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    Body of woman eaten by her own cats

    NewsUK Cat NewsWednesday 14 August 2013
    The body of Janet Veal, 56, collapsed and died at home and was gnawed and eated by her own cats on the kitchen floor. It was only as the neighbours raised the alarm after she had not been seen for some time that police officers discovered the horrific scene.
    Neighbours had not seen Janet Veal for some time and noticed that her letterbox was overflowing  They then alerted the police who were forced to use a lader to enter the semi-detached property through an unsecured upstairs window.
    Unfortunately police met quite a distressing scene which included the body of Janet Veal and also some dead animals including a cat and a dog. Some of the animals had survived though. It is beluieved that the animals who had not been fed for months had eaten the bodies in desperation to eat.
    Mrs Veal was known locally as a sort of recluse and was estranged from her husband.
    The coroner who was reporting on the death caused by natural causes said that 'These animals had been, the officer thought, confined in these two rooms downstairs for what may well have been a period of many weeks, stretching quite possibly into several months.'

    'This too was a distressing experience because it was clear that certain parts of Mrs Veal’s body were missing and had, the officer formed the view, effectively been gnawed and eaten away by the animals.
    'One can only imagine the difficulty with the scene the officer was having to deal with.'

    'Obviously one or other of the chest conditions might have disabled her but it is not at all clear.
    'There is no indication otherwise and no suggestion that she had been in any way attacked by the animals while she was alive.
    'This was sadly a natural death that led to really very untoward consequences for Mrs Veal. This was because of her inability to get any assistance for herself.
    'She was confined in the way that she was in this property with a number of animals that had not been fed for quite a long period of time.'

    It is unclear exactly what happened during the post-mortem however pathologist doctor Vipul Foria concluded she ‘possibly’ died due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    Source: Indepedent
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