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Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire: Paul Whitehead

#TheList Paul Whitehead, born c. 1972, of Ravendale Street South, Scunthorpe – failed to get veterinary attention for his desperately ill dog

Paul Whitehead

Eight-year-old Yorkie/poodle cross Tootsie was so poorly that vets felt they would need to put her to sleep as soon as RSPCA officers brought her to them in March 2019.

Her owner, Paul Whitehead, admitted causing pain or suffering to the animal by not ensuring veterinary attention.

Rachel Taylor, prosecuting, told the court that Whitehead’s former partner alerted the RSPCA when she saw Tootsie.

Neglected dog Tootsie

RSPCA inspector Kate Burris took the dog to a vet, where it was found that her weight had gone from 7.6kg to 3.9kg.

The vet recommended the dog should be put down because she was so unwell. She had been suffering for months from a disease which prevented enzymes from digesting food.

Tootsie was excreting blood but Whitehead had not got proper treatment for the animal, even though he had tried feeding her.

Tootsie died three days after being taken to a vet and had suffered significant pain.

Paul Whitehead

The RSPCA began an investigation and interviewed Whitehead. Vets who had previously cared for Tootsie said they remembered her being a “chunky” dog.

Inspectors also checked the owner’s two other dogs but they were found to be in reasonable health.

It was revealed in court the owner suffered from multiple sclerosis and had bi-polar disorder.

A report by a probation officer revealed he had been targeted by vandals who branded him a “paedo” and smashed his windows.

The report said: “He admits he did not give enough attention to the dog and he is sorry. Dogs are his life.”

For Whitehead, Peter Cruickshank said: “Mr Whitehead loves his dogs. He had loved his dog for six years. It suffered from a pancreatic disease.

“This is not a case of deliberate neglect or suffering. He accepts he did not do enough. He wishes he had done more.

“He is sorry and misses Tootsie.”

He added that Whitehead had broken up with his partner and his life was in “emotional turmoil.”

Whitehead had owned dogs for 20 years previously.

Mr Cruickshank said: “He gave well-intentioned but incompetent treatment. It is an isolated incident. He is at a low risk of harm and has a long history of happy dog ownership.

“It is a sad case. He was overwhelmed by his condition.”

Whitehead was allowed to keep his other dogs Chester and Ziggy because there was no evidence that they were being neglected.

Magistrates also said there was insufficient evidence to prevent Whitehead from looking after dogs in the future.

Sentencing: 12-month community supervision order with a 12-week curfew. Ordered to pay costs of £500.


Sauchie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire: Paul Murray

#TheList Paul Scotty Murray, born 21/11/1999, of 10 Gartmorn Road, Sauchie, Alloa FK10 3NX – inflicted a catalogue of injuries on a pup and stuffed him into a tiny drawer

Dog killer Paul Murray from Sauchie in Alloa
Paul Murray

The badly injured dog, known as Tyson, was left in agony with no access to food, water, light or room to move after being stuffed into a drawer by his twisted owner, Paul Scotty Murray. The four-month-old dog had to be euthanised on humane grounds.

Murray only admitted causing Tyson unnecessary suffering by failing to get him treated for a catalogue of horrendous injuries. The court did not address how he came to be injured in the first place.

Tyson had sustained a fractured elbow and injured hip, and was suffering from a painful ear condition between February 21-28, 2019.

Instead of taking the stricken dog to a vet, Murray left him to suffer in agony at his property on Gartmorn Road during that period.

He also admitted cramming Tyson into a tiny drawer under a bed on February 28.

Police discovered Tyson in the drawer and immediately seized him from Murray.

The court heard a vet found “evidence of definite trauma to the head, neck and femur”.

The injuries were likely to have been a result of “separate incidents” of trauma, and the pain the dog was in would have been obvious to any owner.

Sadly, Tyson was euthanised on welfare grounds on March 1.

Murray’s solicitor, Grazia Robertson of Glasgow law firm L and G Robertson, said her client was barely able to care for himself, let alone an animal.

She said this was due to a troubled upbringing, and asked for unpaid work or a curfew to be imposed on Murray.

She added: “Clearly, some punishment is required.”

