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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
Express and Star

Wolverhampton: Athena Nicholle Keene

#TheList Athena Nicholle Keene, born c. 1990, previously of Danesmoor, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 and currently of Wolverhampton – left a puppy to suffer with an untreated injury

Athena Nicholle Keene and puppy Lola
Athena Keene left puppy Lola to suffer in agony with a broken leg

Athena Nicholle Keene was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a puppy, named Lola, when she appeared before Banbury magistrates.  Keene had failed to appear at a previous sentencing hearing at Banbury magistrates in November 7.

Lola was rescued by the RSPCA after concerns were raised about Keene’s failure to provide treatment for the severe injury for five days in April 2018.

Keene, who was living in Banbury when the offence took place, had taken Lola to a vet on April 20 where it was discovered she had a broken leg, which Keene claimed had been caused by something falling on her.

Lola was given painkillers but her owner failed to heed veterinary advice and took her away with no further treatment.

Keene remained non-contactable for the next five days until concerned people contacted the RSPCA on April 26 who then visited Keene and discovered Lola was being left to suffer without the medical care she desperately needed.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “It is incredible to think that Lola was left to suffer and struggling in pain and that this agony was prolonged by the neglectful lack of action by Keene.

“There is never an excuse for leaving an animal to suffer needlessly where there is clearly an urgent need for veterinary treatment. Our pets are reliant on us and when an animal is injured it’s an owner’s duty to ensure they receive the veterinary care they need.”

She added: “There was no evidence to prove that the injury was deliberately inflicted but it is clear that there has been a failure to protect Lola from injury, and a huge failure in not providing appropriate treatment at the time of her injuries.”

Lola has since recovered and found a loving new home.

Sentencing: 
100 hours of unpaid work; £385 in costs. Disqualified from keeping dogs for eight years, which cannot be appealed for five years.

Banbury Guardian

Wolverhampton, West Midlands: Nicola Lissimore

#TheList Nicola J Lissimore, born 1970, of Mount Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6LU – kept four dead cats decaying inside a flea-ridden house

Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.
Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.

Lissimore kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.

Pic by RSPCA/Caters News - (Pictured: The disgusting interior of Nicola Lissimores house.) -A woman living in squalor has been banned from keeping animals for life after four cats were found dead in her house - which was so filthy fleas were jumping at the front door and piles of faeces were blocking the back door. Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (November 9). The 49-year-old lived in a filthy house and the court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address after concerns a number of cats were not being cared for. On investigation, four cats were found dead and a further 10 were found in a poor bodily condition. Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window. She could also see piles of faeces and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water. The pets had no access to the outside and she could see fleas jumping up at the front door. The RSPCA monitored property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police. SEE CATERS COPY.

Pic by RSPCA/Caters News - (Pictured: The disgusting interior of Nicola Lissimores house.) -A woman living in squalor has been banned from keeping animals for life after four cats were found dead in her house - which was so filthy fleas were jumping at the front door and piles of faeces were blocking the back door. Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (November 9). The 49-year-old lived in a filthy house and the court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address after concerns a number of cats were not being cared for. On investigation, four cats were found dead and a further 10 were found in a poor bodily condition. Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window. She could also see piles of faeces and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water. The pets had no access to the outside and she could see fleas jumping up at the front door. The RSPCA monitored property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police. SEE CATERS COPY.

Pic by RSPCA/Caters News - (Pictured: The front door with faeces piled behind it) -A woman living in squalor has been banned from keeping animals for life after four cats were found dead in her house - which was so filthy fleas were jumping at the front door and piles of faeces were blocking the back door. Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (November 9). The 49-year-old lived in a filthy house and the court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address after concerns a number of cats were not being cared for. On investigation, four cats were found dead and a further 10 were found in a poor bodily condition. Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window. She could also see piles of faeces and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water. The pets had no access to the outside and she could see fleas jumping up at the front door. The RSPCA monitored property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police. SEE CATERS COPY.

The home was so bad that RSPCA inspectors ‘gagged’ as they searched the property.

As well as the the four dead cats, another ten were found alive – but in poor health – with many of them suffering from dehydration and other medical issues.

