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Preston, Lancashire: Angela Roe

#TheList Angela Roe (aka Angela Atkinson) of Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire PR2 – live-streamed a video showing her abusing a cat who was later found dead

Angela Roe from Preston live streamed a sickening video showing her attacking a cat who was later found dead
Angela Roe from Preston live streamed a sickening video showing her attacking a cat who was later found dead

The sickening footage, which was screened on Twitter’s live-streaming video app Periscope – showed pet cat Misty screaming in agony as her owner, Angela Roe, bit and roughly handled her.

Misty was tragically found dead at Roe’s home by police after the incident was reported by a sickened friend.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard the witness, who became online friends with Roe, saw Misty on her lap in a live stream on August 26 2017, in which she was “squeezing and shaking” the animal.

She was shouting, calling the cat a ‘pyscho’ and suggesting she should ‘not bite the hand that feeds’.

The woman then saw Roe bite the distressed cat’s ear, causing her to scream in pain.

Cat killer Angela Roe from Preston

Roe was heard to say it “needs to be disciplined or it will walk all over me.

Roe, who has mental health problems, was then seen to self harm and rub blood on the cat’s fur.

The worried woman corresponded with Roe the next day on Periscope, whilst Roe was drunk. She said her ‘other personality was going to come out. The bad side, the Jekyll; and Hyde nasty side of me.’

Misty was seen walking around and appeared to be fine, but the clip showed Roe put her on her lap again and say: ” Can she kill the cat and then kill herself?”

The witness pleaded with Roe saying: “Don’t do that – if you don’t want the cat I will give it a home.”

The court heard Roe told her viewer the only way she would kill her is by ‘starving her’. The woman could then hear the cat screaming but the video then ended.

Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Paul Ridehalgh said: ” Around 25 minutes later the broadcast resumed and the defendant typed:”My cat has just attacked me” and claimed Misty was ‘demonic’.”

The concerned friend asked what had happened and Roe told her the cat had attacked her and turned her phone camera around to show blood on the table, wall, skirting board and door in her home, which Roe claimed had come from her finger.

Mr Ridehalgh added: “When she was asked where Misty was she ‘became very aggressive and hissed like a cat’ at the screen.”

Roe claimed Misty was asleep on a ledge in the living room, but when the woman saw the cat it looked ‘stiff’, and she called the police.

When officers arrived they found Misty dead on the window sill, with blood on her.

Roe, who was drunk, claimed it was from her own self harming and said the cat was asleep. There were dirty dishes and rubbish strewn over the floor.

Misty’s body was taken to a veterinary pathology department in Liverpool, which indicated the cat, who had various injuries, including a haemorrhage in her lungs and bruises, had died from being smothered.

Roe was not convicted of this as there was insufficient evidence she was directly responsible, but she admitted causing Misty unnecessary suffering and failing to meet her needs.

The court heard in March 2018 police attended Roe’s home again to speak to her and she declared: ” There is a video dating back to August this year. The cat bit me and I bit her back. I was ******** out of my head.”

Roe thanked the bench as they agreed to suspend her 12 week jail term for a year on account of her mental health and alcohol issues. The chairman of the bench noted her “deliberate attempt to cause suffering” and added: ” The act was purely intentional as far as you were concerned.”

12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year; rehabilitation activity and alcohol treatment requirement. Total costs and charges of £490. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Lancashire Post

The case against backyard cat breeder Jane E from Southall, Middlesex

Recently the BBC’s consumer series Watchdog highlighted the case of a backyard cat breeder named Lizzie Scarrott from Bishop’s Cleeve in Gloucestershire, whose kittens had gone on to become very ill and die. We shared the programme’s findings on this site and with our Facebook followers and have since received several reports from concerned animal lovers of backyard cat breeders so unethical that they make Scarrott look like a saint in comparison.

The case against a backyard breeder from Southall

We would like to send details of one particular case involving a Southall-based cat breeder to Watchdog and various authorities and would like your help in building a case against her.

Photos taken from some of Jane E’s recent posts on freeads
Photos taken from some of Jane E's recent posts on freeads
Photos taken from some of Jane E’s recent posts on freeads

We won’t publish her full name and photo yet as we wouldn’t want to jeopardise any future prosecution case, but anyone that has bought a kitten from this woman will undoubtedly recognise her.