A furious Sheriff Craig Harris warned Murray of how seriously he viewed the offences.

He said: “You put this animal through absolute hell. You should be nowhere near animals.

“I’ve given serious consideration as to whether you should go to prison for this.”

Instead, Murray walked free from court with a community order.

Sentencing: 150 hours of unpaid work and a one-year supervision order. He is banned from owning, keeping, or taking charge of any animal for a period of seven years.

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Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire: Elisabeth Steel

#TheList Elisabeth Steel, born c. 1975, of Methven Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 – gagged her pet with duct tape to go on holiday for the weekend

Convicted dog abuser Elisabeth Steel from Kilmarnock, Scotland, UK
Elisabeth Steel outside court

Elizabeth Steel abandoned collie cross Rio without adequate food or water after covering his face with a taped-on muzzle so he could not bark.

Steel’s neighbours alerted police after hearing the animal whimpering and spotting him through a window. Officers forced entry and found the dog barely moving and in very poor condition. He was infested with fleas, suffering from sores and an untreated skin infection.

Callous Elisabeth Steel left her ailing collie cross Rio with his muzzle taped up and with no food or water for two days.
Callous Elisabeth Steel left her ailing collie cross Rio with his muzzle taped up and with no food or water for two days.

Steel admitted causing unnecessary suffering by taping a muzzle to the dog’s face, denying him food, water or a means of escape, and failing to provide adequate care and treatment between 18 and 19 July, 2019.

Blaire Ford, prosecuting, said an upstairs neighbour could hear whimpering below and knew Steel had left the day before for a weekend away.

Miss Ford added: “He looked through the kitchen window and observed the dog locked within the kitchen with a muzzle on, which was wrapped with black tape, and noted that there was no food or water.”

The man called the Scottish SPCA, which was unable to respond initially, before contacting police the following day. Officers broke in using a battering ram after seeing Rio lying motionless.

Miss Ford said: “The dog was alive and had begun to move around and police noted there was no food or water in the dog bowls.

“The dog was wearing a muzzle wrapped in black tape and had a collar on which was too tight.”

Rio was taken to a vet for treatment, found temporary refuge and has since been re-homed.

Convicted dog abuser Elisabeth Steel from Kilmarnock, Scotland, UK

Sheriff Watson told Steel: “On reading the terms of the report I am persuaded you are a foolish person who has behaved disgracefully towards the animal, but not with a cruel intention.

“You are clearly not a suitable person to own or have charge of an animal for the long-term.

“You and animals will not be coming close for the near future.”

Scottish SPCA Ch Supt Mike Flynn said: “Whilst we always look for a lifetime ban on keeping animals in cases of neglect like this, we are pleased the accused has received a 15-year ban.

“We hope Steel will seriously consider her ability to care for any other pets in the future.”

Sentencing: 80-day tagging order; 18-month supervision order. 15-year ban on keeping animals.

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Ward End, Birmingham: Akaash Mushtaq

#TheList Akaash Mushtaq, born 21/06/1996, of 103 Morley Road, Birmingham B8 2HX – found with two dead dogs in his garden and three others seriously underweight

Akaash Mushtaq from Ward End in Birmingham was found with two dead dogs in his garden and three others seriously underweight

Mushtaq admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the deceased dogs and three counts of failing in his duty of care to the three live dogs when he appeared before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

On 19 January 2019, the council received a complaint about a dog straying into back gardens in Morley Road. Dog wardens found the dog and followed it into the defendant’s back garden.

There they found five kennels, with dogs in four of them – two German shepherds, a Rottweiler and a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Akaash Mushtaq from Ward End in Birmingham was found with two dead dogs in his garden and three others seriously underweight

Both the Rottweiler and Staffordshire bull terrier were dead, the latter seemingly having been dead for some time. The German shepherds were profoundly underweight but alive.

Akaash Mushtaq from Ward End in Birmingham was found with two dead dogs in his garden and three others seriously underweight

The dog found roaming, a cross breed, was also underweight, but it was reported that she was scavenging in neighbours’ gardens and bins.

The kennels were filthy and covered with dog faeces, while some also had car parts and car wheels inside them. There was no food or water available in any of the kennels.

