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Carnforth, Lancashire: Joe Whittam

#TheList Joe Whittam, born 07/06/1990, of Langdale Road, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9AU – set his dogs on a pet cat and fox; failed to provide vet treatment for his injured dogs

Two photos of convicted animal abuser Joe Whittam from Carnforth, Lancashire.
Joe Whittam from Carnforth was jailed after filming “blood-curdling” videos of his dogs killing a cat and fox

Joseph Whittam, who also uses the surname Riding, pleaded guilty to four offences under the Animal Welfare Act in relation to encouraging his two dogs to attack a cat and a fox, as well as failing to provide veterinary attention for the dogs themselves.

The RSPCA joined Lancashire Constabulary to execute a warrant at Whittam’s address in August 2017 after intelligence that suggested he was involved in wildlife crimes with his two dogs.

The dogs – a terrier called Rex and a lurcher called Zip – were removed by police and placed into the RSPCA’s care. A mobile phone was also seized and investigators discovered a number of shocking videos saved on the phone.

RSPCA special investigation officer Jason Bowles said: “In one video, the two dogs are going crazy, barking and snapping at the mesh of a trap with a black and white domestic cat inside.

“In a second video, the cat is released along with the dogs and the dogs grab the cat and literally start to rip it apart while the cat screams and cries in pain. It is horrific and absolutely blood-curdling. Many of our staff here at the RSPCA haven’t been able to stomach watching it.

“One of the magistrates had to leave court after watching the sickening footage.

“The cat was killed although we never found the body and never traced the poor cat’s owners.”

He added: “In another video, the dogs can be seen attacking and biting a fox. In all the footage Whittam can clearly be heard encouraging the dogs and egging them on.”

Rex and Zip both had old injuries – thought to be caused by their attacks – which had not been treated. They received veterinary care and remain in the RSPCA’s care. They will be rehomed once the case has concluded.

Further analysis of Whittam’s phone uncovered images of a dog being encouraged to attack a gerbil and still images of the fox attack which show the animal being baited by the dog.

Whittam claimed the fox had been shot and injured before his dogs got hold of it.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Sgt James Pinder said: “This investigation began as a result of community information in relation to animal welfare and poaching offences.

“I hope the investigation clearly demonstrates that we will work with our partner agencies and will deal with offenders in a robust manner.

“The sentence, which marks the end of a 16-month investigation, is welcomed by Lancashire Constabulary and we hope it will send a clear message to those who think it is acceptable to partake in these criminal activities.”

Sentencing Whittam at Preston Magistrates’ Court, the chairman of the bench said the offences were sustained, deliberate and gratuitous

Sentencing:
Jailed for 22 weeks; ordered to pay a total of £490. Disqualified from keeping animals for life. 

Westmorland Gazette

Wolverhampton: Archie Spencer and Rebecca Guy

#TheList Archie Spencer, born 11/12/1998, and Rebecca Guy, born 11/11/1999, both of Goodwood Drive, Wolverhampton WV10 6GH – for  cruelty to a four-month-old kitten, who had to be put to sleep due to the severity of his injuries

Archie Spencer was jailed for fracturing kitten Wolfie’s skull during two months of horrific abuse
Archie Spencer was jailed for fracturing kitten Wolfie’s skull during two months of horrific abuse

Archie Spencer, a man with a temper as short as his height (5ft 2in apparently), abused helpless kitten Wolfie over two months, resulting in broken ribs and a fractured skull.

The kitten finally had to be put to sleep when he was taken to the vets with the skull injury.

The injuries were so severe that the RSPCA was alerted and Spencer was prosecuted.

Spencer pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

His partner Rebecca Guy pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence of failing to protect the cat from pain and suffering.

Archie Spencer was jailed for fracturing kitten Wolfie’s skull during two months of horrific abuse
Kitten abusers Rebecca Guy and Archie Spencer from Wolverhampton

The court heard how between January 25 and March 28, 2018, Wolfie suffered numerous injuries while living  with the pair, who are parents to a three-year-old child.

Guy first took the kitten to a vets with a head injury. Weeks later Wolfie had five broken ribs and on the third occasion, he had a horrific skull fracture that went from one side of his head to the other.

