Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Julieann Greenwood

#TheList Julieann Greenwood, born c. 1966, of Burn Closes Crescent, Wallsend NE28 – failed to get veterinary treatment for her flea-riddled pet cats

Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire
Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire

Julieann Greenwood’s cats, Sapphire and Starlight, were found covered in fleas by RSPCA inspectors. A court heard that one of the animals was almost bald due to alopecia.

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Stewart Haywood told North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court of Greenwood’s “prolonged neglect”.

He said: “It would have taken months for the cats to get into the condition they were in.

“The two cats were discovered by inspectors for the charity at her home in July, just months after her op.”

Greenwood portrayed herself as a cat lover in court. She said she had tried to get treatment for her animals by buying a collar from Amazon.

Pictures later released by the RSPCA showed Starlight’s skin had scabbed due to the fleas. When challenged over their condition, Greenwood was said to have been abusive to inspectors.

Defending her actions, Gerry Bass, mitigating, said: “I don’t think she gave the best impression of herself that day as she was deeply upset.”

Following a sex change in April, it was claimed she “had taken her eyes off the ball” and allowed her beloved pets to suffer.

Greenwood pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Sentencing: fined £120 and ordered to pay £400 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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Pontefract, West Yorkshire: Victoria Louise Chamberlain

#TheList Victoria-Louise Chamberlain (also uses the surname Robinson), born 06/09/1999, formerly of Castleford and more recently Post Office Road, Featherstone, Pontefract WF7 5ER – failed to intervene to stop her dog Sasha being repeatedly beaten by her former partner or to seek veterinary treatment for the dog’s serious injuries

Victoria-Louise Chamberlain with sadistic dog abuser Joe Bucktrout
Victoria-Louise Chamberlain with sadistic dog abuser Joe Bucktrout

Victoria-Louise Chamberlain is the former partner of Joe Bucktrout, who was jailed in November 2019 for repeatedly attacking Sasha. The dog’s injuries included dislocated hips, rib fractures and cigarette burns.

Sasha suffered multiple injuries following repeated attacks by evil Joe Bucktrout while his girlfriend Victoria Louise Chamberlain stood by
Sasha suffered multiple injuries following repeated attacks by evil Joe Bucktrout while his girlfriend Victoria Louise Chamberlain stood by

Chamberlain was convicted in absence of two offences and a warrant issued for her arrest. She appeared for sentencing at Leeds Magistrates’ court on Tuesday 3 December.

Sasha suffered multiple injuries following repeated attacks by evil Joe Bucktrout while his girlfriend Victoria Louise Chamberlain stood by

She was given a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping all animals for life. She may appeal the ban after five years.

Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA earlier on in the process and has been happily rehomed.

Abused dog Sasha looking healthier
Sweet-natured Sasha has recovered from her ordeal and has been rehomed

RSPCA Inspector Vanessa Reid said: “I’m so happy for her. She’s such a wonderful, loving dog who just craves affection despite all that has happened to her.”

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Aigburth, Liverpool: David Bennett

#TheList David Bennett, born c. 1978, of Livingston Avenue, Liverpool L17 – attacked a police dog

David Bennett
David Bennett

Career criminal and drug addict David Bennett was convicted on two charges for assaulting police officers and a further charge for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

This was the first conviction in Merseyside under Finn’s Law, an amendment made to the Animal Welfare Act, which makes it illegal to harm service animals.

The law was named after Police Dog Finn who was almost killed protecting his handler from a teenager with a knife.

As at November 2019 Bennett had 33 previous convictions for 72 offences, beginning in 1996, which include 46 thefts and similar offences.

Since he was a youth, he has been locked up for burglary, motoring offences and handling stolen goods.

Bennett was jailed for 12 months for wounding in 2008, and for eight years for dealing heroin and robbery in 2010.

PD Deema is due to receive a commendation for her hard work today.

PD Deema
PD Deema recovered from an attack by drug abuser and persistent criminal David Bennett from Aigburth in Liverpool

Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “We are so proud of our police dogs and their handlers, and all the hard work they do to protect our communities.

“The commendation Deema will receive is so well deserved and we hope this will help people recognise all our dogs do to help prevent crime.”

Sentencing:
Eight-week custodial sentence consecutive to a 20-month sentence he is already serving for violently assaulting a shop worker.

