Pictures reveal the sickening conditions dogs, chickens and pigs were forced to live in inside a woman’s home where 176 animals were found dead.
Maxine Cammock’s home in Bourne, Lincolnshire, was filled with the remains of dead animals, some so badly decomposed inspectors could not say how they died, a court heard.
In one disgusting case, a dead pig was found locked in a room after it had eaten a bucket of rat poison.
An RSPCA inspector only discovered the house of horrors after helping to return some pigs that had escaped from Cammock’s property.
Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard RSPCA inspector Kate Burris was horrified by what she saw at the home in Dyke Village in October 2017.
She said: ‘I went to Cammock’s home in October last year after a call from a police officer who had been involved in rounding up a number of escaped pigs and returning them to her.
‘The officer was extremely concerned by what he had seen, and rang us.
‘It is a large property with several buildings on site.
‘There were the remains of dead animals everywhere, most in such a state of decomposition it was impossible to establish how they had died.
‘Several collie type dogs were in a shocking state in filthy pens in one of the buildings. Two of the dogs were dead, one in a pen with two other dogs, Julie and Martin.
‘A pig who had eaten a bucket of rat poison was dead in another of the buildings.
‘Cammock realised what the pig had done and, rather than seek vet treatment, locked him inside.’
Only twenty-five animals were found alive and were immediately removed, the court was told.
But a month month later even more animals were found in distress including chickens who had been packed into plastic containers with the lids weighted down.
A total of 55 eggs had been hatched and the chicks were seen living in cardboard boxes and containers.
The charges made to Maxine Cammock
1. Between 10 September and 10 October 2017, causing unnecessary suffering to seven dogs by failing to provide adequate nutrition
2. between 10 September and 10 October 2017, failing to meet the needs of seven dogs by housing them in a urine and faeces contaminated environment
3. on dates before 10 October 2017, failing to meet the needs of a pig by failing to house him in an environment without rat poison and failing to protect him from pain, suffering, injury or disease once he had ingested rat poison
4. between 27 October and 8 November 2017, failing to meet the needs of 10 chickens by housing them in an environment that didn’t allow them to stand properly or stretch their wings and did not provide adequate food or drinking water
5. between 27 October and 8 November 2017, failing to meet the needs of 55 chicks by housing them in cardboard boxes or plastic containers which did not provide a suitable environment for their needs.
Two offences contrary to the Animal By Products (Enforcement) England Regulations 2013 were dropped.
Cammock, 54, pleaded guilty to five offences contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 relating to a total of nine dogs, a pig, ten chickens and 55 chicks.
On Tuesday she was handed a lifetime disqualification from keeping animals and was also sentenced to a 24-month community order, a 30-day rehabilitation requirement as well as being ordered to pay £250 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
After sentencing, RSPCA Inspector Burris said: I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this case – from the police officer who raised the alarm, otherwise the plight of these animals may not have come to light, to those who have rehabilitated and rehomed the surviving animals.’
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