#TheList Nisar Hussain, born 12/10/1984, formerly of 70 Morgan Road, Sheffield S5 8QT and more recently 203 Emerson Crescent, Sheffield S5 7SY – left a dog to starve to death in his back yard
Nisar Hussain is finally behind bars – more than four years after first appearing in court after evading capture.
Hussain, who has links to St David’s in Pembrokeshire, Wales, pleaded guilty to two offences relating to a Bully Kutta dog called Bella in August 2016.
The case was adjourned for sentencing but he didn’t show up and a warrant had been out for his arrest since.
RSPCA chief inspector Lynsey Harris said: “It has been almost four years since Hussain failed to appear for sentencing in relation to what happened to this dog, the previous September.
“Bella’s body was discovered in the backyard of Hussain’s then Sheffield address (his foreign-born wife and mother of his children, Saiqa Nisar, still lives there) by the dog warden, who had been called the previous night under the guise that Hussain had taken the dog in as a stray.
“She was emaciated, covered in dirt, her face was in a pool of vomit and she was surrounded by mud, faeces and a large number of dog biscuits.
“However several witnesses, including myself, had seen the dog at the property going back to August 10 tethered in the yard, and had given advice on her care.”
Bully Kutta are a very large breed originating in Pakistan and not commonly kept in the UK.
Nisar Hussain was implicated in a 2013 high-profile ‘crash for cash’ case alongside others, but was ultimately acquitted
Sentencing: jailed for 18 weeks with a further 14 days for non-RSPCA related matters, plus 21 days for failing to surrender but to run concurrently. Ordered to pay £615 in costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.
#TheList Sean Ronald Burns, born 15/08/1970, of Rosehill Lodge, Ferry Lane, Pembroke SA71 4RG, Kenneth Darren Evans, born 09/10/1975, of 28 Llys Caermedi, Carmarthen SA31 1GX, and John A Clayton (dob tbc) of 17 Rhos Las, Carmarthen SA31 2DY – convicted on charges relating to cruelty to animals at Bramble Hall Farm in Pembroke Dock and operation of an illegal slaughterhouse
Sean Burns was convicted of multiple cruelty charges in relation to 215 animals at Bramble Hall Farm, Ferry Lane, Pembroke Dock SA71 4RG.
The charges included the unlicensed breeding of dogs, welfare and animal-keeping regulation charges relating to sheep, horses, dogs, pigs, and goats.
A total of 53 pigs, 80 sheep, three goats, 58 dogs, 20 horses and one donkey were removed from the smallholding after being found living in squalor and without adequate space, food or water.
District Judge Christopher James told Burns he had “deliberately” inflicted suffering over a “significant period of time”.
He told Burns the condition of the animals was “extremely poor”, and that some dogs and puppies had “died due to the neglect suffered at your hands”.
One horse was found with a pipe stuck in its hoof and two horses were found with no access to food or water.
They also found 10 newborn puppies in a plastic food bowl, two of which were dead.
Prosecutor Alexander Greenwood said the dogs were kept in a “hazardous environment”, with no bedding, and the floor wet with urine and faeces.
The court was told the animals displayed signs of “bullying behaviour” as food was so scarce and the bigger animals were keeping the smaller animals away from food.
The prosecution said this case of animal neglect was “one of the worst examples of its kind.”
The court heard Burns failed to provide documentation for any of the animals.
Defending, Aled Owen told the court Burns “has not got the skills to manage this farm efficiently”.
“Quite frankly, my client is illiterate,” he said.
The prosecution followed an investigation by public protection officers from Pembrokeshire Council, supported by Dyfed-Powys Police’s rural crime team.
Sean Burns’ mother Pamela Burns (born 12/08/1945) had faced 24 charges but the case against her ultimately did not proceed because she is said to be suffering from dementia.
Sean Burns was also convicted alongside associates John Clayton and Kenneth Evans on a string of charges relating to food hygiene, operating an illegal slaughterhouse and being involved in the illegal slaughter of sheep to produce ‘smokies’ – a West African delicacy where meat is cooked using a blow torch.
