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Bolton, Greater Manchester: Kieran Huelin

#TheList Kieran Huelin, born 26/08/1983, of Felton Walk, Bolton BL1 8EN – caught on camera hitting and shouting at his pet dog

Animal abuser and paedophile Kieran Huelin from Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK

Huelin, a convicted paedophile, pleaded guilty to failing to protect the dog from pain, injury, suffering and disease.

In a video released by the RSPCA, the 36-year-old is seen walking around his flat while his brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier Rosie is sat on an armchair.

In the two-minute video, Huelin waves a finger in her face before slapping her once. Rosie gets off the chair and follows Huelin before he ushers her back onto the chair.

He threatens to hit Rosie on a few more occasions, raising his fist in the air and putting his finger in her face, before appearing to slap her down again twice.

In the footage, Huelin looks unsteady on his feet and stumbles backwards on one occasion.

After being sent the video and some details of where the incident reportedly took place, the RSPCA investigated and inspector Danni Jennings visited an address on June 14, 2019.

Inspector Jennings recognised Huelin who lived at the flat as the man in the video and Rosie was also there. She also recognised the interior from the video.

Huelin signed Rosie over into RSPCA care while an investigation took place.

Staffy Rosie was subjected to violence by Kieran Huelin of Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK
Abuse victim Rosie

Inspector Jennings said in her witness statement that Rosie was in good bodily condition and was friendly and playful but showed submissive behaviour.

She said: “Dog owners should always make sure their pets are handled properly and not stressed or endangered with any aggressive or anti-social behaviour.

“Training should always be reward-based and should not include physical punishment as this may cause pain, suffering and distress.

“Rosie is a lovely and bouncy dog in real life but on this footage she is quite the opposite.”

Rosie is now in the care of the RSPCA and will be placed up for adoption soon.

Sentencing: 12-month community order – including an alcohol treatment order. Ordered to pay £800 costs, as well as an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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Chesterfield, Derbyshire: Aidan Spencer

#TheList Aidan Peter Spencer, born 14/05/1997, of 32 Langhurst Court, Wenlock Close, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield S40 4PE – for aggressive mishandling of a dog. Also kept a snake in poor conditions.

Animal abuser Aidan Spencer from Chesterfield

Spencer pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by manhandling the dog and being aggressive towards her. No separate penalty.

He also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a snake by keeping it in poor and inappropriate conditions.

Sentencing: Committed to prison for 12 weeks suspended for 12 months with an Alcohol Treatment Requirement, a Thinking Skills Programme and a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Must pay £328.83 compensation, a £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs. Disqualified from owning or keeping animals for seven years.

Source: Derbyshire Times (article removed).

In March 2020 Spencer was back in court for threatening behaviour during a row with his girlfriend. Magistrates extended Spencer’s existing community order by six months and his alcohol treatment programme by three months. He was also fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Stockton-On-Tees, County Durham: Nicola Poppleton

#TheList Nicola Poppleton, born 26/03/1981, of Bridge House, 48-56 Bridge Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3AX – for the severe neglect of her pet dog, who was found with injuries including cigarette burns

Alcoholic mother of six Nicola Poppleton from Stockton-on-Tees left her elderly dog Buster to suffer with a variety of ailments and injuries including cigarette burns
Alcoholic mother of six Nicola Poppleton left her elderly dog Buster to suffer with a variety of ailments and injuries including cigarette burns

Mother-of-six Nicola Poppleton, was drinking up to eight litres of cider a day while her cross-breed terrier named Buster suffered skin lesions, a severe ear infection and a jaw muscle condition.

The dog was found by an RSPCA inspector in a flat in Hartington Road, in central Stockton, while Poppleton was “fighting in a drunken state” outside.

Poppleton had faced four separate charges relating to causing suffering to an animal which were found proved in absence when she failed to attend Teesside Magistrates’ Court the previous month.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, told the court that the 10-year-old dog was found with a number of lesions consistent with cigarette burns.

He also stated that there was “muscle wastage to his head and he could barely open his jaw.”

The inspector was unable to speak to Poppleton at length as she “got into a fight with a group of people who were in a similar state.”

