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Antrim, County Antrim: Robert Milliken

#TheList backyard breeder Robert Milliken, born 25/05/1986, of 81 Rathkyle, Antrim BT41 1LQ – for the wilful neglect of four dogs

Dog abuser Robert Milliken from Antrim, Northern Ireland

Father-of-three Robert Milliken was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs – two hounds and two Patterdale terriers kept in pens at a property in Ballyutoag Hill in Crumlin.

One of the four dogs abused by Robert Milliken from Antrim, Northern Ireland

Lawyers for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, who brought the case, confirmed that a complaint had been received about dogfighting and living conditions relating to the animals.

When a visit was made to the property, 13 dogs were found across three pens.

In one pen, there was a terrier-type dog with a wound to his lip while a second pen containing seven dogs was riddled with faeces.

In the third pen, there was a terrier and four underweight hounds. One dog had a swollen muzzle which was bloody.

The court heard that a vet attended and determined that the two terriers and two of the hounds were suffering and should be seized.

On a subsequent visit to the premises inspectors were met with a strong smell of urine. Two dogs were running loose. One of them was described as pot-bellied with swollen glands while the other was underweight.

No water or food was available to the dogs and when offered water one of the dogs drank so much she vomited.

These dogs were also seized.

Milliken’s lawyer told the court that his client was an animal lover who had kept dogs for many years. He had, however, lost stability in his life after the breakdown of his marriage and had been “bingeing on drugs”.

He told the court that his client – a trained butcher who had struggled to find work – had been sentenced on three years in prison in 2009 for an unrelated, unspecified crime and was terrified of going back to jail.

He urged the judge to consider his client’s circumstances when arriving at her judgement.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan was unconvinced, however, describing photos of the animals as ‘horrendous’ before she lamented the ‘suffering they must have undergone and the conditions they were living with’. She added that Milliken’s treatment of his dogs amounted to “willful neglect”.

After rising to consider her options, District Judge Mullan suspended the operation of the four-month sentences for three years and imposed the ban and order for costs.

Sentencing: four-month suspended prison sentence. Costs of £349. Banned from keeping animals for ten years.

Antrim Guardian

New Mossley, Newtownabbey: Angela McMullan

#TheList Angela Michelle McMullan, born 12/08/1971, 5 Ballyearl Way, Newtownabbey BT36 5BZ – for starving her dog

Dog ,abuser Angela McMullan of Newtownabbey, County Antrim Northern Ireland

Mother-of-three Angela McMullan pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her pet dog. The charge was brought against McMullan by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Council Animal Welfare Officers attended the property on April 9, 2019 following reports of concerns for a dog. On initial examination of the unnamed dog they contacted the council vet to attend.

The unnamed dog's ribs, spine and pelvic bones were clearly visible.
The unnamed dog’s ribs, spine and pelvic bones were clearly visible.

A vet who examined the dog advised he was a very thin Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross with his ribs, spine and pelvic bones clearly visible. The vet gave the dog a body score of 1/5 which was deemed excessively thin.

The dog also had fur loss along his tail, head and muzzle. The vet stated the dog was suffering and advised removal.

The dog was voluntarily signed over to the council and successfully re-homed

Sentencing: two-year conditional discharge. Ordered to pay costs of £437.75. Disqualified from keeping or caring for any animals for 10 years.

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Ballyclare, County Antrim: Andrew McAuley

#TheList Andrew McAuley, born c. 1961, of 127 Braepark Road, Ballyclare BT39 9SX – kept several dogs in filthy, freezing conditions with no access to food or water

Dogs found at property owned by Andrew Mcauley of Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.
Dogs found at property owned by Andrew Mcauley of Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.

In a case brought by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, McAuley was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and failure to ensure the welfare of four dogs that were in his care.

Two dogs were found inside a car that was covered in snow in sub-zero conditions, steeped in urine, soiled with dog faeces and contained bird carcasses. Council’s animal welfare officer described the smell as “unbearable”.