The illegal slaughterhouse operated in one of the agricultural outbuildings, with Clayton and Evans caught in the act by horrified inspectors.
The unit had been set up as a makeshift slaughter hall with six slaughtered sheep at various stages of preparation and further penned sheep awaiting the same fate.
The court was told that conditions in the slaughter hall were insanitary and the floor awash with blood from the slaughtered animals as well as by-products from the slaughter process.
A herd of pigs was seen wandering among suspended sheep carcasses, feeding on the remains of the slaughtered animals.
Approximately six further carcasses of smoked sheep were found bagged in the boot of Evans’ car, ready for onward supply.
Evidence was gathered by officers and the carcasses were seized for condemnation.
A number of sheep were subsequently euthanized for humane reasons and restrictions were placed on the herd of pigs, preventing their movement off-site to address the potential disease risk and to protect the human food chain.
Clayton was convicted in 2002 for the same offence alongside David Jones of Moelfre Farm in Llanwnnen, John Beddows of Tregaron, Ceredigion, Trefor Williams of Llandysul, Ceredigion, Alun Evans and his brother Richard Evans both of Abernewrig, Lampeter, Malcolm Taylor of Oldbury, in the West Midlands, and Alun Lloyd of Llanfrynach, Pembrokeshire
Sentencing for these offences is to follow.
Magistrates in Court in Llanelli formalised that order for the removal of the animals owned by Pamela and Sean Burns of Bramble Hall.
Sentencing: Sean Burns was given 20 weeks in prison for illegal dog breeding, animal welfare charges and other summary matters. Although Pembrokeshire Council have incurred thousands of pounds in costs, Burns was only ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge at this stage. He was handed an indefinite ban from keeping animals, including having any involvement or influence over the care or welfare of animals.
#TheList Marc Evan Roderick John, born 04/06/1973, of Market Street, Haverfordwest SA61 1NF – failed to treat his dog’s infection and weight loss
Marc John was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog between November 6 and December 18, 2018.
RSPCA prosecutor Nick Devonald said the dog known as Tyson was found to be ‘extremely thin’ when examined by a vet, with a body score of just one out of five, and a large infected ulcerated tumour on his cheek.
Tyson had to be euthanised due to his condition days later, and it was estimated to have taken six to eight weeks for the dog to reach such poor condition.
Mr Devonald said: “The dog was clearly emaciated with an obvious swelling to its cheek and hair-loss near his tail.”
When interviewed John stated Tyson was his ex-partner’s animal, and had not been there when he returned to pick up his belongings.
He said he had fed the dog, who would improve then lose condition again, wormed him and provided a flea collar.
The court heard that Tyson had been in John’s care for around five years before he was found roaming in a road at Haverfordwest and taken to a vet.
Mr Devonald added that the neglect had been prolonged as he handed magistrates pictures of his injury.
Mike Kelleher, defending, said John and his ex-partner needed to move out of their former home quickly following their break-up and he found one dog but no sign of Tyson when he returned to collect his things.
Mr Kelleher said: “For the dog’s last days he did not have control of it and fully believed that his ex-partner had taken him and was looking after him in the normal way.”
He added: “Had the split-up not happened, he assures me in no way would Tyson had been left, and he would have taken him to the vet if he had seen the state he was in.”
The court heard that John had signed over ownership of the second dog to a person who lived in the same property as him.
Sentencing: 12 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months; 300 hours of unpaid work. £715 in costs and a surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for five years.
#TheList Mark Phillip Mathias, born November 1978, of Chapel Hill, Camrose, Haverfordwest SA62 6JN – left dozens of cows to suffer on his farm
Four cows belonging to Mark Mathias had to be put down to prevent further suffering.
Distressing images from the farm show cows lying on their sides in field, and a pile of carcasses left in a farmyard area
The ruling follows a prosecution by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The court heard that between March 20 and July 12, 2018, 14 visits were made to the farm by animal health and welfare inspectors.
