MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A woman who told police she left her 7 pets to starve and die was arrested 4 years after leaving the house in which she left the animals.
An affidavit says 51-year-old Deborah Yons was arrested on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, after police found six dead cats and a dead dog throughout a house in the 3800 block of S. Goodman Circle. Police went to that house after neighbors called to complain about a strange odor coming from the house.
When Yons arrived at the house, she told police it was hers and that the dead animals inside belonged to her. She said she left the house in 2007 and allowed the animals to remain there. She told police that she couldn't take care of the animals anymore because she had a lot of things going on in her life so she left them in the house to starve and die.
Yons did tell authorities she had been to check on the animals 3 weeks before being arrested.
Yons was arrested and charged with 7 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.