by Elisa Black-Taylor

Good morning readers. I almost decided not to write this story as it is easily the worst animal abuse case ever. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, maybe not. I do know I’ve never read anything like this.

If you get upset easily, please move on to another story as this one will be difficult to read. It’s hard enough for me to get it into my computer.

The original abuse came to an end in November of 2009 when Long Island, New York resident Sharon McDonough, 43, was charged with animal cruelty. She pled not guilty to kidnapping, torturing and killing neighborhood pets. Authorities found at least 42 dog carcasses buried in her back yard. They are believed to be the remains of pets who had gone missing over the past several years. The cats McDonough killed were thrown in the garbage. She later stated she was afraid the dogs were microchipped and was afraid of evidence leading back to her should the microchips be read.

She eventually changed her plea to guilty to prevent her children from having to testify in court against her.

This case is about to get much worse. Sharon McDonough forced her children to watch and help torture the animals. She’s the mother to six girls ranging in age from 18 months to 13 years and one adult son. She would force the children to hold the cat or dog down while she taped their mouth and nose shut and watched them die. On one occasion she taped the mouth of a cat and hung it on her daughters bunk bed to watch it die. This was the cat’s punishment for knocking over a flower pot!

McDonough’s adult son Douglas, who has since moved out, was the one who turned her in. He called the living conditions for the animals in her home as “a concentration camp for animals.”

It gets worse readers. The six girls were forced to defecate and urinate in a bucket because they were barred from using the bathroom. They were only allowed to clean themselves with baby wipes. No showers or baths allowed. They were forced to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

Now for the part of the article that will make you REALLY mad.

Child abuse of this kind is NOT a felony in Suffolk County, NY. Animal cruelty IS a felony and McDonough is looking at two years max for all of the torture and death she has now admitted to. She’s been in jail since late 2009 and her sentencing will be held in March 2011 by Suffolk County Court Judge C. Randall Hinrichs. He says he will give her the maximum two year sentence. The problem is, her time spent in jail since 2009 under $100,000 bond will count towards the two years. In other words, she can expect to be a free woman again by early summer. Not a bad deal for someone charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors; she also faces two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals and four misdemeanor counts of torturing or injuring animals.

These charges stemmed from five dogs and a cat in filthy living conditions being found in the home at the time of her arrest. The animals were removed from the home at the time of her arrest.

Child abuse isn’t even a felony in New York. It’s a misdemeanor!

The children didn’t appear in court since their mother confessed to the crimes. The courts are supposed to have an order of protection signed so McDonough cannot make contact with her children upon her release. The mother of seven in already a hated woman with more than 200 “hate mail” messages received by the prosecutor and judge.

What really burns me up about this case is something McDonough’s court appointed defense attorney said. James D’Angelo called the animal cruelty charges a “low level offense.”

I don’t even want to get started with how I feel about Mr.D’Angelo. Please feel free to read the reference article I’m attaching to this article.

The judges and other official information is also listed on the reference. Feel free to give them a call or write them a letter.

This may not be the worst animal abuse case ever, but it ranks right up there because of the nature of the crime and that young children were involved.

She slapped her children and inflicted major psychological damage. She tortured and killed dozens of pets. She made her children help her. I don’t think her getting out of jail this year is sufficient punishment. Serving multiple offenses at once is just a slap on the wrist. That’s what I see happening in this case.

What do you think? I’ll end this saying I seriously hope all of those poor tortured animals are waiting at heavens gate when Sharon McDonough goes a knocking.



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Worst Animal Abuse Case Ever!

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Dec 25, 2011
wth NEW
by: Anonymous

Tht bitch wtf is her problem she must be f*#%ing nuts the insane hoe needs a life sentence then make her life hell screw tht ugly mothef*$&ing bitch!

Oct 18, 2011
she is…..
by: Darlene


Jul 28, 2011
Sick to my stomach
by: Anonymous

Absolutely crazy! Just goes to show you how our court systems are messed up. The torture and abuse this lady put these poor animals through is disgusting and makes me furious. Plus, to make her own children witness such gruesome crimes and help is unacceptable. Who in there right mind would let this woman out? She has serial killer potential written all over her. It starts with animals and goes from there. She is ruining the lives of her own children, they will be ruined for life, yet she is allowed out of jail only after two years? When someone steals they are in jail much longer, hmmmmm, something wrong. I love animals and children and this story made me sick to my stomach. Stricter laws need to be enforced to help keep these scum people off the streets.

May 18, 2011
by: Anonymous

She is insane! What could be worse than this?? She must be mental… did they check with the doctors?

Mar 28, 2011
Sick and sad at the same time
by: Anonymous

Her abuse and murder of animals in front of her childeren is no different than physical abuse against them. She’s attempted to instill in them a cold heart when it comes to life. It’s well known that most serial killers start out with the torture and murder of animals before “progressing” to people.

Mar 13, 2011
by: Anonymous

thats so messed up that bitch she die…

Mar 01, 2011
by: Anonymous

the son was probably in shock after seeing all that, even tho he was old enough to tell the police, id be scared she would hurt me too. but no matter what i would have stopped her a long time ago.

Feb 26, 2011
by: Elisa

The children were split up in several different directions. I just wonder why the brother wasn’t charged for something as he’d been an adult for at least 2 years before reporting the abuse.

Feb 26, 2011
The animal, child horror story.
by: Anonymous

What about neighbors, family, friends? Surely someone knew what was going on. It’s amazing how people get away with these horrible crimes and then set free to do it again. She should spend her life in a mental facility, since she is obviously insane, or could a sane but but just evil person do this. Her punishment is by far too lenient.

Feb 26, 2011
Child Cruelty
by: Michael

This is also a case of child cruelty I would have thought.

It could be argued that the children should be taken off her and put into care.

Feb 26, 2011
animal torture
by: Paual amos

I hope the dogs were microchiped!!! they can find the who owned the dogs!!! then maybe the pets owners can deal with her!! so sad about her kids they will need a lot of therpy to deal with the horrors they have seen.but!!!! this woman should be watched very carefully when she gets out because next victim could be a child!!

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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    • I can believe you. In the mind's of some people is depraved fantasies and only people have that ability.

  • sorry i chose not to read it as it would upset me. just from the headline made me reaslise it was bad. Why people have any access to any pets is beyond me.

  • I don't think she'll even get close to Heaven UNLESS she is severely deranged from having this done to her from a very young age from one or both of her parents. Only God knows & HE WILL KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO HANDLE IT!!! This is going on all over the world.

  • F**K THAT BITCH I HOPE SHE DIES! I WANT TO JUST GO AND TAPE HER MOUTH AND NOSE SHUT. SEE WHAT THAT MONSTER DOES. I HOPE SHE ROTS IN HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY! THOSE POOR SWEET INNOCENT ANIMALS! They're happy, and free in heaven as God's faithful beautiful companions and creations. This is so sad. I hate that EVIL monster who is possessed bu the devil. She is the devil in skin.

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