The final injury was so serious the vet decided the kindest thing was to put the kitten to sleep and, believing the injuries had been caused deliberately,  alerted the RSPCA.

Inspector Kate Parker said: “The pair had always denied harming the cat, however in court Spencer took responsibility for the injuries to Wolfie – although we will never know what actually happened.

“What we do know is on three occasions Guy took the cat to the vets with serious injuries, each time claiming they were accidental.

“On the third and final occasion the cat was clearly badly injured. The vet took some video showing poor Wolfie who looks barely alive and when she touched him he reacts, which demonstrates he would have felt pain.

“That is when the decision was made to end his suffering and later an X-ray revealed his horrific skull fracture.

Archie Spencer was jailed for fracturing kitten Wolfie’s skull during two months of horrific abuse
Four-month-old Wolfie was subjected to two months of callous abuse at the hands of Arche Spencer

“Poor Wolfie was only four months old and in that short life enjoyed so much suffering and pain – it is horrendous to think what he went through. In the end he was barely alive and breathing in his own blood, it was truly awful.”

Sentencing:
Archie Spencer: jailed for 12 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Rebecca Guy: eight weeks in jail, suspended for a year. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Both: total of £524 costs and charges. 

BirminghamMail
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Retford, Nottinghamshire: Reece Donohue

#TheList Reece Donohue, born c. 1993, of Wharton Street, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 7EH – kicked his housemate’s beloved cat to death

Cat killer Reece Donohue of Retford, Nottinghamshire
Reece Donohue and cats Marley (left) and Milo

Former special constable Reece Donohue eventually admitted kicking two-year-old cat Marley to death, after initially claiming he had been attacked by another cat in the house.  That cat, named Milo, was found hiding in the property.

Marley’s owner Amanda Attwood discovered blood splattered on the walls and furnishings after she returned to the home she shared with Donohue.

Cat killer Reece Donohue of Retford, Nottinghamshire
Marley’s owner was horrified to find blood splattered on walls and furniture

She was then horrified to discover her pet’s dead body lying on the floor.

A post-mortem carried out on Marley showed he had been kicked multiple times in the head and had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

He also suffered a broken jaw and had been kicked in the stomach and lungs.

His kidneys and intestines had also haemorrhaged.

Cat killer Reece Donohue of Retford, Nottinghamshire
A post-mortem on Marley’s body showed he had suffered multiple injuries

Amanda had only lived with Donohue for a few weeks, having moved in at the end of March 2018. She left straight after the incident.

Amanda said: “Marley was such a loving cat, he would always want to get everyone’s attention when people would see him.”

Amanda Attwood with her beloved pet cat Marley, who was brutally killed by former special constable Reece Donohue
Amanda Attwood with her beloved pet cat Marley, who was brutally killed by former special constable Reece Donohue

Donohue pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a cat by subjecting him to unnecessary physical violence which led to his death.

Reece Donohue from Retford has received a suspended prison sentence after admitting kicking his former housemate's cat to death.

The court heard the offence happened after  Donohue had been drinking and that he had tried to cover up the offence.

Sentencing:12-week prison term, suspended for 12 months. 150 hours of unpaid work. Banned from owning or keeping animals for life.

LincolnshireLive

Workington, Cumbria: Richard Blair-Forster

#TheList Richard Blair-Forster, born 26/12/1995, of 2x Walker Road, Workington CA14 5EX – neglected four dogs, two of whom almost died

Blair_Forster was jailed for starving four dogs and assaulting the RSPCA inspector trying to rescue them
Thug Richard Blair_Forster was jailed for starving four dogs and assaulting the RSPCA inspector trying to rescue them

Richard Blair-Forster, who lives with his mother and sister neither of whom faced charges, admitted neglecting German Shepherds Bailey, Rocco and Denver and Golden Retriever Mia.

Steven Marsh, prosecuting, told magistrates that when RSPCA Inspector Martyn Fletcher visited Blair-Forster’s home he described the dogs as lethargic and emaciated and in need of immediate medical attention.

Mr Marsh said: “The defendant refused to allow the dogs to be removed and the RSPCA inspector had to leave and request police assistance due to threats being made.”

Two of the dogs had to be carried into the veterinary surgery, Millcroft Vets, as they were unable to bear their own weight.