Jane E, as we will call her for now, specialises in Maine Coons, British short hairs and ultra-typed Persian cats.

In common with other backyard breeders, she uses a variety of aliases including the first name ‘Sarah Jane’.  She lives in Somerset Road, Southall UB1 2UD and is in her 60s.

She is a settled traveller who has retained links to the Irish travelling community.

She has grown-up children – as far as we can see three daughters and a son – who advertise online on her behalf as she “doesn’t do computers”.

Here are two of her recent for-sale posts on the website freeads.co.uk with her name and phone number pixellated out.

Case against a Southall backyard kitten breeder
Case against a Southall backyard kitten breeder

Phone numbers she’s used are 07036 211XXX and 07036 2003XX. One of those numbers is also linked to several online adverts for Airsoft guns. It has also been used by a pet trader from St Austell, Cornwall, named Rosie.

We have been unable to find any specific complaints about Jane E’s kittens so far, but have been contacted by a private pet rescue who are very familiar with this woman’s alleged neglect and cruelty.

Some of the allegations against her so far:

  • Rescued kittens have been found to be suffering from a condition called Cheyletiella (walking dandruff). This has been so bad that some of the kittens’ tails have dropped off.
    The case against Southall cat breeder Jane E
  • Some of the rescued kittens have been abused with one having an eye injury that appears to have been caused by a lit cigarette.
  • She keeps her breeding cats in a tiny outdoor shed.
  • When she’s bored with adult cats she dumps them in the park or outside shops.
  • When the kittens are in pain she hates the noise they make so when they die she throws them down the garden
  • She has an old wardrobe in the shed where the cats have kittens

Please send any information you have in confidence via our contact page or by email to enquiries@thecrueltylistuk.com.

Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire: Alexander Phillips

#TheList Alexander Phillips, aged 18, of Barrells Down Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 – kicked, strangled and suffocated a family’s pet cat to “teach it a lesson”

Phillips, then a sixth-form boarder at Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, West Midlands,  abducted and tortured a school friend’s 10-year-old cat Mollie after she had scratched him.

Phillips repeatedly kicked Mollie, tried to strangle and drown her, before finally suffocating her and hiding her body behind a sofa.

The prosecutor said the sinister attack had ‘overtones of a Stephen King novel’, while District Judge Steven Jonas described Phillips’ actions as ‘one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I have ever come across’.

Mr Stephen Blower, prosecuting, said it was thought Phillips provoked the 10-year-old rescue cat into scratching him.

Phillips returned to the house in Stourbridge a few days later and sneaked Mollie out in a bag.

Back at his school accommodation, he ‘kicked the cat as hard as he could until he saw blood coming from her mouth’ said Mr Blower.

Then he grabbed the animal by the neck and tried to strangle her.

Half dead, the cat was put in a drawer so she would not be found while he went to play on his Xbox with the owner’s son.

Phillips later told police he also placed the animal under a tap of running water.

The court heard that when he returned to his room, the cat was dead in the drawer, either from her injuries or having suffocated.

“But the unsavoury aspects of this case don’t end there as he took the cat back to the house and placed it behind the sofa in the living room,” said Mr Blower.

Expert opinions were sought from two vets. One said the animal had suffered ‘intolerable and extreme pain and suffering’ while the other described the cat’s fate as a ‘prolonged, sadistic attack amounting to torture.’

Phillips, who continued to visit his friend’s home in Stourbridge while the cat was missing, finally confessed what he had done to the school matron who informed the family.

He claimed to love the cat but told police he ‘felt rejected’ by her after she scratched him.

Mr Patrick Currie, defending, said Phillips suffered from mental health problems, including Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD.

His father’s death from suicide had had a ‘substantial’ impact on him, leading to anger issues. Phillips had killed the cat on an ‘impulse’, he claimed.

Phillips pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and to criminal damage by destroying the animal.

17 weeks in a young offenders institution.

