Salford, Manchester: Carl McQuillan

#TheList Carl McQuillan, born 09/02/1987, of 7 The Green, Manchester M27 – abandoned the pet Staffy Cleo for whom he admitted he never gave “a second thought” to starve to death

Carl McQuillan from Salford bragged that he didn't give a second thought to the dog he left to starve to death in an abandoned property
Carl McQuillan from Salford said he hadn’t given a second thought to the dog he left to starve to death in an abandoned property

Cleo was found dead, surrounded by faeces and urine and with flies around her body at a house in Swinton.

The horrifying extent of McQuillan’s neglect was outlined by prosecutors. He admitted “not giving a second thought” to the dog after moving in elsewhere with his father after his stepmother was diagnosed with cancer, it was said.

The RSPCA were originally called to his home in January 2015, after receiving reports of an abandoned dog, but they were assured she had not been left alone for long.

Then on 14 March 2016 police were called to Bolton Road in Swinton, near the Lord Nelson pub, to reports of a public order offence.

After being arrested McQuillan told officers he needed to go home to pick up some medication for a heart problem.

It was then police came across his dog, which had been left to fend for herself since Christmas time.

Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Anne McDonald said a police officer who entered the room encountered an ‘overwhelming smell’ which made him feel ‘physically sick and took his breath away’.

She added: “He said that the dog was clearly deceased and appeared in a mummified state. He said he was shocked at the state of the animal and had never seen a dog left in such a condition.”

A post mortem examination found that the dog could have died any time from eight to 40 days before she was discovered by police. A child’s shoe was found in the dog’s mouth and other items in her stomach.

McQuillan’s lawyer Michael Cahill conceded his client “didn’t give the animal a second thought.”

Addressing McQuillan, the judge said: “It was a horrendous offence. There was quite clearly neglect.

“You effectively abandoned your dog around Christmas and it was found dead in March.

“The dog had tried to eat just about anything before it died. I have no doubt it suffered a miserable death.”

Sentence: 16 weeks in prison for the animal offence plus 10 weeks for assault on his partner, to run consecutively.

Manchester Evening News

Camborne, Cornwall: Roberta Cleere

Roberta Kirsten Adele Cleere, born 11/10/1977, of 72 Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8RY – for the shocking mistreatment of several horses at her sanctuary, the Second Chance Horse Rescue Centre; breached her ban on having any involvement with equine animals within one year

Horse abuser Roberta Cleere of Camborne, Cornwall

In October 2016 Cleere was found guilty of four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals in her care after horses belonging to her were found with leg wounds, eye wounds, poor body condition and in a state of emaciation.

She was charged as follows:

1. Causing unnecessary suffering to a Shetland cob-type horse, called Prince, by failing to provide adequate veterinary and attention to a leg injury between 31/12/2015 and 9/1/2016

2. Causing unnecessary suffering to a Shetland cob-type horse, called Prince, by failing to provide adequate veterinary care for a problem with his eye between 5/1/2016 and 9/1/2016

3. Causing unnecessary suffering to two Shetland cob-type horses, called Beau and Jess, by failing to investigate and adequately treat the cause of their poor body condition between 2/12/2015 and 8/1/2016

4. Causing unnecessary suffering to a piebald cob-type horse, called Sampson, by failing to adequately investigate weight loss between 18/12/2015 and 10/2/2016

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Kevin Withey told the court how Cleere ignored advice and warnings of the RSPCA and failed to properly look after the horses at her sanctuary.

Horse abuser Roberta Cleere of Camborne, Cornwall
Convicted horse abuser Cleere outside court

The court was told how Cleere recently had eight horses which were now under the ownership of her then 17-year-old daughter Chandon Cleere, with two set to be rehomed within the coming months.


Original sentence (Oct 2016): 24 weeks in custody, suspended for two years; 100 hours of unpaid work; costs of £1250 plus victim surcharge. Banned from keeping horses for 10 years (expires October 2026).

For the breach of a suspended sentence Cleere was fined £300, and for the breach of the disqualification from involvement in horses she was given a four-week curfew, active seven days a week between 10pm and 6am. She must also pay court costs of £375 and an £85 victim surcharge.

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Huddersfield, West Yorkshire: Billy Michael Furey

#TheList Billy Michael Furey, born ca 1997, of 35 Elmfield Avenue, Huddersfield HD3 4SQ – allowed his dog to be “dangerously out of control”. The dog attacked a woman and her Jack Russell and was ordered to be destroyed.

Billy Michael Furey failed to control this dog. The dog, named Spot, lost his life as a result.
Billy Michael Furey failed to control this dog who attacked a woman and her Jack Russell.. The dog, believed to be named Spot (pictured), lost his life as a result.

Furey was convicted of owning a dangerous dog which attacked Elizabeth Duffield. Mrs Duffield spent five days in hospital following the attack near her home in Golcar on March 13, 2014. She was left with horrific hand injuries and facing the ordeal of extensive surgery to repair the damage.

Mrs Duffield’s Jack Russell Buster was also injured in the attack.

Furey pleaded guilty to owning a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury when he appeared before Kirklees Magistrates.

The magistrates ordered that the dog must be destroyed unless an appeal is lodged within the next 21 days.

Furey was also sentenced for dishonestly receiving stolen goods. He drove a stolen Mazda on Riddings Road, Deighton, without a licence or insurance.

When police stopped him panic-stricken Furey reversed the Mazda into the police vehicle behind him and got stuck.

He was given a community order to take part in an accredited programme for 33 days and ordered to pay £200 compensation for dog attack. His driving licence endorsed with eight points.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Horfield, Bristol: Gemma Bennie

#TheList convicted heroin dealer Gemma Bennie, born 22/08/1990, of 36 Cropthorne Road South, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0PS – left Staffy Zacko to starve to death while she was in prison

Dog killer Gemma Bennie from Bristol and Zacko, the dog she left to starve to death in an empty house when she went to jail
Drug dealer and dog killer Gemma Bennie from Bristol and Zacko, the dog she left to starve to death in an empty house when she went to jail

One-year-old Zacko suffered an agonising slow end when heartless Bennie abandoned him in her flat.

The dog was found dead lying on his cruel owner’s clothes where he had crawled in a desperate attempt to find some final comfort.

Bennie had been jailed at the end of January 2016 and the dog’s decomposed body was found three months later.

A neighbour alerted the authorities about a fly infestation and smell coming from her flat.

Bennie admitted animal cruelty and was sent back to prison for 17 weeks and disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Zacko was owned by Bennie’s former partner, who was in prison and had left him in her care.

Sentence: 17 weeks in prison. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Daily Mail