#TheList Jibriel Guled, born c. 1994, of Barclay Close, Cassidy Road, Fulham SW6 – kicked a four-month puppy to death
Guled was jailed and banned from keeping animals for life after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier called Bibi by the infliction of physical abuse, namely blunt force trauma.
The RSPCA and police attended the property on 23 June, 2018, following a call to 999.
Bibi was sadly already dead and RSPCA Inspector Mike Beaman, who investigated, collected her body which had been placed in a wicker basket and wrapped in blankets.
Inspector Beaman said, “This was an extremely sad case involving a young dog whose life was cut short far too soon. Myself and the police attended the property in June last year after the police received an emotional 999 call from someone claiming Guled had kicked his dog.
“Poor Bibi would have experienced extreme pain and suffering from this physical abuse which we now believe was inflicted on her over a period of months.”
Somali national Guled said in court that the bed inside the property had collapsed on top of Bibi and this had caused her injuries and killed her.
A post-mortem examination of the dog’s body revealed that there were also three historical injuries of blunt force trauma to the dog’s body which occurred between May and June before the final incident which led to her death.
Sentencing: 26-week custodial sentence; £1000 in costs. Banned from keeping all animals for life.
#TheList persistent hoarder Edwin Harris, born c. 1939, of Murthering Lane, Stapleford Abbotts, Romford RM4 – kept 13 dogs, six pigs, six cockerels, two ducks, four cats, a pigeon and a rook in foul conditions; breached previous ban
Harris was banned from keeping animals for life for a second time after he admitted breaching a previous ban when he was found to be keeping a large number of animals in appalling conditions.
He also admitted failing to provide the animals with a suitable environment and causing unnecessary suffering to Bella, a Shar Pei-type dog, by failing to adequately investigate and address the cause of her ear and skin conditions.
The RSPCA attended the address in May 2018 with the police and found a large number of animals being kept in appalling conditions.
Dogs were found in small cages covered in mess and faeces with little or no water, and one was even found locked inside a cupboard which had been turned into a makeshift cage.
The cockerels, pigeon and rook were also kept in small cages covered in faeces, and the pigs were kept in a small narrow space within an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round or exercise.
RSPCA Inspector Adam Jones said: “The conditions were appalling, most of the small animals and dogs were kept in cages and probably had not known any other life. They had obviously never been socialised and were scared.
“The cages had not been cleaned out and the animals were surrounded in their own faeces and dirt. If they did have water it was usually filthy. I was horrified to find one small Jack Russell being kept in a cupboard that the defendant had converted into some kind of makeshift cage.
“By his own admission the defendant had claimed he had a compulsion to keep animals because he loved them and he couldn’t stop taking them in. Had we not removed these animals it’s likely the numbers would have only increased – one of the pigs we removed had later had a litter of piglets.
“I hope that now he has been sentenced by the court the defendant will learn his lesson and not get animals which he clearly is unable to look after properly.”
Although the matter had crossed a custody threshold the bench said they had taken into account the defendant’s age and vulnerability and the fact that he has never been to prison before, but were keen for him to have some rehabilitation
In 2014 Harris was disqualified from keeping animals for life following a prosecution by the RSPCA.
Sentencing: Two-year community order with the requirement to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work and 60 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; costs of £1,300 and a £85 victim surcharge. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.
#TheList company director Monshur Alom, born 28/11/1981, of 169 Golf Green Road, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2RL – exposed his Bengal cats to 31 degree heat and left ducks outside without fresh food or water for more than a week
Chelmsford magistrates were shown graphic images of the animals’ living conditions during an eight-day period in June 2018, before RSPCA inspectors were able to contact owner Monshur Alom.
Alom, a furniture dealer trading as Royal London Antiques and director of a company named Cheque Bid Ltd, admitted to three breaches of the Animal Welfare Act.
The animals were being kept at the address in Golf Green Road, Jaywick, so the new dad could renovate his other home in Sidney Street, Stepney, London to accommodate the animals and his growing family.
Lauren Bond, prosecuting, called him “clearly unfit” to look after animals.
The ducks, and exotic cats, which he had no licence to keep, are now with the RSPCA.
Ms Bond said: “The inspector was overwhelmed by the heat in the conservatory and the ammonia smell burnt his nose.
“There was blood over the floor as though the cats had dragged raw meat but there was no sign of a carcass. There was a trough of water which was bright green, and large litter trays that appeared very full.
