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Draycott, Derby: Laura Butt and Timothy Wood

#TheList Laura Emily Butt (aka Laura Welch), born 23/03/1986 and Timothy Wood, born 27/05/1966 both of Derby Road, Draycott, Derby DE72 3NJ – left their dogs to starve for months and refused to take them to the vet

Convicted dog abusers Laura Butt and Timothy Wood from Draycott in Derby
Convicted dog abusers Laura Butt and Timothy Wood from Draycott in Derby

Butt and Wood fed their four dogs scraps from takeaway meals and left them to fight at their home in Draycott, Derby.

Dogs neglected by Laura Butt and Timothy Wood from Draycott in Derby

The charges related to a six-year-old Akita-type dog named Bear, and 14-year-old German Shepherd Molly. Another of the dogs, Roxy, seven, was underweight.

Dogs neglected by Laura Butt and Timothy Wood from Draycott in Derby

RSPCA inspectors found the animals with protruding bones and ‘deep scratches’ but the couple refused to take them to the vets, claiming they were ‘too busy’.

Butt and Wood pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

Butt, who is said to have bipolar disorder, adult ADHD and nervous anxiety, sobbed throughout the hearing.

RSPCA officer Helen Mead visited the property numerous times between December 2018 and May 2019.

Dogs neglected by Laura Butt and Timothy Wood from Draycott in Derby

Prosecutor Richard Purchase said: ‘There was a worry at that time that two dogs were underweight. Molly, 14, was thin and Roxy, seven, was underweight. Advice was given that the dogs needed cooked pasta into their dog food and should be taken to the vets.’

By March the dogs had not been taken to the vets because Wood said they were ‘very busy’.

Dogs neglected by Laura Butt and Timothy Wood from Draycott in Derby
Image shows Rio in the condition he was in when rescued (left) and following his recovery

The RSPCA inspector attended their home twice that month but could not gain access.

In May 2019, a police officer attended the property with Ms Mead who had ‘concerns regarding the state of two dogs’. Bear was found lethargic with protruding hip bones and another dog in the home was ‘grumbling’ and ‘had scabs’.

Mr Purchase said: ‘The fear was that it had a fight with one of the other dogs. The scratches were deep and the dog had not had any treatment.

‘Mr Wood said the dogs were fed a lot of food. Ms Mead asked there was any dog food but Mr Wood said no.

‘The concern was that the dogs were not being fed on dog food but scrap food from the local takeaway. It would appear the dogs were so thin because of their diet. All four dogs were seized.’

Wood owned three of the dogs while Butt owned Bear. All four dogs are still with the RSPCA.

Defending Wood, Mark Moore said the couple have become ‘village pariahs’ in Draycott and even the local shop won’t serve them.

The Chair of the Bench said: ‘These cases are always difficult. That said, whilst we fully respect how the RSPCA brought this case, we and they will have seen much worse cases.

‘That is not to minimise the distress you have caused these four dogs. You were incompetent in the care you provided. We also impose a deprivation order for the four dogs.’

Sentencing: total fines, costs and charges of £1,300. Disqualified from keeping any dogs for the next three years (expires October 2022).

Derby Telegraph
Daily Mail

Kessingland, Lowestoft: Brian Medler

#TheList Brian Medler, born c. 1944, of London Road, Kessingland, near Lowestoft NR33 7PN – failed to treat his dog’s aggressive tumour.

Medler pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after his border collie, known as Leo, developed an aggressive tumour which was not properly treated for four months. The pensioner claimed to have mistaken a cancerous ulcer on the dog’s back for a tick bite.

The court heard the RSPCA had been contacted by a concerned member of the public and following two unsuccessful attempts to visit Medler’s home eventually saw Leo in June 2019. The stricken pet had a lump the size of a hand on his back which was clearly “infected and weeping”. There were also fly eggs in the centre of the wound.

Leo was taken to a vet for further examination where it was concluded that he had been caused unnecessary suffering.

