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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.

BBC News
Daily Record

St Wenn, Bodmin: Amanda Thorne

#TheList Amanda Jane Thorne, born c. 1978, of Little Skewes Farm, St Wenn, Bodmin PL30 5PS, neglected and starved 25 horses

Amanda Thorne starved and neglected 25 horses in one of worst cruelty cases the RSPCA has seen.
Amanda Thorne starved and neglected 25 horses in one of worst cruelty cases the RSPCA has seen.

Mother-of-two Amanda Thorne had denied five charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one of ensuring that the needs of 25 horses were met.

But she was found guilty by the judge after a trial in her absence in October 2019.

Amanda Thorne starved and neglected 25 horses in one of worst cruelty cases the RSPCA has seen.

All 25 horses suffered because they did not have clean accommodation, adequate food, a constant supply of fresh, clean drinking water, a dry lying area, adequate exercise or parasitic control.

Eight horses had overgrown hooves and four were malnourished because of Thorne’s neglect.

One was in need of veterinary care for a foot abscess, rain scald, lymphangitis, cellulitis and wounds.

Amanda Thorne starved and neglected 25 horses in one of worst cruelty cases the RSPCA has seen.

One horse tragically died. The rest were taken by the RSPCA and stabled before being found permanent owners. They have made good recoveries.

Nigel Weller, for Thorne, said: “I would implore the court that she has learnt her lesson going through court proceedings.”

He added that the risk of her reoffending was low.

Amanda Thorne starved and neglected 25 horses in one of worst cruelty cases the RSPCA has seen.

District Judge Diana Baker said: “Horses were starving to death, there were not being treated for their ailments. Their hooves were not being trimmed. They were in a pitiful state.

“You have shown no remorse for what happened and you blamed others. Concerned members of the public brought this matter to the attention of the RSPCA.

“One of the experts said that this could have been a whole lot worse if they had not brought the matter to their attention.”

She added that she had been considering sending farmworker Thorne straight to jail, but decided to suspend her six-month term for 12 months.

The court also heard that Thorne has problems with her mental health, which were exacerbated by the court case.

Amanda Thorne starved and neglected 25 horses in one of worst cruelty cases the RSPCA has seen.

Speaking after sentencing RSPCA inspector Jo Pearson said the case was one of the cruellest she had ever seen. She thanked neighbours for alerting the charity to the horses’ plight and added: ” Without members of the public coming to us with the information, she would never have been brought before the courts”.

Sentencing: six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 15-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; four-month tagging order; ordered to pay £15,000 towards the RSPCA’s costs. Banned from keeping equines for life.


Camborne, Cornwall: Vivian John Exelby

#TheList farmer Vivian John Exelby, born c.  1943, of Little Borthog, Howe Downs, Camborne TR14 0NF – found guilty of 12 animal welfare charges relating to pigs and poultry

Exelby, who has lived at the same farm his entire life, admitted mistreating pigs and poultry.

Magistrates heard how poultry had access to numerous hazards such as empty plastic sacks, old machinery and collapsed buildings, which had the potential to cause them harm.

Other charges related to broken and bent mesh, corrugated iron and damaged wooden panels; not having a suitable dry lying area; failing to provide them with a suitable diet; unnecessary suffering to a pig; insufficient water supply for pigs; two counts of failing to protect pigs from pain, suffering injury and disease; not having a dry lying area for pigs; housing pigs in isolation; keeping a hen in an unsuitable arc with solid sides, no natural light and damp conditions; failing to protect a pig from a collapsed roof.

Exelby pleaded guilty to all 12 offences, which took place before April 30, 2018.

An order was made under section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 banning him from having any responsibility of all farm animals.

Stuart Benson, from Cornwall Council, said: “It is regrettable that prosecution action had to be taken in this case against an elderly farmer.

“However, despite many attempts over the years to advise him, he has continually failed to provide the most basic of needs to his animals.

“Consequently there was no credible option but to prosecute him.”

Exelby has since sold the remaining livestock he had.

Four-month electronic monitoring. £1,500 costs and £85 victim surcharge.  Banned from keeping livestock for life.

Farming UK
Falmouth Packet

Lochgelly, Fife: Alastair Jackson and Susanne Iliff

#TheList Alastair Jackson, born c. 1981, and partner Susanne Iliff, born c. 1983, both of Inchgall Avenue, Crosshill, Lochgelly KY5 – failed to seek veterinary treatment for their dogs’ painful skin conditions

Susanne Iliff and Alastair caused substantial suffering to their two dogs
Susanne Iliff and Alastair caused substantial suffering to their two dogs

Alastair Jackson failed to get vet treatment for dogs Zac and Phoenix, who were suffering from “painful and irritating” skin conditions, resulting in visible lesions and hair loss.

Photo of ten-year-old Zak, who was found to have a poor body condition with visible rib, spine and hip bones. He was also suffering from a severe flea infestation.
Ten-year-old Zak was found to have a poor body condition with visible rib, spine and hip bones. He was also suffering from a severe flea infestation.

He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs between September 3 and October 3 2017.

