Corby, Northants: Luke Hamilton

#TheList Luke George Hamilton, born 29/03/1990, originally from Corby and more recently of 93 Hilary Road, Manchester M22 1PW, for starving greyhound then dumping dying animal at roadside

Dog killer Luke Hamilton from Corby

Hamilton admitted causing the animal unnecessary suffering by not addressing her weight loss and poor condition.

Kevin McCole, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said concerns were reported to the charity after people were shocked and distressed to see the condition of the dog.

A PCSO also investigated a report that the greyhound had attacked and killed a cat.

Mr McCole said: “The officer told the defendant to take the dog to the vet as its whole ribcage could be seen. He said he would do so.

“Later a greyhound was found collapsed and dying on the side of the road in Viking Way, Corby. It was severely emaciated and was conscious but unable to move.”

The five-year-old animal was taken to a vet and tests showed she had organ failure. She had to be put down.

The RSPCA made inquiries and traced a former owner of the greyhound who had transferred ownership of the dog to Hamilton.

He was so upset to hear of the dog’s condition that he burst into tears.

The RSPCA was then able to track down Hamilton who at first denied responsibility, lying that he had given the dog to his brother.

Sentence: sentenced to eight weeks in prison by Corby magistrates and banned from owning an animal for 20 years (expires March 2033).

Source: Northamptonshire Telegraph (article removed)

Macclesfield, Cheshire: Kalson Abbey

#TheList Kalson George Abbey, born 28/09/1972, most recent known address Devon Close, Macclesfield SK10 3HB – subjected his dog to regular beatings over three months before she was rescued by a posse of neighbours

Kalson Abbey and Mishka, the dog he subjected to regular beatings over three months
Kalson Abbey and beaten puppy Mishka, who had blood on her coat and horrific bruising under her fur

Former soldier Kalson Abbey repeatedly whipped six-month-old Northern Inuit Mishka with a braided strap in a series of “punishment” beatings because she kept soiling his carpet.

His aggressive yells of “bad dog” and the terrified yelps of pain from the animal so distressed neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lived that in a dramatic rescue mission they confronted Abbey on his doorstep and forced him to hand over his pet.

They took Mishka to the RSPCA, whose vets discovered savage bruising on her body.

Dog abuser Kalson Abbey, who is a former soldier
Former soldier Abbey whipped his dog in a series of beatings. He was caught out when concerned neighbours confronted him on his doorstep

Jobless Abbey denied causing unnecessary suffering and claimed he was the victim of a “vendetta”. But he was convicted after four neighbours gave evidence.

One nearby resident who asked not to be named said yesterday: “Abbey is nothing but a cowardly bully. That dog is only tiny and a fraction of his size. It’s no wonder the neighbours had to step in to rescue her.”

The court heard Abbey had fed and walked Mishka regularly but routinely gave her severe beatings and on one occasion was seen holding the dog off the ground by dangling her from a lead around her neck.

A policeman and an RSPCA officer took Mishka into kennels after her rescue. There, a vet discovered she was suffering from “very extensive bruising and superficial lacerations with one area consistent with an injury from a braided strap or similar object”.

Dog abuser Kalson Abbey

Prosecutor Claire Aldridge said even Abbey’s ex-girlfriend complained about his behaviour and produced a video on her iPhone in which he is heard shouting “bad dog Mishka, bad dog Mishka”.

Miss Aldridge added: “The defendant is an angry man who beats his dog and an incident caused several neighbours to attend his home.

“They acted out of concern for a puppy they felt was in need of rescuing. He inflicted repeated emotional and physical trauma. Even a healthy dog can be an abused dog.”

Abbey’s defence lawyer John Gallagher said his client had two prolapsed discs and could not have harmed the dog. He added: “My instructions are that he intends to appeal.”

But bench chairman Shelagh Mayer said: “The offence occurred over a prolonged period of time and we believe that the act was committed with intent and there was injury.’’

RSPCA officer Emma Timmis said: “We are very happy that he has been given a ban and thankfully Mishka is not going back to him.”

Sentencing: six-week custodial sentence suspended for two years. Ordered to pay £250 towards the £5,000 costs of the prosecution and Mishka’s kennel feels. Banned from keeping any animal for five years (expired March 2018).