Express & Star

Rhyl/Prestatyn, North Wales: Lewis David Brereton and Joshua Harvey Weir

#TheList Lewis David Brereton, 26, of 7 Bryntirion Avenue, Rhyl LL18 3NP and Joshua Harvey Weir, also age 26, of 4 Linden Drive, Prestatyn LL19 9EH – laughed hysterically as they filmed themselves throwing a cat high in the air “like a rugby ball”

A drunken Joshua Weir launched this defenceless cat high into the air like a rugby ball
A drunken Joshua Weir launched this defenceless cat high into the air like a rugby ball while his pal Lewis Brereton laughed and cracked jokes

Appalling video footage shows Joshua Weir (pictured) throwing a helpless cat into the air and across a road while his accomplice Lewis Brereton films it. The pair laugh hysterically and crack jokes throughout the cat’s ordeal.

The men can be heard saying in the clip “Hope you have nine lives” and “You have strong limbs”.

The cat lands on her feet in a state of disorientation and runs off in terror.

The pair pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary cruelty by throwing the cat.

Tudur Owen, prosecuting for the RSPCA , said: “One of the men [Weir] held [the cat# in both hands and swung his arms before launching it in the air at 45 degrees. It reached a considerable height, twisting in the air.”

Court chairman Darren Campbell told Weir his decision to pick up a defenceless animal and throw it in the air “for your own enjoyment, is incredulous to us.”

He said animals felt pain and fear and magistrates had watched the video of “appalling behaviour” being filmed and posted on social media.

Solicitors for both men said they had been drinking and were remorseful.

Brereton’s lawyer said the pair were “very drunk” but had owned up at once adding that Brereton found it ”excruciating” to now view the video.

Weir’s lawyer told the court her client had lost his job looking after people with autism. He was now to take a training course in London for close protection work. She said that what had happened was completely out of character.

Cat abuser Joshua Weir outside court
Joshua Weir outside court

A probation officer said Brereton stated he’d been drinking to block out his feelings because he was “in turmoil” about his sick mother and that what happened had affected Weir’s mental state.

The court chairman said: “You are not going to prison because of your previous good character.”

Speaking after the case, RSPCA deputy chief inspector Phil Lewis said: “This is a very shocking and distressing incident where a ginger and white cat was filmed being thrown high up in the air in Rhyl.

“It is just appalling how someone would deliberately inflict pain on this poor defenceless cat for their entertainment. The cat ran off after the incident.”

Weir and Brereton were given eight-week prison sentences, suspended for six months, plus £490 costs. They were both banned from keeping animals for three years (expires October 2021)

Daily Post
The Sun

Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales: Josh Sullivan and Levi Williams

#TheList Josh Sullivan, aged 17, and 15-year-old Levi Williams, both of the notorious Gurnos Estate, Merthyr Tydfil –  coaxed an elderly family cat named Sully out from under a car and watched as their dog mauled him to death

Cat killers: Levi Williams and Josh Sullivan of Merthyr Tydfil
Vile cat killers: Levi Williams and Josh Sullivan of Merthyr Tydfil

The disturbing attack, which shows Sullivan and Williams parading Sully’s dead body around afterwards, was caught on CCTV on 9 May 2018.

The sick pair were sentenced after admitting to causing unnecessary suffering to the 13-year-old cat.

The dog involved in the case has also been subjected to a deprivation order and will be taken into RSPCA care until he’s ready for rehoming.

Josh Sullivan's dog is believed to be the one he and his cruel sidekick, Levi Williams, set on a helpless elderly cat
Josh Sullivan’s dog is believed to be the one he and his cruel sidekick, Levi Williams, set on a helpless elderly cat

Sully’s owners became concerned after their pet had been missing from their home for a number of days.

They checked their CCTV camera for clues about Sully’s whereabouts and were shocked to witness his shocking ordeal at the hands of cruel teenagers Williams and Sullivan and the dog they had evidently trained to kill other animals.

In the footage Williams is seen hitting Sully with a stick to coax him out from underneath a car. As Sully runs out, Sullivan releases the dog he had been holding by the collar. The dog chases Sully, quickly catches him and mauls him to death.

Cat killer Josh Sullivan, who like his accomplice Levi Williams lives on the notorious Gurnos Estate
Cat killer Josh Sullivan, who like his accomplice Levi Williams lives on the notorious Gurnos Estate

Sullivan picks up Sully’s limp body and parades it as he walks along the street. Finally he callously tosses the mutilated cat into the bushes.