He also admitted threatening a Scottish SPCA officer when she arrived to seize one of the dogs on October 31 and shouting: “I will find out where you live, bitch”.

Jackson’s partner, Susanne Iliff, also admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to seek veterinary treatment for the dog Phoenix.

One-year-old Phoenix,was also found to have a skin irritation and had a bad ear infection which the couple failed to adequately treat.
One-year-old Phoenix,was also found to have a skin irritation and had a bad ear infection which the couple failed to adequately treat.

The couple claimed they were unable to afford veterinary treatment for the dogs.

Defence solicitor Michelle Renton told the court the couple had taken ownership of Zac after he previously belonged to Jackson’s father then his brother.

She said the couple, who rely on benefits to support their family of five, found themselves “overwhelmed” by the various health conditions the animals were suffering from.

She added: “They made attempts to try to get them some treatment but weren’t able to follow it through.

“In relation to the second charge, Mr Jackson admits that he lost his temper. The issue was around Miss Iliff still being in her nightdress when the SSPCA arrived to take the dog.

“He tried to minimise the situation during the social work report but he now completely accepts that further action could have been done to prevent the suffering of these animals.”

Jonathan Matheson-Dear, acting for Iliff, added: “She accepts that there are options open to people who don’t have the financial means to seek veterinary treatment and she should have taken those.”

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist QC said: “Whatever the circumstances, if you take on ownership of a dog then you are responsible for that animal.

“Your lack of action resulted in what appears to be substantial suffering to two animals and that is a serious matter.

“Mr Jackson, you demonstrated a completely unacceptable response to animal welfare officers who were doing their jobs as a result of your failure to look after these animals.”

Both dogs were surrendered to the Scottish SPCA and are understood to be doing well.

Jackson: 5-week tagging order
Iliff: 60 hours of unpaid work to be carried out within three months

The couple were both banned from keeping dogs for a period of just three years (expires November 2021).

The Courier

St Ives, Cornwall: Joanne and Christopher Hosking

#TheList Joanne Hosking, born c.  1977, of 12 Joannies Avenue, St Ives TR26 2FT –  punched Jack Russell terrier Edie and slammed her onto a patio; she and husband Christopher Hosking, born c. 1973, admitted failing to provide veterinary care for the injured dog

Convicted dog abuser Joanne Hosking of St Ives and her helpless victim Edie

Joanne Hosking was caught on camera punching and slamming the 12mo terrier down onto a concrete patio – because the dog had split her coffee in the garden.

Hosking and husband Christopher also admitted failing to provide veterinary care.

Dog abusers Joanne and Christopher Hosking of St Ives, Cornwall
Joanne and Christopher Hosking

Veterinary evidence revealed that Edie suffered a dislocated hip for seven days and would have been in great pain. She later needed an operation to remove part of the joint.

RSPCA Inspector Paul Kempson said: ‘The number of times that I’ve had to sit through that video and watch it, when I see that little 12- month-old innocent dog being picked up to shoulder height and slammed down onto concrete paving slabs twice and hearing the thud as she makes contact – it actually turns my stomach every time I see it.’

The court was told Edie had been re-homed with a veterinary nurse and had now recovered.

Joanne Hosking – jailed for 18 weeks.
Christopher Hosking – electronically tagged and put under a curfew
Both – £1,450 costs. Banned from keeping animals for life

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Daily Mail

Southend-on-Sea, Essex: Chanel Chelsea Knight

#TheList Chanel Chelsea Knight, born 21/11/1996, of Wesley Court, Southchurch Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2FJ – her neglect caused her pet cat to lose a leg

Chanel Chelsea Knight of Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Pure trash: feckless Chanel Chelsea Knight of Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Knight was found guilty of breaching the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The court heard Knight failed to seek appropriate veterinary care for her black cat Ruby who had suffered a broken leg.

Southend magistrates heard how Knight, who did not attend the hearing, had left Ruby to suffer in pain for seven days with the injury.

Between July 7 and July 15, 2017, Knight failed to “take reasonable steps” to seek treatment of any kind for the cat’s injury which the court heard led to “unnecessary suffering”.

Eventually, vets were forced to amputate the leg due to lack of treatment.

The prosecution was brought by the RSPCA who believed Knight had not fulfilled her legal duty of care to her pet.

120 hours of unpaid work; four-month tagging ordered. Total of £335 costs and charges. Disqualified from owning any animal for the rest of her life (no right of appeal for ten years).

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Sealand, Deeside, Wales: Peter Neville Tellett

#TheList Peter Neville Tellett, born 22/11/1959, of 8 East Green, Sealand Deeside, Flintshire CH5 2SG – neglected Jack Russell terrier SpongeBob and failed to take him to the vet even when he chewed off his own back foot and lower leg

Tellett from Sealand in Wales neglected Jack Russell SpongeBob to the extent that the dog chewed off his own leg
Tellett from Sealand in Wales neglected Jack Russell SpongeBob to the extent that the dog chewed off his own leg

Tellett admitted a cruelty charge between July 4 and July 18, 2017.

Solicitor Glen Murphy, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told Flintshire Magistrates Court that RSPCA Inspector Fred Armstrong called at the Tellett’s home and spoke to his partner, Angela Maguire.

