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Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire: Thomas McKnight

#TheList Thomas McKnight, born c.1965, of St Andrews Walk, Kilmarnock KA1 3HQ – failed to take dog that had been injured by boiling water to the vet for five days

Thomas McKnight from Kilmarnock was banned from keeping animals after dog his was found covered in burn wounds
Thomas McKnight from Kilmarnock was banned from keeping animals after his dog was found covered in burn wounds

The court heard how, on July 16, 2018, McKnight called the Scottish SPCA helpline to request assistance.

He told operators he had spilled boiling water on Springer spaniel Bobby five days earlier, and – because he couldn’t afford vet fees – he had tried to treat the dog’s wounds at home.

He also told the call handler Bobby’s situation was “getting worse” as the wounds had blistered and become infected, with the dog said to be “in pain”.

Wounds: The neglected dog's burns were matted with hair and heavily infected.

McKnight was looking for the SSPCA to treat the dog and said he would give up ownership of Bobby.

The SSPCA inspector visited McKnight’s home later that afternoon where he found the dog to be “subdued, weak and lethargic.”

Bobby had bandages covering his torso and most of his back. The inspector tried to remove the bandages to see the wound, but was only able to remove one as the other was stuck to the dog’s skin and this was causing him pain.

Neglect: Dog was found covered in blistering burn wounds.

Bobby was taken to a local vet where he was given pain relief, general anaesthetic and antibiotics.

It was stated that the wounds would likely take “some time” to heal.

It was the SSPCA inspector’s view that the dog was subject of “unnecessary suffering” and McKnight was cautioned and charged.

Defending, Gillian Swanney told how the dog had now been treated, made a full recovery and been re-homed.

Ms Swanney told how McKnight had been cooking in the kitchen on the day of the incident, and the dog came in and “startled” him whilst he had the kettle in his hand.

She added, McKnight immediately took the dog outside and poured water over him. He then bought bandages and antiseptic powder to try to treat the dog’s wounds.

However, over the days, the condition deteriorated.

Swanney confirmed McKnight had “no intention to get another dog.”

Sheriff Michael Hanlon said: “I’ll take into account that this incident began by an accident.”

Sentencing: fined £300 to be paid at £10 per fortnight, Banned from owning any animal for three years.

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Pool, Redruth, Cornwall: David Owen

#TheList David Owen, aged 30, of  South Crofty Way, Pool, Redruth TR15 3FS – savagely beat his pet lurcher before asking vets to put him down

David Owen from Redruth launched a prolonged and forceful assault on the defenceless dog
David Owen launched a prolonged and forceful assault on the defenceless dog

David Owen landed a number of forceful blows leaving lurcher Archie with serious injuries including a suspected ruptured ear canal, severe facial swelling, blood in his urine and a compound fracture to one of his vertebrae.

Owen pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary to an animal and failing to meet the needs of an animal.

Prosecuting the case for the RSPCA, Lindi Meyer said that on April 16, 2018, Owen, who had owned Archie for two years, rang vets to say the pet had bitten him and needed to be put to sleep. But vets at Cornwall Animal Hospital in Redruth said Archie showed no signs of aggression when being treated and refused.

Ms Meyer said Archie suffered heavy blows to his neck, face and thorax but on examination a vet concluded that Archie presented no more risk of aggression than any other pet dog.

When interviewed Owen said Archie lunged for his face and neck and that he had acted in self-defence, describing the force he used as “appropriate but not excessive”.

The court was then showed a series of images depicting the serious nature of Archie’s injuries.

Ms Meyer said: “This was a sustained attack during which the defendant acted in anger. It was an inappropriate method of discipline and instead of asking for help, he asked for the dog to be killed. The RSPCA fears for any animal in his possession.”

Defending Owen, Neil Lewin said the defendant is still a young man who has had a troubled upbringing.

He said: “He has a complex background and was in a long-term relationship for six years. When the relationship broke down it caused a lot of emotional distress. He didn’t cope well whatsoever.

“Around the time of this breakdown he got Archie and it appears the time wasn’t right for him to have a pet. Mr Owen has anger management problems and difficulty dealing with traumatic experiences.”

