Swindon, Wiltshire: Ebony Eve

#TheList Ebony Eve, born c. 1989, of Frobisher Drive, Swindon – battered her pet Shar Pei Nettles with hammer and stabbed him 20 times with a kitchen knife

Dog killer Ebony Eve from Swindon, Wilts, and her loyal victim Nettles
Dog killer Ebony Eve from Swindon, Wilts, and her loyal victim Nettles

Police called to Eve’s home found blood splattered on the floor and walls next to where the dead pet was lying.

Speaking softly, the killer told them she had killed her dog.

Eve admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the pet and was remanded in custody for her own safety.

She was later transferred through the Mental Health Act to the medium secure unit, run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, magistrates said the killer, who has severe mental health issues, will not be sent to prison but will remain in a secure psychiatric unit.

Magistrates heard how Eve’s brother had been with her the night before the killing when she gave Nettles a bath because he smelled.

The following morning he found the dog’s bloodied body on the living room floor of their home in Swindon and raised the alarm.

Eve admitted killing the dog straight away but could give no explanation as to why she had done it.

Chairman of the bench Felicity Dowell said: “We have read the two reports from the psychiatrists and we feel what they are recommending is the most sensible option.

“Therefore you are going to continue with the hospital order where you are now and you will remain there and you will get the treatment you need there.

“You will stay in hospital as long as it takes depending on how you respond to the treatment.

“We are not making any costs because of your situation nor are we awarding a victim surcharge.”

Sentence: to remain in a secure psychiatric unit indefinitely.

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Liverpool: Jordon Louise Barlow

Jordon Louise Barlow (DoB 7/6/1993) formerly of Ismay St, Walton, Liverpool L4 and more recently 38-44 Cotswold Way, Winsford CW7 1QW: starved two dogs; one died from starvation, the other was sadly put to sleep

Dog killer Jordon Louise Barlow now of Winsford, Cheshire
Jordon Louise Barlow and Bandit, one of the two dogs she left to starve. Sadly he couldn’t be saved and the other dog, Booma, was found dead at the scene.

Barlow left two dogs to starve in one of the worst cases of neglect the RSPCA inspectors have seen.

One Staffy Booma was already dead and the other, named Bandit (pictured), critically ill when Inspector Helen Smith entered Barlow’s home on December 2, 2015.

Peter Mitchell, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said vets fought to improve Bandit’s condition but he could not regain weight and was put down a few days later.

The body condition of both dogs was scored at one out of nine on a scale used by vets, the worst rating possible.

The court heard Inspector Smith, acting on information from a member of the public, found Booma wrapped up in a blanket, obviously dead.

Mr Mitchell said: “Bony prominences were visible and he had visible sores on his hind legs. Bandit was curled up on the floor with his head on his paws and in poor body condition.

“He was unresponsive to the inspector and appeared to be in a collapsed state.”

The court heard Barlow began caring for the dogs when her ex-partner was jailed. She told Inspector Smith her then partner’s mother had initially looked after the dogs, but Barlow had been forced to take over when she was hospitalised in July last year.

Barlow said Booma had not been eating but admitted not taking them to see a vet or calling the RSPCA.

Mr Mitchell said the defendant also had her own dog, another male Staffie called Chaos, which appeared well fed and in good condition, and supplies of dog food were found in the kitchen.

Post-mortems revealed both dogs had died from the effects of starvation but did not have any other underlying health problems.

The judge said: “The picture described of Bandit curled up unresponsive by his dead friend is a very sad one.”

Speaking after the case, Inspector Smith told the ECHO: “This has been one of the worst neglect cases I have done, it affected me personally.

“The vet who dealt with it said the mental torture of not being able to eat and wanting to eat would have been horrific.”

Sentence: 12 weeks in prison, suspended for one year; ordered her to complete a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement course. Banned from keeping animals for just five years (expires June 2021); ordered to surrender third dog to the RSPCA.

Liverpool Echo