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Denny, Falkirk: Daniel McPhillips

#TheList Daniel McPhillips, born 01/11/1993, of Beech Crescent, Denny FK6 – strangled a King Charles spaniel, bound his head, neck, throat and legs with his lead and dumped him in the canal to drown

Dog killer: Daniel McPhillips from Denny, near Falkirk in Scotland
Dog killer: Daniel McPhillips from Denny, near Falkirk in Scotland

Daniel McPhillips was given £20 to deliver a spaniel named Alfie to a vet to be rehomed. Instead, in an act of shocking callousness, McPhillips strangled Alfie and dumped his body in the Forth & Clyde Canal with his lead wrapped around his legs.

King Charles spaniel Alfie suffered a horrific death at the hands of vile Daniel McPhillips
King Charles spaniel Alfie suffered a horrific death at the hands of vile Daniel McPhillips

The heroin addict then lied to the dog’s original owner, Tammy-Lynn Burgoyne, stating by text he had taken the dog to the vet so he could be re-homed. Ms Burgoyne later discovered the truth after Alfie’s body was discovered in the canal and reported the matter to the Scottish SPCA.

Dog killer: Daniel McPhillips from Denny, near Falkirk in Scotland
Loser McPhillips lied through his teeth in court but was found guilty. He will be sentenced on 18 December

McPhillips appeared from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court having been arrested for his non-appearance on an earlier date. He denied asphyxiating the dog and dumping him in the canal in September 2018.

A Scottish SPCA investigator told the court that McPhillips had avoided her telephone calls and appeared reluctant to meet with her.

An associate of McPhillips then gave evidence, stating McPhillips had actually admitted to him he had killed the dog, telling him “I didn’t ken what else to do with it.”

Dog killer: Daniel McPhillips from Denny, near Falkirk in Scotland

Giving evidence himself, McPhillips stated Alfie had escaped while he was walking with him in the woods and he could not get him back. He said he texted Ms Burgoyne and lied, telling her he had safely delivered the animal to the vets.

After considering all the evidence, Sheriff Christopher Shead found McPhillips guilty and told him a prison sentence was a real possibility.

Sentence was deferred until December 18, 2019, and McPhillips was remanded in custody until that date.

Commenting on the case, a Scottish SPCA undercover SIU officer said: “This is a truly shocking case of animal cruelty. Rather than taking Alfie to the vet, McPhillips instead decided to kill him and pocket the cash.”

“Numerous people contacted our animal helpline to identify McPhillips as the perpetrator when Alfie was discovered in October 2018 and two witnesses told us he’d openly admitted to the crime.

“McPhillips ignored our repeated attempts to engage with him and he failed to turn up for two trial dates, which meant warrants were issued for his arrest.”

The SIU officer added: “It is hard to comprehend how tragic Alfie’s death was. As well as the trauma to his neck, he also had injuries to his front legs where he’d been trying to escape the bindings. Alfie was caused unimaginable unnecessary suffering due to the actions of McPhillips. We look forward to the sentencing in this case on 18 December.”

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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.

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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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Poole, Dorset: Scott Cochrane

#TheList serial wildlife persecutor Scott Matthew Cochrane, born 09/11/1989, of 4 Yarrow Close, Poole BH12 4FL – found with dead rabbits, lurcher-type dogs and steel ball bearings

Scott Matthew Cochrane from Poole routinely hunts wild animals with dogs

Repeat offender Cochrane was back in court after breaching a five-year criminal behaviour order imposed in September 2015 after a video of him pulling the head off a live wood pigeon was uploaded to Facebook. He admitted being in possession of a wild animal and for hunting a wild mammal with a dog, an offence under Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Cochrane, whose Facebook account is riddled with boasts about his ‘kills’, is now prohibited from entering many rural areas in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The areas include south of the A35 in the Purbeck and Dorchester area, rural northeast Dorset up to the M4 corridor in north Wiltshire and parts of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Scott Matthew Cochrane from Poole routinely hunts wild animals with dogs

This will prevent him from using routes such as the A338 from Ringwood into Wiltshire, A354 from Puddletown to Salisbury and A350 from Wimborne to parts of Wiltshire, which all feature in hotspots for such rural crime.