Cat killers Levi Williams and Josh Sullivan from Merthyr Tydfil

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “The shock and horror I felt when I first witnessed this CCTV footage has remained with me.

“This was a disturbing, harrowing and deeply sinister attack which would have caused immense suffering to poor Sully.

“It is frightening to think two children would set out to do something so deliberately cruel. It appears the dog had been trained to kill like this.

“We know most people across Merthyr and beyond will be disgusted by the treatment of an innocent, defenceless cat in this way.

“This was a premeditated attack, seemingly done for the boys’ fun and pleasure, for which the RSPCA had to seek justice.

“The actions of these individuals has left a family broken and without their beloved pet cat and family member of 13 years.”

Sully’s owner – who wishes to remain anonymous – added: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken.

“Sully was so happy, and was a member of our family. His killing by these cruel people brings shame to Merthyr Tydfil. This was a heinous act.

“He was well-known and popular in the local area – always sitting on the path he’d get petted and fussed by people walking along the lane and regular dog walkers all knew him.

“He’d regularly sneak into a neighboring dental practice, and make friends with patients in the waiting room. Sully was a real character and was loved by all who met him. He was harmless and had never hurt anyone.

“We all miss him so, so much. It was so strange for Sully to be missing. He’d gone to follow family members to the local park and was out and about as usual – but didn’t come home that day.

“We started to get worried, so I checked our CCTV cameras – and saw these boys walking with a dog and that’s when it all happened.

“It was horrifying to watch. I was screaming at the screen for Sully to run for his life but the dog was just too fast for him.

“What I witnessed that day will never leave me – it was like watching one of my children being attacked.

“Sully was 13 years old and was one of our family members who spent every night curled up on our children’s beds and his senseless killing has affected them deeply.

“Telling my wife and children he was dead was so, so hard. I will never forget watching the offenders revel in what they did, and will never forgive them for what they have done to us.

“They threw poor Sully’s body into the bushes like a piece of junk; and I had to go and get the body, and get him cremated, to get some dignity for him.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

12-month referral order to the youth offending team, £300 costs. Disqualified from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires September 2028).

Daily Mail

Witney, Oxfordshire: Serena Reynoldson

#TheList Serena Ferguson, born 27/03/1983, of 5 Sealham Road, Witney OX29 7XU – filmed herself pouring thick bleach into her partner’s tropical fish tank and goaded him as the fish died


Serena Reynoldson killed the tropical fish to get back at her boyfriend
Serena Reynoldson killed the tropical fish to get back at her boyfriend

Mother-of-five Reynoldson was furious that boyfriend Jonathan Fitzpatrick had left her to deal with their children and family pets after an alleged affair.

She filmed herself pouring the poisonous substance into a tank belonging to Mr Fitzpatrick on 9 January 2018 and sent him the video as a WhatsApp message.

In the video Reynoldson can be seen holding an open bottle labelled thick bleach.

She says: “Seeing as it’s okay for you to have your hobbies but I can’t have mine, bleach right in there.”

She then pours the bleach into the tank, saying “eat it, drink it, good” as the fish swim towards the chemical adding: “die, die, die.”

Reynoldson continued: “If I can’t have no hobbies or a life you can’t have them and I’m not paying for it.”

She proceeds to taunt her ex-boyfriend as the fish start to float to the surface of the water calling him ‘selfish’ as she continues to add bleach from a second bottle.

Mr Fitzpatrick called police after the incident and the RSPCA were called in.

Reynoldson admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals.

Tropical fish killer Serena Reynoldson from Witney
Twisted Serena Reynoldson, who has five children under the age of 10.

Investigating RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “It’s shocking that the fish were killed during this deliberate vengeful intentional act.

“These fish would have suffered needlessly because of the levels of chlorine and ammonia being poured in the water by Serena Reynoldson.

“There is never an excuse for such heartless and unpleasant behaviour, or for showing such a lack of empathy towards any animal by behaving in this way.”

18-week suspended prison sentence; £415 in court costs; banned from keeping fish for life.

Oxford Mail
Daily Mail
BBC News

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).

