Blackpool, Lancashire: Kelly-Marie Whitaker

#TheList Kelly-Marie Whitaker, born c. 1987, of Kent Road, Blackpool, Lancashire – failed to address cause of dog’s weight loss

Whitaker was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog, named Bounty, by failing to address the cause of  his weight loss.

Sentencing:  12-month community order; 25 days of drug rehabilitation; total fines and costs of £195. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Blackpool Gazette

Tiverton, Devon: William Douglas Dolley

Starved calf

#TheList William Douglas Dolley, born March 1969, of Holwell Farm, Collipriest, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4PT – let a calf starve and left dead sheep in a field

Dolley was caught with piles of bones, dead animals and sick cattle on his farm in Devon twice in 11 months by trading standards inspectors.

He had been due to stand trial over a previous inspection in 2017.

But when a vet and trading standards officer returned to Holwell Farm a on 7 February 2018 they found two dead sheep lying unburied in fields where other animals were grazing.

They also discovered piles of rubbish, old bones and an emaciated black bullock calf lying on its side in a cattle shed with no food or water.

Its condition was so bad that it was killed immediately on the orders of the vet.

Dolley admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the bullock, three charges of failing to dispose of carcasses and one of failing to prevent animals having access to by-products.

Sentencing:
Jailed for 18 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

BBC News

Kingston Upon Hull: John Terence Powdrill

Photo shows convicted dog abuser John Terrence Powdrill and Jack Russell terrier Jake, who had to be put to sleep.
John Terence Powdrill, failed to provide the appropriate veterinary treatment for 16-year-old Jake between August 20 and 27, 2018.

#TheList John Terence Powdrill, born 15/09/1976, of Mayville Avenue, Kingston upon Hull HU8 8EZ –  left his elderly dog to suffer  with a hole on his muzzle

John Powdrill left his 16-year-old Jack Russell Jake to suffer in agony.  

The RSPCA found Jake wrapped up in a duvet in Powdrill’s kitchen, with a hole half-a-centimetre in size on top of his muzzle.

When they removed the duvet Jake was “very skinny” and had sores all over his body. He was taken to the vets immediately, but was sadly put to sleep due to the extent of his suffering.

RSPCA inspector Lucinda Green said: “When I first saw Jake he was wrapped in a duvet in the kitchen of Powdrill’s home and only his head was visible.

“He had a hole half-a-centimetre in size on the top on his muzzle which went deep into his nasal cavity, and the skin around it was red raw.

“When I lifted the duvet he was very skinny and had sores on his body where his bones were the most prominent.

“I took him straight to the vets and they advised he needed to be put to sleep immediately, such was the extent of this poor old dog’s suffering.”

Powdrill  was due to appear before Hull Magistrates Court on November 23, but did not show and was convicted in his absence.

As well as the hole in his nose, all of Jake’s teeth were damaged and infected, and he was severely dehydrated to the extent that his veins had collapsed.

The court heard Powdrill called the RSPCA on August 27 to tell them Jake had collapsed, wasn’t eating or drinking, and lying in his own mess – adding that Jake had deteriorated over the last year and hadn’t been seen by any vets.

In mitigation, the court was told that Jake was owned by Powdrill’s partner’s family, and his defence claimed he had done given the best care he could for a dog that wasn’t his, buying ointments and creams.

The District Judge rejected this by saying what Powdrill did was “wholly inadequate”. He accepted that Powdrill had called the RSPCA but that he had only done so so that the charity would pay for euthanasia.

Sentencing:
Ten weeks in prison and a 12-month post-sentence supervision order. Banned from keeping dogs, cats and caged animals for life.

 Hull Daily Mail

East of England: Stolen puppies found during police investigation into activities of a prolific traveller crime gang

Mugshots of nine members of the brazen burglary gang, all of whom come from the traveller community

Nine members of a violent gang of travellers, who committed more than 200 burglaries in 11 months across multiple counties in the East of England region have been jailed for a total of 71 years. 

Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight.

They would don forensic suits in a bid to outwit police and were so prolific that in one day in July 2017 they committed seven burglaries, eight the next, and a total of 50 for the whole month. 

