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Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Scott Hayes and Christopher Darwin

#TheList Scott Hayes, born 16/02/1989 of Blakewood Drive, Blaxton, Doncaster DN9 3GX and Christopher Darwin, born 15/10/1991 of Laycock Avenue, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Doncaster DN10 4SA – used lurcher dogs to hunt and kill a deer on Christmas Eve

Poachers Scott Hayes and Christopher Darwin from Doncaster

Scott Hayes and Chris Darwin were found guilty of poaching offences.

The pair were spotted by police coming off private land with lurcher dogs in the village of Haxey, North Lincolnshire, on December 24, 2019. The body of a freshly killed male Roe deer was discovered nearby and further investigations revealed its injuries were consistent with it being killed by dogs.

Chief Inspector Paul Butler said, “This court result should send out a very clear message to those who commit wildlife offences that we take these offences seriously and will seek other sanctions available to the courts.

“The obtaining of [Criminal Behaviour Orders] in this case provides other police forces with a straight forward tool to deal with these men if they choose to commit wildlife offences with the use of the type of dog involved. I would like to thank the Wildlife Crime Officers involved in bringing this case before the court, the CPS Prosecutors involved and also the court for taking such offences seriously”.

Scott Hayes
Vicious bloodthirsty predator Scott Hayes

Deer poaching is a problem in many areas across the UK. It can involve extreme cruelty to the deer targeted, especially when dogs are used to chase and drag them down. Many offenders operate across several counties, travelling long distances to target specific hdilocations.

Christopher Darwin
Chris Darwin

The use of lurcher type dogs features in most poaching offences committed during both the day and night.

Chief Inspector Butler added: “Poaching activity is a blight on the countryside and many of those involved are linked to other offending. Members of rural communities often feel vulnerable and intimidated by poachers who can be aggressive or offer violence if challenged.

“If you witness suspected poaching offences taking place, particularly where lurcher type dogs are being used please report it to the police via 999.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order of 300 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £350 court costs; made subject to a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) preventing them from entering the Humberside Police area.

Yorkshire Post

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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Hillfoot, Sheffield: Carolyn Ashton

#TheList Carolyn Ashton, born 14/03/1971, of 40 Otley Walk, Sheffield S6 3PX – kicked and dragged a terrified dog leaving him frightened and crying

Ashton admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a dog after she was caught kicking and dragging him in the street.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how Ashton was seen mistreating the dog near McDonald’s restaurant, on Penistone Road, Sheffield.

Rob Coyne, prosecuting, said: “On July 20, in the early hours of the morning, police were called to an incident at McDonald’s on Penistone Road, Sheffield, to assist security with an aggressive female who was this defendant.

“The defendant was seen by others repeatedly kicking a dog which was with her and she was described as drunk and behaving in a disorderly manner.

“The dog was seized from the defendant and appeared in poor condition and was frightened and crying.”

Mr Coyne added the dog was examined by a veterinary surgeon and the dog was found to be in a poor condition covered in fleas and the vet stated the dog’s condition was among the worst cases for fleas he had ever seen.

Ashton pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by kicking and dragging the dog by his lead and admitted a further count of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by failing to obtain veterinary care and treatment.

She also pleaded guilty to being drunk-and-disorderly in a pubic place outside McDonald’s.

Sentencing: community order to last until September 2020, with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Fined £25 and ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £85 costs. It is not known if she was banned from keeping animals or if the dog was returned to her.

The Star

Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Lianne Dunn

#TheList Lianne Dunn, born c. 1987, of Copley Road, Doncaster DN1 – failed to provide veterinary care for her pet dog’s skin condition

Animal abuser Lianne Dunn from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK

An order was made for the dog, known as Codey, to be rehomed. Dunn is allowed to keep her cats.

Sentencing: £120 fine, £300 costs. Disqualified for having custody of a dog for two years.

Doncaster Free Press

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.

Daily Star

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.

Daily Star

Dinnington, South Yorkshire: Anne Louise Moffatt

#TheList Anne Louise Moffatt aka Anne Louise Pearce, born c. 1971, of Scarsdale Street, Dinnington S25 2RN

Animal abuser Anne Louise Moffatt from Dinnington, South Yorkshire
Anne Louise Moffatt is banned from keeping animals until November 2029

Caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal (species and nature of abuse not specified). Did not take steps to ensure that the needs of an animal for which she was responsible were met.

Sentencing: £120 fine, £200 costs. 10-year ban on keeping animals.

The Star

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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