A woman who left her ten pets to starve to death in her home has been jailed after authorities found the animals’ mummified remains at her home.
Emma Clark, 28, of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, was prosecuted after animal welfare officers found three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, two snakes and a lizard locked in cages with no food or water.
She has been jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life. (Scroll down to cast your vote on the sentence.)
1. Emma Clark (pictured) was jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life. (photo: BBC).
2. Emma Clark left ten animals to starve to death, telling the RSPCA that she had rehomed them.
Between 1 November 2014 and 22 February 2015, animal welfare officers made numerous visits to Clark’s house, but she told them each time that all of her pets had been rehomed.
When the authorities eventually discovered the animals’ remains in March, many of the pets had already been dead for months.
At a hearing in March, Clark admitted causing unnecessary suffering to animals, which she explained with having severe family problems at the time.
Animal welfare officials said in court that this was one of the worst cases of animal neglect they had ever investigated and had been entirely preventable.
3. Clark left three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, two snakes and a lizard locked in cages with no food or water.
4. Shockingly, some of the pets were thought to have been dead for up to five months by the time they were finally found.
RSPCA’s Sheona Morley said:
In my 20 years, this is the most horrific case I’ve ever been to — it is also the saddest.
It was absolute horror to see all those animals had died from starvation, left in their cages with no access to food or water.
Clark’s animals had effectively been locked up and starved to death.
5. Distressing footage played to the court showed RSPCA officers finding the decaying and mummified animals in Clark’s former home.
6. Two rabbits were among the dead animals.
Read more: The Daily Mail.
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