On one travellers’ site Cambridgeshire Constabulary found seven stolen Labrador puppies in the boot of a car as well as an arsenal of deadly weapons. 

Stolen dogs found during police raid on one travellers' site

Nine of the gang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary:

Charlie Albert Webb, 20, from Newton Flotman, Norfolk – jailed for five years.

John Eli Loveridge, 42, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

John Stanley Loveridge, 23, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joseph Holmes, 21, of Schole Road, Willingham – jailed for four years.

Danny Stone-Parker, 28, of Braintree Road, Great Dunmow – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Timothy Stone-Parker, 24, of Clay Way, Ely – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joe John Spencer Loveridge, 19, of Winchester Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire – jailed for four years.

Richard Oakley, 27, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five years.

Johnny Oakley, 25, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five-and-a-half years.

A tenth man, Simon Oakley, 45, of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle on 31 October following a trial. He was jailed for nine years.

Detective Inspector Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “These sentences reflect the scale and impact of this gang’s offending.

“Every one of their crimes had a victim so the trauma and devastation caused in quite a short space of time was immense. They clearly had no care at all for the impact their offending was having on communities, particularly in south and east Cambridgeshire, which were particularly badly hit, and, indeed, across the region.”

The gang targeted homes in rural areas, where they could make easy getaways and stole high-performance vehicles to give themselves a better chance of out-running police.

Offences were committed across Cambridgeshire including Littleport, Wisbech, Fordham, Burwell, Prickwillow, Dullingham, Ely, Waterbeach, Soham, Abington, Cambridge, Chippenham, Little Shelford, Isleham, Sawston, Hardwick, Willingham, March, Histon, Swavesey, Longstanton, Little Downham, Stow cum Quay, Doddington, St Ives, Stretham, Chippenham, Balsham, Cottenham, Cheveley, Elsworth, Swaffham Bulbeck, Fulbourn, Newmarket, Teversham, Boxworth, Yaxley and Friday Bridge.

Two other men – James Pateman, 55, of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, 54, of Fen Road, Chesterton, Cambridge – were also found guilty of handling stolen goods on 31 October following a trial at Norwich Crown Court. The court heard the men were involved in the disposal of jewellery between 12 March and 7 November, 2017.

Pateman was jailed for three-and-a-half years and Brown eight years.

Simon Oakley, who owns Stratton Quick Fit, a garage and workshop at Elite Business Park, in Salamanca Road, Norwich, had previously admitted possession of a firearm without a certificate and handling stolen goods.

He provided false registration plates and directed others to commit crime. He helped to hide stolen vehicles and pass them off as legitimate.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Daily Mail

Clacton-on-sea: Daniela Berndorfer

#TheList Daniela Berndorfer, born 1970, of Gainsford Gardens, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex – for severe neglect of two cocker spaniels

One of Daniela Berndorfer's two neglected dogs.

Berndorfer’s dogs, named Freckles and Amber, had to have teeth removed due to severe infection and were left with maggots in their matted hair.

When Berndorfer took the dogs to a grooming salon, the owner described their condition as the “worst she had seen in her 15 years of dog grooming”.

Stuart Cooper, prosecuting, said: “Freckles was described as dirty, matted and smelling of urine.

“One dog had really bad-smelling breath. She described the smell as intense and there was pus coming from one of the dog’s mouths.

“She also described a putrid urine smell.

“In relation to Amber, it had taken two hours to clip her.

“In her experience of dog grooming she said she hasn’t seen anything this bad and said they probably hadn’t been groomed in at least two years.”

The salon owner reported the case to the RSPCA and an inspector visited Berndorfer’s address.

Berndorfer owns the dogs jointly with her 77-year-old mother, Gillian.

The dogs were seized and given urgent veterinary care.

One of Daniela Berndorfer's neglected dogs

“Freckles had been recently groomed but the ears were still heavily matted and the inspector was unable to tell where the ears finished and the matt started,” said Mr Cooper.

“On examining Amber, the inspector noticed she had been recently groomed but her ears were also severely matted.

“The dog had a strong smell and discharge coming from the side of her mouth, she was essentially drooling over her front legs and chest.