The examining vet found the pets to be considerably underweight, with muscle loss and suffering from dehydration. She estimated the neglect had been taking place for around two months.

Bailey only weighed 15.2 kg instead of the expected 34-43 kg when he was found. It took 25 days of medical care for him to recover before he could go to foster care. It was five days before he could hold his head up and six days before he could stand.

Another one of the German Shepherds had to be hospitalised for 12 days and given treatment such as intravenous fluids.

Mr Marsh said: “The vet said in 17 years of veterinary practice she had never seen dogs as starved as these two. The dogs have gone on to make good recovery.”

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Golden Retriever Mia has recovered thanks to the efforts of the RSPCA and their vet
Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Bailey has also recovered since being taken into the care of the RSPCA
Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Rocco has also made a good recovery following treatment by the RSPCA and their vet
Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Looking healthier: German Shepherd Denver whom the Blair-Forster family had bred from

During a police interview, Blair-Forster told officers he “fed the dogs near-enough every day.” He also claimed he bought their food before he fed himself due to financial difficulties.

Ryan Foley, defending, told the court his client “accepts these dogs shouldn’t have been in that state in the first place, but the cause is incompetent care rather than something more nasty.”

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Richard Blair-Forster said he fed his four dogs “every other day”.

Mr Foley added the defendant struggled to cope issues in his personal life, lacked maturity and often buried his head rather than deal with problems.

Speaking after the sentencing Inspector Fletcher said: “This result shows how seriously the magistrates have taken this. If you have animals you have to take responsibility for them. Three of the dogs are already in foster care and are doing brilliantly.

“I’d like to highlight the work Millcroft vets did. When we took the first two dogs to them we told each other they were too far gone to be saved. But Millcroft did a sterling job to bring them round. They were as close to death as I’ve ever seen.”

The dogs will now be rehomed by the RSPCA.

Sentencing: 
Jailed for 16 weeks for the animal cruelty offence. He was also given two further weeks in jail for assaulting RSPCA Inspector Fletcher. £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any animal for 15 years.

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Kingston upon Hull: Matthew Dennis Cassidy

#TheList Matthew Dennis Cassidy, born c. 1976, of  Rosedale Grove, west Hull HU5 – was seen beating, dragging and throwing his West Highland terrier, Charlie

Battered Westie Charlie was also suffering from an untreated skin condition
Battered Westie Charlie was also suffering from an untreated skin condition

Cassidy pleaded guilty to the animal cruelty charges against him.

The court heard how a number of members of the public reported Cassidy after seeing him beat and drag the animal around the streets of Hull. Two teenagers were so concerned they even took the dog off him.

Cassidy also failed to protect Charlie from pain, suffering, injury and disease due to an untreated skin problem.

RSPCA inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “Cassidy was seen kicking and dragging Charlie around as he walked around the Anlaby Road and Linnaeus Street areas with him on May 21 [2018].

“Witnesses saw Cassidy pick Charlie up by the scruff of the neck so that he was fully off the floor and shout in his face and later pick him up to chest-height by his collar, causing him to make coughing and choking sounds, and then throw him to the ground.

A number of people called police and the RSPCA between 5.30pm and 8.30pm when a passing police community support officer was approached by a member of the public after two teenagers took Charlie from him.”

Thankfully, Charlie has recovered well after being cared for by the RSPCA.

Ms Dickinson said: “Charlie was taken to a vets where, luckily, he was found to be uninjured but suffering from a skin condition. Cassidy admitted he’d been suffering with it for six weeks. Happily he’s made a good recovery in RSPCA care.”

In mitigation, the court heard that Cassidy was drunk at the time. Cassidy said he was disgusted by his behaviour and was very sorry for what had happened.

Sentencing:
18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 12-month community order including 10 days of specified activity; total costs and charges of £450.  Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Hull Daily Mail

Ellesmere Port, Cheshire: Martin Frederick Jones

#TheList Martin Frederick Jones, born c. 1986, of Park Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 0DH – captured on CCTV battering a terrified dog

Puppy Millie was subjected to a vicious attack by her owner, Mark Frederick Jones
Puppy Millie was subjected to a vicious attack by her owner, Mark Frederick Jones

Father-of-seven Martin Frederick Jones pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on March 7, 2018

He was spotted by two horrified witnesses hitting his golden labrador puppy Millie near Ellesmere Port bus station.