The below video shows the horrifying scene that RSPCA officers were met with:

Lissimore pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences on Friday, November 9, 2018.

The RSPCA were called to her address after concerns were raised of a number of cats not being cared for, the court heard.

Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window.

She could also see piles of poo and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water.

The pets had no access to the outside and shockingly she could see fleas jumping up at the front door.

The RSPCA monitored the property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police.

Inspector Burrell said once inside it was clear the cats were suffering from dehydration, were emaciated and had other untreated medical issues.

“This time a front panel went through and immediately the smell of ammonia hit us as we went inside – it was so strong we were physically gagging.

“We found four dead cats amongst the piles of faeces which was piled high, there was rubbish strewn around and the only water available in the property was from a bathroom tap which was left running but the door was closed so they couldn’t access it.

“This was one of the worst properties I have entered in my thirty years in the job.

“It was so sad to see these dead cats just left in the filth and the others were either emaciated or had other health problems which had not been addressed.”

The surviving cats were signed over into the care of the RSPCA and have now been rehabilitated.

Some have already found new homes and others are still waiting for adopters.

Sentencing:
12-week jail term suspended for 18 months; 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; 100 hours of unpaid work. Total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Birmingham Mail
Metro

Bilston, Wolverhampton: Carl Pugh

#TheList Carl Pugh, born 23/11/1982, of Elizabeth Avenue, Bilston WV14 8DZ – filmed savagely beating his dog next to a canal

American bulldog Jeff was brutally beaten by his cruel owner Carl Pugh from Bilston, Wolverhampton
American bulldog Jeff was brutally beaten by his cruel owner Carl Pugh from Bilston, Wolverhampton

Carl Pugh was caught on CCTV hitting his American bulldog called Jeff five times, before picking him up and holding him over the canal.

Pugh was convicted in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog after failing to turn up for his trial.

As they sentenced Pugh, magistrates described his actions as a ‘despicable way to treat a dog’.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor said: “Pugh claimed that Jeff dragged him into the canal and that he got his foot wet, so he hit him – but he said that the CCTV made it look worse than it was, and he said that he loved the dog and would never harm him.

“But the CCTV showed a different story. On the footage, Pugh can clearly be seen hitting Jeff five times and then picking him up and holding him over the canal.

“The magistrates said in court that it was a ‘despicable way to treat a dog’ and they are right. There is no excuse to treat any animal like this.

“We’d like to thank everyone who contacted us with information after seeing the shocking video online.”

She added: “Jeff is a lovely dog and he hasn’t got an aggressive bone in his body. It is so sad that he went through this.”

Sentencing: 12-week curfew; costs and charges totalling £185. Disqualified from keeping animals for two years (expired December 2019).

Express and Star

Wednesfield, Wolverhampton: Matthew Pearson

#TheList Matthew Pearson, born 25/03/1983, of 74 Okement Drive, Wolverhampton WV11 1UZ – allowed five of his parents’ six pets to starve to death while they were away.

Matthew Pearson from  Wolverhampton who left his parents' six pets to starve to death
Matthew Pearson pleaded guilty to 34 animal cruelty charges after he left his family’s six pets to starve to death

Matthew Pearson admitted 34 animal welfare offences relating to two dogs, two cats, a rat and hamster.

The father-of-two, who had been given £1,515 by his mother to feed the animals, had neglected to do so.

Pearson, then of Graisley Lane Wolverhampton, had been left in charge of his parent’s animals at a property in Portway Road, Bilston, in January 2011 when they went to visit family in Cornwall.

Body of dog Buster curled up in his basket in the filthy kitchen
Heartbreaking: starved dog Buster’s emaciated body was found curled up in his basket in the family’s faeces-strewn kitchen

RSPCA inspectors were called to the house in March 2011 after a complaint.

Inspector Jayne Bashford said once inside they were confronted with a “truly horrific and disturbing” scene.

One emaciated bearded collie-type cross-breed dog, Buster, was found curled up dead in a basket in the kitchen. Officers then found two dismembered tortoiseshell cats, a dead hamster and a dead rat.

A second collie-type dog, Beethoven, was found to be just one stage away from being emaciated, weighing 8kg instead of the usual 13kg.