”The dogs were taken to a vets in Colchester, where Freckles was described as suffering severe infection of the mouth.

“There were maggots in her hair and following treatment nine teeth had to be removed from her mouth.

“With Amber, there was so much discharge the inspector couldn’t see what was going on in her mouth. 19 teeth had to be removed.

“The vet concluded both dogs would have been in extreme pain.”

Due to Gillian’s age and severe health issues, she was given a caution and did not have to appear before magistrates.

Daniela Berndorfer, who previously lived in Kettering, admitted four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

She was cautioned in 2014 in relation to the welfare of the two dogs.

The court was shown recent pictures of the two neglected pets, which showed the appalling state of their hair and infected mouths.

Describing one picture, Mr Cooper pointed out the discharge which could be seen underneath the matted hair when the matting was “cracked open.”

Sentencing:
12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Banned from owning or keeping any animal until further notice.

Daily Gazette

Clevedon, North Somerset: Jennifer Parnell

#TheList Jennifer Parnell, born c. 1944, previously of Beaconsfield Road, Clevedon,  Somerset – a serial hoarder who breached a previous ban on keeping animals after eight cats were found in squalor at her home

Jennifer Parnell is a serial animal abuser of cats, dogs and also, allegedly, horses though she faced no charges in relation to the welfare of those she currently has.
The conditions inside serial hoarder Jennifer Parnell's filthy home
 The conditions inside serial hoarder Jennifer Parnell’s filthy home

In April 2012 Jennifer Parnell, then living in Burnham-on-Sea, was banned from keeping dogs and cats for 10 years after being convicted of cruelty charges relating to three dogs and four kittens. Now her disqualification order has been extended until 2038 after eight cats were found in disgusting conditions at her current address.

Parnell had crudely white-washed the windows of her home in an attempt to hide the faeces-ridden rooms inside the property and the cats who lived there.

But when the RSPCA got into her home, they found the eight cats living in squalid conditions.

One of the cats was so poorly he had to be put to sleep. He had been left to suffer with a blocked bladder.

This unnamed black and white cat had to be put to sleep to end his suffering
 Sadly this little one had been so neglected he couldn’t be saved

Parnell was brought to court but failed to turn up and had to be brought back to court under a warrant.

She was convicted of three charges of causing animal suffering.

“This could have all been avoided if the disqualification order had not been breached,” said RSPCA acting chief inspector Stephanie Daly.

“The courts impose disqualification orders for a reason – to protect animals from suffering and neglect at the hands of people who have been convicted of doing so.

“We rely on the public to inform us if someone has breached a ban and take this very seriously – as do the courts,” she added.

The surviving cats will now be made available for rehoming.

Sentencing:
26 weeks in prison, suspended for two years; £2,000 towards boarding costs. Ban on keeping dogs and cats extended until 2038. 

BristolLive

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Note – 07/12/18: we have been advised that Jennifer Parnell (who has been known to use aliases including the surname Stewart) has now moved to Ashcombe Road, Weston-super-Mare. We understand that this serial hoarder and animal abuser relocates often to avoid detection. Anyone in that road should keep an eye out for those giveaway white-washed windows.

Parnell also apparently keeps four horses in Portbury, near gordano, which were not the subject of the cruelty  case. We also hear that two dogs were in her possession as well but the RSPCA’s prosecution only concerned her keeping of cats.

Please watch out for her. By all accounts this is no confused old lady, but a devious individual who has apparently left landlords, vets, farriers and others thousands of pounds out of pocket. 



Carluke, North Lanarkshire: Margaret Thomson Forsyth

#TheList Margaret Thomson Forsyth, born 1962, of 9x Unitas Crescent, Carluke, North Lanarkshire ML8 5AP – breached a 15-year ban on keeping animals imposed in 2006 following a case of appalling pet neglect

Margaret Forsyth from Carluke breached a 15-year ban on keeping animals imposed on her in 2006
Margaret Forsyth from Carluke breached a 15-year ban on keeping animals imposed on her in 2006

In August 2006 Margaret Forsyth was banned from keeping animals for 15 years after admitting to causing suffering to three toy poodle dogs, two of whom had to be destroyed.

