#TheList Elizabeth Mary O’Sullivan, born 21/05/1967, previously of Sandford Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 (current address tbc) – starved her three cats to death – forcing one to feed off the bodies of the others to survive.
Elizabeth Mary O’Sullivan left her pets to die when she moved out of her ‘filthy’ flat.
The 52-year-old moved from her home in February or March 2019, but it was up to three months before local authority housing officers discovered the pets.
The dismembered bodies of two cats were found on the living room floor, while a third was found barely alive on May 16,
The officers alerted the RSPCA to their horrific find and Inspector Jonathan Radcliffe was sent to the scene.
Two of the cats had died from dehydration and starvation, but a third was found collapsed in a critical condition having survived off the remains of his fellow pets.
He took the cat for emergency treatment but the vet made the decision to put the pet down to end his suffering.
O’Sullivan was traced to a nearby address ten days later and was arrested by police, though she failed to appear in court on two occasions.
She was tried and found guilty in her absence on November 15, 2019, of one animal welfare offence.
O’Sullivan was arrested two days later and brought before the court for sentencing on Monday, November 18.
Inspector Radcliffe said: “The flat was filthy and the remains of two dismembered cats were on the living room floor.
“There was also a cat which was barely alive collapsed nearby.
“It appears this cat had survived for weeks without food and water by eating the remains of the other two pets as they had died from starvation and dehydration.
“There was no food and water in the flat – but the toilet seat had been left up so the cats may have been able to drink from this, however, as they became weaker they would have been unable to access this water.
“It is incomprehensible to think the suffering these pets must have endured and how terrified they must have been for such a long period of time before dying of starvation.
“It must have been awful for the remaining cat to watch as the others died in front of him and then he was forced to eat their remains in a desperate attempt to survive. Sadly this cat was too ill to recover from his ordeal.”
Sentencing: jailed for 20 weeks; ordered to pay a £150 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping all animals for life.