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Flimby, Cumbria: Callum Frew

#TheList Callum Jay Frew, born June 1997, of Lavender Hill, Flimby Brow, Flimby, Maryport CA15 8TD – member of a gang of sadistic hunters that inflicted pain and suffering on wildlife

Callum Frew
Callum Frew is banned from keeping all animals for life

Callum Frew is the final member of a vile hunting gang to be sentenced for persecuting badgers, foxes and deer. The other members, Dillon Broderick, Kai Cartwright, John James Thompson and Scott David Martin Walpole, were sentenced in August 2020.

Company director Frew admitted a total of ten offences. These include wilfully killing a badger, causing suffering to a fox by encouraging dogs to chase and attack it, failing to provide veterinary care for his lurcher who had infected painful injuries to its face. They happened between 2018 and 2019

The prosecution came after an RSPCA investigation into material depicting wildlife crime was discovered on a mobile phone by police looking into a separate case. The RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit launched an investigation into footage showing the men badger digging and baiting. Further investigation then revealed more offences against Frew.

Investigating officer Jason Bowles said: “The footage shows the men and their dogs inflicting pain and suffering on innocent wildlife.

“Badger baiting and digging are brutal and illegal blood sports which sees violence being inflicted on wild animals as well as painful injuries on the dogs who are used.

“Frew and others appeared in images and footage showing the men out with their dogs, digging down into badger setts and setting dogs on the animals. It’s extremely upsetting to see the badger being attacked by the dogs and to hear their cries as they’re killed. We then discovered that there was more evidence against Frew showing him setting his dogs on foxes and badgers and brought more charges against him.”

PC Samantha O’Key, Cumbria police wildlife, rural and environmental crime coordinator, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this investigation and the subsequent convictions that have been brought against the individuals, as Cumbria Police takes animal cruelty very seriously.

“We worked diligently with our RSPCA colleagues and this is a good example of partnership working at its most effective.”

Sentencing: concurrent jail terms of 120 days on each offence, suspended for 18 months. Community order with 26-week curfew and 100 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £122. His mobile phones were ordered to be destroyed. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life. Deprivation order on two whippet-type dogs.

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Cavehill, Belfast: Wayne McGrath

#TheList Wayne Francis McGrath, born December 1972, of Marsden Gardens Flats, Belfast BT15 5AN – bludgeoned his pet dog to death with a hammer and burnt his remains

Wayne McGrath and victim Patch
Wayne McGrath and victim Patch

McGrath said he killed the American bulldog-type dog, known as Patch, after the animal mauled an eight-year-old girl.

Police found no evidence of the Patch’s remains but a court heard his owner caused him “unimaginable pain”.

McGrath admitted charges of being the keeper of a dog involved in the attack on the child and causing him unnecessary suffering.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court was told Patch was not on a lead when he attacked the girl at Kinnaird Avenue, North Belfast.

The child was bitten and mauled, and witnesses described seeing the dog shake and trail the child by the hair.

Social media image of Wayne McGrath with Patch

McGrath and another man punched and kicked the dog in a bid to break his hold on the girl, the court heard.

She then fled, but the animal shook off a chain put round his neck and began chasing her.

“The dog caught up with the child and got on top of her, and was shaking her and mauling at her chest,” a prosecution lawyer told the court.

The two men then grabbed the dog and restrained him, while the girl was led to safety.

McGrath was questioned at the scene by police, who took both him and the dog back to his partner’s house.

The following day officers checked to see if he had handed over the animal to be humanely destroyed, but McGrath told them he had killed the dog himself.

The court heard he had received death threats and was under pressure to dispose of the dog, but did not have the money to take the animal to a vet to be euthanised.

No remains of the dog were found when police searched McGrath’s home, but during interviews he claimed to have killed the animal at a dump near Ligoniel.

“He admitted killing the dog by hitting it over the crown of the head with a hammer twice, and then putting its remains in a wheelie bin, covering it with copper wire and petrol, and setting the remains and the tools he used on fire,” a prosecution barrister said.

But no evidence of dog remains or the burnt bins were found during further searches of the dump area either.

