Colne thugs jailed for animal cruelty offences

Three Colne thugs have been sent to jail for their part in “sickening” animal cruelty offences.

Shaun Mullens (22), of Leach Street, Joshua Varey (24), of Duke Street, and Paul Ashworth (49), of Hawley Street, all appeared at Pennine Magistrates’ Court today.

Mullens and Varey both pleaded guilty to attempting to kill a badger, while Ashworth pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, namely a black cat. Ashworth had been recorded on a mobile phone camera trying to shake a terrified cat from a tree. Laughter could be heard in the background.

Footage was also shown in court of the badger attacks.

Ashworth was given a 76-day custodial sentence, and was disqualified from owning dogs for five years.

Mullens was handed a 114-day sentence, and was disqualified from owning dogs for ten years.

Varey received a 126-day sentence, and was disqualified from owning dogs for ten years.

The case had been brought forward by the RSPCA, with assistance from Lancashire Police.

Speaking outside the court following the sentencing, PC Nigel Keates said: “I think the sentence has been absolutely appropriate.

“These were sickening attacks on defenceless animals.

“I would appeal now for a little bit of calm and relief from anybody on social media. There has been a sentence, and the courts have done their duty.”

http://www.pendletoday.co.uk/news/colne-thugs-jailed-for-animal-cruelty-offences-1-6725497

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Joshua Varey previous conviction

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Hunt supporter pleads guilty following vicious attack on sabs

Following an attack on hunt saboteurs at a Northamptonshire meet of the Ryford Chase Rabbit Hounds and Pytchley Foxhounds on 22/3/2014, Mr Jacob Dean Whalley plead guilty and was convicted on 9/9/2014 of 3 counts of battery, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Whalley was ordered to pay compensation of £450 to the victims, and court costs. During the attack, carried out by a number of hunt members, Whalley beat hunt saboteurs, seemingly at random with a stick, and kicked one in the head when she had been pushed to the ground.

The attack launched upon hunt saboteurs was neutralised at the time, and the rabbit hunt was abandoned as a result, before it had started. While we feel that Whalley’s sentence was too light, we are pleased that he was unable to get away with these assaults altogether.

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Barrow man charged with baiting dogs to attack a cat causing suffering

Last updated at 11:28, Friday, 17 October 2014

A 29-year-old has been charged with baiting dogs to attack a cat and causing unnecessary suffering.

Andrew Stephen Fenton of Westway, Barrow, is set to appear before Furness Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

It is alleged that between September 19, 2013 and March 19 in an unknown location he caused unnecessary suffering to a domestic cat.

Fenton has pleaded not guilty to the offence.

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Guilty! College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt members convicted for illegal fox hunting

Guilty! College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt members convicted for illegal fox hunting

14 October 2014

Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt were today found guilty of illegally hunting a fox during a hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, Northumberland on 27th February 2014.

Appearing before Berwick Magistrates’ Court, joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, huntsman, Ian Robert McKie and kennel huntsman, Andrew John Proe of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt, were all convicted of hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “We are extremely pleased with today’s verdict. We hope this successful case will make other hunt members think twice before breaking the law and causing harm to wildlife.

“We know that many hunts continue to regularly flout the law. Our team of professional investigators work hard in the field to capture illegal activity and work with the relevant statutory bodies to bring about prosecutions.”

The case was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service following evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigation by Northumbria Police.

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  • Sentences:
    Joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley was fined £2,075 with £120 victim surcharge
    Huntsman, Ian Robert McKie was fined £1,150 with a £115 victim surcharge
    Kennel Huntsman, Andrew John Proe was fined £480 with a £48 victim surcharge
    Each defendant was ordered to pay costs of £385. No forfeiture order was applied for, each being of previous good character.
  • Video footage of the incident is available here>>

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Defiant RSPCA prosecute Cattistock Hunt in Dorset, despite review

October 12, 2014

A defiant RSPCA said it was business as usual as it began another prosecution of a West hunt for breaking the hunt ban, just days after being told to review the way it mounts prosecutions.

The under-fire charity issued court proceedings against William Bryer, the huntsman with the Cattistock Hunt, the premier hunt in Dorset, ordering him to appear before magistrates in a fortnight’s time.

He is accused of one offence of breaching the 2004 hunt ban on March 11 this year and has been told to appear at Weymouth Magistrates Court on October 27.

The evidence against Mr Bryer is not yet known but it is likely to have come from hunt monitors. The activities of the Cattistock are often filmed by monitors from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, who are based in the area.