A beagle that was tied up in a confined outhouse alongside dead bird and pig carcasses was also removed. Another dog was found roaming on site. All the dogs had no access to fresh water, food and were living in poor conditions.

Dogs found at property owned by Andrew Mcauley of Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.

An application for a Disposal Order in respect of a second case involving McAuley was also heard. This order was granted in respect of 17 dogs being held in the care of the council, for which new homes have now been identified with assistance of local charities.

Sentencing: eight-month jail sentence suspended for three years; costs of £217. Banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

BelfastLive

Carrickfergus, County Antrim: Danielle Agnew and Ryan O’Neill

#TheList Danielle Agnew, born c. 1993, and Ryan O’Neill, born 30/07/1990, formerly of Larne Road, Carrickfergus – abandoned four dogs, leaving them to starve

Dog abusers Danielle Agnew and Ryan O'Neill of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Dog abusers Danielle Agnew and Ryan O’Neill of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Agnew and O’Neill pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs.

Charges against the pair were brought by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Danielle Agnew and Ryan O'Neill of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, left four dogs to starve in an abandoned property

One of the council’s animal welfare officers attended the property after reports of an abandoned American bulldog-type dog, two husky-type dogs and a chihuahua- type dog.

Dog abusers Danielle Agnew and Ryan O'Neill of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

A vet who examined the animals said that each dog, including a three-month-old pup, had suffered from starvation and would have died had they not been found in time.

Sentencing: four-month suspended prison sentence. Both were ordered to pay costs totalling £1,657. Disqualified from keeping or caring for any animals for three years.

BelfastLive

Ballymena, County Antrim: Amanda Rosemary Kernohan

#TheList Amanda Kernohan, born 24/01/1974, of 129 Orkney Drive, Ballymena BT42 4EG – left her elderly German Shepherd dog to become emaciated while suffering from a large untreated cancerous tumour

Cruel Amanda Kernohan from Ballymena failed to take her cancer-stricken elderly dog to the vet and allowed him to become amaciated
Cruel Amanda Kernohan from Ballymena failed to take her cancer-stricken elderly dog to the vet and allowed him to become amaciated

Mother-of-two Amanda Kernohan pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her German Shepherd dog contrary to section 4 of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

The charge was brought against Kernohan by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding concerns over the welfare of the dog, known as Bruno.

Animal Welfare Officers found Bruno in an emaciated, dehydrated state, suffering from a large untreated cancerous tumour, and was unable to stand.

Sentencing: 120 hours of community service. Costs of £268.

Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland: Andrew Gildea and Darren Kincaid

#TheList Andrew Gildea, born 24/02/1995, from Larne and Darren Kincaid, born c. 1999, from north Befast – kidnapped a seagull and tortured him on social media

As funny as a turd in a punch bowl: Darren Kincaid (left) and Andrew Gildea subjected a terrified seagull to a two-hour ordeal for laughs on social media

Gildea and Kincaid Belfast lured a hungry Black Headed Gull they dubbed ‘Steven Seagull’ towards them using chips before bundling him into the footwell of Gildea’s car.

After driving the panic-stricken bird around Larne and Belfast, parading him before friends and family, the pair took the gull to Gildea’s house and live-streamed several videos of them torturing the bird on Facebook.

The footage caused uproar among animal lovers online and they were reported to police before handing themselves in.

Appearing at Laganside Courthouse in Belfast, both men entered guilty pleas to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and will return later in March 2019 for sentencing.

Prosecution lawyers told the court several videos were uploaded to Facebook on June 11, 2018, over a two-hour span, detailing the bird’s ordeal.

In the first video, Gildea can be seen grabbing the bird and trailing it into the car, capturing it in the passenger footwell and putting up the windows to prevent its escape.

The court heard the bird was “flapping and clearly very distressed”.

Subsequent videos show the bird standing on a toolbox in Gildea’s garage being poked and teased and again clearly in distress before being trapped in a plastic box.

