Woman who kept dead snakes in freezer avoids jail

A pensioner who kept almost 200 snakes in her semi-detached house in York has been banned from keeping reptiles for a year following a prosecution which has cost the RSPCA more than £150,000.

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Woman with 140 snakes pleads guilty to animal cruelty

The RSPCA found 140 snakes in Pauline Wallace's house Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A woman who kept 140 snakes in her home and had another 20 dead in a freezer has pleaded guilty to a string of animal cruelty and welfare charges.

Pauline Wallace, 64, from Osbaldwick Lane, York, stored her collection of reptiles in old sweet tubs, plastic bins and vivariums stacked floor to ceiling in her semi-detached house.

RSPCA inspectors discovered the colony when they went to check up after a tip-off.

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