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Taunton, Somerset: Michael Holland

#TheList Michael Lee Wayne Holland, born 05/10/1989, of 43 Outer Circle, Taunton TA1 2BS – left dog to suffer with ulcerated and infected tumours

Staffordshire bull terrier Sky's horrific untreated tumour
‘Michael Holland failed to take his tumour-ridden pet dog to the vet for treatment

Holland pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his female Staffordshire bull terrier Sky.

A concerned member of the public had contacted the RSPCA to report Holland, who was prosecuted by the animal charity under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

RSPCA inspector Marie Griffiths visited Holland’s home to investigate the complaint relating to the offence between June 8 and September 10, 2019.

She said: “This was the serious neglect of a dog who was clearly in urgent need of veterinary attention.

“The pictures of the tumour are very graphic and show the condition of Sky when I arrived.

“She had two large infected necrotic masses on her right shoulder extending to her neck area, including one which was 12cm in diameter.

“The masses were seeping pus and fresh blood and the area was starting to split due to the pressure and the smell was positively overwhelming.

“Sadly, Sky was put to sleep on veterinary advice that day to prevent any further suffering.”

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months; ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay a total of £415. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

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Stanton Drew, North East Somerset: Wendy Hylton

#TheList Wendy Hylton, born c 1948, of Stanton Drew, Somerset BS39 – failed to provide hoof care for two ponies

Wendy Hylton from Stanton Drew, Somerset, failed to provide hoof care to Shetland ponies Tonto and Midnight

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.

Wendy Hylton from Stanton Drew, Somerset, failed to provide hoof care to Shetland ponies Tonto and Midnight

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.

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Frome, Somerset: Carl Athey

#TheList Carl Steven Athey, born 25/09/1991, of Dorset Close, Frome BA11 3HL – kicked and strangled a border collie to death

Dog killer Carl Steven Athey of Frome in Somerset

Carl Athey was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after he was convicted of animal cruelty for kicking and strangling a four-year-old border collie named Gracie to death.

Dog killer Carl Athey's partner Robyn Garman with Gracie
Gracie with Robyn Garman. Garman is standing by Athey despite his conviction for killing her dog

Gracie belonged to Athey’s partner, Robyn Nicole Garman, who is standing by him.

Cruelty victim Gracie died from multiple injuries inflicted by Carl Athey

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.

Cruelty victim Gracie died from multiple injuries inflicted by Carl Athey
Gracie died from multiple injuries following a series of attacks by Carl Athey

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.

Dog killer Carl Athey's partner Robyn Garman with Gracie

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.

Dog killer Carl Athey from Frome in Somerset, UK

He did admit to being the only person in the house at the time of Gracie’s injuries.

Dog killer Carl Athey's partner Robyn Garman with Gracie

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.

SomersetLive

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.

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset: Brad Skipp

#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

Cane corso Thesesus was subjected to a violent attack by his thug owner Brad Skipp of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK
Cane corso Thesesus was subjected to a violent attack by his thug owner Brad Skipp

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.

Convicted dog abuser Brad Skipp of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK

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.

Weston Mercury

North Bradley, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Sam Kirkham

#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

Twisted Sam Kirkham from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, killed a tiny Cavachon puppy named Murphy by throwing him across the room in a fit of temper
Twisted Sam Kirkham from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, killed a tiny Cavachon puppy named Murphy by throwing him across the room in a fit of temper

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.

Twisted Sam Kirkham from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, killed a tiny Cavachon puppy named Murphy by throwing him across the room in a fit of temper

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.

Kirkham lied to his Facebook friends about the circumstances surrounding Murphy’s death

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 appears to have forgiven him for killing a tiny puppy.

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.

Twisted Sam Kirkham from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, killed a tiny Cavachon puppy named Murphy by throwing him across the room in a fit of temper
Sam Kirkham with girlfriend Alisha Marsh and another dog named Lucky

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.

SomersetLive

Taunton, Somerset: Jennifer Waddup

#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.

Pet hoarder and abuser Jennifer Waddup of Taunton, Somerset, UK
Pet hoarder and abuser Jennifer Waddup of Taunton, Somerset, UK

She admitted:

  • *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.

Somerset County Gazette

Dulverton, Somerset: Daniel Brockley

#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

Wildlife persecutor and dog killer Daniel Brockley of Dulverton, West Somerset

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’

Wildlife persecutor and dog killer Daniel Brockley of Dulverton, West Somerset

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.