Sentencing Owen, district judge Diane Baker said he “showed no remorse at all during interview” and “gave a lot of excuses”.

She said: “It was a deliberate and sustained unprovoked attack on a dog in your care.

“The attack caused significant and serious injuries and you tried to argue it was discipline.”

Archie has since recovered and been rehomed.

Sentencing:  18-week prison sentence; £500 in costs. Banned from keeping animals for life.


Smiths Wood, Birmingham: Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham

#TheList Daniel Cheslin, aged 22, of no fixed abode, Smiths Wood, Birmingham, smashed his dog’s teeth in lift attack as girlfriend Jade Bellingham, born 13/10/1996, of Bedford House, Sanda Croft, Birmingham, laughed

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham from Smiths Wood, Birmingham

This video footage captures the the shocking moment Daniel Cheslin pulled his dog Rudy into a lift so hard that the dog’s front teeth were smashed.

After the vicious attack Cheslin’s girlfriend Jade Bellingham was seen smiling and laughing on CCTV.

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham of Smiths Wood, Birmingham
Jade Bellingham of Bedford House, Sanda Croft, Birmingham

The camera also recorded other acts of cruelty inflicted on Rudy.

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham of Smiths Wood, Birmingham
Victim of cruelty: Staffy Rudy smashed two teeth

A CCTV operator alerted the RSPCA to the lift attack in a block of flats.

There were three clips from the lift’s CCTV.

The first showed Cheslin and Bellingham going into the lift and the defendant kicking and slapping Rudy, before punching him on the back.

Further footage from July 9 show the couple in the lift with another man.

“Cheslin then pulls the dog so that he seems to lift off from the floor,” said Sarah Pratt, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court.

“He hits the back of the lift with such force it causes the CCTV camera to shake,”

Other clips show the defendant pushing hard down on Rudy’s hind quarters and repeatedly tapping his nose.

Cheslin was also captured punching Rudy on the top of his head.

Miss Pratt said when Rudy was later examined a veterinary surgeon found he had lost two of her front teeth, which was consistent with what happened in the lift.

The animal also had an injury to his head and a blood-shot eye likely to have been caused by a strike or a punch.

Dog abusers Daniel Cheslin and Jade Bellingham of Smiths Wood, Birmingham
Rudy has thankfully recovered from her ordeal at the hands of her cruel owner Daniel Cheslin and his gormless idiot girlfriend

The court heard that Cheslin had also carried out acts of cruelty to a bull mastiff puppy called John, whom he and Bellingham had been looking after.

A couple living in the block had heard John yelp”when Cheslin and Bellingham argued. They had also seen Cheslin pick the puppy up by the skin of his neck before dropping him on the ground and then rubbing his face in urine.

Cheslin would also make John sit on a chair and not allow him to move and had punched the dog in the ribs.

In passing sentence on Cheslin, Judge Jonathan Gosling said: “This dog was gratuitously ill treated by the defendant. He accepted assaulting it on numerous occasions.

“Rudy was a passive and even tempered dog and despite that the defendant was wantonly cruel.”

Ian Gold, for, Cheslin, said: “He has a number of personal problems not the least of which are depression and anxiety as well as anger management.”

Sentencing: Cheslin was jailed for 12 months and banned from keeping any animal for 15 years (expires October 2033). Bellingham was given a 12-month community order after admitting failing to intervene to stop Cheslin injuring a bull mastiff puppy.


Bridgwater, Somerset: Scott Ayres

#TheList Scott Ayres (also known as Scott Pope), born 09/06/1992, and partner Leanne Hodge, born 11/05/1995, both of Haygrove Park Road, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 7BT – failed to seek veterinary treatment for a dog’s wounds

Dog abuser Scott Ayres/Pope from Bridgwater, Somerset, and an image of a 'working' dog taken from his FB profile
Dog abuser Scott Ayres/Pope and an image of a ‘working’ dog taken from his FB profile
Scott Ayres and his partner in pet abuse Leanne Hodge

Ayres and Hodge were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Patterdale terrier named Archie after not seeking veterinary care for wounds to his head, body and injured jaw.

