Police in Suffolk County are investigating what they claim could be the Ted Bundy of pet serial killers. Sharon McDonough is accused of torturing, killing, and burying dozens of pets in her Long Island backyard.
Police believe that as many as 20 pets may be buried in the yard in a case reminiscent of the movie Arsenic and Old Lace. Some are thought to have been pets of McDonough’s neighbors who have been reporting missing animals for years.
Beyond obvious criminal charges, civil charges could follow such a find. However, the courts value pets according to their market not their personal value. Instead, the owners can sue for their own emotional distress as opposed to the suffering of the animal.
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