Former YKC member receives suspended sentence for cruelty
FORMER Young Kennel Club member Jordan Taylor has received a 17-week suspended sentence for two years at Leeds Magistrates this afternoon. She also received 200 hours community service, 30 sessions of rehabilitation and fines totalling £315. She has also been banned from keeping animals for life.
Taylor, a single mother, had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs, a Labrador who died and an Estrela Mountain Dog.
Two-year-old Labrador, Bumper, was found dead in a shed, and the Estrela, who has been renamed Sha and suffered severe weight loss, is now back with her breeder.
Bumper belonged to Tracey Douglas, from Ireland, and the Estrela was bred by Trisha Dean.
Bumper had lived with Taylor for a year after being collected from Miss Douglas at Scottish Kennel Club’s May 2016 championship show. When Bumper was found he weighed 14.2kg, less than half his ideal weight.
Taylor, 23, of Butterfield Way, Wakefield, was a former YKC member who had shown, judged and taken part in grooming competitions.
Mrs Dean, who writes the DOG WORLD breed notes for Estrela Mountain Dogs, told DW that Sha was 18.4kg when she got him back from Taylor but has now recovered to a healthy 41.2kg.
She said: “Jordan had been around the show scene for a long time. She showed an interest in the breed and she handled a few dogs for somebody else.
“I felt sorry for her. She’d never had a dog of her own to show. She’d always shown for other people or had her name on dogs but didn’t have a dog.
“I had some puppies and suggested I’d let her have one for her to show. She jumped at the chance and I said she could pay me in instalments.
“She never got the bitch transferred into her name and whenever I was supposed to meet her to see the dog she never turned up. Of course, she didn’t pay me any of the money until I said I wanted the dog back and I eventually got £100.
“We were supposed to meet at Manchester but she didn’t turn up. She’d been messaging me the night before about meeting for breakfast when she must have known she wasn’t ever going to come.”
Taylor then stopped responding to Mrs Dean’s messages and the breeder had to contact her mother on Facebook to get back in contact with Taylor. When Taylor then pulled out of bringing the dog back Mrs Dean asked a friend to go and get her.
The friend was Tracy Roberts, a veterinary nurse, who realised how undernourished the Estrela was as soon as she saw her. She removed the dog from the property and it was then that the pair contacted Miss Douglas and alerted her to the fact that there were problems at the home of Taylor and that there had been no sign of of Bumper there.
Miss Douglas did not attend the sentencing but talked to DW about her relationship with Taylor.
“We were very good friends. Week in week out we would have been on the phone to each other. If I had travelled over from Ireland to a show and she was travelling down to a show we would have bunked in a hotel room together to cut costs.
“I completely trusted her with my dog. Right up until my friend arrived at the house to check on Bumper she had been telling me he was fine.
“I’m never going to get the full answers of what was going on and what happened to Bumper.
“If anything comes out of this I want to make people aware to be so careful who they trust their animals with. Look out for the slightest things that might not seem right in any cases involving your animals.”
On hearing the news of the sentence handed out to Taylor Miss Douglas felt justice had been done.
She said: “It is what it is. We went through the legal system to get justice for Bumper and this is what they have decided. It's not the outcome I watned but I have to accept it now."
Miss Douglas is hoping to do a fundraiser for the RSPCA in the coming months because of the charity’s speed at getting the case to court and the way it investigated the circumstances around Bumper’s death.