Eight six-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier puppies were forced to eat each other to try and survive after three adults locked the dogs in the kitchen of their rented home in Melton Mowbrau, Leicestershire and starved them to death reported the Daily Mail.co uk.
RSPCA's heart wrenching, graphic photos were released to the public of dead dogs and their skeletons showing the egregious conditions of the home of Sam Hessin, 39, and her two children, Damon, 22, and Hazel, 18 as the family cooked their meals in the living room of the home while the puppies were left to starve in a partitioned section of the kitchen. Authorities raided the home on May 1.
Prosecutors showed the deplorable conditions where the puppies were helplessly kept prisoners amongst several inches of dog feces and filth. Investigators stated the stench in the home was unbearable, and it seemed as if the home had not been cleaned for more than six months.
Humane officers who had to remove the dead puppies from the home were in tears. It was stated the pups died torturous deaths.
So why did these people live in the same home with puppies and just ignore their crying and barking as the defenseless animals starved to death and even tried to eat each other to survive?
According to court testimony, the Hessins' barricaded the puppies into the kitchen because the dogs were biting them and they didn't know what to do.
Neighbors reported hearing the puppies barking at night, but stated they had no idea the family had been starving the animals.
Many humane advocates who are in agreement this was the worst case of animal cruelty they had ever seen, were outraged that the family's punishments were so light. Sam Hessin was sentenced to an 18-week prison term suspended for six months, ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs. Hessin and the entire family are banned from ever owning an animal.
Damon was sentenced to 12-weeks in prison suspended for six months, and ordered to serve 180 hours of unpaid work, while his sister Hazel was sentenced to 8-weeks of prison suspended and ordered to attend a 10-day training course. Both siblings were ordered to pay court costs.
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