#TheList Sharon Hayes (also known as Sharon Micklewright), born 16/09/1966, of Coronation Drive, Frodsham WA6 7HS – prosecuted for animal cruelty after her pet dog’s emaciated remains were found buried in her garden
Sharon Hayes, who is a grandmother, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her Staffordshire bull terrier, known as Lily.
The court heard how the RSPCA were called to investigate after a member of the public reported their concerns about Lily’s welfare.
Inspector Leanne Cragg was sent to the property on September 17, 2019, and when Hayes answered the door she asked to see her dog to which Hayes replied ‘she’s dead’.
Hayes explained that Lily had died days earlier on September 12 and she had buried her body in the garden.
She admitted Lily was underweight and that she vomited blood and had diarrhoea the night before she died, but she failed to seek veterinary treatment for her.
Suspecting the dog had been neglected, an application to exhume Lily’s body was made. Hayes showed the RSPCA where Lily was buried and her body was found wrapped in a patterned curtain.
Her body was taken for a post mortem examination where tests proved she was emaciated and she had chronic kidney failure which caused her death.
Inspector Cragg said: “It is terrible to think of the suffering Lily must have endured leading up to her death. The emaciation led to sickness and diarrhoea but the owner still did not seek veterinary treatment.
“There is never an excuse not to feed a pet or seek veterinary treatment – if people are in need of help there are also plenty of animal charities that can help.”
Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £1,332. Banned from keeping animals for ten years with a right of appeal after five years.