After surrendering to Larne police station, Gildea admitted enticing the bird with chips and livestreaming the videos, but said he never intended to cause harm to the creature.

Kincaid admitted being a passenger in the car and taking the bird to several addresses, but claimed to have experience handling pigeons and said he was aware of how to handle birds correctly.

He also told police he had drilled holes in the plastic box the bird was trapped in, so it would be able to breathe.

The court heard ‘Steven Seagull’ survived the ordeal after being released by Gildea and Kincaid, but district judge William McNallly was unimpressed with their antics.

Adjourning the matter so he could watch the video before sentencing the pair, he said: “I remember seeing a cat playing with a mouse and your behaviour reminds me of that cruelty.

“Playing with this bird is as cruel a thing as I have heard about in a long time. These are horrid videos with many views and I regard it as a very serious matter.”

Andrew Gildea and Darren Kincaid from Northern Ireland filmed themselves torturing a helpless seagull for laughs on social media
Andrew Gildea and Darren Kincaid from Northern Ireland filmed themselves torturing a helpless seagull for laughs on social media

Despite a backlash over his treatment of the bird on social media, Gildea continued to joke about ‘Steven Seagull’ for months after the incident on his Facebook account, with his friends exchanging jokes, news stories and memes relating to seagulls.

However, he did also post a message on Facebook expressing regret for the incident.

He said: “I’m probably the most kind-hearted person and I would do anything for everyone. Everyone I know would vouch for me being a nice guy. However I’ll only be ever remembered as the man who allegedly stole a seagull.”

Gildea and Kincaid face up to six months in prison for the offence of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and are due to be sentenced later this month.

Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn, Northern Ireland: Marcus Sarre

#TheList Marcus John Sarre, born c. 1994, of Avonmore Park, Lisburn – crushed the skull of a 15-week-old puppy after she urinated on the kitchen floor

Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Aspiring singer Sarre, who has admitted to having a problem with alcoholism, pleaded guilty to a single count of causing unnecessary suffering to the 15-week-old crossbred husky and collie, named Lilo, on April 14, 2018.

The court heard how neighbours called police when they heard screaming.

Marcus Sarre arriving at Craigavon Courthouse yesterday

Prosecuting counsel Nicola Aurett told the court that when police arrived they saw blood on the hallway with a trail leading them to the bathroom.

“The dog was lying dead in the bath with blood all around it,” said the lawyer adding that Sarre, who had “drink taken”, admitted kicking the puppy.

She told the court that a report from a pathologist who examined the dog’s remains said the cause of her death was skull fractures.

Arrested and interviewed, Sarre said that he had let the dogs out after he had been away for a short time but his older dog, Polo, did a poo on the kitchen floor and he shouted loudly at him. This caused Lilo to urinate on the floor and he kicked her against a kitchen cupboard.

Sarre, who was upset during police interviews, told officers Lilo was bleeding from the mouth and was unresponsive so he took her to the bathroom where he tried CPR but without success.

Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Puppy killer Marcus Sarre from Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Ms Auret submitted it was an aggravating feature that at the time of the incident, Sarre was on bail for assault.

In that case, the court heard that police were called at an address in Lisburn on January 21, 2017, and found a female sitting in a sofa, crying and bleeding from her swollen nose. The woman, the ex-partner of Sarre’s father, said the pair had been drinking when Sarre tried to kiss her but that when she pushed him away, he head butted her and then kicked her several times when she fell to the floor.

Defence counsel Damien Halloran conceded that both incidents had been “deeply unsavoury”. He added that Lilo’s tragic death was “almost instantaneous” and while Sarre tried to resuscitate the dog, it was a “futile exercise”.

The lawyer submitted it had been a “moment of madness” for Sarre to lash out but Lilo’s death had left him “completely hysterical, lying on the ground crying”, adding there was no suggestion of cruelty to his other dog Polo whom he rehomed from a rescue centre five years ago.