The shocking incident was captured on CCTV and shows Jones assaulting the defenceless dog.

In the footage Millie runs out into the road and is caught by Jones, who grabs her and punches her multiple times in the side, before pulling her back to the pavement.

Wirral magistrates court was told how the two female witnesses had got off a bus and saw Jones yank the dog, before she ran into the road.

When Jones got the dog back he hit her on her side and the witnesses reported Millie cowered and seemed very scared.

The women were so worried about the dog they decided to follow Jones home and saw him further yank Millie with “uncalled for force.”

Chris Murphy prosecuting said: “The women saw the dog shaking and reported that it appeared timid.

“The incident was reported to the RSPCA and the CCTV of the incident was given to vet Holly Jones who also examined the dog.

“The vet expressed concern for the welfare of the dog and Millie was taken from the family home.

“When she examined her Millie seemed very reserved and anxious, although there were no visible bruises she pointed to mental trauma the dog had gone through.

“When the defendant was interviewed by the RSPCA he accepted responsibility and said he had done it to “make her understand.”

The court heard Jones suffers from mental health problems including Aspergers and ADHD and had no previous convictions.

Scott McCrimmon, defending, said Jones was a family man, had seven children and had always owned dogs.

He said: “Millie is a family pet and the children have been missing her.

“He admits he overreacted and caused trauma to Millie, when he was in a blind panic.

“He accepts he used force to control the dog and handled it very poorly.”

Sentencing Jones District Judge Nick Sanders said: “You went over the top, Millie was a young dog that didn’t understand what was going on.

“What you did was in no way helping her understand, you lost your temper.

“You need to take a long hard look at the way you treat animals.”

Labrador Millie, who was subjected to a vicious attack by her owner Martin Frederick Jones
Millie will now be made available for rehoming

RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This was a vicious attack on a completely defenceless dog which is just simply unacceptable.

“The CCTV captures Millie breaking away from her owner and running into a road, the cars are seen to be slowing down and as Jones catches up with his dog he unleashes a number of heavy blows which he said where ‘to confuse her and make her understand’.

“However this would only have had the effect of inflicting pain and resulting in the dog becoming scared of Jones.

“Beating a dog is never acceptable and is certainly not a nice thing to witness. Jones beat poor Millie in front of numerous members of the public in broad daylight seemingly unfazed.

“Thankfully two brave witnesses came forward to assist in the investigation and after CCTV enquiries recovered two clips of the incident, we were able to locate Jones and remove Mille from his abusive care.

“After waiting many months for this case to come to trial today, Millie can now look forward to finding a loving forever home.”

Sentencing:
Total of £270 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for a mere three years (expires November 2021).

Liverpool Echo

Chorley, Lancashire: Ryan Alexander Oldfield

#TheList Ryan Alexander Oldfield, born 11/03/1992, of Baker Close, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 7BX – threw a pet dog 20 feet over a stream; assaulted a woman by beating her

Dog abuser and woman beater Ryan Oldfield currently of Chorley, Lancashire
Dog abuser and woman beater Ryan Oldfield currently of Chorley, Lancashire

Oldfield, who’s originally from Morecambe and has something of a shady past, admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal during an incident in Chorley on August 12, 2018.

A regular participant in ‘strong man’ competitions, Oldfield also pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her on the same day. He admitted his role in both offences during a hearing before Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrates’ bench also imposed a rehabilitation activity requirement, and Oldfield must take part in a Building Better Relationships probation programme.

Sentencing:
Total costs and charges of £170.

Lancashire Evening Post Court Round-Up

Lisburn, Northern Ireland: Marcus Sarre

#TheList Marcus John Sarre, born c. 1994, of Avonmore Park, Lisburn – crushed the skull of a 15-week-old puppy after she urinated on the kitchen floor

Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Aspiring singer Sarre, who has admitted to having a problem with alcoholism, pleaded guilty to a single count of causing unnecessary suffering to the 15-week-old crossbred husky and collie, named Lilo, on April 14, 2018.

The court heard how neighbours called police when they heard screaming.

Marcus Sarre arriving at Craigavon Courthouse yesterday

Prosecuting counsel Nicola Aurett told the court that when police arrived they saw blood on the hallway with a trail leading them to the bathroom.

