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Paisley, Renfrewshire: Ross Elliot

#TheList Ross Elliot, born 18/03/1983, previously of Mountainblue Street, Barrowfield, Glasgow G31 but has moved to Paisley – starved two cats and a dog to death

Serial animal abuser Ross Elliot previously of Barrowfield in Glasgow, now Paisley, Renfrewshire

Serial pet abuser Ross Elliot admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two cats he left to starve to death in his abandoned flat.

Elliot was previously convicted of cruelty after turning up to a vet with the corpse of an emaciated dog. For that offence he was fined £200 and given 12-month pet ban.

Body of cat starved to death by Ross Elliot

Horrified Scottish SPCA inspectors found the bodies of the cats, known as Cheeky and Chilli, curled up in a soiled litter tray and lying beside an empty food bowl.

Body of cat starved to death by Ross Elliot

Inspector Stacey Erwin said: “The cats’ bodies were emaciated and infested with fleas and maggots. Both weighed around 1.4kg — less than half the minimum you’d expect a healthy cat to weigh.

“Our vet concluded the cats likely died a slow and unpleasant death due to a mixture of dehydration and starvation.

“When we informed Elliot of what had happened, he app­eared completely disinterested and unaffected by the news.”

She added: “Three animals have died in Ross Elliot’s care through circumstances which would have been completely avoidable if he’d met their most basic needs of food and water.

“We believe he should have been given a lifetime ban as a minimum. It’s clear he is not fit to own or care for animals and the previous short-term ban did not act as a deterrent.”

Scottish SPCA teams monitored Elliot’s flat for days and noted no-one was attending to the female cats — despite the owner saying a pal was caring for them.

Officers posted food through the letterbox but when they gained entry they found Cheeky and Chilli couldn’t reach it as they had been locked away.

Empty food boxes, full bin bags and piles of unopened mail were also discovered inside.

They said the only water on offer was from an “extremely dirty, stagnant” mop bucket.

The Sun

Additional info
We are advised that Ross Elliot is living in Russell Street, Paisley PA3 2LP.

Paisley, Renfrewshire: Danielle Brown

#TheList Danielle Elizabeth Brown (also known as Danielle Davidson), born 08/04/1986, of 32 Dunlop Street, Linwood, Paisley PA3 3AL – starved pet dogs Shasta and Skylar and refused to take them to the vet.

Cruel single mother Danielle Brown from Linwood, Paisley, left these two dogs to starve and refused to take them to the vet.

Brown’s cruelty left seven-year-old Shasta in such a “terrible state” that a concerned vet felt there was no option but to put the animal to sleep.

The dogs were taken to the vet by investigators from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) following an anonymous tip-off that they were being neglected.

Investigators arrived at Brown’s home and took the animals away to have them examined.

Cruel dog abuser Danielle Brown from Linwood, Paisley

Shasta’s ribs, hips and spine could clearly be seen through his coat. He also had a fever and tests revealed he had become blind in one eye due to glaucoma.

Vets who examined two-year-old Skylar could also clearly see her ribs, hips and spine.

Single mother Brown pleaded guilty to neglecting both pets between February 27 and March 27, 2017, in breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Community Payback Order of 75 hours of unpaid work over the next three months. Banned from owning animals for just 5 years (expires November 2022). Deprivation order on the surviving dog, Skylar. 

Paisley Gazette

Paisley, Renfrewshire: Thomas McLaughlin

#TheList Thomas McLaughlin, born ca. 1963, of West Campbell Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA2 – left a poorly 7yo Golden Retriever named Prince to suffer with multiple ailments including arthritis and a skin condition

Animal cruelty: Thomas McLaughlin was convicted of causing his dog unnecessary suffering

McLaughlin pleaded guilty to charges of causing golden retriever Prince unnecessary suffering by omitting to take the dog to the vet between October 2016 and January 2017 for treatment.

Cruel Thomas McLaughlin deliberately ignored the plight of Prince, even though the 7yo dog had lost most of his coat, was covered in sores, his paws were badly swollen, and he was constantly scratching patches of its hairless skin.

Fiscal depute Margaret McCallum told the court that an SSPCA inspector had attended McLaughlin’s property after an anonymous complaint about a neglected dog not receiving veterinary attention in respect of its ailments.