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Hackney, London: James White

#TheList James Neill White, born 08/07/1991, formerly from York but as of April 2020 living at 16 Webster House, Boleyn Road, London N16 8LW – fried a hamster in a drunken prank

James Neill White pictured outside court

Police found the dead Syrian hamster in a frying pan next to a heated oven hob in James White’s flat, but it was unclear whether the animal was dead or alive when it went into the pan.

White, who at the time was studying politics and international relations at the University of York, denied killing the hamster by frying her on February 4, 2013, but admitted animal cruelty.

District judge Roy Anderson heard a post-mortem examination showed the hamster did not die of natural causes, but it was not clear whether she died from being fried or from rough handling minutes before she was put in the pan.

“Quite what happened on that night is still shrouded in a degree of mystery,” he said to White. “You, by your treatment of this small unfortunate rodent, destroyed your good character and earned a criminal conviction.”

Sentencing: 120 hours of unpaid of work in the community; £1,000 costs. Eight-year ban on keeping animals (expires March 2021).

York Press

Grimsby/Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire: Liam Ardito, Gary Cannon and Mark Smith

#TheList Liam Patrick Ardito, born 28/11/1979, of 4 Westwood Road, Healing, Grimsby DN41 7SA, Gary Lee Cannon, born 12/03/1985, of 2 Davenport Drive, Cleethorpes DN35 9JT, and Mark Wesley Smith, born 05/11/1959, of 16 Broadway, Little Coates, Grimsby DN34 5RN – set dogs on foxes and a badger and watched them being savaged to death

Wildlife criminals from Grimsby/Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire Gary Cannon, Liam Ardito and Mark Smith
L-R Gary Cannon, Liam Ardito, Mark Smith

The odious trio’s sickening activities were uncovered during an early-morning RSPCA raid on Smith’s home in Broadway, as other officers conducted a simultaneous operation in Newbury Avenue, where Ardito was living at the time.

Gary Cannon caught on camera with a brutalised fox
Gary Cannon caught on camera enjoying his sick hobby

Items removed from Smith’s property included an air rifle, a wild bird trap and a terrier-cross dog. Birds of prey, ferrets and dogs were being kept in the back garden of the property which was fitted with seven security cameras.

Gary Cannon and Mark Smith drag a screaming fox from her den before throwing her to a pack of dogs to be savaged to death
Gary Cannon and Mark Smith drag a screaming fox from her den before throwing her to a pack of dogs to be savaged to death

Ardito, Cannon and Smith carried out the sickening attacks – some of which they recorded on video – between April 2010 and August 2012.

Smith had thousands of images of dogs attacking animals on his computer, and memory sticks found in his home.

Twisted Mark Smith with a helpless fox
Twisted Mark Smith with a helpless victim

The men’s lawyer Clive Rees of Clive Rees & Associates admitted there was “no justification” for his client’s actions. He added the best he could say for his clients was they had been winding down their activities, saying they believed it was “getting too hot and too heavy.”

Nigel Burn, prosecuting for the RSPCA, described their behaviour as “intentionally cruel”, telling the court, it amounted to “torture”.

The men's dogs suffered a catalogue of facial injuries
The men’s dogs suffered a catalogue of facial injuries

Liam Ardito admitted the following charges:

  • Causing unnecessary suffering to dog by causing it to fight with another animal
  • Jointly causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Causing an animal fight between a dog and a fox
  • Jointly with Gary Cannon causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Causing an animal fight between a dog and a badger
  • Causing unnecessary mental suffering to a fox by caging it
  • Jointly with Gary Cannon causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Jointly with Gary Cannon causing unnecessary suffering to fox by causing it to be attacked by two dogs
  • Jointly with Mark Smith causing an animal fight between two dogs and another animal
  • Jointly with Mark Smith causing unnecessary suffering to a black and tan terrier by making it fight with another animal
  • Jointly with Mark Smith, taking wild birds, namely sparrowhawks
  • Keeping premises for use in animal fighting

Gary Cannon admitted the following charges:

