A FORMER carer who lived with skeletal remains of pets has been banned from keeping animals.
The bodies of animals and birds were found at the home of Hazel Marian Jones, 55, who used to look after the elderly in Ellesmere Port.
Her house in Llys Nercwys, Mold, was also piled high with rubbish, and a neglected dog and cat were discovered in cages.
Jones has already pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the animals between December 1 last year and January 22.
Appearing for sentence on Thursday, she was banned from keeping pets for 10 years and fined £2,000.
District Judge Andrew Shaw, sitting at Wrexham Magistrates Court, said Jones 'neglected her own life' and allowed herself to 'descend into squalor'.
But, after reading a psychiatric report, he said: 'Others maliciously disposed towards you have persecuted you to try and break you personally and emotionally.'
Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said police were called to Jones's home
after neighbours, who had not seen her for some days, noticed mail piling up. In fact, at that time, Jones was working in an Ellesmere Port nursing home.
A number of cats found in the front garden ran away but an older cat was wheezing and taken away for treatment.
Police found a black-and-white springer spaniel in a cage in the hallway, under a pile of empty dog-food tins and milk cartons.
Mrs Jackson said its claws were so long one had curled in through its pad and come out of the top, causing swelling and pain.
The dog was sitting on faeces with only a few inches to spare at the top of the cage.
The skeletal remains of hamsters and birds were found in cages, and the remains of a kitten.
RSPCA inspector Lyn Williams said the living conditions of the animals were 'among the worst' she had ever seen.
Defending, Phillip Lloyd Jones said Jones had suffered from depression after her husband walked out on her seven years ago.
She is receiving support from her brother, the property had been cleared and is due to be sold.