Surviving dog Beethoven
Beethoven survived by feeding on the remains of the two cats that had starved to death.

Tests later revealed the desperate, scavenging dog had torn the cats apart, leaving them as no more than a bag of bones.

Pearson’s lawyer told the court his client had “decided he just couldn’t cope” with the animals after they had become unwell.

The house was littered with dog and cat urine and faeces.

A pathologist confirmed that the animals died as a result of cardio-respiratory failure secondary to chronic malnutrition and emaciation.

Matthew Pearson from  Wolverhampton who left his parents' six pets to starve to death

Speaking after Pearson was sentenced, Inspector Bashford said: “I will never, ever forget the scene upon entering this property.

“All individuals involved, including experienced police officers, were visibly shocked by the conditions and horrific sight of multiple dead animals.

“Particularly disturbing to me were the scratch marks on the rear of the kitchen door where Buster had desperately tried to escape before he was found dead in his bed.”

“To die of starvation is an appalling, painful way for any animal to die and their suffering was so needless and preventable if only help had been sought.”

Beethoven recovered in the RSPCA’s care and was rehomed.

Sentencing: jailed for 20 weeks; £1,000 costs. Banned from keeping pets for ten years (expires September 2021).

BBC News
Business Live

Bridgnorth, Shropshire/Teignmouth, Devon: Matthew Corfield and Alex Lister

#TheList Matthew Alex Corfield, born 05/11/1988, of Garden Village, Highley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 6HN and Alex John Lister, born 22/09/1989, of Bickford Lane, Teignmouth TA14 8QT – attacked a horse with a meat cleaver, leaving her so badly injured she had to be put down.

Recent (2019) photos of horse killers Matthew Corfield (left) and Alex Lister
Recent (2019) photos of horse killers Matthew Corfield (left) and Alex Lister

On Friday 13th April 2007, a 19-year-old piebald mare, known as Maggie, was attacked at Essington Hall Farm, Essington, South Staffordshire, by drunken youths Matthew Corfield and Alex Lister then of Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. A third youth – Anthony Ronald Hinsley, born 07/09/1988, of Fryer Close, Wolverhampton WV11 3JD, was also initially charged, but the case against him was later dropped.

Anthony Ronald Hinsley
Charges against Anthony Ronald Hinsley were dropped

The trio, who had been drinking in local woods with two other youths, went into Maggie’s field and startled her. As she fled, Corfield and Lister proceeded to chase her with the former repeatedly hurling a meat cleaver at her.

The court heard Corfield laughed as he inspected the 12-inch by five-inch blade for blood.

Victim Maggie with her owner
Victim Maggie with her owner

Maggie was found the following day lying in a pool of blood. She had suffered a five-inch-deep cut to her neck, a three-and-a-half-inch cut on her shoulder and her right leg was broken. The tendon of one of her rear legs was severed by a blow that cut to the bone. Her injuries were so severe that she had to be put to sleep on humane grounds.

Corfield, Lister and Hinsley were arrested after locals raised £1,500 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

Remorseless Matthew Corfield and accomplice Alex Lister (inset) pictured outside court in 2007
Remorseless Matthew Corfield and accomplice Alex Lister (inset) pictured outside court in 2007

Paul Jenkins, defending Corfield, said he did not accept he was “solely or exclusively” to blame.

Jenkins said it was not a premeditated attack and that Corfield had taken the cleaver with him to chop wood to make a fire for the five friends who were camping in Black Cat Wood.

Ian Hodnett, for Lister, said he had tried but failed to film Corfield and another friend chasing the horse on his mobile phone.

He said Lister’s only other involvement was to chase Maggie around the paddock.

Horse killer Matthew Corfield

Corfield and Lister both admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Maggie. Corfield was given five months in a young offenders institution but was released after just eight weeks. His father, Peter Corfield, told a local newspaper that he believed his son “had definitely paid his debt to society”. He added that his son had been rehired by his employer, a building company.

Sentencing:
Corfield – five months in a young offenders institution. Ordered do 180 hours of community work.

Lister – 12-month community order and 180 hours’ community service.

Horse and Hound
BBC News