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Antrim, County Antrim: Robert and Conor Mcaleenan

#TheList Robert James Mcaleenan, born c. 1959, and son Conor Mcaleenan, born c. 1986, of 210 Lisnevenagh Road, Antrim BT41 2JT – jailed for a catalogue of animal cruelty offences against dozens of horses, ponies and donkeys

Robert and Conor Mcaleenan were jailed for allowing horses and ponies to suffer horrifically
Robert and Conor Mcaleenan were jailed for allowing horses and ponies to suffer horrifically

Travellers Robert and Conor Mcaleenan were  jailed after police  discovered a ‘scene of horror’ at their farm, with decomposing dead horses among those still alive.

The case was triggered by a tip-off from a member of the public. The scene that confronted vets and PSNI officers on November 22, 2011, was one of horror.

Robert and Conor Mcaleenan were jailed for allowing horses and ponies to suffer horrifically
Conor Mcaleenan
Cruel horse traders Robert and Conor Mcaleenan from Antrim

They were faced with an overpowering stench of dead animals which had been dumped in a heap on the farm, with numerous other standing around in filth, starving and left to fend for themselves.

One vet said: “The scale of what I saw was unbelievably large. The father and son had fundamentally failed to protect the animals, failed to address the most basic health and husbandry requirements.

“Some of the animals were in such a pitiful state of suffering that they had to be euthanised on humane grounds.”

Judge Desmond Marrinan told the Mcaleenans: “This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that I have encountered and you should be thoroughly ashamed of your callous behaviour.”

The judge said he was unimpressed by the men’s defence and found no substance in claims the pair had not set out to deliberately cause suffering or distress to the animals.

He told the court the case photographs were “horrific… almost unbelievable”, and said: “The evidence bore testimony to the fact they treated these poor animals in a pitiless manner without the slightest regard for their welfare. In my view they are unfit to be carers for any animal.”

Conor Mcaleenan, who had owned the animals, was jailed for 14 months.

Robert James Mcaleenan, who owns the farm between Antrim and Ballymena, was given nine months.

The pair were banned from keeping animals for 25 years.

Belfast Telegraph
Irish Mirror

In January 2018 the pair reappeared in court accused of breaching their ban on keeping animals. The outcome of their latest court case is unknown, however.



Burnley, Lancashire: Jamie Broadbent

#TheList Jamie Broadbent,  born 20/4/1985,  as at December 2017 of 20 Clarence Street, Burnley BB11 3HG – abandoned his 2 pet dogs to die from dehydration

Dog killer Jamie Broadbent from Burnley and his two victims Roxy and Cassie
Dog killer Jamie Broadbent from Burnley and his two victims Roxy and Cassie

Broadbent admitted causing the unnecessary deaths of a German shepherd cross named Roxie and a terrier named Cassie while he lived at a house in Bacup.

He left the dogs on a settee in an upstairs bedroom where they were found by an RSPCA inspector decomposed on May 23rd 2014.The door handle to the bedroom had been removed. The inspector was informed by the landlord that the property had been vacant for 5 weeks.

Broadbent claimed in interview that he was suffering from depression and had recently split up from his girlfriend with whom he had two children.

He said that he could not afford to buy food for the dogs but could not explain why he had not given them water.

Broadbent said that the terrier had died first and that he taken the door handle off to prevent the children from getting into the bedroom.

The RSPCA found two half-full bags of dog food in the room with the dogs, but no water.

Sentence: jailed for 12 weeks and banned from having pets for 10 years (expires December 2024).

The Mirror

Colchester, Essex: Neil Lewis

#TheList Neil Lewis, born c. 1942, of Flanders Field, Colchester CO2 8BX – drowned lodger’s pet cat after she knocked over a model aeroplane

Neil Lewis from Colchester took a dislike to his lodger's cat and drowned her in the River Colne.
Neil Lewis from Colchester took a dislike to his lodger’s cat and drowned her in the River Colne.

Lewis took a dislike to the animal who had been brought home by Alexander Hammond when he found her wandering at a railway station while a kitten.