Brierley Hill, West Midlands: John Thomas Gough

#TheList John Thomas Gough, born 12 July 1992, of 29 Byron Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY5 4JA – filmed two dogs attacking a caged fox in his back garden

Convicted animal abuser John Thomas Gough from Brierley Hill, West Midlands

Gough pleaded guilty to one charge of causing a fight between a dog and fox and two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The court was told the 26-year-old used his mobile phone to video two dogs attacking a fox, which had been trapped in a cage.

He was also heard encouraging the dogs in the footage.

In another video clip, the distressed animal is out of the cage and the dogs are seen to carry on the attack.

Both incidents are said to have taken place at his home address on or about May 16, 2017. It is not known what happened to the fox.

The prosecution was brought after the RSPCA and West Midlands Police – acting on intelligence – executed a warrant at Gough’s home address.

It was during this search that his mobile phone was seized and the video was found showing the fox attack, along with still images.

A fox trap was also found at his home along with equipment used when putting terriers down holes in the ground.

In his vehicle officers discovered two fox tails, a terrier box and shovels.

A spokesman for the RSPCA, said: “We do not know what happened to the fox in this horrific attack and the two dogs in the video were not found at the property.

“But an expert who watched the video taken from the phone was able to state that the fox would have suffered due to the bite injuries as well as one of the dogs which was also bleeding during the horrific attack.

“This was premeditated animal cruelty and both the fox and dog clearly suffered at the hands of Gough.”

Sentence:  jailed for 22 weeks.  Banned from keeping animals for life

Dudley News

Wickford, Essex: Claire Rayer

#TheList Claire Rayer (DoB 01/10/1985) most recently of Victor Mew Close, Wickford SS12 9HX – scalded American bulldog Snoops with boiling water while he screamed in agony

Sick mother-of-one Claire Rayer from Wickford and Snoops, the American bulldog she starved and scalded with boiling water.
Sick mother-of-one Claire Rayer from Wickford and Snoops, the American bulldog she starved and scalded with boiling water.sad

Twisted Claire Rayer had pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to 8yo Snoops, whom she had been looking after for his owner, Matthew ‘Maf’ Luderman.

Witness described hearing Snoops’ howls of agony and horrific photographs of his injuries were shared widely on social media. A police investigation followed and mother-of-one Rayer was charged with animal cruelty.

Aside from being tortured with boiling water, poor Snoops had also been starved and then panic-fed  before police arrived. He had no food in his bowel but was over-fed in his stomach.

Snoops  was kept in a sterile vet unit for two weeks after the incident because of the severity of the burns.  Happily he recovered, at least physically, and is now back living with his owner, Maf.

Sentence: 4 months and 2 weeks in prison. Banned from owning an animal for life.

Echo News

Birmingham: Haider Abed

#TheList Haider Sajed Kadem Abed (DoB 25/07/1992) of 107 St Denis Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 4JU – abused cats for Facebook videos

Cat abuser Haider Abed of Selly Oak, Birmingham
Haider Abed from Selly Oak, Birmingham, abused cats for sick Facebook videos. The fate of his victims is unknown.

Abed pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the cats, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act, and was convicted by Birmingham Magistrates Court, on Friday 6/7/18.

The videos, which were taken between August 2016 and August 2017, show Abed laughing menacingly as he throws three cats in the air.

In each of the sick videos, Abed can be seen enticing the cats towards him in order to pet them. But once he gains their trust, he grabs the defenceless creatures and throws them into the air.

In one video, one of the cats can be heard crying out after she is flung into the air, hits a lampshade and lands on the floor.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal, who investigated the case, said: “This was a disgusting abuse of trust. Abed can be seen enticing the defenceless pets and then he abuses them and for some reason he derives some kind of pleasure from this.

“These are people’s pets and as we have not traced cats in the vifilwe don’t know how they have been affected, if they have been traumatised by his actions or indeed if they were injured”.

We understand that Abed’s former employer, Edmundson Electrical Ltd, fired him having been made aware of his sadistic animal cruelty. This is a credit to them.

We also gather that Abed has had to move back in with his parents. Aaw shame.

Sentence: 12-month community order comprising 250 hours of unpaid work. 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Ordered to pay £616 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for life.