A woman in England who lived as a recluse in a house with a large brood of cats and dogs was apparently eaten by her pets after she died!
By the time local authorities discovered the body of 56-year-old Janet Veal, she'd been dead for as long as three months. Her house made for a gruesome scene, littered with the rotting carcasses of numerous pet cats and dogs that had been confined in the house after her death and had died of apparent starvation.
The coroner's report believes that Veal died of natural causes, possibly from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but discovered evidence that her body had been eaten upon by the cats and dogs that had been in her care, in a desperate attempt to stave off a horrible death by starvation. Only a few of the cats had survived by eating the remains of their owner.
Investigators report that the house was in a complete state of disarray, suggesting that Veal was a hoarder. Many hoarders of personal effects also become pet hoarders, not knowing when to stop adding more animals to their menageries, even when they are rendered unable, physically or financially, to care for them.