She said: “When admitted to the property, the inspector went into the living room where there was a golden retriever dog, normally called Prince, and he could clearly see it had a severe skin condition.

“His entire body was inflamed and red in colour. He was sparsely covered in hair. He had small spots and sores over his body.”

The court was told the room smelt “musky” and the animal could “barely stand” on his swollen paws. He limped slowly along and struggled to move his hind legs and fore legs. Prince also scratched incessantly at his skin.

A veterinary examination showed the dog weighed around 29 kilos and had body condition scale of 1.5/5, where a scale of one is emaciated and five is obese.

McLaughlin admitted he hadn’t been to the vets for two-and-a-half years and the dog did not have any medication.

The inspector summoned another SSPCA officer to help him deal with Prince’s rescue in January 2017. Sadly he had to be euthanised due to the extent of his ailments which included osteoarthritis and dysplasia.

Sheriff James Spy told the accused he had caused “considerable distress” to the animal requiring the dog to be put down.

Fined £1,000. Banned from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires August 2027).

Daily Record

Paisley, Renfrewshire: Alexander David Arrol

#TheList: Alexander David Arrol, born  23/06/1986, of Waverley Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire – threw a Jack Russell terrier named Max from the window of a second-floor flat, causing him to have a leg amputated

Twisted Alexander Arrol and his victim Max as a puppy
Twisted thug Alexander Arrol and his victim Max as a puppy

The court heard that Arrol had been asked to leave a party a short time before launching his callous attack on the helpless dog. Max was taken for treatment to a local vet where he was found to have head trauma and wasn’t able to support weight on his right hind leg. The leg later had to be amputated.

Arrol pleaded guilty to causing the dog unnecessary suffering, in breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, by throwing him through the window to his severe injury on February 27, 2017.

He also admitted a charge of culpably and recklessly breaking the window and throwing a television set and other unspecified items onto the street below.

Arrol’s lawyer told the court that his client – a career criminal with 55 previous convictions  – suffered from anxiety and depression.

Sentence: Arrol was jailed for 10 months for the offences, reduced from a year as he admitted his guilt.

The Gazette 28/05/2017

Paisley, Renfrewshire: Steven Ferguson

#TheList Steven Edward Ferguson, born 28/04/1985, of 18 Thrushcraig Crescent, Paisley PA2 6PR – left puppy to suffer with (unexplained) broken legs for nine months; the puppy, named Keira, was sadly put to sleep

Dog killer Steven Ferguson of Barochan Crescent, Paisley and his victim Keira
Dog killer Steven Ferguson of Barochan Crescent, Paisley and his victim Keira

Ferguson pleaded guilty to mistreating one-year-old Staffy border collie cross Keira between January and September 2012.
Ferguson took the pup to see a PDSA vet, who confirmed she had a broken femur. But he never took the dog for any further medical treatment and when she was examined nine months later she was found to have a number of other hind leg fractures.

The dog was then taken to a vet to be examined and was deemed to be in such a poor state of health she had to be put to sleep.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Keira had escaped from Ferguson’s clutches and was found wandering the streets on September 16, 2012.

The Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) were called after Keira was spotted struggling to walk and an SSPCA Inspector went to investigate.

Procurator fiscal depute Joanne Gilmour, prosecuting, explained: ““The dog was in obvious distress and pain. It was taken to a vet to be examined and x-rays were carried out.

“It was noted the dog had fractures in both hind legs.

“This would have caused severe pain and for some weeks after they had been sustained.

“In the vet’s opinion the dog had suffered unnecessarily through a lack of proper veterinary attention on more than one occasion.

“Due to the extent of the injuries the dog had to be euthanised.”

As Keira had run away from Ferguson’s home the authorities did not know he was her owner and it was a further month, following a campaign to track him down, that he was detained over the incident.
He admitted “failing to provide adequate treatment for multiple fractures to the rear legs of said dog” at an earlier court hearing.

Ferguson could have been jailed for up to a year for neglecting Keira so badly but Sheriff Susan Sinclair opted to spare him a spell behind bars and he left the building as a free man.

