Tracy Dixon and Nicola Bradley Wiki – Biography
Tracy Dixon, 47, and Nicola Bradley, 35, were found guilty of “sadistically” torturing an African gray parrot named Sparky until the bird died, according to local reports. “You together sadistically tortured and essentially killed Sparky,” Carlisle Crown Court Judge Richard Archer told the women last month, according to SWNS News. “The way in which suffering was caused to that animal is shocking,” he added. “It involved spraying it with cleaning products; he involved painting it with paint; and it involved hitting her with a tea towel.” The incident reportedly took place in July 2022 in the city of Carlisle. The two women went out drinking on the night of July 30, and Sparky’s owner, identified as his friend Paul Crooks, picked up the women and allowed them to stay as guests at his home in town. The women reportedly continued drinking once they arrived at Crooks’ home around 5:30 a.m., while Crooks went to bed.
Tracy Dixon, 47, and Nicola Bradley, 35, years old.
He woke up hours later to discover that his shaving cream had been sprayed on Sparky’s cage, The Guardian reported. He reportedly ordered the women to leave the bird alone and left the house to run errands. He returned to his house that same day and found his beloved bird dead and the women dressed in his clothes. Dixon and Bradley reportedly tortured the bird by covering it with furniture and metal polish, as well as shiny paint, and beat the animal with a towel, according to prosecutors. The pair were also accused in court of trying to feed Sparky to Crooks’ dog before throwing her into a dryer that had been turned on. The couple reportedly opened the dryer door and discovered the parrot was “gasping” its last breath, according to The Guardian. Then one of the women broke the bird’s neck.
“It involved putting her in a dryer and turning it on, and it involved, once the dryer door opened and Sparky was gasping for her last breath, one of you touched her neck,” Archer told the duo in court, according to SWNS. Both women denied causing unnecessary suffering to the bird during the trial and blamed each other for the crime, The Guardian reported. The women were sentenced to 25 months in prison each and are prohibited from owning animals indefinitely. African gray parrots are at risk of extinction due to poaching, according to the Zoological Society of London website. Meanwhile, Crooks has mourned the loss of his bird, who he said would entertain friends with renditions of “God Save the Queen” and theme songs for TV shows “Coronation Street” and “Emmerdale.” According to SWNS, he suffered panic attacks and sleepless nights after the bird’s death. “In terms of not having Sparky around her, it hasn’t been the same without her,” he said. “The house is so quiet without her now, and she’s been a great lady.”