Forsyth kept the dogs locked in her kitchen and refused to walk, groom or clip them. The poodles were described as being “in a terrible state” when found living in squalor. All of them had advanced dental problems: their teeth were loose, one poodle’s jaw had disintegrated and another had a hole in the roof of hear mouth. Two of the dogs had to be euthanised to end their suffering.

Forsyth pleaded guilty to causing the dogs unnecessary suffering by failing to provide grooming and veterinary treatment.

Twelve years on and Forsyth was found to have breached her ban after Scottish SPCA officers discovered a 12-year-old Jack Russell dog, a 15-year-old female domestic short haired cat and a budgie at her property.

In December 2018 she was ordered to pay a £360 fine. An additional 21 month disqualification order was add on to her existing 15 year ban, which will now expire around May 2023.

Scottish SPCA news

Sheffield: Frazer Hugh Massey and Zoe Natasha White

#TheList  Frazer Hugh Massey, born 20/03/1993, and Zoe Natasha White, born 11/03/1987, of 5x Morland Road, Sheffield S14 1TB  – abandoned two dogs to starve to death; only one survived

Frazer Massey and Zoe White left their two dogs behind when they fled their property in Moorends, Doncaster
Frazer Massey and Zoe White left their two dogs behind when they fled their property in Moorends, Doncaster

Frazer Massey and Zoe White left their property on Wembley Road, Moorends, Doncaster in June 2018. Their dogs – an eight-month-old Yorkie named Rexy and Jack Russell terrier Missy, aged seven – were locked in an upstairs bedroom with no food or water. Sadly Rexie had starved to death by the time they were discovered. Both dogs were riddled with fleas.

Frazer Massey and Zoe White left their two dogs behind when they fled their property in Moorends, Doncaster
Jack Russell Missy survived despite being abandoned in an empty property with no food or water

The pair admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs by leaving them unattended without taking reasonable steps to ensure that adequate arrangements were made for their care.

RSPCA inspector Tamsin Drysdale said: “When I opened the door to the bedroom Missy ran straight past me, she was so desperate to get out.

“Then I saw the scratch marks in the carpet where the dogs had clearly been trying to escape.

Scratch marks on the bedroom flooring shows the dogs' desperation to escape
Scratch marks on the bedroom flooring shows the dogs’ desperation to escape

“I went downstairs and gave Missy some water, and she drank excessively and for a long period of time.

“Rexy wasn’t so lucky. His body was amongst the clothes, empty takeaway boxes and fizzy drink bottles on the floor.”

Veterinary examination found that Rexy was very thin and had a lot of flea dirt in his coat. A subsequent post-mortem found he had most likely starved to death.

Little Rexy was left to starve to death by his cruel owners Frazer Massey and Zoe White
Little Rexy was left to starve to death by his cruel owners Frazer Massey and Zoe White

Little Rexy was left to starve to death by his cruel owners Frazer Massey and Zoe White

Missy was found to be underweight by the vet. She was still very thirsty and hungry, drinking a large volume of water and eating ravenously when food was offered. She was very itchy and had lots of live fleas and flea dirt in her coat.

She was taken on by RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham Branch Animal Centre in Bawtry, from where she has been happily rehomed.

The court heard that the couple had left the property on 9 June after an incident during which police were called and had never gone back.

The RSPCA was contacted by a concerned member of the public four days later and placed seals on the door to establish whether anyone was attending. Inspector Drysdale spoke with White the next day who said the 15-year-old daughter of a friend was attending, and they were returning the day after, but that didn’t happen.

Inspector Drysdale said: “It’s hard to imagine any circumstances where I would leave my dogs locked in a bedroom alone, without food or water, and without ensuring that someone was attending to them, like Massey and White did here.

“The animals were discovered after I got a call from White saying she wanted to rehome them and directing me to a spare key so that I could go and get them. If they’d done that sooner, both dogs might have survived.”

Sentencing:
Both were given 14-week prison sentences, suspended for 12 months.  Massey was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work while White was given a curfew order. They were ordered to pay a total of £265 costs and charges each. Both were disqualified from keeping dogs for life.

The Star

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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