Sentence: 12-month Community Payback Order; 200 hours’ unpaid work; banned from keeping animals for 5 years

The Gazette 21/04/2016

Birmingham (now Paisley, Scotland): Angela Guthrie

#TheList Angela Guthrie (DoB 01/03/1962) from Birmingham, now (July 2018) living at 1xx Ferguslie, Paisley PA1 – neglected 69 cats she kept in her small council house.

Cat hoarder Angela Guthrie now of Skye Crescent, Paisley
Cat hoarder Angela Guthrie now of Skye Crescent, Paisley

Angela Guthrie herded the male and female cats into her mid-terraced home, coming to own them gradually over the years.

Now she has been banned from keeping more than one of the animals after she failed to take proper care of them, only providing two litter trays for them to relieve themselves in.

The task of caring for the 69 cats became too much for Guthrie and her home became filthy, with the three bedrooms and living room being covered in faeces, urine and rubbish.

Guthrie was due to go on trial over her neglect of the pets, which were of various ages and colours, also charged with failing “to provide adequate water and nutrition for the cats.”

But she struck a deal with prosecutors which saw those claims deleted from the charge against her in exchange for her guilty plea.

Sentence:  £320 fine; banned from owning or keeping more than one cat for the next 4 years (expires Oct 2019).

Birmingham Live 12/10/2015

Paisley, Renfrewshire: Andrea Smiley

#TheList Andrea Smiley (DoB 08/01/1980) of Blackstoun Oval, Paisley PA3 1LR – left Alsatian Snowy to starve to death in her abandoned flat.

Heartless Andrea Smiley who abandoned an Alsatian to starve to death
Heartless Andrea Smiley who abandoned an Alsatian to starve to death

The desperate dog had locked condensation from a window in a desperate attempt for water.

A post mortem showed Snowy had no traces of food in her stomach and had lost two-thirds of her body weight.  She had been shut in a room of the ground-floor flat, amid total squalor with the door tied with string and wool to keep it shut. By the time worried neighbours raised the alarm it was too late and Snowy had already died from starvation.

Before sentence was passed, Smiley’s defence agent made a plea for mitigation. He said two psychiatric reports had been submitted showing that his client was emotionally unstable and experiencing bouts of depression which led her to self-harm.

He also said she was living in fear after being threatened following publicity from earlier hearings.

Sentence: 240 hours of community service. Banned from keeping animals for life.

BBC News

Greenock/Skelmorlie: Gordon Devenish and John Cathcart

#TheList Gordon Devenish, born c. 1966, of 48 West Blackhall Street, Greenock PA15 1UY (confirmed 2019) and John ‘Johnny’ Cathcart, born c. 1969, of Golf Course Road, Skelmorlie PA17 5BH – kicked a hedgehog to death

Johnny Cathcart (left) of Skelmorlie and Gordon Devenish of Greenock used a defenceless hedgehog as a football
Johnny Cathcart (left) and Gordon Devenish used a defenceless hedgehog as a football

Self-employed joiner John Cathcart and his colleague Gordon Devenish kicked a hedgehog to death by using it as a football during a stag weekend. The pair admitted kicking the animal back and forth until it died as a result of its injuries.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie described it as an offensive act of wanton cruelty committed by two grown men.

“You should both be ashamed of yourselves. You are being publicly shamed in the dock today,” he said.

Sheriff McCreadie added: “I have noted that you have paid a sum of money to the SSPCA, possibly in an attempt to salve your conscience.”

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson told the court that a number of police officers were in the area when they saw Devenish kicking the hedgehog across the road and Cathcart kicking it after him.

“Police then approached both to find out what they were doing,” Mr Richardson said. “The hedgehog was killed.”

Devenish claimed he saw an object lying in the street and decided to use it as a football.

He realised it was a hedgehog but decided to boot it several feet in the air anyway.

Solicitor Mark Alder, defending, said: “Both parties were drinking a large amount of alcohol on the day in question.

“They were out at a friend’s stag party.

“Both now accept responsibility for their actions.”

In his letter pleading guilty to the court, Cathcart said: “I deeply regret what I have done. As an animal lover I feel great remorse.

“I was intoxicated at the time of this offence, although I know this is no excuse for such a stupid and barbaric act.”

Sentencing: Devenish was fined £400 and Cathcart £360.

BBC News