After further talks, Poppleton finally allowed Buster to be taken in by the RSPCA.

He was immediately taken to see a vet, who carried out tests and estimated Buster had been suffering for around three months.

The court heard Buster couldn’t fully open his mouth, meaning he could not regulate his body temperature correctly.

The vet gave him treatment, including pain killers but he was still only able to open his mouth about “three centimetres”.

He also had an ear infection, with the vet also believing he had injuries consistent with “cigarette burns.”

Despite the findings, it could not be determined if the burns were deliberate or accidental, Mr Haywood said.

The court heard that Poppleton had “accepted ownership” of Buster and that she “didn’t know he was suffering.”

A probation report stated that Poppleton was “too drunk” to notice anything was wrong with her dog who she claimed she “loved.”

Neil Douglas, defending, told how his defendant acknowledged that she was not capable of caring for the animal at the time.

He said: “This was a lady of good character who had clearly looked after the dog in reasonable state for a number years.

“However it was her alcohol misuse which essentially caused her to lose the ability to look after the dog and very nearly herself.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order with an alcohol rehabilitation requirement; £480 in costs. Banned from owning animals for just five years.


Kingston upon Hull: Simon Agnew

#TheList Simon P Agnew, born c. 1972, of 75 Sykes Street, Hull HU2 8AZ – banned from keeping animals for life after starving his elderly doberman

Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animal for life.
Elderly Doberman Dobba was starved by his cruel owner Simon Agnew from Hull. He has now been banned from keeping animals for life.

Simon Agnew’s 11-year-old doberman, named Dobba, weighed just 23.8kg when he was handed into the Hull RSPCA branch just weeks before Christmas.

An investigation led officers to Agnew who falsely claimed he had re-homed the dog, telling various lies to inspectors.

Speaking about the case RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson said: “Dobba was microchipped so we went straight round to Mr Agnew’s home and interviewed him the following week. He gave us various accounts of what had happened and claimed that he’d re-homed Dobba three months earlier.

“He said he’d asked a friend to pretend to find him in the street and hand him in. He forgot that Dobba was still microchipped in his name.

“We decide to appeal to the public for information via the press and were then contacted by someone who said Mr Agnew did still own Dobba.”

In court Agnew pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Dobba, who has since recovered from his ordeal.

Inspector Dickinson added: “Dobba was incredibly skinny and had clearly been left to get into such a state over a period of time.

“You could see all of his ribs and his waist was so tiny that I could fit my fingers around it.

“His head was so skinny that the point of his skull had protruded through his skin and caused a sore. He was covered in faeces and absolutely stank.

“Thankfully, he’s now put on almost 7kg and is doing really well in our care. He’s already been reserved by a loving family and is due to go to his new home soon.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order – including an alcohol treatment requirement; total of £385 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

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Preston, Lancashire: Angela Roe

#TheList Angela Roe (deceased) of Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire PR2 – live-streamed a video showing her abusing a cat who was later found dead

Angela Roe from Preston live streamed a sickening video showing her attacking a cat who was later found dead
Angela Roe from Preston live streamed a sickening video showing her attacking a cat who was later found dead

The sickening footage, which was screened on Twitter’s live-streaming video app Periscope – showed pet cat Misty screaming in agony as her owner, Angela Roe, bit and roughly handled her.

Misty was tragically found dead at Roe’s home by police after the incident was reported by a sickened friend.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard the witness, who became online friends with Roe, saw Misty on her lap in a live stream on August 26 2017, in which she was “squeezing and shaking” the animal.

She was shouting, calling the cat a ‘pyscho’ and suggesting she should ‘not bite the hand that feeds’.

The woman then saw Roe bite the distressed cat’s ear, causing her to scream in pain.

Cat killer Angela Roe from Preston

Roe was heard to say it “needs to be disciplined or it will walk all over me.

Roe, who has mental health problems, was then seen to self harm and rub blood on the cat’s fur.

The worried woman corresponded with Roe the next day on Periscope, whilst Roe was drunk. She said her ‘other personality was going to come out. The bad side, the Jekyll; and Hyde nasty side of me.’

Misty was seen walking around and appeared to be fine, but the clip showed Roe put her on her lap again and say: ” Can she kill the cat and then kill herself?”