The first visit followed a report of a calf being on its side in the farm yard which was thought to be suffering with no bedding or care provided.Cow carcasses were also discovered by officers on a yard near baled feed for the herd and inside a large trailer.
Other welfare concerns were noted within the herd and notices were issued to dispose of the carcasses correctly, to address welfare concerns and to improve conditions on the farm.
The court was told that throughout the ensuing visits, additional notices and further advice was given to Mathias by officers and vets.
These related to conditions on the farm in which the cattle were being kept, welfare concerns, including for specific animals which required veterinary attention and for removal of animal by-products.
The court was told that four animals had suffered unnecessarily which resulted in them being destroyed.
A large number of cattle had also been moved onto the site while a TB restriction notice was in place, prohibiting moves on or off site without a licence.
Mathias pleaded guilty to failing to observe the terms of the notice.
As part of mitigation for Mathias, reference was made to the mental, physical and financial issues involved in the farming business.
Sentencing: 200-hour community service order; costs and charges totalling £585. Disqualified from keeping, owning, participating in, or influencing the keeping of bovine animals for a period of 12 months.
#TheList minors aged 16 and 17 years from Milford Haven – stole a tame pet chicken from her owner and tortured her to death.
Chicken Daisy was subjected to a prolonged and brutal attack at the hands of two sadistic savages and others, during which she was chased, set alight and had her neck hacked at with garden shears. She was finally killed with a pitchfork. The pet’s agonising ordeal was filmed for Snapchat and shared with other feral yobs in the group for their sick entertainment.
Daisy’s ordeal took place at the home of a third youth who was investigated but not charged.
In court a veterinary surgeon described the youths’ actions as “gratuitous torture”.
Daisy’s owner Michelle Owen wrote a victim impact statement which was read to the court.
“When I discovered Daisy was gone I blamed myself, I thought I hadn’t secured the coop. My youngest two children were devastated when Daisy had gone, they were crying over her,” she said.
“Daisy was very tame and friendly, it’s not the same going to the coop. I always thought my garden was safe and secure, now I don’t leave my dogs out in case they disappear.
“When I think about what happened that night and the way Daisy suffered, it goes beyond cruelty.
“She was a part of the family, more than just a chicken.”
Defending the youths in court, Mike Kelleher said that the pair were facing the consequence of their “reprehensible” actions.
He said: “This was a cruel and nasty horrible incident. However it started it went horribly, horribly wrong. They are here today to face the consequences.”
RSPCA Cymru has described the incident as “horrifying” and expressed concern at the age of those responsible.
“This poor chicken was subject to the most horrendous treatment – taken, beaten, stabbed and set alight,” said RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben.
“I shudder to think what the poor animal went through.
“The offences were horrifying, and it is always deeply worrying when young people commit such crimes. They will now be subject to our Breaking the Chain programme – which highlights the impact acts like this have on animals and their welfare standards.
“RSPCA Cymru wants to inspire a future generation of animal ambassadors – who share our compassion and empathy for our fellow living creatures. Hopefully, this prosecution sets a clear statement that behaviours like this are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
David Allen, head of education at RSPCA , said: “Clearly, these were disgusting offences and it is particularly worrying that young people are committing such acts. Fortunately, we know most young people will be horrified by what happened in Milford Haven.
“Our new Generation Kind scheme brings together a series of initiatives – including those in the classroom, support for teachers, programmes to support vulnerable looked-after and disadvantaged young people, and those targeted at youth offenders.
“It is hoped that Generation Kind will help create a generation of individuals who are kind, compassionate and caring towards animals.”
The youths pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence, namely causing the chicken to suffer unnecessarily.
Sentencing: 12-month referral order, which includes the RSPCA intervention initiative mentioned above. The older youth was ordered to pay £380 in compensation, costs and charges and the younger one was ordered to pay courts and charges totalling £400. They were both banned from keeping any animal for a period of 12 months.
#TheList puppy farmer David Thomas, born born 31/12/1944 , of Wallis, Ambleston, Haverfordwest SA62 – failed to care for 25 Labradors, allowing them to suffer unnecessarily and live in a “filthy and hazardous” environment.