Medler claimed to have taken the dog to a vet in Ireland but could provide no record of this. He also claimed that he was given cream to apply to the dog’s tumour twice a day but as the ulcer was cancerous this was not effective.

Calvin Saker, for Medler, said the 75-year-old had been looking after dogs since the age of 10 and was “hugely remorseful” about the incident.

Mr Saker said: “He saw the injury, took his pet to the vet and followed the advice he was given.”

Medler hoped his dog’s condition would improve and planned to take it to the vets two weeks after the RSPCA inspectors became involved.

Mr Saker said Medler had learnt “a very harsh lesson” but highlighted that he looked after another dog which was in a good condition.

Following the intervention of the inspectors, Leo had the tumour removed and is recovering well.

Sentencing: total of £625 in fines and costs. Deprivation order on Leo.

Eastern Daily Press

Thurlton, Norwich: Carole Rushmer

#TheList puppy farmer Carole L Rushmer, born 08/11/1959, of Home Farm, Low Road, Norwich NR14 6PZ

Puppy farmer Carole Rushmer (far right) with Michael and Zoe Rushmer all of Norwich, UK.
Puppy farmer Carole Rushmer (far right) with Michael and Zoe Rushmer.

Carole Rushmer has been banned from buying or selling dogs for two years for her involvement in a family-run puppy farm.

She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs she kept at her farm in Thurlton in Norwich.

Three other family members – Zoe Rushmer, Michael Rushmer and Jacob Murphy – have already been sentenced for their part in a scam, which netted more than £300,000.

The puppies, which have since been rehomed, showed signs of worms and had fur matted with excrement and burns on their skin, magistrates were told.

The court was told Rushmer’s late husband Michael had started a puppy farm to clear debts and later involved his daughter Zoe Rushmer, her partner Jacob Murphy and later his son, also called Michael Rushmer.

She admitted having provided premises for the puppy farm in Thurlton, though her lawyer said she had been coerced into it and was subjected to violence.

RSPCA inspector Amy Pellegrini, who worked on the case for four years, said some puppies were “emaciated”.

The RSPCA removed 74 dogs including several pregnant bitches, one of whom had 93 puppies.

“Being that age, they were very lucky to be alive in those conditions,” she said, speaking outside court.

“That’s not something that we see every day. To see something like that is very upsetting.”

Jacob Murphy, Michael Rushmer and Zoe Rushmer were sentenced in June 2019 for having sold ill or dying dogs they pretended had come from a family environment.

They kept some of the 74 animals in cages, dark sheds and a caravan in temperatures up to 30C (86F), Norwich Crown Court was told.

Murphy and Michael Rushmer were each jailed for 42 months, while Zoe Rushmer was given a two-year suspended jail sentence. They were all banned from keeping animals for life.

Sentencing: 14-week curfew; banned from buying or selling dogs for two years.

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Thornhill, Dewsbury: Anthony Oakes

#TheList Anthony Steven John Oakes, born 08/09/1986, of 96 Edge Lane, Dewsbury WF12 0HB – left his dogs to suffer with serious facial injuries consistent with badger fighting.

Badger baiter Anthony Oakes from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, left his dog to suffer with facial injuries caused in a fight
Smirking and unremorseful animal abuser Anthony Oakes

Oakes, who together with partner Amy Lauren Auty, runs an outdoor clothing company called Oakes Outdoors Ltd, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the five dogs by failing to take them to a vet.

Badger baiter Anthony Oakes from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, left his dog to suffer with facial injuries caused in a fight

In February 2019, West Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA together executed two warrants in Dewsbury after intelligence was gathered about dogs being injured.

Badger baiter Anthony Oakes from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, left his dog to suffer with facial injuries caused in a fight

Five Patterdale terriers were found and seized from a property and all had serious injuries, mainly on their faces, consistent with badger baiting.

One of the dogs had a severely infected eye which had to be removed.

Sentencing: 200 hours of community service; fined £500. Disqualified from keeping dogs for two years. All five dogs were signed over to the RSPCA for rehoming.