Archie has made a full recovery since being rescued by RSPCA officers

Patterdale terrier Archie was discovered with his lower jaw degloved and puncture wounds to his face and body when he was rescued by the RSPCA in October 2017.

Archie was discovered with his lower jaw degloved and puncture wounds to his face and body when he was rescued by the RSPCA in October 2017.

Whilst no explanation for Archie’s injuries is given or even appears to have been investigated, there is evidence from Ayres’ Facebook profile that he enjoys inflicting suffering on wild animals such as foxes or badgers. The photo of the black lurcher and the shovels is taken from Ayres’ profile and he is a member of several ‘working dogs’ groups.

Archie has since recovered from his injuries during his time in the care of the RSPCA.

Ayres – suspended 12-week prison sentence. Community work. Total costs and charges of £415. Hodge – 16-week curfew order. Both were disqualified from keeping dogs for ten years (expires September 2028).


Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire: Russell Winstone

#TheList Russell ‘Rus’ Winstone, born 5/11/1979, of Church Road, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 – launched two separate violent attacks on a Staffy named Bella; thew her across a room and slammed a door on her.

Violent dog abuser Russell Winstone
Violent dog abuser Russell Winstone and his victim Bella

Winstone, a footballer with local side Hailey FC, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard how he had been looking after Bella for his cousin during two incidents of violence.On each incident Bella suffered blunt force trauma causing injuries to her skull as well as an oral hematoma and a number of lacerations.

The court viewed footage in which Winstone hurled Bella across the room in a rage. He later slammed a door into her.Winstone was arrested after the incident and told police, the court heard, that he had thrown the dog across the room because he was angry that she had weed on his sofa.

Winstone explained that he had shut the door on the animal because he was ‘frustrated’, the court heard.

Magistrates heard a written report from the national probation service who interviewed Winstone ahead of the sentencing which claimed he had shown ‘no remorse’ at what he had done.

Sentence: 200 hours of unpaid work within the community; 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement; total costs and charges of £285. Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires August 2028).

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Denny, Falkirk: Emily Paton

#TheList Emily Paton, aged 19, of Denny, Falkirk – allowed her Rottweiler Tia to become extremely underweight and to suffer with a ruptured eye which had to be removed

Emily Paton, aged 19, from Denny, Falkirk, and Tia, the dog she cruelly neglected.
Emily Paton, aged 19, from Denny, Falkirk, and Tia, the dog she cruelly neglected.

Paton was prosecuted for animal cruelty following a Scottish SPCA investigation.  She was  sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court on 02/08/2018 after pleading guilty to causing Tia unnecessary suffering.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, inspector Robyn Gray said, “Tia was unsteady on her feet and in very poor body condition. She was extremely underweight, weighing around half of what she should.

“Tia required surgery to remove her right ruptured eye and during that it was discovered her left eye was near rupturing, so further work was required to save her eyesight.

The Rottweiler's eye had to be surgically removed

“Thanks to the hard work from the vet team and our centre staff, Tia pulled through and she has made a full recovery and found her loving forever home with another dog who was rehomed from the Society”.

Sentence: ordered to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work; placed under supervision for one year. Five year ban on owning any animal (expires August 2023).

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Horfield, Bristol: Nikki Chanel Bird

#TheList Nikki Chanel Bird, aged 26, of Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol BS7 – left two puppies with serious injuries and didn’t get them treated. One puppy put to sleep.

Callous Nikki Chanel Bird, 26, of Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, and her two victims - Ruby who recovered and Coco who had to be euthanised.
Callous Nikki Chanel Bird, aged 26, of Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, and her two victims – Ruby who happily recovered from her ordeal and Coco who had to be euthanised.

Bird was given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping animals for life after she left the two puppies named Coco and Ruby to suffer with untreated broken limbs.

Magistrates heard how Bird first took Coco to the vets in January 2018, with injuries that had happened weeks, or even months earlier, claiming the puppy had fallen through a gap in a staircase.