The prosecution is the first to have begun since the publication of the Wooler Report earlier this month into the way the RSPCA mounts what are effectively private prosecutions. The vast majority of the charity’s court actions are against individuals for acts of animal cruelty, but much of the report focused on the increasing role of the RSPCA in prosecuting allegations of illegal hunting by organised hunt packs.

Stephen Wooler, the former chief inspector of the CPS, was asked to review the RSPCA’s prosecution policy after the controversy following the charity spending £330,000 securing convictions of the Heythrop Hunt for breaching the hunt ban in Gloucestershire.

The Wooler report backed the Society’s decision to prosecute but questioned how much it was paying for legal advice to mount prosecutions of hunts, when the maximum penalties are so minor.

Wooler found the RSPCA was paying way more than the ‘going rate’ for prosecution barristers and legal advice for an offence as relatively minor as breaking the hunt ban. He found that, in total, the charity was spending £22.5 million a year prosecuting every kind of animal cruelty case, including hunting allegations.

The Wooler Report did, however, suggest the society channelled its energy into campaigning for a tightening up of the Hunting Act to make prosecuting it easier – and cheaper.

But last night, after announcing the Cattistock prosecution, the RSPCA said it would continue to prosecute hunts, at least until it had decided a strategy on hunt prosecutions with the state agencies – the Crown Prosecution Service and police chiefs.

“In accordance with the recommendations of the Wooler report into RSPCA prosecutions, we will develop a policy relating to our involvement in hunting prosecutions and will discuss this with the CPS and ACPO,” said a spokeswoman for the RSPCA.

“Until these discussions have concluded, our approach remains unaltered and we will examine each case on its merits and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors,” she added.

The Countryside Alliance, who started the campaign against the RSPCA mounting private prosecutions after it began bringing huntsmen to court, pointed out that other similar charities like the NSPCC and the RSPB do not mount their own prosecutions of child abuse or bird slaughter.

“Charities have a duty to spend donations prudently, but the RSPCA’s prosecution operation is profligate,” said Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner. “It would be far better if the RSPCA left prosecution to the CPS, like every other charity.”

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Defiant-RSPCA-prosecute-Cattistock-Hunt-Dorset/story-23119110-detail/story.html

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Three huntsmen to face trial charged with fox hunting in Northumberland

13/10/14

Ian Mckie, Timothy Smalley and Andrew Proe will appear before Berwick Magistrates for a two day trial beginning on Monday

Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt, including the Joint Master and Huntsman, are to face trial charged with illegally hunting a fox.

Joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, Huntsman, Ian Robert McKie and Kennel Huntsman, Andrew John Proe, are each charged with hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

The case which will be heard at Berwick Magistrates on Monday October 13 is listed for a two day trial and is based on evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigations carried out by Northumbria Police.

It is in relation to an incident alleged to have taken place during an advertised hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, Northumberland on February 27.

All three defendants pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges on July 17.

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Video – Badger cull defended amid target fail claims

10 October 2014 at 21:25 BST

Environment Secretary Liz Truss has defended the badger cull following claims it may fail to meet its targets for a second year.

A minimum of 615 badgers in Gloucestershire and 316 in Somerset need to be killed, according to those behind the cull.

But farmers say the operation has been hindered by opponents of the cull damaging cages used to catch the badgers.

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Seven people appear in court after police and RSPCA investigation in dog and animal fighting

By Plymouth Herald: October 10, 2014

SEVEN people have appeared in court following a joint investigation by police and the RSPCA into dog and animal fighting.

The six men and one woman – Nathan Baker, Jack Curnow, Craig Ford, Benjamin Luscombe, Craige McCormick, Alex Salt and Kerry Wrightson – were summonsed to Plymouth Magistrates Court to face a total of 35 counts under the Animal Welfare Act, the Protection of Badgers Act and the Deer Act.

Baker, aged 21, from River Park, Horrabridge faces two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, one of not ensuring the welfare of an animal, one count of killing a deer at night, one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place, one count of wilfully killing a badger and two counts of being present at an animal fight.

Curnow, aged 23, of no fixed abode, faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight and one of killing a deer at night. Ford, aged 24, of Bampfylde Way, Southway faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one count of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and one of wilfully killing a badger.

Luscombe, aged 25, of Kennel Hill Close, Plymouth, faces one count of not ensuring the welfare of an animal, one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one count of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place, one count of wilfully killing a badger and one of killing a deer at night.

McCormick, age 24, of Summerlands Gardens, Chaddlewood, faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, two counts of killing a deer at night, three counts of wilfully killing a badger and three counts of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place.