Mr Halleron revealed that Sarre had been abusing alcohol and drugs and had a difficulty coping with stress “if things didn’t go his way”, submitting that the judge could impose community service or leave “something hanging over his head”.

Judge Lynch disagreed however and jailed Sarre. For killing Lilo, Sarre was jailed for six months and the judge imposed four months for causing actual bodily harm, ordering the sentences to be served consecutively.

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Sentencing
Jailed for six months for kicking the puppy to death, followed by 18 months on supervised licence. He will serve a further four months in jail for head butting his father’s ex-partner. Banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.

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Larne, Co Antrim: Marlene McDonagh and David Moore

#TheList Marlene McDonagh, born 12/07/1962, and David Moore, aged 56, from Loughdoo Road, Larne – pleaded guilty to animal cruelty involving 12 dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs

Marlene McDonagh and David Moore received suspended prison sentences despite their cruelty towards 12 dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs
Marlene McDonagh and David Moore received suspended prison sentences despite their cruelty towards 12 dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs

Hypocrites McDonagh and partner Moore claimed to be animal welfare campaigners.  McDonagh is also well known in German Shepherd show and breeding circles.

Convicted animal abuser Marlene McDonagh from Larne
Marlene McDonagh claimed to be an animal welfare campaigner and was also well known in German Shepherd breeding and showing circles

Charges were brought against the pair following an investigation by council Animal Welfare Officers.

The officers at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council took the case under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Officers reported that :

  • A number of animals were severely matted with faeces stuck to their coats.
  • A number of dogs living inside the home were living in dirty conditions.
  • Several of the internal rooms had litter trays overflowing and with faeces also present on the floor.
  • The main bedroom housed seven chihuahuas and a Jack Russell terrier.
  • The floor was covered in puppy pads, urine and faeces.
  • Two guinea pigs found at the property had grossly overgrown nails.
  • A German Shepherd found at the property had faeces stuck to his severely matted coat and had a bilateral ear infection which was causing pain.
  • The German Shepherd also had proprioceptive deficits in the hind legs and remains unable to walk properly.
  • Five dogs and one cat had to be shaved as their coats were so matted.

McDonagh and Moore pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the welfare of the animals contrary to section 9 of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Animal abusers Marlene McDonagh and David Moore from Larne, Co Antrim
German Shepherd Gus was discovered in very poor condition but is recovering thanks to the efforts of rescue group German Shepherd RRR

Animal abusers Marlene McDonagh and David Moore from Larne, Co Antrim
Ovegrown nails on a guinea pig neglected by so-called animal welfare campaigners Marlene McDonagh and David Moore.

A spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said: “The Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.

“Officers have a number of enforcement options available to them and will try to work with those responsible for animals. However where there is unsatisfactory improvement, such as in this case significant enforcement powers are available to Council Officers to ensure matters are fully investigated and anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals will be brought before the courts.”

Speaking about the paltry sentencing of the couple, a spokesman for German Shepherd RRR which is one of the sanctuaries that took in the animals, said: “We appreciate all the hard work by the welfare officers at the council to expose this disgusting situation but we are deeply disappointed at the sentencing of McDonagh and Moore.

“We continue our call for strict controls on people who are responsible for the welfare of animals, tougher sentences for convicts, an offenders’ register so there is more of a deterrent for people who feel it is acceptable to treat animals in such an appalling manner.

“At least we can name and shame these two. We can only continue to hope for lifetime bans for people convicted of animal cruelty.”

Sentencing:
Four-month custodial sentence, suspended for three years. Moore was ordered to pay costs including kennelling, veterinary and legal fees totalling £4,300. 

McDonagh and Moore were both and disqualified from keeping animals for at least five years except for two dogs and a fish.

BelfastLive
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Ballymena, County Antrim: Michael Agnew

#TheList Michael Agnew, aged 47, formerly of Ballynease Road,  Portglenone, Ballymena BT44 8NU and now said to be living in Garvagh, County Londonderry  – for causing unnecessary suffering to two pigs

Agnew has 159 previous criminal convictions, 19 of which are for animal welfare offences. He had  previously been banned from keeping livestock in May 2014.

