowers

#TheList John Bowers, born c. 1989, of 201 Albertbridge Road, Belfast BT5 4PU – physically abused a dog

John Bowers and two of his three dogs, including black and white Staffy Dre who is believed to be dead
John Bowers and two of his three dogs, including black and white Staffy Dre who is believed to be dead

John Bowers, who also faced charges of assault and racial harassment, was seen grabbing a Staffy-type dog by the scruff of the neck and throwing him over a garden wall. He then lifted the dog up a second time and threw him down on his back.

The fate or identity of the dog is unknown but our photo shows Bowers’ dog, Dre, who is believed to be dead.

In June 2020 Bowers was jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in addition to two counts of harassment and common assault.

Defence barrister Sean Mullan detailed his client’s battle with alcohol addiction.

“He’s keen to draw a line under all these matters,” counsel said.

Imposing five months custody for the offences, Mr Hamill ordered Bowers to serve a further five months from previously suspended prison terms.

The judge also imposed two-year restraining orders for the racially-aggravated harassment, and banned Bowers from keeping any animal for five years.

Sentencing: custodial. Five-year ban on keeping an animal.

Belfast Telegraph

Ilkeston, Derbyshire: Mark Slonecki

#TheList Mark Slonecki, born c. 1984, of Station Road, Ilkeston – attacked his partner with a golf club when she tried to stop him hitting her dog

Domestic abuser and animal abuser Mark Slonecki from Ilkeston
A danger to women and animals alike: Mark Slonecki

Slonecki, who has a history of violent offending, attacked a helpless dog and then his partner after struggling to contain his anger.

Prosecutor Jonathon Dee said the attack happened at Slonecki’s home in Station Road on October 28, 2019.

He said an argument developed between the defendant and his partner and during it he started to hit the victim’s dog before picking up the golf club and striking her with it.

Mr Dee said: “He started to hit the dog, he had done that in the past to get a reaction from her and she tried to stop him.

“She describes him whacking her (with the golf club) and then punching her several times.

“She was left with a cut above her eye, bruising to her left arm and bruising to her leg.

“The defendant attended the police station the following day and said she had taken his house keys.

“He was arrested, bailed and was due to attend the police station again on December 30, when he was going to be charged, but failed to show up.”

Slonecki denied the offence, taking it to trial at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He admitted the lesser charge of failing to surrender to custody.

Sending Slonecki to prison for two years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “The offence you have been convicted of is a very serious offence.

“You have to understand that just as men need to be protected from women who attack them, women also need to be protected from men who do the same.

“You picked up a golf club, it was a wedge to be precise and you used that weapon to cause significant injuries to her.

“You used it with some force on her and you are fortunate that the injuries were not more severe than the ABH for which you were charged.

“This was domestic violence, you picked up a weapon and attacked her in the way that you did.

“And although I bear in mind you have not served a custodial sentence before, this is so serious it can’t be suspended.”

Jo Harvey, mitigating, said his client has a child from a former relationship and on the day of the assault “struggled to contain his anger”.

He said: “She tried to stop him hitting the dog and he reacted. As far as the relationship is concerned he does not want to be in it any more.”

Slonecki did not face charges in relation to the dog and was not therefore banned from keeping animals.

Nottingham Post

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

Aston, Birmingham: Robert Iordan, Florin Nutu and Viorel Manu

#TheList Robert Iordan, born 28/05/1996, Florin Nutu, born 11/01/1984, and Viorel Manu, born c. 1980, all of 41 Dunsink Road, Birmingham B6 6PL – killed and butchered around 350 sheep in Northamptonshire over four months.

Police mugshots of Robert Iordan and Florin Nutu

Between June 22 and October 7, 2019, the three Romanian nationals travelled across rural areas in the county, killing and butchering sheep in order to steal the meat and profit from it.

The trio’s attacks on sheep and lambs, which all took place in the dead of night, had the county’s livestock farming community gripped in fear.

But they were hunted down by Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, acting on key information from NFU members and farmers, and arrested.

All three eventually pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Northampton crown court.

In a hearing in October 2019, the court heard the gruesome details of how the alleged operation was carried out.

The prosecution lawyer said: “The conspiracy involved the slaughter of about 350 sheep, all that have been slaughtered inhumanely.

“Vehicles and weapons have been taken to the location on local farmers’ fields, the sheep are captured and a knife is taken to their throats and they suffer a slow and painful death.

“A pipe is then inserted into the throat of the sheep which are blown up, they are skinned and their remains are left at the scene.”

NFU county adviser for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, Harriet Ranson, who was involved in the case from the beginning and liaised with police throughout, said she was delighted with the outcome.

“These crimes were horrific, barbaric and unprecedented and had the whole livestock farming community in Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties living in fear that they would be next for months,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see the courts treating these appalling crimes with the seriousness they deserve and handing down suitably lengthy prison terms to these dangerous men.

“This case really highlights how important local information from farmers, the NFU and the public is in helping to bring offenders before the courts.

“We’d like to thank Northamptonshire Police, their rural crime team and the police and crime commissioner for their relentless pursuit of these criminals and we hope this case sends out a clear message to anyone planning to do something similar – you will get caught and you will get punished.”

Sentencing: Iordan and Nutu were both handed jail terms of four years and four months and Manu was ordered to serve two years and 11 months inside.

Warwickshire Rural Crime Team (Facebook post)

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.

Daily Mail

Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire: Dalton Prior

#TheList persistent thug Dalton Prior, born 13/02/1996, of 8 Luggiebank Place, Bargeddie, near Coatbridge G69 7SE – kicked and terrorised his pet dog

Dalton Prior and the dog he abused, Jock
Career criminal and drug addict Dalton Prior was seen kicking Jock and dragging him along the road

Heartless Dalton Prior, who has numerous previous criminal convictions, including some for violence, caused the distressed five-year-old dog, known as Jock, unnecessary suffering by kicking him and pulling him harshly by the lead on November 7, 2019.