The pensioner then came to hate the cat as she grew up.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Lewis became “fed up” with the cat after she knocked over his model aeroplane.

A passer-by later spotted him taking the creature in a pet carrier to the side of the River Colne, before submerging her into the murky waters.

Police were called and the cat was rushed to a vet, but there was nothing that could be done.

Lewis pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Sentence: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Daily Gazette

Wakefield/Pontefract: Todd Jenkinson and Luke Kendall

#TheList Todd Jenkinson, born 23/02/1989, formerly of Wesley Street in South Elmsall, and as at September 2019 of Abbott Terrace, Wakefield WF1 5PU, and Luke James Kendall, born c. 1986, formerly of Middlecliff Lane, Little Houghton, and now Wakefield Road, Ackworth, Pontefract WF7 7AH – for poaching offences

Luke Kendall
Luke Kendall

Todd Jenkinson and accomplice Luke Kendall faced two charges of entering land at Eastoft, Amcotts and Garthorpe with high powered spot lamps for the purpose of taking or destroying game.

Sentencing: both fined £200.

Gainsborough Standard

Todd Jenkinson is a known associate of Dale Shields and Murphy Thorne, who were convicted of badger baiting in September 2019. An active member of notorious Facebook group ‘Let the dog see the hare’ until its removal in August 2019, Jenkinson made no secret of his lust for killing wild animals with dogs. Disturbingly, his reaction to an upsetting post showing a deceased and decomposing lurcher-type dog was one of amusement. He suggested that the poor animal be revived with “purple spray” ( a hilarious group in-joke) and when challenged over his callous attitude said that everyone should “lighten up” and “dunt tek life t serious” (sic).

Kingston Upon Hull: Suzanna Falconer and Raymond Spires

#TheList Suzanna Falconer, born 1973, and Raymond Spires, born c. 1990, of Albert Avenue, West Hull HU3, for neglecting banned breed dog; dog put to sleep on BSL grounds; Falconer in breach of animal ban for starving 13 pet rats to death.

Photo shows Suzanna Falconer, Raymond Spires and their neglected pitbull Tia, who was put to sleep after being found to be a banned breed.
Suzanna Falconer, Raymond Spires and their neglected pitbull Tia, who was put to sleep after being found to be a banned breed.

Tia had to be put to sleep after RSPCA inspectors found her at the home where Suzanna Falconer lived with her partner Raymond Spires.

The dog was suffering from a skin condition and was later found to be a pit bull, a breed banned in the UK.

Falconer, who was banned from keeping animals for five years in 2012 after starving 13 rats to death, pleaded guilty to breaching her disqualification order and failing to meet Tia’s needs.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA takes breaches of disqualification orders very seriously.

“Unfortunately, in this case, it is clear that no lessons had been learnt by Falconer, despite a disqualification from keeping animals.

“She not only breached the terms of the court order but sadly went on to fail to give Tia the care she needed.”

Spires also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of Tia and aiding and abetting the breach of Falconer’s disqualification order.

Falconer was originally banned from keeping animals for five years after neglecting a rabbit called Bugsy, three ferrets and 13 rats and for causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog at her previous home in Downing Grove, east Hull.

The rats were found dead in cages in the shed having been starved to death.

The hedgehog had been kept in captivity and was emaciated.

Falconer had not fed the ferrets properly or protected them from pain, injury, disease and suffering.

Her partner at the time Andrew Gill, was also convicted of the same offences and went on to be banned for a further 20 years after he left his four dogs without food and water or bedding.

RSPCA inspectors and police raided Gill’s house again in September 2013 where they found 20 fish, a corn snake, two Staffordshire bull terriers called Zane and Patch, two terriers called Dufus and Meg, two cats and six kittens.

Dufus and Meg were confined to the kitchen and had been eating out of the bin.

Zane and Patch were found in the rubbish-strewn garden, where there was broken glass jars, rusty metal tins and exposed metal chair springs.

Falconer – eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, £350 costs, £80 victim surcharge.
Spires – 80 hours of unpaid work, £350 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
Both were banned from keeping animals for seven years (expires November 2021) .

Source article removed.