Salt, aged 24, of Coldrennick Street, Barne Barton faces one count of keeping/training dogs for use in connection with an animal fight, one of wilfully killing a badger and one count of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place. Wrightson, aged 21, from River Park, Horrabridge faces two counts of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and one count of not ensuring the welfare of an animal.

No pleas were entered.

Prosecutor for the RSPCA John Wyatt told magistrates the joint investigation ran from July 2013 to the beginning of this year. He evidence included mobile phone analysis and DVD footage.

The case was adjourned to be heard before a district judge on December 2

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Revealed: Shocking scale and brutality of dog fighting on the streets of Greater Manchester

Oct 09, 2014 20:00
By Amy Glendinning

Vet and owners tell of horror injuries suffered by pets stolen for ‘bait’ – as thug faces jail for allowing bulldogs to fight among themselves in squalid, hellhole flat

The shocking scale and brutality behind dog fighting can be revealed by the M.E.N. today.

Pets are being snatched from Manchester streets to be used as bait for fighting dogs while yobs are training their animals by biting them.

Vet Bartosz Ropelewski told the M.E.N. how he is seeing dog fighting cases every week and revealed how he had to treat a rottweiler that had been bitten by its owner with the aim of training it to attack other people and dogs.

Dog owners John and Carole Carroll have also told how their pet border collie disappeared for two days and they fear he was used as bait for fighting dogs.

And a court case heard how Alexander Walker’s six bulldogs – which had severe wounds from being allowed to fight among themselves – were forced to live in shocking conditions.

Explaining how mistreatment is now commonplace, Mr Ropelewski cites one bizarre case involving a man and his rottweiler is one of many he has seen recently involving dogs being trained to attack.

The vet, who works at Buchanan Vets in Baguley, Wythenshawe, also recently saved the life of a dog whose throat was ripped out when it was set upon by another dog in a park.

Mr Ropelewski, who has worked at the vet’s for nine years, said: “There’s a massive problem with it at the moment – it’s on a weekly basis, there’s so many cases.

“We’ve also had an owner who was biting his own dog – it was a rottweiler and he had been pinning it down on a table and biting it.

“He thought it was a good way of training it to attack other people and dogs.

“We had another dog where the whole head was nearly ripped off – it needed 130 stitches and five hours of surgery but survived.

“It had gone to the park with its owner and another dog, a staffie type, had attacked it.

“Owners are training these dogs to fight and they are ripping these other dogs apart.

“I think there are a lot of dogs being used as bait around here – we’ve had quite a few cases.

“It is mainly pitbull and rottweiler types which seem to be attacking other dogs.”

Currently, under UK law, one dog attacking another is not classed as a crime – but treated as a civil matter.

Police can only step in and bring a prosecution if a dog attacks a person.

Mr Ropelewski said: “The legislation needs to be changed – there is no law that can take steps if your dog is attacked by another dog.

“At the moment the police cannot do anything if a human is not attacked.

“It is very difficult if this happens and owners do not have pet insurance because the dog can need a lot of treatment.”
Our collie came home with a gaping wound after being stolen as ‘bait’

A couple have told how their fear their collie was used as bait for dog fighting – after it disappeared for two days and returned with terrible wounds.

John and Carole Carroll, from Wythenshawe, say border collie Jessie has become a different dog because of what happened to her while she was missing – going from friendly and playful to terrified.

The one-year-old disappeared while out for a walk near their home in Baguley and was found cowering near their doorstep a few days later with a gaping wound under one leg.

The couple say while searching for Jessie they were told dogs were being taken to be used as ‘bait’ to train fighting dogs before being dumped, badly injured.

Wythenshawe is known to have a higher than average number of ‘section one’ or banned breeds, mostly pitbull-type dogs, which can be trained to attack on more docile ‘bait’ breeds.

John, 57, and Carole, 52, who live off Floatshall Road, are now speaking out to appeal for information about what happened to their dog, which disappeared on September 25 and returned two days later, and warn other owners.

John said: “I always take Jessie out at night and as we were walking back she ran into some bushes barking and just disappeared.

“We were told someone had seen a man putting her in a van.

“A few days later our son came round and she was cowering on the doorstep with a big hole in her front leg and chest.

“She used to be so friendly but now she’s terrified of everything.”

Jessie’s injuries are so severe the Carroll’s vets, Buchanan’s on Hall Lane, are treating her for free after the couple used up their £360 savings on surgery costs.

Carole said: “The vets have been like angels to us – we can’t thank them enough.

“When we first took Jessie there they said it looked like definitely looked like a bite by another dog – what has happened I don’t know.

“I’m so angry, people need to know if dogs are being taken.”

Greater Manchester Police officers are set to investigate the dog’s disappearance to see if there is enough evidence to establish if a crime has taken place.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 101.