The witness pleaded with Roe saying: “Don’t do that – if you don’t want the cat I will give it a home.”

The court heard Roe told her viewer the only way she would kill her is by ‘starving her’. The woman could then hear the cat screaming but the video then ended.

Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Paul Ridehalgh said: ” Around 25 minutes later the broadcast resumed and the defendant typed:”My cat has just attacked me” and claimed Misty was ‘demonic’.”

The concerned friend asked what had happened and Roe told her the cat had attacked her and turned her phone camera around to show blood on the table, wall, skirting board and door in her home, which Roe claimed had come from her finger.

Mr Ridehalgh added: “When she was asked where Misty was she ‘became very aggressive and hissed like a cat’ at the screen.”

Roe claimed Misty was asleep on a ledge in the living room, but when the woman saw the cat it looked ‘stiff’, and she called the police.

When officers arrived they found Misty dead on the window sill, with blood on her.

Roe, who was drunk, claimed it was from her own self harming and said the cat was asleep. There were dirty dishes and rubbish strewn over the floor.

Misty’s body was taken to a veterinary pathology department in Liverpool, which indicated the cat, who had various injuries, including a haemorrhage in her lungs and bruises, had died from being smothered.

Roe was not convicted of this as there was insufficient evidence she was directly responsible, but she admitted causing Misty unnecessary suffering and failing to meet her needs.

The court heard in March 2018 police attended Roe’s home again to speak to her and she declared: ” There is a video dating back to August this year. The cat bit me and I bit her back. I was ******** out of my head.”

Roe thanked the bench as they agreed to suspend her 12 week jail term for a year on account of her mental health and alcohol issues. The chairman of the bench noted her “deliberate attempt to cause suffering” and added: ” The act was purely intentional as far as you were concerned.”

12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year; rehabilitation activity and alcohol treatment requirement. Total costs and charges of £490. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Lancashire Post

Update August 2019: we are advised that Angela Roe has died.

Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne: Natalie Dendri

#TheList Natalie Dendri, aged 39, of Colston Street, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 – threw a pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her

Natalie Dendry from Newcastle threw pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her

Dendri was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and being drunk and disorderly after the incident in May 2018.

She was seen throwing the animal into the air and repeatedly punching her. The ferret tried to escape but Dendri caught her and attacked her again.

The details were revealed at a trial at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court after Dendri was charged with two offences – causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and being drunk and disorderly.

She denied both charges but failed to attend court and the trial went ahead in her absence.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said the offences took place just before 2pm on May 31.

It was said a driver who was travelling along Armstrong Road saw a woman at the side of road with a furry object. She then threw it in the air and started punching it “really severely”.

Natalie Dendry from Newcastle threw pet ferret named Posh Spice into the air and repeatedly punched her

The animal squirmed away but Dendri grabbed her and punched her again with a clenched fist, the court heard.

The police were called and PC Lewis Calboutin attended the scene.

The officer told the court : “I was asked to attend in relation to an intoxicated female who may have a pet that she was treating badly.

“I saw a female sitting on the grass verge on the side of Armstrong Road.

“She immediately appeared to me to be intoxicated. She had a ferret called Posh Spice. It was lying in the sun and it appeared dehydrated. It was hot, it was panting and seemed lethargic.”

Dendri was asked to get into a police vehicle so she could be taken home to attend to the animal’s welfare.

In the vehicle, she was shouting and swearing and, as they reached her address, she vomited in the van.

“We asked her to step out of the vehicle,” said PC Calboutin. “She started shouting and swearing at me and my colleague.

“She then dropped her ferret from a standard height to the floor.”

Dendri was arrested and the ferret was taken to a vet. The animal later recovered and was placed in a shelter.

On being interviewed, the defendant denied being drunk or that she ill treated the ferret. She pleaded not guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.

However magistrates found her guilty of both charges on the day of the trial.

It was also revealed that Dendri had previously admitted to an offence of assaulting an officer at a police station after she was arrested on May 31, 2018.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Dendri had kept ferrets for a number of years but after Posh Spice was removed she no longer had any pets.

