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Pontefract, West Yorkshire: Amy Woodhouse

#TheList Amy Woodhouse, born 02/06/1985, of 152 Holmfield Close, Pontefract WF8 2NE – left her pet dog to suffer in agony for weeks with an infected ear

Dog abuser Amy Woodhousse

RSPCA inspector Kris Walker said: “I first saw Max in May of last year. He was in good body condition, bright and alert, but was a little scabby down his back. His left ear appeared infected, it was oozing yellow pus-like liquid and seemed to be very sore as he cried when I touched it.

Neglected dog Max

Inspector Walker continued: “A little over a month later I spoke to her on the phone and she said she had only just got the money together to take Max to the vets and that he was booked in for the next day.

“I spoke to her again a few days later and was told he’d been given some medication and needed to go back in another seven days so I stressed again how important it was that he go.

“I tried to reach her on the phone after that and got no reply and when I contacted the vets was told she hadn’t returned with Max so I went back to the property to check on him, however his owner wouldn’t let me in.

“I attended with police on the following day, 13th July, almost two months since I’d first seen Max. He was crying as soon as I touched his ear, it was swollen, smelled strongly and appeared yellow and thickened. He was scratching and shaking his head.

“His owner gave permission for me to take him to the vets where his ears were causing him so much pain that I couldn’t get photos of inside them as it was just too much for him.”

Max was taken into possession by police on veterinary advice and kept at the vets overnight for treatment.

In court, Woodhouse admitted three offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

In mitigation, the court heard that the defendant recognised that she was failing to cope but at least made one attempt to take the dog to the vets.

Sentencing: 12-month community order including 20 rehabilitation activity days; ordered to pay £85 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.

A deprivation order was placed on Max who will now pass into RSPCA care for rehoming.

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Malton, North Yorkshire/Hunslet, Leeds: Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan

#TheList Michael Patrick Price, born 07/05/1991, of 24 Lime Tree Avenue, Malton YO17 7BZ, and partner Shannon Hanrahan (aka Shannon Price) born 04/06/1993, of Kidacre Park travellers site, Kidacre Street, Leeds LS10 1BD – abandoned several animals at Appleby Horse Fair

Animals abandoned and mistreated by gypsies Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan
Gypsies Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan mistreated animals and birds in their care

RSPCA inspectors were alerted after a passer-by saw that a pony had been left tethered beside the A685 just outside of Kirkby Stephen while two dogs were running loose near to two empty kennels.

None of the animals were being supervised or looked after, and the pony had no access to drinking water. Another dog – found in a cage without bedding – had no clean drinking water.

RSPCA inspector Claire Little said: “On Friday 31st May, whilst on duty in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, my colleague and I received a request from the police to help with some animals.

“As we arrived at the location I saw a brindle lurcher-type dog and what appeared to be a collie-type dog amongst the traffic and the police were trying to catch them.

“We pulled over and I managed to secure the dogs and get them into our van for safekeeping whilst we approached the police officers.

“It was explained to us that the owners of the dogs were believed to be the occupants of a caravan on the side of the road and that they were in Bradford.

“The dogs were wearing collars but there was no tethering equipment of any kind and a small caged area measuring approximately 2 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft with no lid was the only possible living area I could see for them. There was no shelter available for the cage.

“The police were concerned regarding some birds in cages they had seen inside a van next to the caravan so my colleague went to look at those – they turned out to be wild goldfinches.

“I then saw a small cream Lhasa Apso-type dog that appeared young, inside a metal cage at the side of the road. The cage had a lid that was secured but there was no shelter and the dog was laying on wet grass with no access to water. As the weather was wet I was concerned about the dog as they appeared to be shivering.

“A grey shetland pony tethered with a length of blue nylon rope tied around their neck was nearby. The rope was so tight that I couldn’t get my finger between the rope and the neck and I was concerned that this may start to injure the pony if they remained in this situation. The rope was tied to a nearby branch of a hedge that was quite flimsy. The pony’s hooves appeared overgrown.

“The police took the three dogs and pony into possession and placed them in RSPCA care.”

Michael Patrick Price admitted not ensuring the needs of the pony were met, and the same charge for a lurcher dog and a collie cross.

