#TheList Jamie-Lee McVey, born 20/01/1988, previously of Pettifer Way, High Wycombe but currently (2018) of Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1JH – abandoned dog and kitten in flat to starve to death.
The severely decomposed bodies of Patterdale terrier Molly and a 10mo black kitten Nut Nut were discovered in McVey’s former flat in Pettifer Way, High Wycombe, in March 2015 following reports of a foul smell from the property. McVey had abandoned her pets some four months earlier for reasons unknown.
McVey pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to meet the needs of two animals and received her paltry sentence on Wednesday 18.11.15.
Molly was found on the floor next to a sofa, while Nut Nut was found next to a crate in the property.
The court heard that post-mortem examination showed the deaths were due to starvation and dehydration.
RSPCA inspector Sara Hughes said it was one of the saddest cases she has had to deal with.
She said: “It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the bodies of these two animals in this way. It was obvious that they had died slowly and painfully as they were both completely emaciated.
“I can’t even begin to imagine how scared and distressed they must have been, not knowing where their next meal was coming from. On top of that, they were so thirsty that they had drank the toilet bowl dry.
“The bodies had been there so long that they had stuck to the floorboards and were just liquified inside. As RSPCA inspectors, we come across so many horrific cases and it is hard to forget them. This is one which has stayed in my mind ever since because it was so upsetting.”
Sentence: 18 weeks in prison suspended for 2 years; £580 costs; disqualified from keeping animals for life