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Malton, North Yorkshire: Jean Simpson

#TheList Jean Audrey Simpson, born 27/04/1958, of Milton Avenue, Malton YO17 7LD – for severe neglect of a Bichon Frise

Neglected bichon frise Oscar
Little Oscar was in an appalling condition following at least two years of neglect by his cruel owner Jean Simpson of Malton in North Yorkshire. The dog originally belonged to Simpson’s son, a convicted paedophile currently in jail for his crimes.

Simpson pleaded guilty to neglect under the Animal Welfare Act. after leaving her Bichon Frise Oscar to suffer unbearable pain. The little dog’s entire body was covered in clumped fur, with infections causing “tar-like gunge” to spread across his face. His fur was so badly matted that vets were forced to remove one of his eyes.

RSPCA Inspector Alice Cooper, who was called to Simpson’s home, said it was clear that “Oscar had extreme and extensive matting over his head, face, ears, legs and feet”

She added: “His ears were two huge clumps of infected matted fur with green, yellow and black tar-like gunge, spreading out of his ears and across the side of his face.

“One eye was completely matted over with fur and the other was crusty with green gunk stuck to the eyeball and surrounding area.

“His legs were solid clumps of thick, tightly packed matts and his feet were now large balls of matted fur. I couldn’t see his foot pads, and I could only see the odd nail poking out the matted ball.

“Oscar was making a whimpering noise and crying out in pain if I tried to stroke him or touch him to assess his condition.”

Neglected bichon frise Oscar was covered in sores, had an inflammation of the ear canal and needed 17 teeth removed
As well as losing an eye, Oscar was covered in sores, had an inflammation of the ear canal and needed 17 teeth removed

Simpson had called the RSPCA to her property to ask them to re-home Oscar because of his poorly ears. But the dog was sedated and vets spent several hours removing the fur – leaving him 1kg lighter by the time they had finished.

Oscar, who was covered in sores, had an inflammation of the ear canal and needed 17 teeth removed. Vets were also forced to remove an eye due to permanent damage caused by the matting which left him blind.

Inspector Cooper added: “These were all health problems that could have been quickly and easily treated if his owner had taken him for veterinary treatment and had him groomed regularly.”

Oscar came to be in Simpson’s care unexpectedly in September 2016 after her predatory paedophile son, Darren Simpson, was sent to prison.

Bichon frise Oscar looking happy and healthy in his new home
Oscar has been rehomed to a couple who adore him

The dog has now been re-homed with a new family after recovering at York Animal Home.

Inspector Cooper said: “Oscar has lost an eye and will need medication for the rest of his life but he’s been lucky enough to find a new home with a wonderful couple who absolutely adore him.

“I appreciate that Ms Simpson didn’t plan on having a dog and that she couldn’t afford to treat him when he needed veterinary care. However, anyone who is struggling to care for their animals needs to ask for help so animals are not left to suffer.”

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Banned from keeping animals indefinitely.

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Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire: Dale Oldfield

#TheList Dale Antony Oldfield, born 25/10/1990, of 5 Windsor Crescent, Bridlington YO15 3HX – left his pet dog to suffer in immense pain with infections for a year

Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal pet dog to suffer in agony for over a year
Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal dog to suffer in agony for over a year

Oldfield let the “chronic” skin and ear infection afflicting American bulldog, Taegan, go untreated for over a year.

The RSPCA found Taegan in a poor condition on May 8, 2019, and she was seized by police before being taken to a vet for treatment. Unfortunately, her health deteriorated and the dog had to be put to sleep.

American bulldog Taegan was left to suffer in agony by her owner Dale Oldfield from Bridlington, UK.
Dale Oldfield left American bulldog to suffer with ‘chronic’ skin and ear infections without taking her to the vets.

Oldfield was charged with two offences under the Animal Welfare Act and called to court on August 14, but failed to appear.

He was convicted in his absence and, on October 2, 2019, appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court on charges relating to his treatment of Taegan.

Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal dog to suffer in agony for over a year
Oldfield is banned from keeping animals indefinitely

The court heard Oldfield had been told by a vet a year beforehand that Taegan needed treatment but had not given her any in the time since.

Callous Dale Antony Oldfield from Bridlington left his loyal dog to suffer in agony for over a year

RSPCA Inspector Claire Mitchell, who led the investigation, said: “Mr Oldfield was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Taegan by failing to provide veterinary treatment for the chronic skin disease and ear infection she was suffering from, and for keeping her in unsuitable conditions.

“Mr Oldfield told the court that he loved his dog and he’d done the best he could but didn’t have the money for veterinary treatment.

“We discovered Taegan had been to the vet one year before and he’d been told she needed treatment but he didn’t take any action.

“Having a pet is extremely expensive and people need to consider whether they can afford the associated costs before taking one on.

“We appreciate that people’s circumstances can change and families can find themselves struggling financially but we would always encourage people to ask for help instead of leaving a pet in pain.”

American bulldog Taegan was left to suffer in agony by her owner Dale Oldfield from Bridlington, UK.
Dale Oldfield posted this photo of Taegan to Facebook in April 2012 and proclaimed that she would never leave his side.

Inspector Mitchell added: “The judge accepted that Taegan had suffered immensely. She relied on Mr Oldfield and he let her down by failing to get her the help she needed.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work. Total of £435 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals indefinitely.

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Yorkshire Evening Post

Camborne, Cornwall: Maria Warren

#TheList Maria Warren, born 15/04/1966, of Parc An Tansys, Tansys, Camborne TR14 7PH – kept a dog and two cats in squalid conditions

Maria Warren allowed her pets to live in filth and surrounded by clutter.

Maria Warren was found guilty, in her absence, at an earlier hearing and was brought back to the court on warrant for sentencing.

The RSPCA had issued a warning notice to Warren on 3 May 2019, explaining that her pets were not living in a suitable environment. Warren failed to follow the charity’s advice and later denied access to them, causing concern for the welfare of the animals inside.

On June 7, 2019, a warrant was executed by the police where two cats, known as Midge and Smudge, and a dog, known as Finlay, were rescued.

Subsequent examination by a veterinary surgeon concluded that Midge was suffering as he was underweight, with extensive fur loss, scabbing and live fleas.

Conditions inside Maria Warren's home in Camborne, Cornwall.
Conditions inside Maria Warren’s home

RSPCA Inspector Paul Kempson said: “The ground floor living room and kitchen were extremely messy with what appeared to be bags of general rubbish covering all of the floor area to a depth of about two feet.

“This rubbish was also covered in what appeared to be cat and dog faeces in various places. The kitchen was in a state of complete disarray with rubbish all over the floor, every work surface and the sink was piled high with unwashed dishes.

“Throughout the ground floor there were many hazards for the dog and cats inside the property, including empty dog and cat food tins all over the place.

“This case highlights how pet owners must follow advice, or seek help and support if they are struggling to cope with a situation they find themselves in.

“By failing to do this, and by displaying incompetent care, these animals were found in these awful conditions.”

In mitigation, the court heard that this was well intended but incompetent care and that the neglect of the animals was not deliberate.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £300 Banned from keeping animals for life with right of appeal after three years.

CornwallLive

Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne: Anthony, John and Merrissa Sellars

#TheList Anthony ‘Tony’ William Sellars (born 19/12/1969), wife Merrissa Pauline Sellars ( née Henderson and born 17/11/1989) and son John Thomas Sellars (b. 28/02/1998), all of 41 Clyde Street, Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE17 7DH – failed to treat their elderly dog’s leg facture and chronic dental disease

Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead
Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars pictured outside court

Anthony, John and Merrissa Sellars all pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a lurcher, known as Bing. Sadly Bing was so poorly he had to be put to sleep by a vet.

An investigation was launched after RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws was called to investigate reports of a severely sick dog in May 2019.

Neglected lurcher Bing was left to suffer in agony with a broken leg and dental disease by Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead
The Sellars left their elderly pet to suffer in agony with a broken leg and dental disease.