The court heard McGrath’s admissions were the only evidence that the dog had died in the way described.

The prosecution said the animal had been subjected to unnecessary cruelty.

“A blow to the head with a hammer would cause a lot of damage, trauma and pain,” the lawyer argued.

“In the final moments of its life the animal would have experienced unimaginable pain and fear inflicted by its carer.

“There’s no way to ascertain if the first blow from the hammer would have rendered the dog insensible, and the owner ascertained a further blow was indeed required.”

A defence barrister said McGrath acted out of fear, having received a visit from people connected to an unnamed criminal organisation.

The judge said it was a “terrible case” in which a girl had sustained “lasting injury” and a dog was treated in an “appalling” manner.

“I have no doubt in my mind that unnecessary suffering was caused to that animal.”

Sentencing: four months in prison. Lifetime ban on keeping any animals. McGrath was released on bail, pending an appeal against his jail sentence.

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Louth, Lincolnshire: Byron ‘Baz’ Toyne

#TheList career criminal Byron David Toyne, born c. 1985, of Keddington Road, Louth LN11 0AA – attacked a hamster during a violent domestic incident

Social media image of Byron Toyne
Byron Toyne, who goes by the first name Baz

Byron Toyne, whose previous convictions include harassment and assault, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the hamster, known as Nibbles, by throwing and shaking him. Toyne claimed he was unaware the hamster was in the cage.

We understand that Nibbles’ owner only took him to the vet four days after the incident where he was diagnosed with a broken back and put to sleep. She was not prosecuted for her failure to seek prompt treatment for the stricken pet.

Toyne also admitted committing criminal damage to a bicycle wheel, art box, leaning board and canvas picture belonging to a Louth woman on the same day.

Sentencing: community order which includes 170 hours of unpaid work. Total costs and charges of £175. He was not banned from owning animals.

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Plymouth, Devon: Michael Rose

#TheList Michael ‘Mikey’ Rose (aka Michael Garner), born c. 1997, previously of Hill Park Crescent, Greenbank, Plymouth PL4 but most recently no fixed abode – punched and kicked a police dog after constables found him living in a tent in woods

Michael Rose aka Michael Garner and PD Ollie
Michael Rose aka Michael Garner and PD Ollie

Rose, who is originally from Basildon, Essex, punched and kicked PD Ollie as constables tried to restrain him. But the dog managed to grab hold of his ankle as he’d been trained to do.

The thug also rained blows on three police officers who found him in a tent and tried to headbutt another back at the police station.

Rose then assaulted two custody officers who were taking him to court the next day. One of the officers later said it was the most aggressive he had seen someone in 17 years of policing.

Jailing him for 18 months in total, Judge William Mousley said all six officers had been “just doing their job”.

Police mugshot of Michael Rose aka Michael Garner

He added that Rose had significant mental health difficulties, including paranoia, though he had refused to co-operate with psychiatric staff in the past.

Rose pleaded guilty to six counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on December 23 and December 24, 2019.

He changed his pleas minutes ahead of his trial.

Police Dog Ollie’s Twitter account said after the attack that there were no serious injuries and that he “recovered quickly”.

Rose was jailed in December 2017 for 29 months for two offences of blackmail. The latest offences were committed on licence after his release.

Rose, representing himself, mumbled from the dock through the prosecution opening of the case.

Hartlepool, County Durham: Thomas Wade

#TheList Thomas Andrew Wade, born 02/03/1993, previously of Mellor Street, Stockton-on-Tees, but as of September 2020 living in an NHS care facility in Park Avenue, Hartlepool TS26 0DZ – subjected his pet cat to prolonged torture which included putting her into a hot oven and flushing her down the toilet

Thomas Wade pictured outside court
Thomas Wade aka ‘Evil Tom’

Wade claimed in court he heard voices from a WWE wrestler named Kane before launching the attack on the cat, known as Sweetie. During her ordeal, which came after she apparently “disobeyed” her twisted owner, Sweetie was put in a hot oven, flushed in a toilet, strangled with a TV cord and thrown against walls.