Facing jail, thug who kept six bulldogs in horror conditions alongside animal’s corpse

A thug kept six bulldogs which were regularly involved in fights between themselves in appalling conditions alongside a bloody corpse of another pet for two days.

Their owner could face prison after the disgusting discovery at his home in Prestwich.

Alexander Walker’s animals were seized after police stumbled across the 37-year-old digging a grave for the dead pet in woods near his home in April this year.

The bulldog, named Major, had been savagely attacked in a park by another dog two days before the find, Manchester magistrates court heard.

After following Walker to his flat in Beechcroft, Sedgeley Park, an inspector found the floor was filled with rubbish and needles.

All the animals had severe wounds from regular fights and excrement was caked into their paws.

Although there was no suggestion the animals had been involved in organised fights, the court heard they picked up numerous injuries having been allowed to fight each other in the cramped flat.

Paul McCormick, representing the RSPCA, said the stench could be picked up outside.

He said: “On reaching the flat the inspector realised the smell was emanating from his property, and saw a swarm of flies.

“He could see a large amount of of excrement, both old and new, all over the floor. There was so much it was impossible not to step in it.”

He said the remains of a cannabis factory was also found, and the only food in the flat was a piece of cake next to Major’s corpse.

The three adult American bulldogs and three puppies had been kept alongside the bloodied body for two days, he said.

Walker, of Windsor Crescent, Bowker Vale, Bury, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to care for his dogs.

The defendant, who is out of work and on benefits, said he had bought his first American bulldog after being stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver in 2011.

Zoe Earle, defending, said police did not track down his attempted murderer and Walker, who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, had kept the animal for protection.

She said: “The problem came when it had a litter, and then they had another.

“Before he knew it, he had in his possession a vast amount of dogs and no hope of looking after them.”

He faces imprisonment for up to a year, and fines of up to £20,000 for the neglect.

Walker was also told he could be banned from keeping animals for life when he appears for sentencing on October 30.

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Men fined for hare coursing near Boston | Lincolnshire Echo

Men fined for hare coursing near Boston

Lincolnshire Echo: October 10, 2014

Four men have been found guilty of trespassing in pursuit of game near Boston.

The men, all from the Manchester area, committed the offence at Westville on November 9 last year.

Shane Fury, 23, of Moss Lane, Syal, Manchester, Andrew Patrick Lee, 22, of Duchy Road, Salford, Hosea Burton, 26, of Stones Meadow, Carrington, Manchester, and Chasiah Burton, of Stones Meadow, Carrington, Manchester, were sentenced at Boston Magistrates Court on October 6.

Fury was disqualified from driving for six months, fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £200.

Lee was fined £300 and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Both Hosea and Chasiah Burton were ordered to pay a fine of £200 and costs of £200.

The convictions followed a report from a member of the public who witnessed the men on land with lurcher dogs. The details of the vehicle they were using were passed to police who were able to locate it shortly after.

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Middleton Hunt member denies animal cruelty allegation – Malton and Pickering Mercury

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Published on the 07 October 2014

A third member of the Middleton Hunt appeared in court this afternoon following an investigation into animal cruelty and fox hunting allegations.

Lee Martin, 44, is accused of blocking up a badger sett in woodland during a hunt meeting at Scrayingham, near Malton.

Prosecutor Martin Hawes alleged Martin had ‎interfered with the sett by obstructing access to it and restricting the entrance‎ on March 29.

Making his first appearance before Scarborough Magistrates (Tuesday, October 7), Martin, of Birdsall Malton, ‎spoke only to confirm his name, address, and age.

He denied the offence under the 1992 Protection of Badgers Act, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail on conviction.

The case was adjourned for a two day trial on February 9 and 10.

The case is one of a number brought by the Crown Prosecution Service resulting from an investigation by the League Against Cruel Sports.‎

Kennel huntsman Barry Andrews, 33, is accused of interfering with a badger sett in woods at Bossall, Malton, by restricting the entrance.

Tom Holt,‎ the joint master of the Middleton Hunt, has also appeared in court accused of a fox-hunting offence.

Stephen Welford, defending all three men, said the prosecutions resulted from the same investigation by the League Against Cruel Sports.

Andrews, of Kennels Cottages, Birdsall, Malton has, also denied the alleged offence on March 12 this year.

Holt, 28, of Leavening, Malton, denies hunting a wild mammal with dogs at Knapton Lodge, West Knapton, Malton, last February.

The case against Andrews has been adjourned for a two day trial on February 23 and 24. Holt’s case has been adjourned for a case management hearing by a District Judge on October 23

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