Janice Hall, defending, said that Dendry was previously sectioned as a result of her ill mental health and now has carers.

Ms Hall said: “They ensure that she is taking her medication. They also help with her money and provide her with general assistance.

“She struggles looking after herself, she’s not in a position to give appropriate care for an animal.”

District Judge Kate Meek said: “You caused unnecessary suffering to a ferret whether you meant to or not. More to the point you carried on  doing so.

“I accept there are a range of issues and a custodial sentence would simply delay that work being undertaken.”

She added: “Ms Dendri this is really your last chance. Let’s hope it works.”

Sentencing (02/11/18)
12-month community order to work with probation on her drug and alcohol issues; fined £50 and ordered to pay £250 costs.  Unlimited ban on keeping animals which lasts for at least two years, after which Dendri would need to apply to a court to  have the ban lifted. 


Rhyl/Prestatyn, North Wales: Lewis David Brereton and Joshua Harvey Weir

#TheList Lewis David Brereton, 26, of  Bryntirion Avenue, Rhyl, and Joshua Harvey Weir, also age 26, of  Linden Drive, Prestatyn – laughed hysterically as they filmed themselves throwing a cat high in the air “like a rugby ball”

A drunken Joshua Weir launched this defenceless cat high into the air like a rugby ball
A drunken Joshua Weir launched this defenceless cat high into the air like a rugby ball while his pal Lewis Brereton laughed and cracked jokes

Appalling video footage shows Joshua Weir (pictured) throwing a helpless cat into the air and across a road while his accomplice Lewis Brereton films it. The pair laugh hysterically and crack jokes throughout the cat’s ordeal.

The men can be heard saying in the clip “Hope you have nine lives” and “You have strong limbs”.

The cat lands on her feet in a state of disorientation and runs off in terror.

The pair pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary cruelty by throwing the cat.

Tudur Owen, prosecuting for the RSPCA , said: “One of the men [Weir] held [the cat] in both hands and swung his arms before launching it in the air at 45 degrees. It reached a considerable height, twisting in the air.”

Court chairman Darren Campbell told Weir his decision to pick up a defenceless animal and throw it in the air “for your own enjoyment, is incredulous to us.”

He said animals felt pain and fear and magistrates had watched the video of “appalling behaviour” being filmed and posted on social media.

Solicitors for both men said they had been drinking and were remorseful.

Brereton’s lawyer said the pair were “very drunk” but had owned up at once adding that Brereton found it ”excruciating” to now view the video.

Weir’s lawyer told the court her client had lost his job looking after people with autism. He was now to take a training course in London for close protection work. She said that what had happened was completely out of character.

Cat abuser Joshua Weir outside court
Joshua Weir outside court

A probation officer said Brereton stated he’d been drinking to block out his feelings because he was “in turmoil” about his sick mother and that what happened had affected Weir’s mental state.

The court chairman said: “You are not going to prison because of your previous good character.”

Speaking after the case, RSPCA deputy chief inspector Phil Lewis said: “This is a very shocking and distressing incident where a ginger and white cat was filmed being thrown high up in the air in Rhyl.

“It is just appalling how someone would deliberately inflict pain on this poor defenceless cat for their entertainment. The cat ran off after the incident.”

Weir and Brereton were given eight-week prison sentences, suspended for six months, plus £490 costs. They were both banned from keeping animals for three years (expires October 2021)

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Ayr: John Poole

#TheList John Poole, born c. 1976, of 9x Paterson Street, Ayr KA8 9HD – battered his pet dog, threw her against a wall and hurled her onto the road in a busy town centre

Twisted John Poole knocked his Golden Retriever Biscuit unconscious during a battering
Twisted John Poole from Ayr knocked his Golden Retriever Biscuit unconscious during a battering

Alcoholic John Poole punched and kicked defenceless golden retriever Biscuit on the head and body and threw her against a wall.

Poole then hurled the animal into the path of oncoming traffic in the seaside town of Ayr.

He was arrested over the incident in January 2018 and held in police custody before appearing in the dock at Ayr Sheriff Court.

Poole admitted causing the dog unnecessary suffering by punching and kicking her on the head and body, throwing her against a wall and into the road, leaving her injured.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, by shouting at police officers and threatening them with violence.