He also admitted having two goldfinches.

His co-accused Shannon Hanrahan admitted failing to ensure the proper care of the caged dog, and illegally having the two goldfinches.

A deprivation order was placed on the pony and two dogs who will now pass into RSPCA care and be rehomed. The birds were released back into the wild.

Sentencing:
Price was given 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs and charges totalling £690. He was banned from owning or keeping any animal for four years.

Hanrahan was given a 14-day curfew at an address in Byker, Newcastle. She must pay also £250 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

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Leeds, West Yorkshire: Victoria Brooksbank and Richard Marnick

#TheList Victoria Catherine Brooksbank, born c. 1977, of 42 Severn Drive, Garforth Leeds LS25 2BB and Richard Marnick, born 19/06/1995, of The Marsh, 70 Uppermoor, Pudsey LS28 7EX – allowed a horse to “deteriorate” and suffer

Horse abusers Richard Marnick and Victoria Catherine Brooksbank from Leeds

The court heard that Marnick had been loaned a thoroughbred gelding called Archie and he paid Brooksbank, who is an experienced trainer trading under the name VB Equestrian, £80 a week to look after him at her stables in Garforth.

Archie appeared to be healthy when he arrived at the stables and Marnick paid for the full livery package, that included hay and hard feed, but after 18 months the horse was found to have deteriorated and had lost a lot of weight.

In July 2019, Archie’s original owner saw a photograph of him on social media and arranged for him to be examined by a vet.

Archie was very thin and given a body condition score of one out of five, meaning he was emaciated. The RSPCA then decided to prosecute Marnick and Brooksbank.

The court heard there had been “inadequate nutrition” and the suffering may have gone on “for weeks, possibly months”.

Archie was very thin and was given a body condition score of one out of five, meaning it was poor.

Marnick, who pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing, told the court he usually checked in on Archie once a week, but was preoccupied as he was working six days a week as a courier.

He said: “I pleaded guilty because I should have done something about it sooner. I should have removed Archie (from Brooksbank) a lot sooner than I did.”

He also said he had been speaking to a nutritionist and trying to figure how to help Archie, but the horse was taken away before he had the opportunity to help.

Horse abuser Richard Marnick from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

A probation worker, who interviewed Brooksbank, said: “She believed the horse belonged to Mr Marnick and continuously contacted him, saying he needed more exercise, hard feed and for a nutritionist to look at the horse.”

The probation worker also said that Brooksbank “wishes she had been more forceful” with Marnick and convinced him to contact a nutritionist sooner.

Horse abuser Victoria Catherine Brooksbank from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

The court that Brooksbank, who denied the offence but was convicted at an earlier hearing, has taken good care of the other horses in her stable for years and this case was “an anomaly”.
‘There was no desire to neglect the horse’

Presiding justice Richard Powell said: “This was unintentional.
“There was no desire to neglect the horse but I think I need to make a point now – there is only one victim in this whole affair and that’s the horse called Archie, who has been neglected.”

Addressing Marnick, he said: “You were the owner of the horse and you had taken your eye off the ball.

“You were busy with your job and you did not give enough attention to the horse.”

Mr Powell said Brooksbank had “no intention to harm the horse” but was an experienced professional who should have taken better care of the animal.

He added: “We find you more culpable, because you had day to day concern with the horse and watched it deteriorate.”

Marnick was fined a total of £532 and £300 of that money will be sent to the RSPCA.

Brooksbank was fined a total of £982 of which £750 will be sent to the RSPCA.

Neither was disqualified from owning animals.

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Keighley, City of Bradford: Gary Bell

#TheList Gary David Bell, born 09/09/1969, of 54 Coronation Way, Keighley BD22 6HH – forced his pet dog to have a bath in bleach, rubbed it into her eyes and battered her over the head repeatedly

Pictured is convicted dog abuser Gary Bell and the dog he abused and battered, American bulldog Smiler.
Sick Gary Bell forced his pet dog to have a bath in bleach and rubbed it into her eyes

Gary Bell battered and abused nine-year-old American bulldog Smiler, leaving her bloodied and barely conscious in the bathroom

RSPCA inspectors were called to Bell’s home over concerns for the dog’s welfare.