She found Bing in severe pain with a broken leg, underweight and severely decayed teeth.

Insp Keogh-Laws said: “The condition poor Bing was in was shocking and he was clearly in terrible pain.

“His left hind leg was visibly swollen and appeared at least three times the size of his other hind leg. The poor boy couldn’t bear any weight on it. He was also underweight as I was able to clearly see his ribs, hips and spine.

“They claimed they had taken Bing to a vet, but when I looked into this, the vet had no record of him being brought in for treatment.”

Dog abusers Tony Sellars and Merrissa Sellars of Chopwell, Gateshead
Merrissa and Tony Sellars

Insp Keogh-Laws continued: “When I took poor Bing to the vet myself, he found a severe and untreated leg fracture which would have been causing Bing intense pain since he became injured, along with chronic, untreatable dental disease which would have required extracting all his teeth.

“He was also severely underweight. He was suffering so much the vet decided that sadly, the kindest option was to put Bing to sleep.”

Bing was a white and brindle male neutered lurcher, aged between 12-14 years old, and had been owned by the family from the age of one.

Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead

Insp Keogh-Laws added: “This has been a tragic case which never should have happened.

“Bing was in his later years of life and should have been treated with love, kindness and been given the care that he desperately needed.

“He could have been spared this unnecessary suffering if only his owners had taken him to a vet when they realised he was injured.

“We were only made aware of poor Bing’s situation thanks to the person that called us, so we would always urge anyone with concerns about the welfare of an animal to contact our cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999 so we can look into it.”

Sentencing: all three were given twelve weeks in prison and a lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Northern Echo

Ayr: Mark Cuthbert

#TheList Mark Cuthbert, born 07/03/1977, of 82 Thornyflat Place, Ayr KA8 0NE – set his dogs on wildlife including badgers; bought cats online to use as live bait for his dogs; failed to get vet treatment for his dogs’ fighting injuries

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland

Mark Cuthbert pleaded guilty to keeping dogs for the purpose of an animal fight and killing a cat at home and at another premises.

Cuthbert used the selling website Gumtree to purchase the cats – with many owners believing their animals were going to a safe home.

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland

The Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit (SIU) received intelligence in March 2018 that Cuthbert had dogs for animal fighting. The SIU obtained a warrant to search Cuthbert’s address and, upon inspection, found his pets had injuries consistent with animal fighting.

They also suspected he had been self-medicating his dogs to avoid drawing attention to his illegal activities.

Investigators seized an electronic device that contained video and images of animal fights. The clips included Cuthbert’s dogs killing badgers and domestic cats.

Objects in the footage matched animal fighting paraphernalia discovered at his home. Among the items seized were tracking collars, nets, live animal traps, syringes, superglue, and pet carriers.

DNA analysis of these supported the case that many of the items were used for animal fighting.

The dogs involved in the case were black and white Patterdale terrier, Billy, and two brown female Patterdale terriers known as Digger and Tally.

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland pictured outside court
Coward: Mark Cuthbert pictured outside court

Cuthbert pleaded guilty to keeping dogs, cats and a rat for an animal fight contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 under Section 23 (1) (a), for procuring cats for the purpose of animal fighting and arranging, participating and causing animal fights to take place under Section 23 (2) of the Act.

Convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert from Ayr, Scotland

Commenting on the investigation and court case, a Scottish SPCA undercover special investigation unit (SIU) officer said, “This is a truly horrific case of animal cruelty, where we suspect dozens of animals have suffered mentally and physically at the hands of Mark Cuthbert. His inhumane treatment of animals is completely unacceptable.”

“We investigate reports of animal fights every week and the imagery and videos we discovered on his phone are some of the most depraved and upsetting we have seen. One harrowing video shows the three dogs attacking a domestic cat in a field which is fighting for its life. It’s clear the cat was caused horrendous suffering and many of the cats he purchased will have suffered long, torturous deaths.

“Cuthbert had been picking up the cats for his dogs to attack from the online selling site, Gumtree.

