In Dursley, Gloucestershire, a mother of two children evicted from her home in August 2016, simply abandoned her dog Yolo in the kitchen of her home with no food or water, leaving the pooch to die an agonizing death.
According to the Mirror, Emma Miles, 28, left Yolo – whose name ironically stands for “You only live once,” locked in the kitchen of her home. The dog ate his own feces and fur trying to stay alive. The RSPCA calls the dog’s death “the worst case of animal cruelty,” they have ever seen.
The Staffordshire Bull terrier’s decomposed body was found by workers sent in to clean. Brown sludge found on the kitchen floor was a sign of advanced decomposition of the dog’s internal organs. A necropsy performed on Yolo’s remains also found pressure sores – a sign the dog was unable to move prior to his death. Yolo’s remains were found wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag.
“In my sixteen years in this role, this is the worst case of animal cruelty I have had to deal with,” stated animal welfare investigator Alex Myrie. “The last days and weeks of Yolo’s life must have been the stuff of nightmares…”
Miles was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail, suspended for one year. She is banned from owning or caring for any animal for the next ten years and was ordered to pay $1,400 in court costs and $160 towards a victim surcharge. Most people would question if the punishment for Miles can even reflect the misery Yolo must have suffered before he died.
Rest in peace Yolo. We are sorry you were so betrayed and your death was absolutely unnecessary.
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