Photograph produced in previous prosecution case against cruel farmer Michael Agnew
Photograph produced in previous prosecution case against cruel farmer Michael Agnew

Prosecution barrister Catherine Chasemore told the court officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) carried out an inspection at Agnew’s farm on 6 October 2015.

She said two sows “were described as being particularly thin.”

One had “a large mammary abscess which had burst and the other had a spinal abscess,” she said.

A DARD vet told Agnew the animals were suffering unnecessarily and the only humane option was to euthanise the sows.

“The defendant strenuously objected to this and insisted that his own vet was called for a second opinion,” the prosecution barrister added.

“This was done and she agreed that the sows be euthanised, which the defendant then agreed to.

“The defendant was invited to be interviewed on two occasions but failed to give an account”, Ms Chasemore said

She told the court Agnew’s previous convictions included failing to dispose of the animal carcasses of three sheep, one donkey, one horse and two cows and allowing live animals to access the carcasses.

On one occasion in December 2012 officials found numerous dead animals on Agnew’s farm, she said.

A defence barrister said Agnew, a father of six children, was terrified of going to jail.

He had separated from his partner and only now only called at the Portglenone farm to collect or drop off his children, the barrister said.

“This was not a case of widespread neglect, it involved two sows. His record in terms of animal welfare is atrocious but this offending did not involve flocks nor herds”, the barrister added.

The lifetime ban prohibits Agnew from ever owning, keeping, transporting or dealing with animals.

Sentencing at Londonderry Crown Court on Tuesday 23/10/2018, Judge Philip Babington said Agnew “should be kept miles away from every living creature.”

“Any animal seeing this man coming over the horizon would have a heart attack,” the judge said.

He said he felt Agnew should go to prison but that it would be detrimental to his children to impose a custodial sentence.

“Your former partner and your children still live on the farm and you want to have contact with your six children.

“But if you every have any have any contact with animals again you will be going straight to prison”, he told Agnew.

Judge Babington also ordered the removal of any animals currently owned by Agnew.

Sentencing:
18 months in prison, suspended for four years. Banned from keeping animals for life.

BBC News

Shankill, Belfast: Sandra and Julie Mullen

#TheList Sandra Mullen, born c. 1961, of 177 Cambrai Street, Belfast, and daughter Julie Mullen, born 17/03/1992, of 167 Cambrai Street, Belfast – starved two dogs to death.

Sandra Mullen and Julie Mullen pictured outside court.

Sandra and Julie Mullen each admitted a charge of animal cruelty.

Belfast Crown Court heard their dogs – a Jack Russell and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier – were found dead behind Sandra Mullen’s home.

The dogs were discovered after an animal welfare officer from Belfast City Council visited the house on 3 October 2016.

A vet who carried out a post mortem on the dogs noted they were both severely underweight, and had died “painful and miserable” deaths.

The judge told the women they were both “utterly unfit” to look after animals due to “wilful neglect”.

A prosecution lawyer told the court that while the Mullens initially denied a charge of animal cruelty, they subsequently admitted causing the dogs unnecessary suffering.

The lawyer said that when the welfare officer called at Sandra Mullen’s home, she claimed the dogs had died the day before.

The older woman, who admitted cruelty towards the Jack Russell, said she had been putting food and water out for the dog.

She also claimed the dog had been “playing happily” the day before it died – which was branded as “utter nonsense” by the judge,

The prosecutor said that when Julie Mullen was questioned about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she “adopted the same position as her mother”.

Passing sentence, the judge said: “I don’t accept for one minute… they were unaware of the suffering these two animals endured.”

He also said that while he accepted the pair did not wilfully seek to inflict suffering, it was clear both women were “utterly unfit” to care for any animals.

Sentencing: 150 hours of community service each. £250 court costs each. Banned from keeping animals for life.

BBC News