They attended the property with police and could hear heavy breathing through the ground-floor bathroom window.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Bagley said: “I was horrified to see Smiler in the bath with a bloodied tea towel on her head.

“A friend of Bell’s let us into the property and we found Smiler barely conscious. She and the bath were wet and there was a bottle of human shampoo and Flash household cleaner which appeared to have been used on her.

The gentle dog was found bloodiedand barely c onscious in Gary Bell's bath
The gentle dog was found bloodied and barely conscious in Bell’s bath

“Between us we were able to get her out of the flat and I rushed her straight to a local vet practice.

“By the time I got her there her eyes were swollen shut. She was found to have multiple injuries including two large wounds to the top of her head which needed to be stitched, bruising to the head and a loose tooth that needed to be removed. Her eyes were flushed to get rid of any cleaning product.”

America bulldog Smiler was repeatedly beaten and mistreated by her owner
American bulldog Smiler was repeatedly beaten and mistreated by her owner

A veterinary examination ruled that the injuries were not accidental and attempts to clean Smiler afterwards would have caused pain and suffering.

Smiler spent a week under treatment and supervision at the vets during which time she slowly started to physically recover.

Pictured is Smiler  following her recovery
Smiler looking healthy and well following weeks of treatment by the RSPCA

Bell, who has previous convictions for assault and heroin possession, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by inflicting trauma on her, failing to provide veterinary attention for her injuries and applying cleaning products to her head and eyes.

He was due to attend Bradford Magistrates Court on January 7, but failed to appear and was arrested on warrant.

Inspector Bagley said: “Bell didn’t offer any plausible explanation for Smiler’s predicament – in interview he said that she had probably cut her head on barbed wire during a walk in the woods.

“She is recovering well, gaining weight, her skin and coat are improving and she seems to be a much brighter, happier dog. The cherry eye is being monitored on vet advice at the moment.

“Smiler is currently being cared for by the great staff at RSPCA Sheffield where everyone absolutely loves her and she will be put up for adoption soon.

“She is a very sweet dog who loves people and I can’t wait to hear that she’s thriving in a loving new home.”

Sentencing: 16 weeks in prison. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

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Pontefract, West Yorkshire: Victoria Louise Chamberlain

#TheList Victoria-Louise Chamberlain (also uses the surname Robinson), born 06/09/1999, formerly of Castleford and more recently Post Office Road, Featherstone, Pontefract WF7 5ER – failed to intervene to stop her dog Sasha being repeatedly beaten by her former partner or to seek veterinary treatment for the dog’s serious injuries

Victoria-Louise Chamberlain with sadistic dog abuser Joe Bucktrout
Victoria-Louise Chamberlain with sadistic dog abuser Joe Bucktrout

Victoria-Louise Chamberlain is the former partner of Joe Bucktrout, who was jailed in November 2019 for repeatedly attacking Sasha. The dog’s injuries included dislocated hips, rib fractures and cigarette burns.

Sasha suffered multiple injuries following repeated attacks by evil Joe Bucktrout while his girlfriend Victoria Louise Chamberlain stood by
Sasha suffered multiple injuries following repeated attacks by evil Joe Bucktrout while his girlfriend Victoria Louise Chamberlain stood by

Chamberlain was convicted in absence of two offences, namely that she failed to provide vet treatment and caused unnecessary suffering to the dog by failing to protect her from her boyfriend Joe Bucktrout.

In their investigations, the RSPCA found Sasha had sustained severe injuries over several months, where treatment was never sought.

Sasha’s injuries were discovered after the RSPCA were handed recordings taken over a four-day period where Bucktrout can be heard shouting at Sasha, followed by loud bangs and Sasha is heard whimpering.

Sasha suffered multiple injuries following repeated attacks by evil Joe Bucktrout while his girlfriend Victoria Louise Chamberlain stood by
Sasha was kicked, beaten, and burned with cigarettes in a vicious campaign of abuse that left the defenceless animal with appalling injuries

Chamberlain’s voice could also be heard on the recordings.

She was given a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping all animals for life. She may appeal the ban after five years.

Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA earlier on in the process and has been happily rehomed.

Abused dog Sasha looking healthier
Sweet-natured Sasha has recovered from her ordeal and has been rehomed

RSPCA Inspector Vanessa Reid said: “I’m so happy for her. She’s such a wonderful, loving dog who just craves affection despite all that has happened to her.”

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Fagley, Bradford: Samantha McIntyre

#TheList Samantha McIntyre, born 11/04/1975, of Copse Wood, Foston Lane, Bradford BD2 3QU – abandoned a cat and three kittens to go on holiday for nine days; mother cat starved to death

Cat killer Samantha McIntyre originally from Flintshire, North Wales, and now of Fagley in Bradford

McIntyre, who at the time was living in Coed Onn Road, Flint in North Wales, said she had left food out and the shower running for her pet named Lulu, and her three kittens while she went to visit her partner in Bradford.

The 44-year-old said she had only intended on being away for three days, but ended up staying longer to look after her boyfriend when he fell ill.

Meanwhile, concerned residents contacted the RSPCA reporting fears the animals had been abandoned.

Inspectors visited the property on several occasions to put food through the letterbox and sealed the front door with tape so they could see if anyone had been home.

But it was nine days before McIntyre returned, by which time Lulu had died.

A post-mortem examination revealed there was no food in her system and her death was due to malnutrition.

The kittens abandoned with their mother by Samantha McIntyre.
Rescued kittens Zoe, Orla and Thea whose mother starved to death after being left alone for nine days

The three kittens were rescued by the RSPCA and are now said to be doing well.

McIntyre, who now lives permanently in Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to look after the welfare of the animals.

Glen Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said the charity had visited the address on June 28, 29 and 30, 2019, to check if the seal over the door had been broken, and to put food through the letterbox.

They had spotted an “immobile cat” and three kittens and contacted housing officers to get them to alert the tenant.

When they finally reached her, McIntyre told the RSPCA she’d given her ex-partner permission to enter the property and feed the cats but when he was traced, he said they had cut ties and he didn’t even know she was away.

When police eventually gained entry to the house, they found no food out for the cats and the shower running in the wet room.

The court heard McIntyre had been away from June 21 to 30, 2018.

Melissa Griffiths, defending said she was suffering with mental health problems at the time and with a 21-month-old baby and a vulnerable teenager to look after, as well as her sick partner, and was “stretched in too many directions.”

“She is extremely shaken up and ashamed to be before the court for the first time and understands this is an extremely serious matter…she was just stretched in too many directions.”

Magistrates said they considered the level of neglect to be “extreme” causing the cats “considerable suffering.”

Sentencing: 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months; 12-month community order of 180 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £622 costs. Banned from keeping animals for two years.

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Castleford, West Yorkshire: Joe Bucktrout

#TheList Joe Bucktrout, born 11/07/1998, of Lumley Avenue, Castleford WF10 5LX – subjected his pet dog to a campaign of systematic abuse, causing her to suffer multiple fractures and cigarette burns

Campaign of cruelty: violent Joe Bucktrout, who calls himself Joe Bucky on Facebook, inflicted multiple injuries on his pet dog Sasha over several months.
Campaign of cruelty: violent Joe Bucktrout, who calls himself Joe Bucky on Facebook, inflicted multiple injuries on his pet dog Sasha over several months.

Joe Bucktrout was jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to the dog – a Staffy named Sasha – including broken bones and cigarette burns.

Animal abuser Joe Bucktrout with girlfriend Victoria-Louise Chamberlain. She was also convicted of animal cruelty offences relating to Sasha and will be sentenced separately.
Bucktrout with ex girlfriend Victoria-Louise Chamberlain. She was also convicted of animal cruelty offences relating to Sasha and will be sentenced separately.

Bucktrout initially denied the charges but changed his plea to guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

He also changed a plea to guilty for failing to get veterinary treatment to the dog.

Sasha sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including dislocation of both hips, fractured ribs and severe scarring to the head which was most likely caused by cigarette burns
Sasha was taken into the care of the RSPCA and has since been rehomed

RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid said: “We attended the address after we were passed a number of recordings taken over a four-day period where Bucktrout can be heard shouting at Sasha, there are loud bangs and Sasha is screaming.