Mushtaq was cautioned by officers and all dogs were removed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The three live dogs were signed over to Birmingham City Council by Mushtaq – all three subsequently gained weight simply from being fed a normal diet rather than requiring veterinary treatment. They have since been rehomed.

Sentencing: 24 weeks in jail, of which half will be served on licence; 12-month supervision order to run consecutively. Ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.

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Alloa, Clackmannanshire: Elizabeth McLeod

#TheList Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ McLeod, born 07/09/1977, of 1 Lawswell, Alloa FK10 3JD -starved a nursing dog and failed to get vet treatment for her potentially fatal infections; puppies also underweight

Convicted dog abuser Elizabeth "Lizzie" McLeod from Alloa, Scotland, and her emaciated bulldog Cody
Elizabeth “Lizzie” McLeod failed to take her dog Cody to the vet even when she became very ill. The emaciated dog was found in a crate with her puppies and had no access to food or water.

Elizabeth McLeod pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate care and treatment to her dog, Cody, for two months between April 1 and June 1, 2018.

The court heard that the Scottish SPCA had visited McLeod’s home following a tip-off and found a female dog in a crate with puppies. The dog was described as “incredibly thin, with her rib cage, spine and pelvic bones clearly visible”.

Bedding in the crate smelled foul, and stained with urine and faeces. There was no food or water bowl.

Abused and neglected bulldog Cody has recovered from her ordeal. Her cruel owner Lizzie McLeod has now been banned from keeping animal for five years.
Abused and neglected bulldog Cody has recovered from her ordeal. Her cruel owner Lizzie McLeod has now been banned from keeping dogs for five years.

McLeod was told to offer Cody food and water. She ate the food “vociferously, taking large mouthfuls” and drank two full bowls of water very quickly.

Cody had fresh blood on her hind legs and around her vaginal area.

McLeod told the vet she had owned the dog for two years without taking her to the vet.

Subsequent veterinary examinations found Cody to be emaciated with a body score of one out of nine. She had depleted the majority of her fat stores to produce milk for the puppies.

Cody also had a urine infection for which she had to receive an operation. During the procedure she was found to have an enlarged uterus which contained multiple placentas, which had caused infection.

In the vets’ opinion Cody could have gone on to develop potentially fatal septicaemia if left untreated.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Seddon said, “McLeod caused unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary treatment for her dog, Cody, who had a bacterial womb infection and for failing to provide her with proper nutrition which put the health of her twelve puppies at risk.

“When I visited the property, Cody was with her puppies in a cage with bedding that was saturated with faeces and urine.

“Cody was found to be incredibly thin, and after examination, the vet described her as emaciated. You could clearly see her rib cage, spine and pelvic bones and her head looked too big for her body. It was also clear there was obvious discharge and blood around her genital area indicating that there was a medical condition.

“I asked McLeod to feed Cody and she voraciously ate two bowls of food. When water was put down for her she drank two full bowls very quickly and half of a third.

“Upon veterinary examination, Cody was given a body condition score of one out of nine. She weighed 27.8kg and the vet considered that she should weigh around 40kg. Ten of her twelve puppies were found to be underweight too. It was also confirmed that Cody was suffering from a bacterial womb infection.

“Due to her infection, Cody had to have her ovaries and womb removed, where vets found multiple retained placenta from giving birth which were causing the infection. If left untreated, she could have died within days.

“I’m delighted to say that Cody made a full recovery and has found her forever home where she is getting the love she deserves. The puppies didn’t last long in our centre and I’m pleased to say they all found their happy homes too.

“We are glad that the courts have dealt with this case and the sentence passed down.

“Bans send an important message that owning an animal is a privilege rather than a right.”

Cody and all the puppies have since been rehomed by the animal charity.

Sentencing McLeod, Sheriff David Mackie told her: “The court accepts there was no will to harm the dogs.”

Sentencing: 12 months of supervision. Banned from looking after dogs for five years.