Bradford, West Yorkshire: Gary Marshall

#TheList Gary Steven Marshall, born 16/08/1985, of Fagley Croft, Bradford BD2 3JQ – attacked family dog in a drunken rage; also attacked two women

Gary Marshall was given a nine-month sentence over the incident in which he flung his girlfriend’s pet miniature schnauzer against a wall.

Marshall also picked up a toy pram and battered his girlfriend over the head and back with it during attack at her home in Wakefield.

Leeds Crown Court heard Marshall and his partner had been out in Leeds city centre on August 16, 2014, to celebrate his birthday.

He became aggressive during the evening after taking cocaine and drinking.

Christopher Dunne, prosecuting, said Marshall began approaching strangers and picking fights with them. His partner decided to leave and caught a taxi alone to their home on Copeworth Drive, Hall Green.

Marshall also caught a taxi and turned violent with his partner in the bedroom. He turned the bed over and began shouting abuse at her.

She ran downstairs but Marshall followed her and attacked the dog when it began barking.

Marshall then kicked the kitchen door off its hinges and said to the babysitter: “I don’t like your presence. It’s your fault.”

Marshall then hit his partner with the pram when she tried to intervene. He stopped the two women from leaving the house and grabbed the babysitter when she tried to leave.

Police arrived at the property and arrested Marshall. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

James Lake, mitigating, said Marshall, now of Fagley Croft, Bradford, was ashamed of his actions.

Judge Neil Clark said: “Your victim was vulnerable, this was a sustained attack and a weapon was used.”

Sentence: total of nine months in jail.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post (article removed).

Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Christopher Stock

#TheList Christopher Stock, born around 1990, of Wiltshire Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 – for kicking Mastiff cross Sandy “flying in to a wall” at pub

Convicted dog abuser Christopher Stock and mastiff cross Sandy

Stock  was convicted in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard Stock was outside the Guinea Butt pub in Calverley Road on May 14, 2014, when the incident occurred.

A pub employee spotted the crime when he was watching CCTV from the pub’s system. He saw Stock kicking his dog Sandy with enough force she went flying into the wall about a yard away.

Andrew Kirby from the RSPCA visited Stock two days later at his home.

Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Andrew Wiles, said that Stock told Mr Kirby he was ‘off his head’ and lost his temper, but knew it didn’t excuse him kicking the dog.

Mr Kirby said: “There is no doubt that the defendant caused a lot of unnecessary suffering to this poor dog.

“He kicked her very hard on her side and the force was strong enough to knock the 33kg dog off her feet and send her flying across the floor.

“She visibly flinched and ran off in distress.”

The mastiff was later taken for examination by a local vet, Jason Hadley. He was shown the CCTV footage, and said the animal was ‘clearly kicked hard’.

The court heard Stock had previous convictions including for violence but none involving animals.

Mr Wiles said the RSPCA had put the dog in boarding kennels and that Scott had “declined to relinquish” her.

He also said that when Scott was sentenced there would be a case for a deprivation, meaning Sandy could be rehomed permanently.

Sentence: unknown

Kent Online


Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester: Alexander Walker

#TheList Alexander Walker, born 14/05/1977, of Cote Royd, Caroline Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6NT –  kept six fighting dogs in squalid mess next to bloodied corpse of another dog

Callous Alexander Walker  currently of Ashton-under-Lyne but with links to Prestwich and Bury
Callous Alexander Walker, foul conditions inside his filthy flat and one of the dogs found there

As the newspapers failed to follow-up in this case, we contacted Manchester & Salford Magistrates Court who kindly provided details of Walker’s sentence.

Earlier in 2014 Walker had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to care for his dogs after police caught him digging a grave for a dead dog in woods.

The bulldog called Major died after being savagely attacked in a park by another dog two days before the find

Walker kept three adult American Bulldogs and three puppies next to the wounded corpse at his home in Prestwich for two days.

After following Walker to his flat an inspector found the floor was filled with rubbish and needles. All of the animals had severe wounds from regular fights and excrement was caked into their paws.

The remains of a cannabis factory were also found, and the only food in the flat was a piece of cake next to Major’s corpse.