At 11.41pm on Saturday October 5, 2019, officers were called to a rural location in the Blandford area in relation to suspected poaching in fields. They located a van and saw two men – one of whom was the defendant.

There were two lurcher-type dogs with them and they had a high powered lamp. They were also found to be carrying dead rabbits. A search of their vehicle located a catapult and steel ball bearings, as well as further dead rabbits.

The new criminal behaviour order will last for three years.

Cochrane must not:

• Act or incite others to behave in an anti-social manner, that is to say a manner that causes harassment, alarm or distress to any persons.

• Use or incite others to use threatening, intimidating, insulting or abusive words or behaviour in any place to which the public has access.

• Be in possession of a wild animal, wild bird or part of a wild animal or bird living or dead.

• Be in possession of a catapult or shot, such as ball bearings, or to be in a vehicle with a catapult or such shot in a place to which the public have access or private land as a trespasser.

• Allow a dog under his control off a lead, except on private land with the land owners written permission.

• Be in a vehicle with a dog traditionally used for the purpose of hare and deer coursing, such as a Lurcher, Greyhound, Saluki, or a cross breed of these varieties unless travelling to an emergency vets appointment.

• Own dogs traditionally used for the purposes of hare and deer coursing such as Lurchers, Greyhounds, Saluki or a cross breed of these varieties.

Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, Rural Crime Co-ordinator for Dorset Police, said: “Coursing with dogs and poaching is a national priority for both rural and wildlife crime and there are many repeat victims across the UK.

“This issue is not about ‘one for the pot’ but part of a network of persistent criminals who will threaten and intimidate our rural communities if challenged and cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to crops, gates and other property.

“They train their dogs on rabbits, hares and even on deer, with no regard for the welfare of wildlife or their dogs and they are willing to travel vast distances into other counties.

“Dorset Police is part of the national strategy between 22 police forces, Operation Galileo, where civil and criminal powers will be used to prevent such offending by hare coursers and protect vulnerable victims.

“I hope this sends a clear message that coursing and other such crimes are not tolerated and we will take robust action against anyone suspected of such an offence.

“This now varied order is a first of its kind for rural crime, in that it bans the defendant from large areas of rural land across three counties and it restricts his ownership of certain dog breeds and cross breeds.”

Sentencing: eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. Victim surcharge of £122 and £85 costs. The other man was given a caution. Three-year criminal behaviour order.

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Stanton Drew, North East Somerset: Wendy Hylton

#TheList Wendy Hylton, born c 1948, of Stanton Drew, Somerset BS39 – failed to provide hoof care for two ponies

Wendy Hylton from Stanton Drew, Somerset, failed to provide hoof care to Shetland ponies Tonto and Midnight

Hylton pleaded guilty to two offences, following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

Concerns about two Shetland ponies, known as Tonto and Midnight, had been raised with the RSPCA after one of the two ponies appeared to be unable to walk.

Officers from the animal welfare charity were joined by a vet on May 25, 2019, who carried out a clinical examination of Tonto and found he was in a significant amount of pain, and unable to walk as a result of his severely overgrown hooves and laminitis.

Wendy Hylton from Stanton Drew, Somerset, failed to provide hoof care to Shetland ponies Tonto and Midnight

Midnight was also found to have overgrown hooves and both horses were seized by police and taken into the care of a specialist equine charity where they received the care and treatment they needed.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson said: “Providing regular and routine farriery (shoeing of horse care) is a vital part of owning equines.

“Cases like this are very sad as they could so easily be avoided with the correct care.”

The offences took place between March 24 and May 24, 2019, in the vicinity of Radford Hill, Timsbury.

These acts were contrary to S.4(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and S.9(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Sentencing: four-month curfew; ordered to pay £385 costs and charges. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

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Fagley, Bradford: Samantha McIntyre

#TheList Samantha McIntyre, born 11/04/1975, of Copse Wood, Foston Lane, Bradford BD2 3QU – abandoned a cat and three kittens to go on holiday for nine days; mother cat starved to death

Cat killer Samantha McIntyre originally from Flintshire, North Wales, and now of Fagley in Bradford

McIntyre, who at the time was living in Coed Onn Road, Flint in North Wales, said she had left food out and the shower running for her pet named Lulu, and her three kittens while she went to visit her partner in Bradford.