  • Jointly with Liam Ardito causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Jointly with Liam Ardito causing an animal fight between a dog and a badger
  • Jointly with Liam Ardito causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by dog
  • Jointly with Liam Ardito causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by two dogs
  • Jointly with Mark Smith causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog

Mark Smith admitted the following charges:

  • Being present at an animal fight between a fox and a dog
  • Aiding and abetting Liam Ardito in causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Two counts of aiding and abetting Liam Ardito and Gary Cannon in causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Being present at a fight between a dog and a badger
  • Being found, in Broadway, in possession of a trap for the trapping of wild birds
  • Aiding and abetting Liam Ardito and Gary Cannon in causing unnecessary suffering to two terrier dogs by causing them to fight with a fox
  • Aiding and abetting an unknown person to cause unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • Together with Liam Ardito, at Littlecoates Road, causing an animal fight between two dogs and an unknown animal
  • Together with Gary Cannon, causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog
  • With Liam Ardito, causing unnecessary suffering to a black and tan terrier by causing it to fight with an unknown animal
  • Possessing a wild bird, namely a curlew
  • Possessing a wild bird, namely a rook

Sentencing: four-month custodial sentence for each count to run concurrently. Ardito and Smith were banned from keeping dogs and birds for at least 10 years and Cannon from keeping dogs for at least 10 years (expires March 2023).

North West Hunt Saboteurs

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After Ardito, Cannon and Smith were sentenced, the RSPCA released a series of photographs of men believed to be associates of the trio. It is unknown whether any of them were ever traced or prosecuted.

Unidentified associates of Ardito, Cannon and Smith

Source: North West Hunt Saboteurs Association

Bradford/Leeds: Timothy Davey and Charlotte Mountain

#TheList backyard breeders Timothy Davey (aka Timothy Lee O’Reilly), born 20/07/1985, of Ravenscliffe Avenue, Bradford BD10 0JX and Charlotte Mountain, born c. 1986, of Victoria Avenue, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7AS – banned from keeping animals for just five years after three dogs were found in a shocking state

Backyard breeder Timothy Davey and one of the dogs found at partner Charlotte Mountain's property in Victoria Avenue, Yeadon
Backyard breeder Timothy Davey and one of the dogs found at his partner Charlotte Mountain’s property in Victoria Avenue, Yeadon, Leeds

Charlotte Mountain admitted allowing dogs Gismo, Rino and Bingo to suffer, while partner Timothy Davey, a career criminal with convictions for violence, was found guilty of neglect following a trial.

Backyard breeder Timothy Davey and one of the dogs shared at partner Charlotte Mountain's property in Victoria Avenue, Yeadon

The bull breed dogs were suffering from severe skin and eye conditions, which saw two of them lose extensive amounts of fur.

RSPCA inspector Nikki Cheetham said: “These dogs were in a shocking state when they came to our attention and could not have looked more different after getting the treatment they needed.

“Gismo had virtually no hair on her body and her skin was red raw from sarcoptic mange. She really was a sad sight. Rino wasn’t much better.”

The dogs came to the RSPCA’s attention in June 2012.

Sentencing:
Mountain – 10-week curfew; £100 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years.
Davey – banned from keeping animals for five years
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Wharfedale Observer

2019 update:
Timothy Davey, now calling himself Timmy Lee O’Reilly, continues to operate a highly dubious backyard dog breeding operation, which he calls ‘pittz r us’.

Even though he’s on benefits, Davey is a prolific producer of bull terriers and appears to be raking in the cash.

This is not a man who cares about the fate of the dogs he sells either: and there is more than a hint of links to the dog-fighting world

Backyard breeder Timothy Davey aka Timmy Lee O'Reilly from Bradford
Backyard breeder Timothy Davey aka Timmy Lee O'Reilly from Bradford
Backyard breeder Timothy Davey aka Timmy Lee O'Reilly from Bradford
Backyard breeder Timothy Davey aka Timmy Lee O'Reilly from Bradford
Timothy Davey openly flogs puppies on his FB page
Backyard breeder Timothy Davey aka Timmy Lee O'Reilly from Bradford
Backyard breeder Timothy Davey aka Timmy Lee O'Reilly from Bradford