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Woman sentenced for abandoning 99 dogs

A dog breeder who abandoned 99 St. Bernards to go on vacation has been sentenced to 18 weeks for animal cruelty.

Mary Collis, 51, admitted to seven counts of causing unnecessary suffering to 85 dogs and failing to meet the needs of 14 dogs at an earlier hearing, according to a BBC report.

Collis, a trained veterinary nurse, was also banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.

One of the 99 St. Bernards had to be put to sleep the night they were found, nearly a year ago. Another died the following day at a vets. Twelve more died after that, as a result of their abandonment, according to testimony. The remaining 83 dogs have since been adopted after a campaign by the RSPCA.

Collis, who had declared bankruptcy in 2007 and was facing eviction, abandoned the dogs to go on vacation with her partner. RSPCA inspectors and police went into the kennels five days later, after receiving public complaints.


Comment from Mary Haight
Time October 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I can’t believe this person would actually claim that her cruelty was “unintentional.” She left for holidays with the dogs unattended, no food, no water…people try so hard to find ways out of admitting what they have done wrong. Amazing.

Comment from Michelle Erwee
Time October 28, 2009 at 2:25 am

This is absolute madness! How on earth can any person in their right mind do such a cruel thing! You make me sick! She does not deserve to Live! Idiot

Comment from Caroline S Hash
Time July 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

God bless you for all you do. I suppose the little maltese puppies have been adoped that were on msnbc nightly news. How can I help Beth? E-Mail me back. I am in Mo but would love to help.