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The sick animal abusers who beat, stabbed and neglected dogs and were brought to justice

This year Teesside Live has reported on some of the scariest cases of animal cruelty in the North East. One of the heartbreaking cases includes a pet owner who stabbed his German Shepherd while on a beach.

While another cruel man was pictured in court after receiving a community order for sexually assaulting a woman and then beating her five-month-old puppy. The RSPCA and various organizations work to protect animals and prosecute those who abuse them.

After an attacker was jailed in the area, a wildlife officer said: ‘Anyone who harms or abuses animals will be brought to justice.’

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We look at some of the most shocking cases:

Neal Bowden and Hayley Lane



Hayley Lane and Neal Bowden

Neal Bowden and his partner Hayley Lane appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court for acts of cruelty which led to one of their dogs being put to sleep. The South Bank couple pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to attend to the dogs’ needs.

Angel and Bonnie crosses were found in ‘dirty and neglected’ conditions at the couple’s home on Strauss Road in August last year. An RSPCA inspector visited the site on August 24 after community concerns. Bowden initially denied owning a dog, but was surprised when a dog appeared in the doorway.

RSPCA prosecutor Alex Bousfield said Angel was unable to stand and was in a room that smelled of urine and faeces. He said the pup had overgrown nails, was underweight and covered in fleas.

Angel weighed just 7.81kg, but the court heard that a healthy dog ​​of his size and breed should have weighed 12kg at the lowest to 17kg. Images described as “discouraging” by the magistrates saw her emaciated on a scale in a veterinary practice.

The other animal, Bonnie, was found with significant fur loss, fleas and thickened skin, which Mr Bousfield said was a sign of prolonged irritation. The court heard that Bonnie constantly scratched and tried to bite herself to ease the discomfort.

The two men were each given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. They were also banned from keeping animals for five years.

Lane, 36, and Bowden, 37, were also ordered to pay £200 in costs, a victim surcharge of £128 and full rehabilitation days. Lane received a community order and Bowden received an unpaid work requirement.

Luc Profit



Luc Profit
Luc Profit

This northeast dog owner has been put behind bars after he stabbed his German shepherd 12 times on a northeast beach.

Luke Proffit committed the brutal crime on December 16 last year, while suffering from a mental health crisis. His dog Bella was found seriously injured on the beach at Hendon, near Sunderland, by members of the public where he left her to die.

Although she was treated by a veterinarian, Bella died after suffering cardiac arrest. Proffit, who is believed to have links to Teesside and Hartlepool, told officers ‘it is not illegal to kill your dog’ after his arrest, Chronicle Live reports.

Proffit, 22, of no fixed abode, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to unnecessary suffering to an animal. In addition to an 18-month sentence, Proffit was banned from owning animals for 18 years.

Wildlife Officer PC Peter Baker of Northumbria Police said: ‘This is an absolutely horrific case and I welcome the custodial sentence handed down to Proffit. There is no doubt that the dog was subjected to sustained violence and she was found by members of the public with horrific injuries to her body and neck on the beach at Hendon.

“Proffit is one of the first offenders in our force to be jailed since stricter sentencing guidelines were introduced in UK courts last summer for the most heinous crimes of animal cruelty. . We are a nation of animal lovers, and it is always disappointing and upsetting when crimes like this happen.

“I hope this case sends a strong message – anyone who harms or abuses animals will be brought to justice. We will continue to work with our fantastic colleagues and partners, including the RSPCA, to educate everyone – including young people in schools across the North East – about the importance of caring for animals.

Scott Marshall



Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

This drunken pervert sexually assaulted a woman before locking her on her balcony while he beat her five-month-old puppy, a court has heard.

Scott Marshall received a community order after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after a night out at Norton in October last year.

Marshall, of Emsworth Drive, Eaglescliffe, knew the victim and began talking to her in a pub before telling her he would drive her home. The prosecution said he then asked her if she wanted to return to his apartment to see his guitars and she agreed, taking her five-month-old Labrador puppy with her.

The couple arrived at 12:40 a.m. and the woman said upon arrival that she regretted the decision. A statement heard in court read: ‘Now I think about it, his behavior was a little weird and I immediately regretted it but I didn’t mean to be rude.

The couple sat on the sofa drinking and chatting before he tried to kiss her but she rejected his advances. The court heard he then grabbed her and put a hand on her chest before she pulled away and pushed him away.

The prosecutor told Teesside Magistrates’ Court: “She said he then asked her to stay and she said she didn’t want to. She wanted to escape the situation and went to the balcony to have a cigarette He jumped up and locked the door The accused then sat down next to the dog and grabbed him by the throat for 30-40 seconds.

“The defendant hit the dog three times with an open palm. He kept saying he was going to steal the dog and keep it. He came to the window yelling and screaming that he was going to push her over the balcony.”

Magistrates gave Marshall an 18-month community order requiring him to complete 30 days of rehabilitative activity. It must also complement the horizon program – an intervention offered to men who have a sexual belief.

The panel also ordered the 40-year-old to complete 30 hours of unpaid work and pay £285 in fees. He must comply with the notification obligations for a period of five years.

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