Earlier that day, he broke into a house on Drumpark Street with the intention of committing theft. The thug’s catalogue of crime continued when he assaulted a police officer by attempting to headbutt him.

Dalton Prior and the dog he abused, Jock

Prior was on bail when he committed the offences.

He also admitted being in possession of a knife in public at Whifflet Court in June 2019.

Prosecutor Jamie Dunbar produced a list of Prior’s previous convictions, which were admitted.

The fiscal depute told Airdrie Sheriff Court: “It was a two-storey house. The householder and his daughter were within.

“At 2.20pm, they heard a door handle move and being forced by a shoulder. They shouted and saw a man running from the door holding a dog. He shouted back, ‘I must be at the wrong door’, and left the area.

“At 2.45pm, witnesses heard a dog yelp and saw a dog on a lead.

“The man with the dog, the accused, was very unsteady on his feet, pulling the dog behind him.

“He turned and kicked the dog. It cried out. He continued to pull the dog harshly.

“The dog was clearly frightened and distressed.

“At 3.05pm, police saw Prior. His speech was slurred. He was detained and searched.

“He became aggressive and motioned his head towards a police officer.

“He was restrained and taken into custody.”

The fiscal depute added: “In another matter at 5.45pm, the accused was known to the complainer.

“He heard a buzzer at his door and shouted to Prior you are not allowed in.

“He replied, ‘I’ve nowhere else to go. He lifted up his top and a black-handled kitchen knife was in the waistband of his trousers.

“Police were contacted and he was arrested.”

Dalton Prior

Defence lawyer Fraser McKinnon said, in mitigation of his client: “He has been on remand since November 8.

“His record does him no favours, caused by his drug addictions.

“He has several previous convictions.”

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll told Prior: “Given your record, which is very poor, and the nature of the offences, there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.

“You were also on licence at the time. You will return to prison for four months.

“For the incident with the dog, this was unpleasant cruelty.”

Sentencing: jailed for a total of 19 months on all of the charges. Banned from owning or being in control of an animal for three years (expires March 2023).

Daily Record

Shirecliffe, Sheffield: Nisar Hussain

#TheList Nisar Hussain, born 12/10/1984, formerly of 70 Morgan Road, Sheffield S5 8QT and more recently 203 Emerson Crescent, Sheffield S5 7SY – left a dog to starve to death in his back yard

Nisar Hussain is finally behind bars – more than four years after first appearing in court after evading capture.

Hussain, who has links to St David’s in Pembrokeshire, Wales, pleaded guilty to two offences relating to a Bully Kutta dog called Bella in August 2016.

The case was adjourned for sentencing but he didn’t show up and a warrant had been out for his arrest since.

RSPCA chief inspector Lynsey Harris said: “It has been almost four years since Hussain failed to appear for sentencing in relation to what happened to this dog, the previous September.

“Bella’s body was discovered in the backyard of Hussain’s then Sheffield address (his foreign-born wife and mother of his children, Saiqa Nisar, still lives there) by the dog warden, who had been called the previous night under the guise that Hussain had taken the dog in as a stray.

“She was emaciated, covered in dirt, her face was in a pool of vomit and she was surrounded by mud, faeces and a large number of dog biscuits.

“However several witnesses, including myself, had seen the dog at the property going back to August 10 tethered in the yard, and had given advice on her care.”

Bully Kutta are a very large breed originating in Pakistan and not commonly kept in the UK.

Nisar Hussain was implicated in a 2013 high-profile ‘crash for cash’ case alongside others, but was ultimately acquitted

Sentencing: jailed for 18 weeks with a further 14 days for non-RSPCA related matters, plus 21 days for failing to surrender but to run concurrently. Ordered to pay £615 in costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Doncaster Free Press

Hereford, Herefordshire: Ian Reidy

#TheList Ian Mark Reidy, born 10/01/1989, of 32 Springfield Avenue, Hereford HR2 7JH – left his horse to suffer with a broken leg for two months

Ian Reidy's 11-year-old gelding, known as Brownie, was found unable to bear weight on the affected leg, with pressure sores from lying down, and muscle wastage
Ian Reidy’s 11-year-old gelding, known as Brownie, was found unable to bear weight on the affected leg, with pressure sores from lying down, and muscle wastage

The court heard Reidy failed to act on veterinary advice in relation to his 11-year-old horse, Brownie’s, broken leg between July 26 and September 19, 2019.

RSPCA Inspector Suzi Smith investigated after the animal welfare charity received a call about a horse with a severe untreated leg injury.

Ms Smith said: “Initially it appeared Brownie had collapsed. He seemed unable to get up. The foot was worn at the toe from the continued dragging of it over the weeks. He was wearing a thick rug in warm weather.

“Once we did get him up, he was non-weight bearing on the front leg. Upon removal of the rug it showed he was underweight with muscle atrophy to the broken leg where the muscle had wasted away over the weeks from his inability to use the leg. He had a pressure sore on his hock from the excessive time he had been spending laid down due to the pain.

“An x-ray showed his elbow to be in three pieces and vets found it was too late to perform any surgery to help.

“Reidy had initially called a vet when the injury occurred but refused to follow their advice before putting them off when they called to request a check-up of Brownie on eleven occasions, instead telling them he was getting better, rather than seeking the help Brownie desperately needed.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence. Ordered to pay a £122 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any equine for life.

The court also made a seizure order for the remaining horses Reidy owned, but he told the court he had given them away.

Hereford Times
Horse and Hound