Although Walker had been warned he could be imprisoned for up to a year and fined up to £20,000 for the neglect, he received just two months in jail.

Sentence (Oct ’14): two months’ imprisonment. Disqualified from keeping any animal for life

Manchester Evening News
The Mirror

Bolton Woods, Bradford: Kelly Harrison

#TheList Kelly Harrison, born c. 1989, of Bolton Hall Road, Bolton Woods, Bradford BD2 – neglected three horses so badly that two of them had to be put down

Harrison pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to three horses – one of which survived and was re-homed.

The three horses – aged between seven and nine months – were found in an “extremely thin state” by RSPCA officers and needed worming. One of them had collapsed in the field, the court was told.

Nigel Monaghan, prosecuting, said: “There was no supplementary food supply for them and a very small amount of dirty water on offer. The grass in the field was very poor, the field was very muddy and there was no shelter.”

He added: “They were all suffering due to a poor diet. They had been neglected for weeks to a few months, according to the vet.”

In mitigation, the court was told that Harrison had never intended to cause the horses any suffering and had fed them a bale of hay each day.

Her solicitor John Raj said “circumstances overtook her and, particularly, her lack of knowledge”.

He: “She was simply unable to cope with this enormous task of looking after three ponies with very little money.”

The court heard that Harrison, of Bolton Hall Road, Bolton Woods, had bought two of the horses for between £15 and £20 and was given the third free. It was said that the animals were already in a poor state of health when she took them on, which she did out of pity.

Sentencing.  80 hours of unpaid work. Total costs and charges of £250.  Banned from keeping or having any care of horses for ten years (expires October 2024)

Telegraph and Argus

In September 2015 Harrison was back in court after breaching her disqualification order.  She was photographed riding horses at the annual travellers fair in Appleby, Cumbria in contravention of her ban. She was told to pay a total of £500. 

Craigavon. County Armagh: Andrew Richard Stewart and Jamie Downey

#TheList Andrew Richard Stewart, born 26/07/1991, of 15 Waverley Court , Lisburn BT28 1TF, and Jamie Downey, born c. 1991, of 1 Chestnut Hall Avenue, Moira, Craigavon BT67 0GG – poured flammable liquid over a border collie dog and set her alight. The dog, Cody, never recovered from her injuries and had to be put to sleep two weeks later.

Dog killer Andrew Richard Stewart, his accomplice Jamie Downey and their victim border collie Cody, who died from her injuries.
Dog killer Andrew Richard Stewart, his accomplice Jamie Downey and their victim border collie Cody, who died from her injuries.

An infamous animal cruelty incident which took place in Northern Ireland in August 2012, although the two animal abusers in question were only brought to justice in October 2014.

A family photo of much cherished pet Cody
A family photo of much cherished pet Cody

Cody, a three-year-old border collie, had followed Stewart and Downey from her home in Maghaberry, Co Antrim, to a quarry where Stewart doused her in diesel and set her alight. The three-year-old dog was so badly burned that her ribs and other joints were visible through the charred flesh.

Cody suffered a catalogue of appalling injuries
Cody was so severely injured that she didn’t survive.

Cody made her way back home after the attack but had to be put to sleep a fortnight later due to the severity of her injuries.

Social media image of evil thug Andrew Richard Stewart
Recent social media image of Andrew Richard Stewart

In October 2014 Stewart was jailed for 20 months, after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

His co-defendant Downey was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The jail terms are the first custodial sentences believed to have been imposed in Northern Ireland under new animal cruelty legislation which came into effect in 2011.

Caroline Harper provided a false account to police. She is pictured with Jamie Downey’s uncle Wayne Downey, a convicted drug dealer.

In April 2016 Stewart’s mother, Sharon Stewart, and Downey’s aunt, Caroline Harper (pictured above) were convicted of perverting the course of justice after providing false alibis for the pair. They received six-month suspended jail sentences.

Sentence: Stewart was jailed for 20 months and given a 30-year ban on keeping animals. Downey was jailed for 6 months for perverting the course of justice.

Belfast Telegraph
BBC News