01/21/2015 09:08 EST | Updated 03/23/2015 05:59 EDT

Dog walker Emma Paulsen to be sentenced for animal cruelty, mischief

A sentencing hearing will be held on Wednesday morning for a dog walker who had six animals die while in her care.

Emma Paulsen pleaded guilty last November to one charge of animal cruelty and one charge of public mischief.

She was charged over the deaths of six dogs after their bodies were found in a ditch in Abbotsford, B.C. 

Last May, Paulsen, a dog walker, reported six dogs stolen from the back of her pickup truck. At the time, she told police she went to use the washroom at a Langley, B.C. dog park and when she came back, the dogs were gone.

But an investigation later revealed  that the dogs died in the back of her pickup while it was parked in Richmond, B.C.

At her last court appearance, Paulsen was heckled by animal rights activists. 

Jennifer Myers, the owner of one of the dogs, told CBC News she felt jail time would be an appropriate sentence. but she wasn't confident that will happen.