“Outside the ducks were confined to a one metre by three metre alleyway. There was liquid faeces on the floor and it smelt disgusting.”
It was his first time before the court in relation to animal welfare.
Mrs Scoot, mitigating, explained life had got on top of him and he had also been unwell.
However, he did accept his actions were a “form of neglect”.
She said: “He’s had the cats for two years and there’s never been any concern or need for the RSPCA to address him or the family.
“Unfortunately, the cats weren’t litter trained so he had them in the property for a short time and renovations were being made to their current property to give them appropriate living conditions.
“He’d had the ducks for significantly less time. A friend was going to kill them so he took the ducks and was going to find another home for them.
“He didn’t plan to keep them long term.”
Sentencing: 180 hours of unpaid work; £685 costs. Banned from keeping animals for ten years.
#TheList backyard breeder and serial animal abuser Amarpal Singh, born c. 1986, of 6 Banks Way, Manor Park, Newham, London E12 5NZ – neglected 23 dogs and puppies in home reeking of animal urine and faeces.
Amarpal Singh forced seven alapaha bulldogs and 16 puppies to live in such sickening conditions they became malnourished and underweight.
One of the dogs had to have her tail amputated.
Notorious greeder Singh had already been issued with an improvement notice in 2015, when Newham Animal Welfare Services and police officers found three dogs living in filthy conditions in his back garden.
Singh said he’d clear up the area, and the dogs were taken away.
However when officers visited his home again in November 2017 they found the 23 animals squeezed into the house which stunk of urine and faeces.
Pc Holly Hoare, who led the investigation, said: “After seeing the conditions the dogs were living in, I wouldn’t want any dogs to be living in this way ever again.
“When we went to the address, the puppies were very quiet and unable to interact with us. A number of the dogs were showing signs of diarrhoea and there was little evidence of water or food.”
Pc Hoare added: “They were all living in extremely poor conditions, with excrement that had not be cleared up in a number of days. Some of the dogs were in cages that were too small for them and it was distressing to see them in such a poor state of health.”
Sentencing: 200 hours of unpaid work. Total of £1,360 costs and charges. Banned from dealing in, owning or keeping dogs for just two years (expires December 2020).
#TheList Christopher Haroun, born c. 1993, of Russell Place, Rotherhithe, London SE16 – kicked a cat, hit her with a broom and threw objects at her. The cat, Nikita, had to be put to sleep.
Christopher Haroun, who is originally from Hampstead, North-West London, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Thursday where he admitted abusing a cat named Nikita.
The court heard between January 2 and January 6, 2018, Haroun had been dating a woman from Basildon for six months when one day she came home from work and found her cat Nikita bleeding badly and unable to move her back legs.
After confronting Haroun, who works as a recruitment administrator, she learned he had kicked the female cat, hit her with a broom and thrown objects at her causing her unnecessary suffering.
The owner, who has owned Nikita since she was eight weeks old, took her pet to the vet who told her Nikita had a suspected fractured spine and pelvis and that there was nothing they could do.
Nikita, who would have been two years old in March 2018, was put down the next morning.
The woman broke off the relationship immediately.
The victim said she struggled a lot with it as she moved here from Australia to work as a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service and didn’t really know many people at first so adopted Nikita and her sister Nala within a couple of months of moving here.
She told the court Nala is doing a lot better now but she was really badly affected by it.
Sentencing: community order with 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement; 300 hours of unpaid work. Total of £320 costs and charges. Banned from keeping a cat for five years with no right of appeal for two years.
#TheList convicted drug dealer and addict Onur Kalan, born c. 1988, of 18C Southwold Road, Clapton, London E5 9PT – left his elderly dog to become blind, crippled and floundering in his own excrement
An Iman told a drug-addicted dog owner he could kill his pet after neglect left the animal blind and crippled, a court heard. Bull mastiff ‘Tiger’ was found floundering in his own excrement by RSPCA inspectors, suffering from heart disease and hardly able to eat. He was only discovered when his owner, Onur Kalan was arrested for drug offences.
The dog was so ill there was no alternative but to put him down, Willesden Magistrates’ Court was told. The Iman had previously told Kalan he could kill the dog – but he did not have the courage to do it.
Defending Kalan, Georgia Lascombe, said: ‘He sought advice from his Imam because he was worried about taking the life of an animal.
‘He was told it was fine. He had a long-term attachment to the dog and asked his brother to do it.
