#TheList Eiliscia Downie-Ntemo, born c. 1993, of Victoria Road, Wirral CH45 9LB – left her puppy with ‘horrific and severe’ injuries to the ribs and jaw
Downie-Ntemo pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to her shih tzu type puppy called Darcey.
The court heard how Downie-Ntemo took Darcey to a local vets with three broken ribs down one side of her body and three dislocated ribs on her other side on October 24, 2018.
Darcey’s jaw was also broken in two places
Downie-Ntemo said that she had ‘thrown’ the puppy in the air and failed to catch her, with her landing on laminate flooring, claiming this is what caused the rib injuries.
She said that the jaw injuries happened a few hours later after she had found Darcey ‘frothing’ at the mouth and put her in the bath – she said the dog was ‘struggling’ in the bath and ‘fell’ causing the jaw to break in two places.
An expert witness disputed that the injuries could have been caused in this way – the RSPCA were later alerted and Inspector Naomi Morris went to investigate.
She said that Darcey was injured on October 23 but vet treatment had not been sought by Downie-Ntemo until the following day, so she was left suffering overnight.
In mitigation the court heard how Downie-Ntemo is being treated for depression.
Inspector Norris said: “It was heartbreaking to see this tiny puppy with such horrific and severe injuries.
“Darcey was admitted to the vets in a very severe condition she was clearly in a lot of pain and because of her rib injuries she was struggling to breathe.
“I cannot believe how she has coped with her injuries at such a young age but thankfully she has made great progress and is recovering well.
“It is always sad when animals have been injured and neglected but this particular puppy is a little miracle because she was so small and vulnerable.
“The RSPCA cannot investigate these situations without the support and generosity of the public and we are always grateful for this help.”
Darcey is now in a foster home where she is said to be making a remarkable recovery.
Sentencing: community order of 60 hours of unpaid work. Costs and charges totalling £685. Banned from keeping animals for five years.