August 2021

Woman broke puppy’s ribs then lied to vet with her boyfriend

Craig Shingler and Esha Proudlove,outside Wirral Magistrates Court.

A woman battered and strangled her puppy and then lied to vets about what had happened.

Esha Proudlove claimed Maya, a brindle cross breed, had tried to squeeze out of her crate, which resulted in the 16-week-old puppy breaking three ribs.

Her boyfriend Craig Shingler, 24, also failed to tell vets what had really happened.

On another occasion Maya was taken to the vets with symptoms of head trauma, which Proudlove, 20, claimed was caused when the puppy fell from the sofa.

The couple appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court this afternoon where Peter Mitchell, prosecuting, said neighbours overheard her abusing the puppy.

He said before she bought the puppy she had another dog, Milo, and an upstairs neighbour of her Neston flat heard “loud arguments going on”.

Mr Mitchell said they later saw a “urine soaked carpet being taken out and being left in the communal hallway”.

He said a few days later they heard a dog “yelping” and screaming.

Proudlove obtained Maya, the puppy, in October last year and a neighbour said on one occasion they “heard a bang” before Proudlove shouted “quick before she dies, quick she’s dying”.

Mr Mitchell said other neighbours witnessed similar behaviour with one saying she “believes she heard a dog being hit on several occasions”.

One neighbour said between October 31 and November 1 they “heard a dog being kicked” and on another occasion Proudlove was seen holding the puppy saying “Craig, look what you’ve done”.

Maya was taken to a vet on October 16 where she presented with a head trauma but was “advised the dog had fallen off the sofa”.

Mr Mitchell said after being kept in overnight the dog had a bleed on its right eye the following morning, a symptom of a head injury.

Two days later Maya was taken back to the vets as Proudlove claimed to have performed CPR but the animal had no signs of having CPR performed on her.

Mr Mitchell said the dog was discharged but on November 12 she was taken back to a vet where she had swelling on her thorax which an expert said was indicative of “very strong force or strangulation”.

After being discharged Proudlove took the dog back the same day with three fractured ribs, which she claimed had happened when she “squeezed out of her crate”.

When interviewed Proudlove made up various lies to cover the abuse.

An instructed expert said there had been “significant violence” and the injuries said there had been two episodes of “severe head trauma”.

Shingler, of Conway Court, Ellesmere Port, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal between October 15, 2020 and November 13, 2020.

He also admitted not taking reasonable steps to ensure the needs for an animal in relation to Milo between April 9 and April 13, 2020.

Proudlove, also of Conway Court, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal between October 15 and November 13, 2020, in relation to Maya and not taking reasonable steps to ensure the needs for an animal in relation to Milo before October 15.

Chair Magistrate Carmel Stewart and magistrates David O’Malley and Colin Vallance-Owen handed Proudlove and Esha suspended sentences.

Sentencing Proudlove, Chair Magistrate Stewart said: “We do feel the custody threshold has been passed however we have also heard you have mental illness which requires long term intervention.”

Magistrate Stewart said there was a “real prospect of rehabilitation” and noted her previous good character and the current impact of the pandemic on prisoners.

Proudlove was handed 12 weeks suspended for one year and ordered to complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and an eight week curfew to run from 7pm to 7am.

She was ordered to pay £250 in costs and a victim surcharge of £128.

Sentencing Shingler, Chair Magistrate Stewart said: “We feel you acted together in that you were complicit and did nothing to prevent the harm caused to the dogs.”

Maya the dog has now been rehomed with a loving family.