The 44-year-old said she had only intended on being away for three days, but ended up staying longer to look after her boyfriend when he fell ill.

Meanwhile, concerned residents contacted the RSPCA reporting fears the animals had been abandoned.

Inspectors visited the property on several occasions to put food through the letterbox and sealed the front door with tape so they could see if anyone had been home.

But it was nine days before McIntyre returned, by which time Lulu had died.

A post-mortem examination revealed there was no food in her system and her death was due to malnutrition.

The kittens abandoned with their mother by Samantha McIntyre.
Rescued kittens Zoe, Orla and Thea whose mother starved to death after being left alone for nine days

The three kittens were rescued by the RSPCA and are now said to be doing well.

McIntyre, who now lives permanently in Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to look after the welfare of the animals.

Glen Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said the charity had visited the address on June 28, 29 and 30, 2019, to check if the seal over the door had been broken, and to put food through the letterbox.

They had spotted an “immobile cat” and three kittens and contacted housing officers to get them to alert the tenant.

When they finally reached her, McIntyre told the RSPCA she’d given her ex-partner permission to enter the property and feed the cats but when he was traced, he said they had cut ties and he didn’t even know she was away.

When police eventually gained entry to the house, they found no food out for the cats and the shower running in the wet room.

The court heard McIntyre had been away from June 21 to 30, 2018.

Melissa Griffiths, defending said she was suffering with mental health problems at the time and with a 21-month-old baby and a vulnerable teenager to look after, as well as her sick partner, and was “stretched in too many directions.”

“She is extremely shaken up and ashamed to be before the court for the first time and understands this is an extremely serious matter…she was just stretched in too many directions.”

Magistrates said they considered the level of neglect to be “extreme” causing the cats “considerable suffering.”

Sentencing: 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months; 12-month community order of 180 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £622 costs. Banned from keeping animals for two years.

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Perth, Scotland: Christopher Dickson

#TheList Christopher James Dickson, born July 1987, of 2 Balhousie Street, Perth PH1 5HJ – caught on dashcam brutally kicking his dog after she strayed onto the road

Dog abuser Christopher James Dickson of Perth in Scotland

Horrified witnesses saw Dickson, a director of The Dunblane Motor Company Ltd, which trades as Dicksons of Perth, kicking the dog on her underside causing her to fall to the ground.

The court heard that when a passing motorist pointed at Christopher Dickson from her car, he gesticulated at her by raising his middle finger.

One of the witnesses was “particularly upset” at what had happened and uploaded dashcam footage on to Facebook and it was “circulated” by other members of the public.

Dickson was subsequently identified and later traced by police.

Dog abuser Christopher James Dickson of Perth in Scotland

Dickson admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by gesticulating at a member of the public and kicking a dog on Perth’s Dunkeld Road on September 14 2019.

He originally admitted causing the animal unnecessary suffering by kicking her on the body but having obtained legal representation later changed his plea to not guilty. This plea was accepted by the Crown. He was not, therefore, banned from keeping animals.

Dickson’s solicitor Paul Ralph said his client had been walking his dog when she strayed from his side.

He said: “The problem was the dog was not on the lead. The dog walked on the road.

“He administered swift justice, which he would normally have done with a clip round the ear but he’d had an operation to his hand.

“The dog is six and a half years old and still lives with him.”

Dickson was told by a sheriff that this was “a dog-loving nation” and the attack had caused revulsion.

Dickson is no stranger to appearing in the dock at the Perth court.

In September 2017, he was banned for five years and ordered to carry out unpaid work – as an alternative to prison – after he ignored a 40-month driving disqualification imposed earlier after a drunken road rage incident. The court heard that he got behind the wheel of his £37,000 Mercedes but was caught by police.

He was banned for five years and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after he admitted driving without a licence and without insurance on Perth’s Balhousie Street on August 3, 2017.

Dickson had earlier been put off the road for more than three years – and fined £5000 – after he was convicted of causing an accident which left three young children screaming in terror in their parents’ people carrier.

Aged 29 at that time, he was convicted of driving with 35 microgrammes of alcohol in his system – the legal limit is 22 – driving carelessly and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

He also has a previous conviction for drink-driving from February 2008, when he was fined £600 and disqualified for
two years.

Sentencing: fined £240.

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