Dominic O’Connor, Kircubbin, Northern Ireland

#TheList Dominic O’Connor (DoB 18/10/1989) previously known as William Mocsari and also William Stevens, previously of Roden Street, Kircubbin, Co Down  – convicted of cooking and killing a dog

Evil dog killer Dominic O'Connor
Deranged dog killer Dominic O’Connor AKA William Mocsari AKA William Stevens – given just two years in jail for his crime

O’Connor strangled his four-year-old collie, Jess, with a lead before cooking her, using “a few onions and an Oxo cube” in December 2016. He then fed the stew to his other dog. He put Jess’s remains on the fire and later dumped the ashes into Portavogie harbour.

O’Connor was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog and banned for life from owning another animal.

Prior to being sent to prison for two years in November 2017 O’Connor was seen at a property in  Dundela Avenue, Belast BT4 3BT.  His family are based in Bangor, Co Down and he also has links to Hammersmith in London and Surrey.

The court heard that O’Connor bought Jess on the internet classifieds site Gumtree.

The incident was uncovered when he told hospital health professionals what he had done.

Police then visited his house, where they found burned dog hair and a liquid on the grate of the fire.

Sentencing O’Connor, the judge said this was a “particularly disgraceful and heinous offence”.

He said O’Connor had misled the people from whom he got the dog, leading them to believe she would be nurtured and protected.

Instead, he said that it was clear that O’Connor was going to kill this dog and “inflict serious cruelty”.

He said O’Connor’s behaviour was “barbaric and calculated”.

The judge added that O’Connor had raised questions about his mental health, but did not provide any medical evidence on which the court could rely.

He said he had displayed “no real remorse” and despite not giving evidence on his own behalf, O’Connor seemed to challenge the evidence against him.

The court heard that O’Connor had 23 previous convictions.

Sentence: He was sentenced to two years in prison and a further two on licence. He was banned from owning any animal for life.

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Sealand, Deeside, Wales: Peter Neville Tellett

#TheList Peter Neville Tellett (DoB 22/11/1959) of 8 East Green, Sealand Deeside, Flintshire CH5 2SG – neglected Jack Russell terrier SpongeBob and failed to take him to the vet even when he chewed off his own back foot and lower leg

Tellett from Sealand in Wales neglected Jack Russell SpongeBob to the extent that the dog chewed off his own leg
Tellett from Sealand in Wales neglected Jack Russell SpongeBob to the extent that the dog chewed off his own leg

Tellett admitted a cruelty charge between July 4 and July 18, 2017.

Solicitor Glen Murphy, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told Flintshire Magistrates Court that RSPCA Inspector Fred Armstrong called at the Tellett’s home and spoke to his partner, Angela Maguire.

Inspector Armstrong was shown a male Jack Russell dog and part of  his rear right leg was missing.

The injury appeared to be fairly recent but Maguire said she did not know how it happened.

It had been noticed some two weeks earlier but she said they did not have the money to take him to the vet.

She agreed to sign over the dog, together with two others, to the RSPCA.

At the time there were three adult dogs and five puppies in the property.

Tellett was interviewed and said he had SpongeBob for nine years and became aware of the injury some two weeks before. It was not bleeding and he assumed it was alright.

Tellett said he believed the dog had done it himself, did not howl or cry, and he did not consider it to be in pain.

He agreed it was his fault that nothing had been done about it. “I should have done more,” he said.

Vet David Harlow found the dog to be “quiet and miserable” and was missing his rear, right lower leg below the hock.

The wound was swollen and painful, the vet suspected it was infected, and the degree of healing was consistent with “traumatic amputation” some two weeks before.

It was also consistent with the claim that the dog might have chewed off his own foot.

SpongeBob was given pain relief and antibiotics.

He also had teeth missing and may have had teeth knocked out, said the vet.

His nails on the remaining three feet were long, suggesting a lack of reasonable exercise.

The leg injury would have extremely painful and the vet said that the dog would have been in chronic and acute pain since it happened.

He had undergone unnecessary suffering by failure to seek veterinary attention.

Mr Murphy said a lack of money was no reason not to seek veterinary attention for an animal.

All vets were under a duty to provide pain relief to prevent suffering, whether payment was made or not. The RSPCA was always available to give advice.

District judge Gwyn Jones told Tellett he would have to make urgent arrangements to have any remaining dogs rehoused.

Earlier the judge questioned why, if there was no money available, there were five dogs in the house in the first place.

The court was told Tellett, who had no previous convictions, could not do unpaid work because of a heart condition.

Sentence: 12-week tagged curfew; £300 costs and £85 surcharge; 10-year ban on keeping dogs (expires November 2027).

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Paisley, Renfrewshire: Danielle Brown

#TheList Danielle Brown (also known as Danielle Davidson), born 08/04/1986, of 32 Dunlop Street, Linwood, Paisley PA3 3AL – starved pet dogs Shasta and Skylar and refused to take them to the vet.

Cruel single mother Danielle Brown from Linwood, Paisley, left these two dogs to starve and refused to take them to the vet.

Brown’s cruelty left seven-year-old Shasta in such a “terrible state” that a concerned vet felt there was no option but to put the animal to sleep.

The dogs were taken to the vet by investigators from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) following an anonymous tip-off that they were being neglected.

Investigators arrived at Brown’s home and took the animals away to have them examined.

Cruel dog abuser Danielle Brown from Linwood, Paisley

Shasta’s ribs, hips and spine could clearly be seen through his coat. He also had a fever and tests revealed he had become blind in one eye due to glaucoma.

Vets who examined two-year-old Skylar could also clearly see her ribs, hips and spine.

