01/28/2015 02:03 EST | Updated 03/30/2015 05:59 EDT

Emma Paulsen, B.C. dog walker, sentenced to 6 months in jail

Emma Paulsen, the B.C. dog walker who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of six dogs, has been sentenced to six months in jail.

She can also not own an animal for ten years, and has a lifetime ban on caring for one in paid capacity.

- PHOTOS of 6 dogs 

The audience in the gallery of the Surrey provincial court broke out in applause after the judge handed down the sentence on Wednesday morning.

Earlier in the hearing, some of the owners of the dogs cried while the judge described how Paulsen initially lied to them, police and the public.

The judge said their victim impact statements were difficult to read. They told how they missed their pets horribly and felt guilty for hiring Paulsen.

When the dogs went missing in May 2014, Paulsen reported they had been stolen from the back of her pickup truck.

Police later learned the animals died from heat stroke while shut in Paulsen's pickup truck.

Paulsen told the court she had nothing to say before the sentence was read.

"Paulsen did not intend to harm the dogs," said Judge Jim Jardine as he read the reasons for her sentence.

But, he noted "she was trying to cover up her wrong-doing."