#TheList Wendy Hylton, born c 1948, of Stanton Drew, Somerset BS39 – failed to provide hoof care for two ponies
Hylton pleaded guilty to two offences, following a prosecution by the RSPCA.
Concerns about two Shetland ponies, known as Tonto and Midnight, had been raised with the RSPCA after one of the two ponies appeared to be unable to walk.
Officers from the animal welfare charity were joined by a vet on May 25, 2019, who carried out a clinical examination of Tonto and found he was in a significant amount of pain, and unable to walk as a result of his severely overgrown hooves and laminitis.
Midnight was also found to have overgrown hooves and both horses were seized by police and taken into the care of a specialist equine charity where they received the care and treatment they needed.
RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson said: “Providing regular and routine farriery (shoeing of horse care) is a vital part of owning equines.
“Cases like this are very sad as they could so easily be avoided with the correct care.”
The offences took place between March 24 and May 24, 2019, in the vicinity of Radford Hill, Timsbury.
These acts were contrary to S.4(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and S.9(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Sentencing: four-month curfew; ordered to pay £385 costs and charges. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.
Athey, who owns two other dogs – Jack Russell terriers Ruby and Chloe – was convicted of two counts of physical harm to Gracie, which ultimately resulted in the dog’s death.
The second of these counts left her so badly injured she was presented to vets in an unresponsive and comatose state and was ultimately put down.
The vets then contacted the RSPCA to investigate.
A post mortem examination showed a number of recent blunt force trauma injuries including three broken ribs, liver damage consistent with a kick, blunt force trauma to the head and signs of strangulation on the neck.
According to the RSPCA, Athey denied responsibility for Gracie’s injuries, claiming on the first occasion that he had tripped while holding a shopping bag while failing to provide any explanation for her severe injuries on the second.
He did admit to being the only person in the house at the time of Gracie’s injuries.
RSPCA Inspector Miranda Albinson, who investigated for the charity, said: “This saddening case involved a defenceless dog who lost her life because of the series of serious injuries that had been caused by Athey.
“The veterinary reports and the post mortem exposed the deliberate ill-treatment which tragically led to her death.
“There is never an excuse for harming an animal or for failing to treat an animal with the kindness and respect they deserve.”
Sentencing: 20 weeks in jail; total of £865 costs and charges; deprivation order for Ruby and Chloe. Banned from keeping animals for life.
Additional information: several friends of Carl Athey’s have come to his defence today (19/10/19) and to protest his innocence. It is suggested that Athey’s partner is in some way involved in Gracie’s death and that other animals in the household Robyn Garman shares with Athey and her seven-year-old son have come to harm. One or two have said that Gracie may even have been harmed by the child. Garman herself has this to say:
We may never know the truth, but if the allegations about a child being to blame for Gracie’s death are true then that is extremely concerning and there absolutely must be intervention by social services.
#TheList Bradley Craig Skipp, born 17/08/1989, of Knightstone Court, Shrubbery Avenue, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2JX – intimidated and physically attacked his pet dog
Skipp, previously of Fosseway Cottages, Somervale Road, Radstock, attacked cane corso Thesesus after getting home to find the dog had emptied the contents of his fridge and washing machine and dumped items on the floor.
Concerns were raised against Skipp’s treatment of Thesesus while the pair lived in Radstock, between May 2018 and April 2019.
RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson, who investigated the matter for the animal welfare charity, said: “A taped recording was made of Skipp, and in the recording Theseus can be heard yelping and screaming throughout, and thudding can be heard as though the dog is being subjected to a physical attack.”
Skipp denied using his fist to strike his dog.
He told the court ‘slapped’ Thesesus on the rear and denied physically harming the animal.
He did admit though to shouting at his dog on the day of the recording – April 19, 2019 – because he got back to his home to find Thesesus had emptied the fridge, a cupboard and washing machine all over the floor.
Magistrates convicted Skipp of causing unnecessary suffering.
Sentencing: 10-week curfew; fines and charges totalling £835. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years with the right of appeal after five.
#TheList Samuel Jake Kirkham, born 03/01/1997, of St Nicholas Close, North Bradley, Trowbridge BA14 0TH – killed a three-month-old puppy in a fit of rage
Kirkham said the puppy – a Cavachon known as Murphy – had bitten him so he lashed out and sent the tiny dog flying across the bathroom. Murphy was taken to an emergency vet in a comatose state but died three hours later.
A post mortem examination revealed the puppy had suffered a traumatic injury which had caused extensive internal damage to his skull, mouth, abdominal cavity, kidney, lung, and intestine.