Single mother Brown pleaded guilty to neglecting both pets between February 27 and March 27, 2017, in breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Community Payback Order of 75 hours of unpaid work over the next three months. Banned from owning animals for just 5 years (expires November 2022). Deprivation order on the surviving dog, Skylar. 

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Sunderland, Tyne and Wear: Kayleigh Laybourn

#TheList Kayleigh Laybourn, born c. 1990, of Londonderry Terrace, Sunderland SR3 2EE – allowed her lurcher dog Margot to starve

Convicted dog abuser Kayleigh Laybourn from Sunderland and victim Margot

Margot the lurcher was described as ’emaciated’ when RSPCA inspectors acted on a tip-off from a member of the public, Sunderland magistrates heard.

But the court heard owner Laybourn did not appear to accept she should have fed the dog,

John Ellwood, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said an inspector visited the home Laybourn shared with her two children after a complaint was made about her in June 2017.

The charity made three separate visits, but Laybourn failed to respond.

Mr Ellwood said: “This case concerns a dog – Margot. She was emaciated.

“Margot was in a small, cramped utility area. She was extremely skinny, with prominent hips, ribs and spine. All the ridges on the spine were visible.

“Margot weighed 25.3kg, she should have weighed 30kg. She was in poor body condition, with a poor quality coat.

“Bloods were taken which showed she had a low red cell count and other problems, either as a result of starvation or liver problems.

When Margo returned to the vet a few weeks later after being fed a proper diet she had gained  6lbs.

Mr Ellwood went on:  “I can safely say that Margot was suffering from emaciation from lack of food.

“Since emaciation is the lowest stage of starvation that a dog can reach before death, this case must have involved a prolonged period of suffering.

“Whilst the defendant accepts she should have taken the dog to the vet, she doesn’t appear to accept that she should have fed it.

“Margot has now been fed back to full health.”

Laybourn pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.  She was due to be sentenced on 7 December 2017 but no details are available.

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Alan Pownall of Wallasey, Merseyside

#TheList Alan D Pownall (DoB 20/11/1957) of Flat 1 Reay Court, 86 Borough Road, Wallasey CH44 6NQ – kicked a puppy to death and dumped the body in a pile of rubbish in an alleyway.
silhouette of man - abuser wanted

Pownall initially claimed Halo had been hanged by her own collar in a freak accident. He claimed he had no recollection of kicking the puppy to death.

Pownall was due to stand trial in October 2017 before admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Chris Murphy, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “When interviewed, he confirmed the dog’s name was Halo and she had hung herself on a collar while attempting to break out from a training crate.

“He said he felt guilty he hadn’t heard the dog crying and had left the body in the alleyway because of financial difficulties.

“There was no evidence of blood or saliva on the cage.

“There was scant evidence of strangulation around the neck.”

A post-mortem examination found that the animal had suffered severe damage to her liver as a result of multiple blunt forces consistent with being kicked.

Pownall, who was looking after the dog for his daughter Michelle, told the probation service he had been drinking brandy.

Magistrates said Pownall would have received the maximum sentence they could impose – six months in jail – but it was reduced to 23 weeks because of his guilty plea.

Pownall, dressed in combat trousers, bowed his head and remained impassive as he was taken away by security officers.

Sentence: 23 weeks in jail; banned from keeping animals for life

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Stoke-on-Trent: Tonya Haughton and daughter Carmen Lyth

#TheList Tonya Haughton (DOB 26/11/80) and daughter Carmen Lyth (DOB 21/6/99), both of Blakelow Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 – kept dozens of guinea pigs and rabbits in shocking conditions

Tonya Haughton and daughter Carmen Lyth of Stoke on Trent kept dozens of animals in shocking conditions. RSPCA inspectors found 42 dead animals and one year own 28 more were found.
Tonya Haughton and daughter Carmen Lyth of Stoke on Trent kept dozens of animals in shocking conditions. RSPCA inspectors found 42 dead animals and one year own 28 more were found.

Carmen Lyth (pictured) and her mother Tonya Laughton pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to 11 guinea pigs and four rabbits.

The RSPCA was contacted by the Stoke-on-Trent City Council in April 2017 after a council employee became concerned about smells coming from a property in Trowbridge Crescent, Bentilee, where the pair were living at the time.

When an RSPCA inspector attended, she found 42 dead guinea pigs wrapped in puppy training pads in a hutch in the garden, and two bags of dead guinea pigs inside the house.

There were also emaciated rabbits in the garden, and the house was covered in faeces.

Overall, Haughton and Lyth had around 130 animals in the house.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “There were four cages of guinea pigs in the living room and more guinea pigs kept outside in the garden. There were even more cages dotted around the house.

“We found a dead guinea pig inside the property and when we asked what happened, we were told that the guinea pig was dying that morning but that they hadn’t had time to deal with it.

“The conditions inside the house were shocking and the animals were in terrible states. The rabbits which we found in the garden were so thin that it was a surprise they were still alive.

“It really was such a shock to see animals being kept in this way. It is clear that the animals had been deteriorating for some time and it should never have got to this point.”

The RSPCA had 57 surviving animals signed over to them, who will be rehomed.


Haughton –  12-week suspended sentence.  Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Lyth – 18-month conditional discharge.  Disqualified from keeping animals for just 5 years (expires November 2022).

Stoke Sentinel


On 11 September 2018 the Stoke-on-Trent Live news site reported that the horrified new tenant of the property had found 28 dead guinea pigs wrapped in puppy pads and buried in shallow graves in her back garden. These were in addition to the 42 found by the RSPCA last year.