“The dog was lying dead in the bath with blood all around it,” said the lawyer adding that Sarre, who had “drink taken”, admitted kicking the puppy.

She told the court that a report from a pathologist who examined the dog’s remains said the cause of her death was skull fractures.

Arrested and interviewed, Sarre said that he had let the dogs out after he had been away for a short time but his older dog, Polo, did a poo on the kitchen floor and he shouted loudly at him. This caused Lilo to urinate on the floor and he kicked her against a kitchen cupboard.

Sarre, who was upset during police interviews, told officers Lilo was bleeding from the mouth and was unresponsive so he took her to the bathroom where he tried CPR but without success.

Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern IrelandPuppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Ms Auret submitted it was an aggravating feature that at the time of the incident, Sarre was on bail for assault.

In that case, the court heard that police were called at an address in Lisburn on January 21, 2017, and found a female sitting in a sofa, crying and bleeding from her swollen nose. The woman, the ex-partner of Sarre’s father, said the pair had been drinking when Sarre tried to kiss her but that when she pushed him away, he head butted her and then kicked her several times when she fell to the floor.

Defence counsel Damien Halloran conceded that both incidents had been “deeply unsavoury”. He added that Lilo’s tragic death was “almost instantaneous” and while Sarre tried to resuscitate the dog, it was a “futile exercise”.

The lawyer submitted it had been a “moment of madness” for Sarre to lash out but Lilo’s death had left him “completely hysterical, lying on the ground crying”, adding there was no suggestion of cruelty to his other dog Polo whom he rehomed from a rescue centre five years ago.

Mr Halleron revealed that Sarre had been abusing alcohol and drugs and had a difficulty coping with stress “if things didn’t go his way”, submitting that the judge could impose community service or leave “something hanging over his head”.

Judge Lynch disagreed however and jailed Sarre. For killing Lilo, Sarre was jailed for six months and the judge imposed four months for causing actual bodily harm, ordering the sentences to be served consecutively.

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Sentencing
Jailed for six months for kicking the puppy to death, followed by 18 months on supervised licence. He will serve a further four months in jail for head butting his father’s ex-partner. Banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.

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Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne: Natalie Dendri

UPDATED FOR SENTENCING
#TheList Natalie Dendri, aged 39, of Colston Street, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 – threw a pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her

Natalie Dendry from Newcastle threw pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her

Dendri was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and being drunk and disorderly after the incident in May 2018.

She was seen throwing the animal into the air and repeatedly punching her. The ferret tried to escape but Dendri caught her and attacked her again.

The details were revealed at a trial at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court after Dendri was charged with two offences – causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and being drunk and disorderly.

She denied both charges but failed to attend court and the trial went ahead in her absence.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said the offences took place just before 2pm on May 31.

It was said a driver who was travelling along Armstrong Road saw a woman at the side of road with a furry object. She then threw it in the air and started punching it “really severely”.

Natalie Dendry from Newcastle threw pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her

The animal squirmed away but Dendri grabbed her and punched her again with a clenched fist, the court heard.

The police were called and PC Lewis Calboutin attended the scene.

The officer told the court : “I was asked to attend in relation to an intoxicated female who may have a pet that she was treating badly.

“I saw a female sitting on the grass verge on the side of Armstrong Road.

“She immediately appeared to me to be intoxicated. She had a ferret called Posh Spice. It was lying in the sun and it appeared dehydrated. It was hot, it was panting and seemed lethargic.”

Dendri was asked to get into a police vehicle so she could be taken home to attend to the animal’s welfare.

In the vehicle, she was shouting and swearing and, as they reached her address, she vomited in the van.

“We asked her to step out of the vehicle,” said PC Calboutin. “She started shouting and swearing at me and my colleague.

“She then dropped her ferret from a standard height to the floor.”

Dendri was arrested and the ferret was taken to a vet. The animal later recovered and was placed in a shelter.

On being interviewed, the defendant denied being drunk or that she ill treated the ferret. She pleaded not guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.

However magistrates found her guilty of both charges on the day of the trial.

It was also revealed that Dendri had previously admitted to an offence of assaulting an officer at a police station after she was arrested on May 31, 2018.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Dendri had kept ferrets for a number of years but after Posh Spice was removed she no longer had any pets.