‘At the time he was significantly suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.’
Sarah Gabay, prosecuting, said: ‘Police attended the defendant’s address. They went out the back door of the house. There was a courtyard divided into three areas. In one there was a kennel.
‘There was dirty green foam and it was covered in moss. The area was covered in faeces and there was a bright yellow liquid, either sick or excrement.
‘There were two dirty bowls. The area did not look like it had been cleaned for a long time.
‘Tiger was extremely nervous and shaking, and his tail was down. His eyes had cataracts.
‘However, he responded well to human contact, but he struggled getting up and down the stairs.
‘He was taken to the van and then to the kennels at Islington Police Station. He was sick on the way.
‘Treatment was started for heart disease and pain relief was given for arthritis. The dog was only eating small amounts and the breathing became more laboured.
‘There was no improvement in Tiger’s health and the decision was made that he should be put down.’
Sentencing: Kalan, who was already serving a 43-month prison sentence for dealing drugs, was jailed for another 12 weeks. He was banned from owning animals for life and told he could not appeal for 10 years.
#TheList Shad’a McQueen, born November 1984, of Tennison Road, South Norwood, Croydon SE25 – brutally stabbed Old English bulldog then cut the dog’s throat after a booze binge
Shad’a McQueen pleaded guilty to stabbing her pet bulldog and causing the pet unnecessary suffering.
After a night of heavy drinking, McQueen returned alone to her flat and attacked the unnamed female dog. She stabbed her multiple times before cutting her throat with a knife.
McQueen then called the police, who found the badly injured dog still clinging to life.
The dog was rushed to a vet’s where she had to be put down humanely as she had no chance of surviving her appalling wounds.
Defending McQueen, Stephanie Panchkowry said: “This is a very sad case. It is a very severe incident that happened.
“In the community she is known for looking after dogs very well.”
Ms Panchkowry said that there had been “alcohol misuse” that night, combined with mental health issues including depression.McQueen accepted her guilt and was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
District Judge Susan Holden said: “This is a deeply distressing case. It’s clear that your dog must have suffered unnecessarily.”
McQueen still shares a dog with her ex-partner, who she will be allowed to visit. Her ban could also be lifted at some later date.
Sentencing: 16-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. 60 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from owning animals for an indefinite period.
#TheList Mohammed Asab, born c. 1966, of 37 Water Lane, Ilford IG3 9HN; Mohammed Arif, born c. 1974, of 59 Fairfield Road, Ilford IG1 2JL; Akhtar Hussain, born c. 1970, of 4A Greenhill Grove, London E12 6BA; Mehtab Ahmed, born c. 1976, of 8 Celebration Way, London E4 9AF; Altaf Hussain, born c. 1963, of 30 Parkstone Road, Coventry CV6 7AL
Mohammed Asab, the ring-leader of a Pakistani cockfighting gang based in Ilford, East London, was found guilty of causing an animal fight to take place, keeping and training an animal for use in connection with an animal fight, and keeping premises for use for an animal fight.
Mohammed Arif, Akhtar Hussain, Mehtab Ahmed and Altaf Hussain were all found guilty of being present at an animal fight involving cockerels.
Disturbing footage seized by police and produced in court showed bloodied birds being trained by the gang. In the video, shown below, Asab is seen training and breeding cockerels to fight and even referred to one of his hens as a producer of ‘champions’.
Cockerels armed with sharpened spurs were pitched against one another in an outbuilding where the group had specifically designed a ring compete with seats around the edge and fake grass in the centre.
When police raided the fighting pit they found fresh cockerel blood splattered across white walls and found several distressed birds flapping around inside.
A blood-stained towel was also found and the cockerels were found to have wounds including one deep cut to the neck which someone had attempted to stitch up.
A total of ten cockerels and two hens were seized by police and animal welfare officers during the raid in January 2017.
Mohammed Asab: given a 22-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay £10,000 for the long-term care of his former cockerels, now forfeited to the RSPCA, and £2,000 in legal costs. He must also pay a £150 victim surcharge, complete 200 hours community service in 12 months, and forfeit his cockfighting paraphernalia. Lifetime bird-keeping ban.
Mohammed Arif, Akhtar Hussain, Mehtab Ahmed and Altaf Hussain were each fined £1,500, plus a £85 victim surcharge, and granted community orders of 200 hours community service to be completed in 12 months.
A 17-year-old was granted conditional discharge and a fine of £180.