Somerset County Gazette
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Chard, Somerset: Ian Tompkins

#TheList Ian Stuart Tompkins, born c. 1974, of 2 Dellshore Close, Chard TA20 1AG – left elderly German Shepherd to suffer in agony for months with an untreated ear tumour

Elderly German Shepherd Theo was neglected by his cruel owner Ian Stuart Tompkins of Chad in Somerset

In a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA Tompkins admitted one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to 14-year-old Theo by failing to seek veterinary care for a chronic ear condition.

RSPCA inspector John Pollock was called in April 2019 by a member of the public who was concerned for Theo’s welfare.

After several visits with no answer, the inspector returned on Saturday, April 6 when Tompkins brought out a black and tan coloured German Shepherd dog from the lounge.

Mr Pollock said: “I was immediately drawn to an apple-sized mass erupting out of Theo’s right ear.

“It looked red, sore and inflamed.

“It was dripping pus over his coat.

“The smell was very strong and started to trigger my gag reflex.”

Theo had a tumour which was 9cm wide by 10cm in height and 3cm thick to the base of his right ear and a high temperature.
Theo had a tumour which was 9cm wide by 10cm in height and 3cm thick to the base of his right ear and a high temperature.

He was taken to a vet for emergency care and sadly it was found his condition was so severe that a vet made the decision he should be put to sleep to end his suffering.

RSPCA Inspector John Pollock added: “Sadly Theo had suffered from prolonged neglect that could have been avoided by seeking appropriate veterinary care much earlier.

“While it is always heartbreaking to see the health of a much-loved pet deteriorate, ignoring serious issues won’t make them go away.

“We’d encourage people who may be worried about the health of their pet to ask for help and advice to avoid unnecessary distress and suffering being caused.

“The RSPCA, as well as a number of other animal charities, can offer financial help, and a range of support, for owners who need help to help their animals.”

Sentencing: 130 hours of community service; £485 in court costs. Five-year disqualification order with right of appeal after two years.

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Taunton, Somerset: Paul John Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys

#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

Despite a considerable income uncaring Paul Addicott and partner Rebecca Jeffreys failed to fork out £5 per month to treat Snowy's painful skin condition.
Despite a considerable income uncaring Paul Addicott and partner Rebecca Jeffreys failed to fork out £5 per month to treat Snowy’s painful skin condition.

Addicott and Jeffreys were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to white cat Snowy, by failing to seek appropriate professional veterinary treatment.

Animal abusers Paul Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys from Taunton
Animal abusers Paul Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys from Taunton

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.

Somerset County Gazette

Washford, Somerset: Heather Stanton

#TheList hoarder Heather Stanton, born c. 1958, of Barn End, Williton Road, Washford, Somerset TA23 0NU – left several animals to suffer in squalor with untreated health conditions

Some of the pets rescued from animal abuser Heather Stanton from Washford, Somerset
Some of the pets who suffered appalling neglect at the hands of their negligent owner Heather Stanton

Stanton was found guilty of the mistreatment of 11 dogs, including a sheepdog, a Jack Russell Terrier, Chinese Crested type dogs and Pomeranian type dogs.

Some of the pets rescued from animal abuser Heather Stanton from Washford, Somerset

The animals had a number of conditions including eye and skin infections which were not treated.

Stanton was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a white lionhead rabbit by confining the animal to the detriment of his wellbeing, to which she had pleaded not guilty.

Stanton pleaded not guilty to causing suffering to a white domestic cat but was again found to be guilty.

She also admitted to the mistreatment of a tortoise and six birds in her care.

One of the dogs mistreated by irresponsible Heather Stanton

Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Jo Daniel said: “This was an upsetting case of extreme neglect for which there can be no excuse.

“Stanton had more animals than she could cope with and was unable to care for them adequately, as a result sadly many of the animals were suffering.

“All owners are responsible for meeting the needs of the animals in their care and we now look forward to finding these animals the loving homes they deserve.”

Sentencing:
Fined £5,000 and £85 costs. Community order of 80 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from owning dogs, cats, birds and tortoises for five years under the Animal Welfare Act.

Somerset County Gazette
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In April 2019 Stanton’s appeal against her five-year disqualification order was rejected.