No April fool for Bridgwater woman banned for cruelty to animals

Milly Beth Turnham has admitted to an animal welfare offence at an address in Canon Close, Bridgwater. On 13 October she has been banned from keeping animals for ten years. She was also handed down a 16 week prison term,  suspended for one year. She is finally required to complete twenty Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR) days.

The case, brought by the RSPCA, was originally heard at Taunton Magistrates Court. However it was transferred to Highbury Magistrates Court because Turnham has now moved to Ponders End, Enfield. on 13 October.

Turnham, aged 23, was filmed repeatedly beating a puppy with a riding crop. Video footage of the incident was filmed and uploaded onto Facebook on 1 April by her partner.

The video showed her throw a dog into the room from shoulder height. She then carried out a prolonged attack on the cowering puppy names Shelby. The tri coloured collie was just six months old at the time of the attack.

Vet Dr David Martin, who viewed the footage, said: “The video shows an extreme level of violence. Undoubtedly this will have caused pain. As a result of both being thrown and being hit with a riding crop repeatedly. The dog will certainly have sustained significant bruising and potentially more serious injuries as a result. In addition to the physical suffering the dog has clearly suffered extreme fear and distress…… this will have long term implications for the dog’s health and welfare with a need for the dog to receive appropriate behavioural support in the future.”

Turnham also admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a second dog. The court heard a husky cross called Joker, was severely malnourished as a result of Turnham failing to provide adequate nutrition.

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