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Dyke woman pleads guilty to five counts of animal cruelty

By Mercury reporter

A 54-year-old Dyke woman has pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday).

Maxine Cammock, of Dyke Drove, was charged by the RSCPA for causing unnecessary suffering to a large number of animals including dogs, pigs and chickens at her six acre Fosse Farm site.

The offences happened on two dates; October 10 and November 8.

Mr Jonathan Eels, prosecuting, said: “The first offence is the most serious, that of causing unnecessary suffering to seven dogs.

“They were locked in kennels, and when RSPCA officers visited them they were near the point of death through starvation.

“The second offence is failing to meet the needs of animals; in this instance it is housing them in wholly inadequate surroundings with no food or water.

“The third offence is that a pig was being kept in a shed which contained rat poison. The pig had eaten it, she knew it had eaten it and yet she chose to do nothing. It died.”

The RSPCA first visited the site in October, but when it revisited Mrs Cammock it discovered even more problems.

Mr Eels said: “There were 10 chickens found in Tesco delivery boxes and a cover was held down by tins of animal feed. The chickens had no room and they were squashed down.

“RSPCA officers then found 55 eggs which had been deliberately hatched. These were kept in cardboard crates.

“In total to the seven dogs and the pig, there were 201 animals on the site, of which 176 were dead and in various stages of decomposition. It is impossible to ascertain how those other animals died.”

The court heard how Mrs Cammock had kept pigs on the site, but they escaped and the police had rounded them up. When the police were returning them to the farm, they stumbled across the ‘disaster scene’.

When police entered a barn they were confronted with dead chickens lying decomposing in pens, decomposing chicks, a dead chicken on a plate

Mr Eels said: “Mrs Cammock has admitted owning the animals and has no coherent explanation as to how matters deteriorated.”

The case was adjourned until July 10 for sentencing.

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