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.

The Sun
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Croydon: Paul Turner

#TheList Paul Turner, born c. 1965, of 2 Brookmead Rd, Croydon CR0 3AR – left 9yo German Shepherd Max to die in filthy kennel at bottom of garden; emaciated and matted Max sadly PTS by RSPCA to end his suffering

Neglected German Shepherd Max was put to sleep to end his suffering

Collapsed, emaciated and matted in filth, German Shepherd Max was found barely alive at the bottom of his owners Paul Turner’s garden.

The RSPCA had been tipped off that a dog had died in his squalid kennel on a grim winter’s evening.

Tragically, nine-year-old Max was so poorly that there was nothing that could be done other than end his suffering.

For Inspector Anthony Pulfer the sight of Max in his pitiful state will live long in the memory.

Paul Turner’s gypsy wife Jane Turner, who also uses the surname McArdle, did not face prosecution despite also living at the property where a horrifically neglected dog was found.

Turner, who shares the property at Brookmead Rd with wife Jane Turner and their two sons, pleaded guilty to animal welfare charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Max and not taking steps to ensure he had a suitable environment.

Speaking after the case, Inspector Pulfer described how he had gone to Turner’s address in Brookmead Road, Croydon, on January 4, 2016, after concerns that there was a dead dog in the garden.

The inspector said: “I can understand why the caller thought Max was dead.

“When I arrived he was completely collapsed in an emaciated state in a dirty kennel at the bottom of the garden but alive – just.

“He was in a shocking condition, the worst I have ever seen. He was not moving and I had to carry him to my van and take him straight to the vet.

“Sadly, there was nothing they could do to save him and he was so poorly that he had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

“This was a horrible case of extreme neglect and I don’t think I will ever forget the sight of the poor dog lying there in filth in such a collapsed state that winter’s evening. Who knows how long he had been lying there in that terrible way?”

Sentence: jailed for six weeks (though he was bailed pending an appeal, the outcome of which is unknown); banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Evening Standard

Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria: Michelle Brown

#TheList Michelle Brown, born c. 1978, of Wellington Street, Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8AN – abandoned four dogs, leaving them living in squalor.

Michelle Brown from Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK, abandoned four dachshund-type dogs in squalor.
Michelle Brown from Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK, abandoned four dachshund-type dogs in her squalid property.

Police and Barrow Borough Council raided Michelle Brown’s previous house in Thornton Park, Dalton, after concerned neighbours raised the alarm about the distressed animals on December 28, 2015.

Four dachshund-type dogs – Vince, Bo, Floyd and Tia – were rescued by the authorities and checked over by a vet and found to be dehydrated and underweight.

Brown was found guilty in her absence after she failed to turn up at court, but appeared for sentencing.

Michelle Brown from Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK, abandoned four dachshund-type dogs in squalor.

RSPCA prosecutor Mr Steven Marsh said Brown had been warned about the welfare of the animals several times since 2014 by their inspector Will Lamping.

He told the hearing: “Neighbours became increasingly concerned about the animals as they were licking condensation off the windows. They looked skinny and in distress. Initially the dogs were barking but that got quieter and quieter.

“When police went in they were hit with the overwhelming smell of faeces. There was faeces all over the floor and furniture which was getting mouldy. There wasn’t one clean area in the house for the dogs to sleep and rest without touching faeces. there was an empty bag of dry dog food in the bathroom and empty water bowls. They had drank the water out of the toilet.

“On a scale, three of them were level three of nine and the other, four of nine. One was emaciated.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said: “Miss Brown is extremely distressed at the condition the dogs were found in. Sadly the last two years of her life things have spiralled out of control.

“She was in a relationship and had two grown-up children living at home and she became ill and had anxiety and depression.

“Her life became chaotic and she was having issues with her neighbours and moved to live with her parents. She didn’t like going back to the house because of the memories but would go there at night and give them water and food.”

Mr Lamping said: “I’m pleased she has been disqualified from keeping animals. These dogs were neglected over a long period of time and she shouldn’t be allowed animals in her care.

“She had many opportunities to work with us but refused.

“I would like to thank the neighbours who contacted us.”

Sentencing: 12-week curfew; costs and charges totalling £560. Banned from keeping animals for eight years (expires June 2024).

The Mail

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