“After contacting Gumtree, we found correspondence between Cuthbert and people who had listed their cats on the site which led us to believe large numbers of cats were uplifted from pet owners who trusted their cats were going to a good, safe home.

“As well as the cats he purchased under false pretence, his own dogs have been treated appallingly. When we visited Cuthbert, two of his dogs had very obvious facial injuries and scars to the face, nose and jaw. Digger had a healed injury to the lower lip which had caused a v-shaped deformity and Billy was very aggressive when approached.

“If you are using an online service to find a new home for, or sell, your pet, please be vigilant and ensure your pet is going to a safe environment. If you are suspicious, do not continue with the sale and notify the Scottish SPCA as soon as possible.”

The Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit are experts in investigating animal fighting offences and rely on information from the public to continue to put a stop to this horrific activity. All information shared with the Scottish SPCA can be treated with confidentiality and can be reported to the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Sentencing: ten months’ imprisonment. Ten-year ban on owning or keeping any animal.

Scottish SPCA News
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Scottish Sun

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Additional information: Mark Cuthbert’s long-term live-in partner is Wendy McIlloney, born circa 1970. They have two older children together and she has others from previous relationships.

Wendy McIlloney
Mofher and grandmother Wendy McIlloney lives with convicted animal abuser Mark Cuthbert.

McIlloney makes no secret of the fact that she also enjoys hunting and neighbours have said that she accompanies Cuthbert on hunting/digging trips with their dogs.

Disturbingly, it is alleged that she procured cats on her boyfriend’s behalf. As yet, no charges have been levelled against McIIloney.

The pair are also backyard breeders of Staffies and lurcher-type dogs.

Middlesbrough: Neil Souter

#TheList Neil Patrick Souter, born 29/11/1960, of Blakey Walk, Middlesbrough TS6 8BB – exposed his three dogs to extreme suffering

Neglected dogs belonging to Neil Souter from Middlesbrough
One of Neil Souter’s three neglected dogs

Souter denied his pet terriers Boyo, Vino and Baby veterinary treatment over a five-year period and allowed them to suffer severely, leaving one with an “oozing” tumour, and others with growths, blackened skin, and teeth problems.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, described the scene to the court:
“There was an unpleasant smell in the house and all three dogs were in poor condition.

“On arrival, Baby was asleep, but the inspector saw that she had fur loss.”

Neglected dogs belonging to Neil Souter from Middlesbrough
The dogs were suffering a range of medical and dental issues but their irresponsible owner had failed to take to them to the vet.

Baby also had tumorous masses on her bottom and right foot, leaving her unable to walk and suffering for “no less than two weeks”.

Mr Haywood added that Souter said he was “aware of the lump” and said Baby had had it for about “five years”.

“The defendant had an open bottle of alcohol and was seen to be under the influence”, he said.

“He then walked out of the house holding Vino shouting that the RSPCA were going to take the dog to put her to sleep.”

Souter eventually “calmed down” and let the inspector remove the dogs.

All three of the dogs had “black, thickened and flaky” skin from untreated disease likely caused by fleas, while Boyo and Vino had dental disease that caused suffering for “no less than six months”.

All three dogs were later euthanised or passed away from their catalogue of ailments.

Souter said he accepted ownership and “did what he could” when it came to the dogs’ health.

A probation officer told the court that Souter was “resistant” to questions and alleged photos of the neglect had been “tampered with” by the RSPCA.

His solicitor Paul McGee said his client, who had no previous convictions, is paranoid and believes “people are out to get him”.

He also submitted a string of other factors in mitigation, including that Souter was blind in one eye, had a fear of leaving home and was struggling after a string of family bereavements.

But district judge Natalie Wortley dismissed pleas for leniency: “This is a case that involved prolonged neglect and a high level of suffering.

“I have heard you were extremely loyal to those dogs and loved those dogs but you neglected them severely.”

Sentencing: 12 weeks in prison; ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Disqualified from owning animals for five years.

TeessideLive