Wade then made disturbing voice recordings of himself where he spoke in detail about carrying out the horrific abuse and proclaimed: “No one can be more evil than myself.”

Despite the sickening cruelty, Sweetie miraculously survived the ordeal, but was hospitalised with severe third degree burns.

Wade pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal during his appearance at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Stuart Haywood, prosecuting, said loner Wade, who has learning difficulties and autism, received Sweetie as a gift from his sister as she thought it would be “good for him”.

The tabby was then given to Wade for a three week trial before possible adoption.

But on October 8, 2019, Wade went to his sister’s home and told her the cat “was not wanted anymore”.

Thomas Wade pictured outside court

Mr Haywood said his sister then went to Wade’s home where she “smelled a strong smell of burning”.

“The defendant was sitting on a settee and the cat was wet and breathing rapidly, he refused to say why,” he said.

He added that fur was then found in Wade’s oven. After more questions, Wade finally admitted what he had done, saying that it “felt good”.

His sister immediately notified the RSPCA and Sweetie was taken to a vet where she was found to be in a “terrible condition”.

She had sustained skin damage and “significant” third degree burns before being hospitalised.

The police soon became involved and Wade was arrested.

Rambling voice recordings were later discovered of Wade speaking about the abuse.

In the recordings, one of which was eight minutes long, he spoke in detail about attacking Sweetie.

In one sinister recording he said, “No one can be more evil than myself” and said he wanted to “rip out its tongue” after seeing her struggle while being “choke slammed”.

In another he referred to himself as “evil Tom”.

In police interview, Wade said he “threw her against four walls” and said he carried out the violence in part because he claimed he heard voice in his head from the WWE wrestling character, Kane, in his head.

Wade was also remorseless, telling officers “she had not suffered enough”.

He said he put the terrified cat in the oven “on high for five minutes” after throwing her against a wall and said he became infuriated at Sweetie for “disobeying” his orders for her not to go under his bed. The court heard that Wade had “no mental health” issues, but did have learning difficulties.

Matthew Agar, defending, said the incident was “shocking”, and said he “did not want to minimise” the offence.

He said it was his view Wade’s learning disability was a “contributing factor” and that he had serious concerns for him.

Mr Agar added that Wade was now aware of the severity of the offence and that he felt Wade had something like a “split-personality”.

He said that Wade had moved to Teesside from Grimsby and would “go weeks” without any other contact with people.

Sentencing Wade, district judge, Helen Cousins called him an “extremely dangerous man” and that she would liked to have “put him in prison for as long as I could”.

Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. Six months of mental health treatment. 30 rehabilitation activity days and 18-week hospital curfew. £440 costs. Banned from keeping pets for 10 years (expires 2030).

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Glynneath, Neath Port Talbot: Greg Phillips

#TheList Greg Phillips, born January 1980, of Ynyslas Crescent, Glynneath SA11 5LB – repeatedly punched his cocker spaniel

Greg Phillips, who was caught on camera launching a brutally violent attack on his helpless dog
Greg Phillips was caught on camera launching a brutally violent attack on his helpless dog

Phillips was caught on dashcam footage shoving his dog into the back of his car outside a shop on Pentre Street, Glynneath, Neath Port Talbot, on 31 March, 2020.

Dashcam footage showed him grabbing hold of the dog as she jumped out of his car when he went to put a crate of beer on the back seat.

Greg Phillips' three dogs, including the cocker spaniel he attacked
Greg Phillips’ three dogs, including the cocker spaniel he attacked

He then punched her several times, before throwing her into the boot along with other dogs, and then striking her again.

Passers-by can be heard hooting their car horns and shouting at him to stop.

RSPCA Inspector Keith Hogben said: “In broad daylight and with people all around, this poor dog was beaten by his owner, who clearly had no regard for his legal responsibilities towards his animal.

“Fortunately, the dashcam footage helped us to identify this individual and ensure we could take action.

“Clearly, this is no way to treat an animal, and thankfully, the vast majority of people across south Wales and beyond will be shocked by this footage, and the beating this poor cocker spaniel was subjected to.”