Pleading guilty, Kirkham claimed that the puppy had defecated on the floor so he’d put him in the bath. He told the court Murphy had bitten him so he struck him, which caused the dog to fly across the bathroom, hitting either the wall or the toilet.
Kirkham’s girlfriend, Alisha Marsh, with whom he currently shares another dog known as Lucky, is standing by him and told a friend not to believe what was reported in the newspaper.
RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “This was a horribly sad case where poor Murphy lost his life.
“There is no excuse for an innocent animal to be subjected to violence”
Sentencing: 270 hours of community service and 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days; fines and charges totalling £835 Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years with the right of appeal after five years.
#TheList hoarder Jennifer Ann Waddup, born 15/08/1969, of 11 Buckland Road, Somerset TA2 8EW for the neglect of multiple dogs and cats.
Waddup pleaded guilty to four charges brought against her by the RSPCA.
*failing to explore and address the cause of the poor bodily condition of nine domestic cats between March 20 and April 3 this year;
*causing unnecessary suffering to a border collie named Domino by failing to provide professional veterinary care for a chronic skin condition between the same dates;
*failing to ensure the needs of 14 domestic cats and Domino the dog were met by not ensuring their need for a suitable environment in which to live on or before April 3;
*and not taking reasonable steps to ensure the needs of 14 cats were met by not protecting them from pain, injury, suffering and disease as seen by a chronic and significant flea infestation on or before April 3.
Sentencing: 100 hours of unpaid work; total of £385 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping cats and dogs but can appeal after two years.
#TheList wildlife persecutor and dog killer Daniel John William Brockley, born 24/03/1989, of 6 Bury, Dulverton, West Somerset TA22 9NE – allowed his terrier to work underground knowing there was a risk of him becoming injured
Brockley, who is employed as a gamekeeper by shoot management firm Loyton LLP based at the Haddeo Estate in the Exe valley, was found guilty after a two day trial.
He was also charged with an offence of intent to kill, injure or take a badger but was found not guilty as ‘beyond reasonable doubt’
In August 2018 the RSPCA, police and DEFRA carried out a raid at Brockley’s home and seized mobile phones. Text messages between Brockley and head keeper Alan Floyd referred to digging for vixens, fox cubs and badgers.
Images on Brockley’s phone showed a dog named Henry who had suffered horrific facial injuries. Vets said the nature of Henry’s wounds were consistent with badger fighting.
The court heard that on three separate occasions – January 18, 2017, 19 May, 2017 and January 30 2019 – Brockley had put a Patterdale terrier named Rock at risk of injury by forcing him to work underground.
According to the RSPCA, photos showing Rock’s de-gloved lower jaw – where skin has been removed as a result of an injury – and text messages about his condition were shared by Brockley.
A text message from January 2017 said “Dug Rock again tonite!” and was accompanied by a photo on Brockley’s phone of a locator receiver showing a depth of 0.8m.
In May 2017 Brockley texted a picture of Rock with full degloving injury of his lower jaw and wrote: “This is the last time I dug him last May…I’ve not worked him since coz had to revive him after that one”.
A witness told the court that Rock had died after being shot and disposed of by Brockley “to try and cover his back”.
There was evidence that other dogs had died in similar circumstances while in the care of Daniel Brockley.
Magistrates decided against banning Brockley from keeping animals as he has had many dogs in the past, Rock was described as being otherwise kept well and was well loved, and a ban would lead to Brockley losing his livelihood and accommodation.
Sentencing: 140 hours of unpaid work; total of £2,335 costs and charges.
#TheList Paul Addicott, born 02/07/1986, and Rebecca Jeffreys, born 08/05/1982, of Massingham Park, Taunton TA2 – left their pet cat to suffer with a painful untreated skin condition
Addicott and Jeffreys were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to white cat Snowy, by failing to seek appropriate professional veterinary treatment.
RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel, who investigated the case, said: “Sadly Snowy was left to suffer and had painful scabs and sores all over his body, which could have easily been avoided by seeking suitable veterinary care.
“The bench were incredulous that they had failed to get treatment that would have cost approximately £5 a month when they have a significant joint annual income.
“Pet owners have a responsibility to address any health conditions – animals can’t help themselves and are reliant on their owners to provide the care they need.
“Anyone who has concerns about the health of their pet should ask for help and advice to avoid unnecessary distress and suffering being caused.”
Snowy has since recovered while in the care of the team at RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre.
Sentencing: 80 hours of unpaid work; £385 each in costs and charges. Deprived of ownership of Snowy but weren’t banned from keeping animals.