Inside the home of a woman who lives with the decomposing remains of dogs and mutilated cats
Distressing warning images: Amy Yule, 31, has been banned from keeping animals indefinitely and given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months after RSPCA officers found decomposing pets in her home.
A WOMAN who was living in “disgusting squalor” with the badly decomposed remains of cats and dogs has been banned from keeping animals indefinitely.
RSPCA officers had to wear face masks to combat the overwhelming smell of rubbish and faeces at the East Lancashire home where Amy Yule lived with eight hungry dogs and a cat. The property in Todmorden Road, Bacup, was filled with rubbish and debris, with worms crawling on the surfaces in the kitchen, there was limited space for walking, and the rooms were so full of junk that they were completely inaccessible.
A cat and eight dogs – a mix of terriers and cross-breeds that were all matted and underweight – were rescued from the home by the RSPCA. Some were so frightened that they had to be carried to waiting vehicles. The dismembered remains of the cats and five badly decomposed dogs were later found by contractors called in to clean up the filthy property. Following a trial by the RSPCA, Youll was banned from keeping all animals for an indefinite period following his sentencing hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court.
She was also sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 24 months. The 31-year-old denied three animal welfare offences, but was found guilty at a trial in her absence last October, LancashireLive reports. Magistrates heard how RSPCA inspectors found the eight dogs and an escaped cat in the house in September 2021. The decomposed remains of a pet rodent were also found in a cage in an upstairs bedroom. Giving evidence to the court, one of the officers, Inspector Will Lamping, said: “The property was terrible, rubbish and debris were strewn everywhere. I struggled to walk through the house as there was rubbish and rubbish everywhere.”
“There was old dog feces all over the floors and surfaces, including the kitchen countertops. In some areas, especially upstairs and on the stairs, the feces was so thick that it covered the entire floor, forcing the person to walk across it.” “. The smell of urine and garbage in the house was terrible and often overpowering. On a table in one of the rooms I found a large number of worms. I could not see any food, water or clean resting area available anywhere in the house for the animals.”
All of the dogs were anemic and extremely thin, with prominent spines, hips, and ribs. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said they smelt strongly of urine and faeces, which stuck to the fur, pads and long, enlarged claws of many of them. Live fleas were visible, including on a black and white cat called Mortimer, and several dogs were frightened and had to be carried into RSPCA inspectors’ lorries. There was no fresh drinking water for any of them on the property.
The vet who examined the animals gave six of them — including Caitlin, a black-and-white cocker spaniel — a body score of no more than 1 or 1.5 out of 5. He said it was reasonable to conclude, in the absence of any underlying medical condition, that they all had They starved to death.
“In my opinion, the animals involved in this case suffered,” he said in his testimony before the court. “All of the dogs were found to be anemic to some degree. This anemia resolved once they were treated for fleas and provided with a proper diet. The anemia was likely a combination of malnutrition and blood loss due to the flea infestation.”
“Ammonia is of particular concern regarding its irritant effects on the respiratory system. Although its levels have not been measured, such an environment, combined with the odor of feces and the amount of feces contaminating floor surfaces, is likely to cause these animals to suffer distress from which they cannot escape.” , causing them to suffer. The level of fecal deposits described and documented indicates that these animals were suffering for at least three days, and possibly longer. Contains a number of physical injury hazards, such as tin cans with sharp edges, old and fresh fecal deposits And an atmosphere of ammonia is not appropriate.”
The vet said Yule also failed to meet the animals’ needs by not providing them with a proper diet, and that in the case of six of the dogs, this was for a “long period” of time. All nine animals went on to make a full recovery thanks to the Southport, Ormskirk and District Branch of the RSPCA, which returned them to their animal center in New Cut Lane, Southport.
The court heard that 12 days later, on September 21, the RSPCA were contacted again after private contractors called in to clean the house found the severely rotting bodies of five small to medium-sized dogs in an outdoor area of the house. The back, as well as cut-off parts of the remains of “many” cats inside. The dogs were placed in bags, boxes and farms and were severely infested with maggots. Skulls, jaws and teeth were visible, but in such a state of decomposition it was not possible to know how the animals died.
RSPCA Inspector Alison Fletcher, who viewed the remains, said: “The scene was extremely distressing to watch and I have to say one of the worst things I have been to in 20 years of working with the RSPCA. “The smell in the area was very unpleasant.” “So strong you could taste it in the throat. I immediately recognized the smell of decomposing bodies. I was told that each body was exactly as it was found, inside a bag, box or planter, but each one had been found piled under trash and debris.”
Magistrates also ordered Youll, now of Shadow Moss Road in Wythenshawe, to carry out 25 days of RAR. They were told that the defendant suffered from poor mental health and struggled to care for herself, let alone her pets. RSPCA Chief Inspector Nina Small, who led the investigation, said: “The conditions these animals had to endure were some of the worst I have ever seen in my 20-year career, and I believe they would have died had they not been found in time.” The disgusting misery, level of suffering and neglect were unforgivable.
“The staff and volunteers at the animal center run by our Southport branch did a fantastic job of rehabilitating and rehoming them all, especially as many of the dogs were stressed when they were rescued from home. I and all my colleagues who took part in this are delighted that they are now enjoying their lives in new, loving homes. ” Another defendant in the case was sentenced last November after pleading guilty to two animal welfare offences, and was banned from keeping all animals for eight years.
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