Thomas pleaded guilty to three animal welfare offences.
The court heard Thomas failed to provide a suitable environment for 25 dogs, caused unnecessary suffering to five puppies by failing to explore their poor conditions, and caused unnecessary suffering to five dogs by failing to give them appropriate veterinary care for an infection involving their feet.
The dogs – found on the derelict farm – were 19 puppies and six adults.
One puppy was sadly found dead.
The 25 dogs were removed and given immediate treatment.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “When I arrived I just remember thinking what an appalling situation this was. It was dire. These dogs and puppies were kept in filthy and hazardous conditions. They were denied access to food and water, were in danger of injury and disease, and did not have the necessary comfort in terms of shelter and bedding, and were not free to exhibit normal behaviour, by being kept in the dark with poor ventilation.
“The puppies looked thin, dehydrated and were cold, and there was evidence of caked faeces on all the puppies’ feet, and all their claws were overgrown.
“It was just horrible and just so sad to see these lovely puppies in just terrible conditions.”
The dogs were taken into the care of the local authorities for rehoming.
Inspector Hogben added: “We’d like to thank everyone who assisted in this case – the police, the local dog wardens, the local vet and Green Acres Animal Rescue.
“We really appreciate all their help in what was a challenging case, due to the numbers of dogs there.
“These dogs and puppies will now grow up in a loving, safe environment where they are given the care and attention they deserve.”
Sentencing: 24-week custodial sentence – suspended for two years. Total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for life.
#TheList Deborah-Marie May, born 30/04/1992 of no fixed abode and Victoria Louise Reynolds born 23/02/1989, of Martletwy, Narberth – starved a rescue lurcher to death
May and Reynolds both pleaded guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act that between 22 October 2017 and 22 December 2017 at Larch Road, Milford Haven.
They caused unnecessary suffering to a dog named Lenny by failing to exercise reasonable care and supervision in respect of his protection which led to his death.
The lurcher cross type dog was found starved to death in a bedroom. Following an examination, the dog was found to just weigh just 9.2 kilos, when he should have weighed around 25 kilos.
May and Reynolds appeared on separate occasions at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court, with magistrates indicating it was one of the “worst cases of animal cruelty they had ever seen”.
RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis said: “This case is certainly a disturbing and very upsetting one.
“When I arrived the dog was decomposing. It is just awful to think what Lenny went through, suffering for a long period of time, before tragically he died of hunger.
“There is no excuse for this, owning a dog is a privilege and to just abandon him without any thought is truly horrifying I can’t understand how they let Lenny wither away and then left the body to rot in the back room.”
Sentencing: May – 22 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, a 10-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, 150 hours unpaid work, costs of £300, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115. Banned from keeping any animal for five years.
Reynolds – 26 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to pay costs of £300, a victim surcharge of £115. Banned from keeping all animals for 10 years.
#TheList Michelle Lewis, born c. 1968, and Michael Rowland Sampson, born c. 1981, of Coronation Avenue, Haverfordwest SA61 – kept seven neglected cats and dogs in their filthy, rubbish-strewn home
Michelle Lewis and Michael Rowland Sampson pleaded guilty to jointly causing unnecessary suffering to their animals by failing to provide a suitable living environment.
The pair also admitted two charges of not ensuring that the needs of the cats and dogs were met, by failing to address flea infestations and chronic skin conditions were treated adequately.
A local vet called in to assist in the operation said the whole house resembled a ‘death trap’, with a mat of ‘rotting excrement’ almost covering the floor, giving him the impression that the house was totally unsuitable for animal habitation, let alone humans.
An RSPCA inspector told the court how he retched on encountering the overpowering stench of faeces and urine on 6 July 2017.
Mike Kelleher, defending, said Lewis had suffered from depression and that she and Sampson – both unemployed – had suffered various problems at the house, including burst pipes and an overflowing toilet.