Sentencing: 150 hours of unpaid work; a total of £390 costs and charges. No ban or deprivation order.

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Lupset, Wakefield: Kieron Jones

#TheList Kieron Paul Andrew Jones, born September 1991, of Hall Road, Lupset, Wakefield WF2 8ND – punched a seven-month-old puppy causing her to suffer a broken pelvis

Dog abuser Kieron Jones
Kieron Jones

Jones admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the unnamed dog by punching her. The dog was found to have a broken pelvis.

Sentencing: jailed for four weeks suspended for 12 months; £122 in costs. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Source: Wakefield Express (article removed)

Lochgelly, Fife: Martin Davidson

#TheList Martin Davidson, born 12/10/1995, of Abbotsford Road, Lochore, Lochgelly KY5 8DT- trained four dogs to violently bait wild animals including badgers ; failed to treat his dogs’ fighting injuries

Martin Davidson social media image
Martin Davidson

Davidson kept videos of his dogs viciously attacking foxes and sickeningly posed for pictures with the injured or dead animals.

The father-of-two trained his dogs for animal fighting including badger baiting.

Dog with horrific facial scarring
Davidson failed to take any of his dogs for veterinary treatment for their horrific facial injuries

He pleaded guilty to the charge along with failing to provide veterinary treatment to an injured dog in his care.

Davidson was investigated by the Scottish SPCA after the charity received intelligence about his behaviour.

A sheriff deferred Davidson’s sentencing until October 2, 2020, but issued him with an interim ban of owning, keeping or dealing with dogs for the next five years.

Martin Davidson social media image
Doomed: Davidson with his offspring

Three of the dogs involved in the case were male, brindle coloured bull lurchers named Tramp, Mojo and Sid. The other was a female, white and tan, Staffordshire bull terrier named Lady.

The dogs were found injured as a result of the hunting and are now in the care of the SSPCA where they will be rehabilitated.

Shameless Davidson regularly uploads images of shocking animal cruelty to social media
Shameless Davidson regularly uploads images of shocking animal cruelty to social media

An SSPCA special investigations unit undercover inspector, who cannot be named, said: “We received intelligence that Davidson was keeping and training dogs for the purposes of animal fighting.

“We obtained a search warrant and gained entry to the home of Davidson where we found the four dogs.

One of the dogs rescued from a life of pain and misery at the hands of monstrous Martin Davidson
One of the dogs rescued from a life of pain and misery at the hands of monstrous Martin Davidson

“The Staffordshire bull terrier, Lady, was in the house. She had significant scarring to her muzzle and lower jaw. These injuries are consistent with animal fighting, in particular badger baiting.

“The three lurchers were found outdoors in a kennel and run in the rear garden, far too small for their size and breed. Two had obvious, fresh injuries to their ears and heads.

“We also found animal fighting paraphernalia at Davidson’s residence.

Social media post claiming it's
“It’s all lies!” Davidson’s foul-mouthed partner tries to convince people (maybe even herself) that he’s just misunderstood

“This included hunting gear, blood-stained wellies and a spot lamp commonly using for lamping with dogs, which is hunting at night.

“Multiple images were discovered of his dogs pictured with dead animals at night. Some featured the dogs viciously gripping foxes between their jaws.

“During interview, Davidson admitted that the four dogs were not registered with a vet and did not receive any medication or treatment to ease their suffering from any of the injuries they had sustained

“Other photos showed Lady, Tramp, Mojo and Sid in the back of Davidson’s vehicle at night with fresh injuries. Our expert vets determined these were consistent with animal fighting, specifically with badgers and foxes.

“The disregard that Davidson had for the welfare of the wild animals he forced his dogs to fight, and for his own dogs, is unfathomable. The dogs are in our care and are currently receiving the rehabilitation they need.

“We are pleased the sheriff issued the immediate ban which will stop Davidson owning or having any dealings with dogs.

“By ordering this, the sheriff is recognising the immediate threat that Davidson poses to any canine in his care. We look forward to the full sentencing in this case.