Janice Hall, defending, said that Dendry was previously sectioned as a result of her ill mental health and now has carers.

Ms Hall said: “They ensure that she is taking her medication. They also help with her money and provide her with general assistance.

“She struggles looking after herself, she’s not in a position to give appropriate care for an animal.”

District Judge Kate Meek said: “You caused unnecessary suffering to a ferret whether you meant to or not. More to the point you carried on  doing so.

“I accept there are a range of issues and a custodial sentence would simply delay that work being undertaken.”

She added: “Ms Dendri this is really your last chance. Let’s hope it works.”

Sentencing (02/11/18)
12-month community order to work with probation on her drug and alcohol issues; fined £50 and ordered to pay £250 costs.  Unlimited ban on keeping animals which lasts for at least two years, after which Dendri would need to apply to a court to  have the ban lifted. 

ChronicleLive

Ballingry, Lochgelly, Fife: Paul Kyle

#TheList Paul Kyle, born c. 1993, of Martin Crescent, Ballingry, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 – admitted five charges of appalling neglect of a dog named Mercury, who was found dead with an unexplained injury, and cats Mars and Jupiter

Three pets suffered appalling cruelty and neglect at the hands of this man Paul Kyle from Ballingry, Fife
Three pets, including kitten Mars, suffered appalling cruelty and neglect at the hands of this man Paul Kyle from Ballingry, Fife

The court heard how Kyle had caused his three pets  unnecessary suffering at his home, although it emerged Kyle himself had telephoned the Scottish SPCA on the evening of May 1, 2018, “very upset” after finding the dog lying dead with blood coming out of his mouth.

Depute fiscal Jamie Hilland revealed a woman had contacted the Scottish SPCA days previously to share her concerns about the animals within Kyle’s property and, on gaining access, officers found the flat very untidy with an “extremely bad” smell and cat faeces in many locations.

Mr Hilland said Kyle later told the Scottish SPCA he had been away from home from April 23 to May 1, 2018, and had left the dog with a neighbour.

Three pets suffered appalling cruelty and neglect at the hands of this man Paul Kyle from Ballingry, Fife

Both cats were said to be in a very poor condition, while a post-mortem on Mercury the dog established he had been hit with an object on the left side of his neck, resulting in trauma, pain and suffering.

Kyle

“I’ve heard some pretty appalling details about this case and the state of these animals,” Sheriff Thornton told Kyle.

“The neglect seems to be quite extreme and the suffering of these animals, two of which are at least still alive, must have been very great indeed.”

Kyle admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Mercury between March 1 and May 2, 2018, by failing to provide adequate care and treatment and failing to obtain advice or treatment from a vet over the dog’s poor body and health conditions, including injuries to the dog’s face and neck, weight loss and malnutrition.

He also admitted, between April 23 and May 2, abandoning Mercury in such circumstances as were likely to cause the dog unnecessary suffering, failing to obtain vet advice or treatment for his face and neck injury and failing to provide adequate nutrition and hydration.

Between the same dates, he failed to take steps to ensure the dog’s needs were met, failing to provide adequate ventilation, lighting, comfortable and clean resting areas, adequate nutrition and hydration, failing to allow Mercury to exhibit normal behaviour whereby the dog was confined within the house, failing to provide adequate exercise and failing to provide hygienic living conditions.

Kyle further admitted abandoning, without reasonable excuse, Mars and Jupiter in circumstances likely to expose them to faeces and failed to provide ventilation, nutrition and hydration between April 28 and May 2.

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Mars

The final charge, which was also admitted, stated that Kyle failed to take steps to ensure the needs of Mars and Jupiter were met in that he failed to provide ventilation, lighting, comfortable and clean resting areas, nutrition and hydration and appropriate facilities for the cats to urinate and defecate between April 23 and May 2.

Defence solicitor Martin McGuire said his client was a first offender who had “responded badly” to breaking up with his long-term partner in February, which in turn, had an effect on his finances.

Mr McGuire added Kyle had an arrangement in place during his absence for a friend to maintain regular checks on the property, and had co-operated fully with the investigation.

Sentencing: 270 hours of unpaid work. Banned from owning or keeping pets for life. 

The Courier