He added that, while the property was in ‘a terrible state’, the animals themselves were fed and exercised, while the couple tried to treat the dogs’ skin conditions and hair loss through a change in diet and shampoo.
“This was not a deliberate action of cruelty,” he said.
Sentencing: 12-month conditional discharge with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement. £315 each in costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expires January 2023).
#TheList Ian Morgan Bert Griffiths, born 04/04/1963, of Pwll Caerog, Berea, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6DG – failed to provide hoof care five ponies.
Ponies on Ian Griffiths’ farm were left with overgrown hooves resembling ‘Aladdin’s slippers’ and unable to walk properly.
Company director Griffiths pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to five ponies when he appeared in court.
Jon Tarrant, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court that Griffiths failed to provide adequate hoof care to three Shetland ponies and two welsh mountain ponies between December 3, 2016 and June 3, 2017.
The bench heard that two Shetlands were found lying in awkward positions when an RSPCA inspector visited the farm on June 3, 2017 It was immediately apparent that their hooves were overgrown and misshapen, causing pain and discomfort.
One stood with an arched back trying to shift its weight from its front to back legs when standing, in an effort to find some relief and was in ‘severe pain’, while another struggled to move.
Mr Tarrant said that a vet who examined the animals described their hooves as looking like ‘Aladdin’s slippers’.
“The two Shetlands were reluctant to move even a few steps. One went to lie down almost immediately.”
The court heard that strain would have been put on the animals’ ligaments and joints which could not be alleviated with pain killers, and Griffiths immediately surrendered them to the RSPCA.
Following treatment, three of the ponies were ready to be rehomed, but two were still experiencing difficulties.
A vet estimated that the hooves had not been trimmed in between six months and a year.
Mr Tarrant added: “It’s not suggested that this was deliberate ill-treatment, but it appears the defendant was aware of the situation, he could see them from his home and did nothing about it. It must be diagnosed as prolonged neglect.”
Magistrates heard that Griffiths, who came from nine generations of Pembrokeshire farmers, was of clean character and ‘extremely remorseful’. This was the first time there had been any problems with his animals, which included 100 cattle, pigs, cats, dogs and two other ponies on his 250 acre farm.
David Williams, defending, told the court that the father-of-three’s wife died suddenly in 2010, leaving him to run the business and look after their children.
Mr Williams said: “He would not wish to see any animal suffer under any circumstances. This is overlaid with a deep sense of shame.”
The court heard that Griffiths’ camping business, Celtic Camping (on Facebook here), could accommodate up to 1,000 people on the farm, and employed 12 full-time and four part-time staff at peak season. Griffiths also has a logging company called Pembrokeshire Logs Ltd.
Mr Williams added: “By October 2016 his children had left and he found himself for the first time in an empty house, and found himself to be exhausted.
“He had driven himself into the floor. That he caused them (the ponies) pain and suffering is something he is deeply sorry for.”
A farrier had visited the farm in August 2016 and was due to return in a couple of months, but the arrangement had fallen through.
Sentencing: 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. Ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for five years (expires September 2022).
#TheList Eric Gwilym Symmons, born c. 1954, of Station Road, Letterston, Haverfordwest SA62 – for his shocking neglect of three Shetland ponies
Symmons admitted that his failure to act caused the ponies to suffer unnecessarily.
The weight of one of the ponies was judged to be 141kg – more than 100kg below the average expected weight for a Shetland of her height.
All three animals were subsequently taken into RSPCA Cymru care, before being successfully re-homed by the charity.
“We found three Shetlands at this property seriously impeded by overgrown hooves and hidden from view,” said RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben.
“The suffering they endured is likely to have lasted many months.
Put simply – there’s no excuse for this sort of shocking neglect.
“A straightforward five-minute phone call to a farrier could have prevented these Shetland ponies from experiencing the pain and suffering of such dangerously overgrown hooves.
“This was long-term and completely unnecessary neglect, with one of the ponies also lame with a very poor physical body condition and the RSPCA is steadfast in its commitment to acting against such animal cruelty”.
Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £888. No ban.