Joe Bucktrout's victim Sasha  sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including dislocation of both hips, fractured ribs and severe scarring to the head which was most likely caused by cigarette burns
Some of Sasha’s injuries

“Sasha had sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including the dislocation of both hips – her left hip was out when we rescued her, which hadn’t had any veterinary attention, and she was operated on in RSPCA care.

“She also had three fractured ribs that were in the process of healing and severe and obvious scarring to her head, consistent, according to the veterinary expert, with burns most likely caused by cigarettes.

Joe Bucktrout's victim Sasha  sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including dislocation of both hips, fractured ribs and severe scarring to the head which was most likely caused by cigarette burns

“In interview, Bucktrout said that the first hip dislocation was due to an accident in the garden where a mattress had fallen on Sasha, and that he thought the second dislocation had happened when she was recovering from an operation to repair the first and fell down the stairs.

“However, the veterinary expert said that couldn’t be true and concluded that he believed the injuries were caused by intentional and repeated violence against her, which Bucktrout went on to admit in court.”

Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA and has been happily rehomed.

Sentencing: 18 weeks for the physical abuse and 10 weeks for failing to get veterinary treatment – to run concurrently. Bucktrout is to spend a minimum of nine weeks in custody allowing for good behaviour and then supervision on licence. He was ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

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Bucktrout’s former girlfriend, Victoria-Louise Chamberlain (aka Victoria-Louise Robinson – pictured here with Bucktrout), born 06/09/1999, of Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford WF10 5TD was convicted in absence of two animal cruelty offences.

On Tuesday 3 December 2019, she was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for life. See here for more information.

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Mirfield, West Yorkshire: Krisztina Kubovics

#TheList Krisztina Kubovics, born 07/11/1985, of 11 Finching Grove, Mirfield WF14 0LH – for the extensive and prolonged neglect of her elderly Shih Tzu dog

Animal abuser Krisztina Kubovics and her neglected dog Malua
Animal abuser Krisztina Kubovics and her neglected dog Malua. The little shih Tzu has recovered and now lives with an RSPCA inspector.

Hungarian national Kubovics pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to take steps to ensure its needs were met.

The neglect was uncovered when a neighbour of Kubovics took the 16-year-old dog, known as Malua, to a qualified dog groomer.

The professional was so concerned she refused to groom her and contacted the RSPCA.

Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, said following her contact with the charity an inspector visited Kubovics’s home and took the dog away to be examined by a vet.

Mr Davidson added: “She talked about Malua’s coat being in an extremely poor condition with heavy matting.

“There was a problem with the left eye, overgrown claws and significant dental disease.

“The claws were extremely long with one puncturing the skin.

“Ultimately the eye had to be removed (and) the teeth were so long that a number had to be taken out.

“She said that Malua would have suffered as a result of the chronic eye disease and overgrown claws.

“It would have caused extreme discomfort and (she) would have expected the owner to notice and seek advice.

“The claws, particularly the one going into the skin, would have caused chronic and persistent pain and difficulty walking. The dental disease would have taken years to develop.”

When interviewed Kubovics admitted she hadn’t taken her dog to the groomers because she didn’t want her hair too short and, in any event, it would be difficult for anyone to touch her because she might bite.

She admitted that Malua’s nails were curling and that she tried to cut them herself with scissors because she couldn’t afford to have them done due to financial difficulties.

Sajid Majeed, mitigating, said that his client had experienced lots of difficulties in her life.

Mr Majeed said: “Ms Kubovics has dealt with things in her life not so well and this is one of them. The dog clearly hasn’t been cared for properly.”

Sentencing: community order with 10-day Rehabilitation Activity Order and 120 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £332 cost and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for five years. Deprivation order on Malua.

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Dewsbury, West Yorkshire: Steven Field

#TheList Steven Field , born c. 1961, of 7 Smithy Place, Dewsbury WF12 0HG – for unspecified cruelty offences relating to a dog

Field failed to ensure that a dog received appropriate veterinary care between April 19 and May 17, 2019.

Sentencing: Curfew; total of £385 costs and charges. Banned from owning or keeping animals for life.

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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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