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Inverness: Peter Gladstone

#TheList Peter Gladstone, born c. 1999, of Rosehaugh Road, Inverness IV3 – admitted charge of bestiality after being coerced by another man into having sexual activity with a dog

Beast Peter Gladstone raped a dog and was also exposed as a paedophile by vigilantes
Beast Peter Gladstone raped a dog and was also exposed as a paedophile by vigilantes

Peter Gladstone, who has also been exposed by anti-paedophile vigilantes for online grooming of young boys, formed an online relationship with another man who coerced him into having sexual activity with a dog. Gladstone then took pictures which he retained.

Gladstone admitted a charge of bestiality, committed between May 5 and June 17 2018 in his home. He also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images of himself and the dog.

Defence solicitor Willie Young told Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood: “He had never met the man concerned. But he carried out these acts because he was coerced into committing these acts or the relationship would come to an end.

“He is sickened by his behaviour. This is a young man who has on-going needs and continuing assessment.”

Paedophile and dog rapist Peter Gladstone from Inverness

Since Gladstone had been in custody for several months, Sheriff Fleetwood told him: “This time you have spent in custody is punishment enough.”

But he placed Gladstone under three years of social work supervision and ordered him to participate in a sex offender’s programme.

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Kingston Upon Hull: John Terence Powdrill

Photo shows convicted dog abuser John Terrence Powdrill and Jack Russell terrier Jake, who had to be put to sleep.
John Terence Powdrill, failed to provide the appropriate veterinary treatment for 16-year-old Jake between August 20 and 27, 2018.

#TheList John Terence Powdrill, born 15/09/1976, of Mayville Avenue, Kingston upon Hull HU8 8EZ –  left his elderly dog to suffer  with a hole on his muzzle

John Powdrill left his 16-year-old Jack Russell Jake to suffer in agony.  

The RSPCA found Jake wrapped up in a duvet in Powdrill’s kitchen, with a hole half-a-centimetre in size on top of his muzzle.

When they removed the duvet Jake was “very skinny” and had sores all over his body. He was taken to the vets immediately, but was sadly put to sleep due to the extent of his suffering.

RSPCA inspector Lucinda Green said: “When I first saw Jake he was wrapped in a duvet in the kitchen of Powdrill’s home and only his head was visible.

“He had a hole half-a-centimetre in size on the top on his muzzle which went deep into his nasal cavity, and the skin around it was red raw.

“When I lifted the duvet he was very skinny and had sores on his body where his bones were the most prominent.

“I took him straight to the vets and they advised he needed to be put to sleep immediately, such was the extent of this poor old dog’s suffering.”

Powdrill  was due to appear before Hull Magistrates Court on November 23, but did not show and was convicted in his absence.

As well as the hole in his nose, all of Jake’s teeth were damaged and infected, and he was severely dehydrated to the extent that his veins had collapsed.

The court heard Powdrill called the RSPCA on August 27 to tell them Jake had collapsed, wasn’t eating or drinking, and lying in his own mess – adding that Jake had deteriorated over the last year and hadn’t been seen by any vets.

In mitigation, the court was told that Jake was owned by Powdrill’s partner’s family, and his defence claimed he had done given the best care he could for a dog that wasn’t his, buying ointments and creams.

The District Judge rejected this by saying what Powdrill did was “wholly inadequate”. He accepted that Powdrill had called the RSPCA but that he had only done so so that the charity would pay for euthanasia.

Ten weeks in prison and a 12-month post-sentence supervision order. Banned from keeping dogs, cats and caged animals for life.

 Hull Daily Mail

Blantyre, South Lanarkshire: Juliet Watson

#TheList Juliet S Watson, born c. 1976, previously of Lime Grove, Methil, Fife but apparently now living in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire –  badly neglected three dogs in her care and exposed them to urine, faeces and domestic debris in her filthy home.

Juliet Watson, now of Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, neglected three helpless dogs
Juliet Watson, now of Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, neglected three helpless dogs

Watson admitted causing unnecessary suffering to German Shepherd Sasha, Doberman Casper and Rottweiler Diesel between June and September in 2016.

The then 42-year-old, who now lives in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, also admitted tying one of the dog’s legs to her neck to restrict her movement – a practice known as “hobbling”.

She pled guilty and was sentenced at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on November 1, 2018, following a probe by the animal welfare charity.