Due to the extent of her injuries and the period of time they had not been treated Coco had to be put down.

Two months later, Bird took collie Ruby to the vets with historic injuries and gave the same story about how she came to be injured – she had supposedly fallen through a gap in a staircase.

Luckily, Ruby was treated and recovered enough to be given a new home.

The RSPCA were alerted to the two cases and decided to prosecute Bird.

Bird – a mother-of-two whose children have been removed – pleaded guilty to three separate charges, two relating to Coco, and a third relating to Ruby.

The charges against Bird were that she took ‘insufficient steps to prevent the animal from suffering traumatic injury and as such did not protect the animal from pain’ for both dogs, and that she caused unnecessary suffering to Coco by failing to provide prompt veterinary attention.

Sentence: For each of the three offences Bird was given  a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirement. Each sentence will run concurrent to each other. £450 in costs. Bird was disqualified from keep all animals, except budgerigars and fish, for life. The order can not be appealed for ten years.

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Southsea, Portsmouth: Barry David Shaw

#TheList Barry David Shaw, born 25/08/1983, currently in prison but most recently of Merton Court, Victoria Road South, Southsea – brutally kicked a seven-month old chihuahua named Coco  in a fit of rage leaving the tiny pup with missing teeth, bloodshot eyes and bruising.

Portsmouth's Barry David Shaw and his helpless victim, chihuahua Coco
Career criminal and now convicted animal abuser Barry David Shaw from Southsea, Portsmouth, and little Coco, the dog he almost killed

The animal cruelty charge against lifelong criminal Shaw – who has family links to Stockport – was proven in his absence.

RSPCA Inspector Andrew Kirby, who investigated the incident, said:

‘This was a horribly sad case where poor Coco was left with serious injuries.

‘She was near to death when she was taken to an emergency vet in a collapsed state with missing teeth, bloodshot eyes, and bruising.

‘Shaw admitted in interview he’d lost his temper with Coco after her owner left him alone with her while they nipped out.

‘When the owner returned they discovered what had happened to Coco and rushed her for treatment with a vet.

‘There is no excuse for subjecting an innocent animal to such violence.

‘It is very lucky that Coco’s tiny body survived such an horrendous attack.’

Sentence: 16 weeks in jail.  Banned from keeping or owning any animals for just 12 months (expires July 2019).

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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.

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Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Tyler Laverick

#TheList Tyler Charles Laverick (DoB 12/07/1997) of 26 Armstrong Road, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear NE28 6NA – bit 8mo Staffy Diesel while high on cannabis,  causing the dog to suffer horrific injuries including a partially severed nose

Useless stoner and dog abuser Tyler Laverick and his defenceless victim Diesel
Useless stoner and dog abuser Tyler Laverick and his defenceless victim Diesel

Laverick was convicted in absence earlier in 2018 of attacking Diesel, but that conviction was overturned to allow the useless thug to mount “a proper defence”.

Laverick denied one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial.

At an earlier hearing he court heard that Diesel was seized by police after members of the public reported seeing  him being assaulted by a male.

Officers attended Laverick’s former home in North Shields and found the pet, who had horrific injuries to his face, eyes and ears, inside.

When asked how Diesel suffered the visible wounds to his head, Laverick responded by saying “I was biting him, I was stoned”.

Diesel was taken to the vets where a catalogue of injuries were noted, which included:

  • Puncture wounds to his tongue
  • Significant trauma to the nose, which was bleeding and had the whole surface of skin removed
  • Multiple scars to his muzzle
  • Multiple wounds to his muzzle
  • Swelling to the left side of the jaw
  • Bleeding in the whites of his eyes
  • Scratches and puncture wounds on his ears, which were bleeding
  • A small wound to the left foreleg
  • Multiple scars to the left foreleg

There was also evidence of previous trauma on Diesel’s body, the cause of which is unknown.

Laverick’s lawyer said his client had substantial mental health difficulties and had previously pleaded not guilty as there were concerns those difficulties meant he didn’t have the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime.

Sentence: 11-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Ordered to pay £750 costs. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years

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