Twisted John Poole knocked his Golden Retriever Biscuit unconscious during a battering

Police were called to the scene of the attack around 7pm on January 27, 2018, and Biscuit was rushed to a local vet for treatment.

But it is understood the dog will suffer no lasting damage.

Defence solicitor Mandy Stewart told the court that Poole is an alcoholic who is trying to overcome his addiction while complying with a court order imposed in another case.

She said he had relapsed around Christmas, culminating in him attacking his pet in the manner he admitted.

Jailed for four months for the offence; ordered to relinquish ownership of Biscuit. Banned from keeping animals for four years (expires February 2022).

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In October 2018 Poole was back in court charged with making hoax calls to the emergency services.  The outcome of his latest court case isn’t yet known. He also has at least one previous conviction for violence. Utter waste of space.

Skelmersdale, West Lancashire: Liam Aitken

#TheList Liam Aitken, born 06/05/1993, of Rose Crescent, Skelmersdale WN8 8DW – battered a hedgehog to death with a brick

Liam Aitken of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, UK, battered a hedgehog to death.

Father-of-one Aitken, then living in Wallasey, Merseyside, was spotted battering the defenceless creature by a horrified neighbour as he returned home from a late dog walk.

The outraged resident placed the dead animal in a plastic bag and wrote a note to Aitken, leaving both on his car.

Another neighbour reported dad-of-one Aitken to the RSPCA.

Aitken admitted one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog by crushing the animal to death, and was unable to explain his actions when quizzed by investigators.

Chris Murphy, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court: “The witness was in bed and woke up to the sound of thuds.

“She saw a male dressed in black. She noticed he was using a mobile phone as a flashlight to look at a mass on the ground.

“She observed the male pick up a brick and throw it on to the mass five or six times then walk towards the bins. He walked off to his house via the back gate.”

When the beaten hedgehog was found, it was still warm, but not moving.

A post mortem found the hedgehog died from blunt force trauma and had injuries including a fractured pelvis and broken legs.

When interviewed, Aitken said he thought he had thrown the brick three or four times and accepted he had caused serious injuries to the hedgehog.

Mr Murphy said: “He said he was truly sorry for his actions and had no idea why he had done it.”

Aitken wept as his lawyer told the court he had never previously harmed an animal and was remorseful.

“At the time he wasn’t in a very good place and was drinking a lot. He was extremely depressed at the time and the week before had taken an overdose. He had been arguing with his partner.

“He said he was distraught. Had he walked a different way the hedgehog would still be alive today.”

Sentencing: 12-month prison term, suspended for a year; 200 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay £835 in costs and attend a six-month alcohol treatment programme.

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Amlwch, Anglesey: Nathan Lee Fisher

#TheList Nathan Lee Fisher, born 06/02/1993, of 22 Wesley Street, Amlwch LL68 9EY – banned from keeping animals after a dog was found dead under a trampoline while another was severely emaciated

Nathan Lee Fisher from Anglesey, Wales, is banned from keeping animals after a puppy starved to death and his mother was a "bag of bones".
Nathan Lee Fisher from Anglesey, Wales, is banned from keeping animals after a puppy starved to death and his mother was a “bag of bones”.

Nathan Lee Fisher admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the Akita named Kuma and the puppy’s mother Layla who was described as a ‘bag of bones’

RSPCA Cymru got involved after North Wales Police attended Fisher’s address where they found Kuma dead in the back garden underneath a trampoline.

Layla was also found at the house and was described as “so skinny that bones were clearly visible through her coat”.

The RSPCA said the dogs suffered unnecessarily due to a failure to adequately explore and address their weight loss.

RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said: “These poor Akita dogs were subject to outright neglect and ill-treatment, which cost one of the dogs their life.

“Fortunately, the other has been happily re-homed from an RSPCA animal centre.

“When she was found at the Kinmel Bay property, she looked an absolute bag of bones but thankfully her suffering is over.”

Sentence: 12-week prison sentences for the two charges, to run concurrently, suspended for 18 months; 12-month community order, 180 hours of community work;  nine-month alcohol treatment order; fined £750 and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires March 2027).

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