Inspector Armstrong was shown a male Jack Russell dog and part of  his rear right leg was missing.

The injury appeared to be fairly recent but Maguire said she did not know how it happened.

It had been noticed some two weeks earlier but she said they did not have the money to take him to the vet.

She agreed to sign over the dog, together with two others, to the RSPCA.

At the time there were three adult dogs and five puppies in the property.

Tellett was interviewed and said he had SpongeBob for nine years and became aware of the injury some two weeks before. It was not bleeding and he assumed it was alright.

Tellett said he believed the dog had done it himself, did not howl or cry, and he did not consider it to be in pain.

He agreed it was his fault that nothing had been done about it. “I should have done more,” he said.

Vet David Harlow found the dog to be “quiet and miserable” and was missing his rear, right lower leg below the hock.

The wound was swollen and painful, the vet suspected it was infected, and the degree of healing was consistent with “traumatic amputation” some two weeks before.

It was also consistent with the claim that the dog might have chewed off his own foot.

SpongeBob was given pain relief and antibiotics.

He also had teeth missing and may have had teeth knocked out, said the vet.

His nails on the remaining three feet were long, suggesting a lack of reasonable exercise.

The leg injury would have extremely painful and the vet said that the dog would have been in chronic and acute pain since it happened.

He had undergone unnecessary suffering by failure to seek veterinary attention.

Mr Murphy said a lack of money was no reason not to seek veterinary attention for an animal.

All vets were under a duty to provide pain relief to prevent suffering, whether payment was made or not. The RSPCA was always available to give advice.

District judge Gwyn Jones told Tellett he would have to make urgent arrangements to have any remaining dogs rehoused.

Earlier the judge questioned why, if there was no money available, there were five dogs in the house in the first place.

The court was told Tellett, who had no previous convictions, could not do unpaid work because of a heart condition.

Sentence: 12-week tagged curfew; £300 costs and £85 surcharge; 10-year ban on keeping dogs (expires November 2027).

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Redcar, North Yorkshire: Andrew and Daniel Frankish

#TheList Andrew Geoff Frankish (DoB 18/10/1993) and brother Daniel Peter Frankish (DoB 06/01/1997) currently living at 38 Waterford Road, Stockton-on-Tees (as at July ’18) – filmed themselves torturing an English bulldog who later died.

Brothers and dog torturers Andrew and Daniel Frankish from Redcar
Brothers and dog torturers Andrew and Daniel Frankish from Redcar. Montage also shows their victim Baby the bulldog.

The drug-addled brothers, who at the time were living with their mother Valerie Frankish, were filmed jumping, headbutting and stamping on the bulldog, named Baby. In a number of the mobile phone clips, Andrew Frankish is seen picking the bulldog up at the top of some wooden stairs – on one occasion lifting her high over his head – before repeatedly throwing her down them.

At one point the voice of his equally depraved brother Daniel says: “See if we can make it scream any more.”

The paralysed dog was put to sleep 3 months later (the time gap allegedly due to her not being taken to the vet for treatment).

Despite RSPCA inspectors describing the cruelty as the most distressing they’ve ever witnessed, both men received suspended jail terms.

Valerie Frankish excused her sons’ behaviour by claiming the drugs they had taken had caused them to be “fucked in the head”.

Andrew Frankish (who now goes by the name Liam Andrew White) and Daniel Frankish (now Peter Daniel White) were sentenced to 21 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, given a six-month tagged curfew between the hours of 8pm-6am and ordered to pay £300 costs.

They were banned from keeping animals for life with no appeal for 20 years.

The Mirror 27/04/2016

Macclesfield, Cheshire: Christopher Couper

#TheList Christopher Couper (DoB 11/11/1986) formerly of Park Brook Rd, Macclesfield and as at July 2018 living in Canal Street, Congleton – witnessed dragging a squealing 12wo Staffy along ground, injuring her paws, chin and stomach.

Dog abuser Christopher Couper, Macclesfield
Thug: Christopher Couper, Macclesfield and Roxy, the dog he abused.

Members of the public called the RSPCA when Couper was spotted dragging 12-week-old Roxy along the ground in Somerton Road, Macclesfield, in December 2015.

Roxy was squealing and whimpering as she was pulled across the pavement, leaving her with extensive bruising as well as wounds to her chin, paws and stomach.

RSPCA Inspector Heather Morris confronted Couper who blamed Roxy for not walking properly and that he was drunk.

She said: “Couper said that Roxy, being a young puppy, had a habit of sitting down while being walked.

“She did this while Couper was walking her on this occasion, and instead of stopping with her, he dragged her along very roughly on the pavement and was witnessed shouting abuse and swearing at the young, frightened dog.

“Members of the public intervened, which led to him lifting her up with the lead and dangling her from her collar, before running off and leaving the dog behind.

“Couper said he was drunk – but this is no excuse to treat an animal in this way.

Roxy was signed over to the RSPCA and recovered from her ordeal.

Sentence: four-week curfew, total of £525 costs; banned from keeping animals for 5 years

The Express 06/04/2016
Macclesfield Express 07/04/2016

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