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Woman banned from keeping animals
Lesley Spencer
RSPCA officers found dead animals in Lesley Spencer's flat
A woman who starved pet rabbits, rats and gerbils to death has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

During repeated visits, RSPCA officers found 10 dead animals in Lesley Spencer's flat on Barrens Way in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.

The court heard how officers also found the bodies of 27 animals hidden in bin bags in a shed at her aunt's home.

The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to 28 animal cruelty charges at Loughborough Magistrates Court on Monday.

Conditional discharge

The magistrate said Spencer, who has severe learning difficulties, loved animals but was unable to give them their basic needs.

She was given a 10-year ban and a three-year conditional discharge.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Williams said: "I'm pleased with the outcome... she needs to be banned from keeping animals, she's a repeat offender."

But after the hearing Lesley Spencer said: "It wasn't done deliberately - I'm not a cruel person, because I've had animals since I was a kiddy."

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