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Bournemouth, Dorset: Jamie Elsworthy

#TheList Jamie Dennis Gordon Elsworthy, also known as Jamie Hill, born c. 1970, of Bath Road, Bournemouth – hurled a dog against a wall in a beer garden after hitting and kicking him

Police mugshot of Jamie Elsworthy
Police mugshot of lifelong loser Jamie Elsworthy

Elsworthy admitted committing the offence in Woodend Road in Bournemouth on April 14, 2019.

It took place in the beer garden of the Buffalo Bar when it was in Woodend Road in Winton. The bar has since been relocated.

Police issued a CCTV appeal at the time because officers were unable to identify Elsworthy or the owner of the dog.

The appeal appeared in the Daily Echo and prompted more than 100 readers to voice their anger.

CCTV footage of Elsworthy attacking the dog
CCTV footage of bullyboy Elsworthy attacking the helpless dog

Elsworthy pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a dog, by throwing it against a wall, kicking it and hitting it when he appeared before Poole magistrates on Friday August 21.

The charge was brought under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Police said the dog did not suffer any lasting injuries.

Elsworthy also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody at Poole magistrates’ court on August 9, 2019.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “This was an upsetting and shocking attack and no animal should be treated this way.”

Sentencing: community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and 80 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to carry out a further 100 hours of unpaid work for failing to surrender to custody. Total of £170 costs and charges. Three-year ban on keeping animals (expires August 2023).

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Raffles, Carlisle: Stuart Whelan

#TheList Stuart P Whelan, born c. 1976, of Dalton Avenue, Raffles, Carlisle CA2 7DY – kicked a stranger’s Westie into the air

Stuart Whelan
Whelan

The unprovoked attack on the tiny dog was outlined to magistrates as they heard several disturbing accounts of how Whelan – who was out cycling with his own dog at the time – abused other dog walkers.

All regularly visit Chances Park, near Wigton Road, where Whelan cycles with his dog.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to two allegations of using threatening behaviour and causing a dog unnecessary suffering.
He declined to take take part in his trial because court officials refused to let him bring his dog into court. He was convicted of all three charges.

The first offence was on May 8, 2020, as local woman Maxine Denby walked her dog in the park. “I heard a dog squealing,” she said.

She described seeing Whelan lift his own dog into the air over his head, and then ‘slam’ it on to the ground.

“The dog was crying and in a lot of distress,” she said, adding: “I was in shock.”

Fellow dog walker Tony Peacock corroborated Miss Denby’s account, describing how after verbally abusing Miss Denby Whelan repeatedly cycled past her at speed, with his own dog sitting in his bike’s front basket.

Four days later, dog walker Patricia Guanlett was enjoying a tea-time walk through the park with her two dogs, including her West Highland terrier Cara.

As she walked across the grass, Mrs Guanlett saw Whelan cycling along a path towards her, his dog running along beside him.

Her dogs ran towards him, prompting him to throw down his bike and start screaming at her, falsely claiming one of her dogs had bitten his dog, she said. Mrs Guanlett said: “He said if ‘I see that [her] dog again, it’s dead.”

As she was putting one of her dogs on a lead Whelan ran at her West Highland terrier, which was simply ‘toddling along’ and ‘booted’ her, the force of the blow lifting the dog 18 inches into the air.

“I was terrified he’d hit me,” said Mrs Guanlett, who immediately grabbed Cara to keep her safe. Her dog was shaking, she said.

Of Whelan, she said: “His demeanour was horrific: so hyper and so aggressive. It was really, really scary.”

Since the attack, Cara had been wary of strangers. After she left the park, Whelan briefly followed her, she said.

Judith Keir was also walking her dog in the park. She had previously reported Whelan to the police for his behaviour.

Mrs Keir said Whelan’s dog was not bitten, adding: “Mr Whelan took what I thought looked like a penalty kick, literally running up to Cara and booting her in the ribs. It was deliberate.

“Cara was nowhere near the other dog.”

Whelan denied throwing his dog to the ground or being aggressive. He will be sentenced on September 27, 2020, after background reports have been prepared on him.

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