Dunmurry, County Antrim: Henry Williamson

#TheList Henry Williamson, born 16/02/1942, of 56 Barnfield Road, Dunmurry, County Antrim BT28 3TQ – ran a “dog factory” where animals were kept purely for profit and for repeated breeding.

Dog breeder from hell Henry Williamson pictured outside court

In June 2011 Williamson pleaded guilty to six charges of causing unnecessary suffering to puppies and dogs in relation to his breeding operation.

Over 60 dogs were found at the premises in filthy makeshift pens with no access to natural light. Many of the animals had urine scalds on their paws and many more were suffering from skin and ear irritations. None of the dogs were being fed a proper diet. Any medical treatment had been administered by Williamson himself.

The Chief Executive of the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) said this of Williamson’s horrific treatment of the dogs: “We believe that if one pup wasn’t fit to go in the shop window he disposed of it in what we would call a very, very callous manner.

“He wasn’t one bit interested in the dogs — he was only interested in what came out of their wombs. That’s all he cared about: what was pregnant and what gave birth”.

Horrifically it seemed that dead pups had been fed through a mincer, which was clogged with “blood, guts and animal fur”, and fed to Williamson’s ferrets. The half-eaten carcasses of still-born pups were removed from the ferret enclosure.

Williamson was due to be sentenced in July 2011 but we have as yet been unable to find any information on this.

Sentencing: unknown.

Belfast Telegraph

Pontypridd: Eric and Doreen Buckley

#TheList Eric Buckley (born ca. 1955) and wife Doreen (now deceased) of Tower Street, Pontypridd CF37 1NR – kept 9 geese, 2 goats, a cat,  11 former racing greyhounds and a pony in the basement  of a former pub

Animal abuser Eric Buckley of Pontypridd and some of the animals found in the cellar of his putrid home
Serial animal abuser Eric Buckley of Pontypridd, South Wales. Doreen Buckley died in 2015.

The Buckleys admitted chronic neglect of two dozen animals kept in a squalid cellar at their three-storey home.

The pair had already been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years due to animal welfare breaches in 1993.

After more series breaches in 1995 both were banned from keeping all animals for life.

Then in 2011 they were caught keeping a cat, 11 retired racing greyhounds, nine geese, a pony and two goats in a former  pub in High Street, Gilfach Goch, Rhondda Valley.

Shocked RSPCA officials found the couple’s “stinking” home to be infested with animal faeces.

At one point up to 13 greyhounds had the run of the rambling three-storey former pub, used by them as a toilet.

Most, however, were kept in an unlit cellar whose floor was almost an inch deep in animal waste.

A vet brought in to administer to the animals once they were located was forced to extract 34 rotting teeth from the mouth of one dog.

Four of the dogs were suffering from flea infestations, ear infections and oral disease with subsequent veterinary treatment for the animals amounting to £13,333.

RSPCA inspector Nicola Johnston said when Eric Buckley was approached about the conditions and asked why he kept so many animals, he answered: “Why not?”

Eric Buckley: jailed for 12 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for life.
Doreen Buckley: 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Daily Mail
BBC News
Wales Online



The property was in such a putrid condition it was regarded as proof of breaching animal welfare rules alone.

Eric Buckley admitted all the charges against him while his wife failed to attend but had previously made full admissions of all charges through her lawyer.