Scottish SPCA Senior Inspector Steven Gray said: “These charges were dealt as Watson failed to provide suitable diet and meet the needs of the three dogs in her care, Diesel, a three year old male Rottweiler, Casper a two year old male Doberman and Sasha a one year old female German shepherd.

Sasha had overgrown claws due to Juliet Watson's appalling neglect of her and two other dogs
Sasha had overgrown claws due to Juliet Watson’s appalling neglect of her and two other dogs

“Upon veterinary examination, all three dogs were noted to be obviously underweight, with body scores of 1/9, all weighing half of what is healthy for their breed.

“All three were found to have overgrown nails.

“A bandage was removed from Sasha’s front leg, once the tangled bandage was removed no evidence of an injury either recent or previously healed could be found.

“It is possible she may have been hobbled to restrict movement.

“Diesel, Casper and Sasha were taken to one of our centres where they received care and an appropriate diet. Once they fully recovered we found them loving forever homes.

“I’m happy the courts have dealt with this case, however it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing.

“This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have easily been avoided.”

12 months’ supervision. Banned  from keeping animals for 10 years (expires November 2028).

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King’s Lynn, Norfolk: Scott Michael Doak

#TheList Scott Michael Doak, born c. 1992, of 16 Freiston, King’s Lynn PE30 4RE – beat a mother dog and her puppies; left another to become extremely emaciated.

Thug Scott Michael Doak from King's Lynn and some of the dogs he abused.
Thug Scott Michael Doak from King’s Lynn and some of the dogs he abused.

Backyard breeder Scott Michael Doak was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog called Rocky by failing to adequately investigate the cause of his poor body condition, and failing to protect Rocky and four Staffy puppies from fleas and worms.

Doak also failed to provide a suitable environment that was clean, of a suitable size and free from hazards.

The RSPCA were first contacted about a male dog and puppies who were all being kept in unreasonable conditions at Doak’s ex-girlfriend’s property.

The dogs were found in the bathroom with lots of mess and a chewed up disposable razor. Staffy Rocky was also incredibly emaciated.

Abused dog Lily
Abused dog Lily has recovered well despite her horrific ordeal at the hands of brutal thug Scott Doak

The RSPCA took the dogs into their care but then received a further call to say that Doak had been beating another Staffy called Lily, who was used for breeding, and her young puppies which were being kept at another address.

Doak was also sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to Lily and her puppies Millie, Penny and Lizzie, after he kicked and threw them across the room.

Sentencing: 26 weeks’ imprisonment and a one-year supervision order; £116 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping all animals for 25 years.

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Boston, Lincolnshire: Jason Charnley

#TheList Jason ‘Jay’ Charnley, born 11/10/1972, of 61 Frampton Place, Boston PE21 8ET – left his elderly pet cat to suffer with numerous health conditions

Jason 'Jay' Charnley aka Jay Maddy
Jay Charnley failed to take his elderly pet cat to the vet.

Charnley’s  three-legged 13-year-old cat, named Dobby,  was found collapsed and emaciated in a garden on Revesby Avenue on 14 August, 2017.

His stomach was swollen ‘like a water balloon’ and he had broken teeth, infected gums and was infested with fleas.

Post mortem examination found he had cancer and his stomach contained 600ml of fluid.

Jay Charnley lives with partner Kerry Maddy, who didn’t face any charges in relation to Dobby.

Owner Jason Charnley – who lives with partner Kerry Maddy and sometimes uses her surname – was convicted of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering.

RSPCA inspector Becky Harper said: “We went out to collect poor Dobby after he was found in someone’s garden and, as he wasn’t wearing a collar or microchipped, put up a lost and found poster asking anyone who might be missing him to call us.

“He was taken straight to a vets where after examination he was put to sleep, such was the extent of his suffering.

“We thought he must be either unowned or a long-term missing-from-home, given the state of him, so it was a surprise when his owner got in touch later that day and said they had last seen him that morning and he rarely left the garden.

“It would have been obvious to anyone that Dobby was suffering. He was skin and bones and his stomach was swollen like a water balloon.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence; 12-month supervision order; total of £615 charges and costs.Disqualified from keeping all animals for ten years and deprived of any other animals in his care.

Lincolnshire Reporter