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    Mother and daughter kept 100 pets in filthy conditions

    NewsPets in generalWednesday 26 June 2013
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    A mother and daughter have been banned from keeping animals for ten years after nearly 100 pets were found in their house in filthy conditions. They were spending £200 a week of their benefit money on cat food.

    The RSCPA sent some inspectors after an anonymous tip off by a neighbour about a foul smell coming from the house. The inspectors were shocked by the ‘unbearable’ scene of animal cruelty and when looking around they found cats crammed everywhere in the house including even the loft. Sadly as a result of the RSPCAs intervention, 13 of the cats had to be put down to end their suffering.

    Kevin McCole who prosecuted on behalf of the RSPCA told to Leicester magistrates that: ‘Most of the cats were extremely thin, many had severe problems with their eyes caused by fighting and infections and some had to have their eyes removed as a result.

    All were in need of urgent veterinary treatment. ‘Sadly, 13 were in such a poor state of health they had to be put to sleep to end their suffering. The others were nursed back to health and rehomed.’

    Sally Kearns who helped investigate the issue said that ‘It was absolutely unbearable to see. The cats had not been neutered and the situation had spiralled out of control, with lots of breeding.

    ‘There were far too many cats for anyone to care for properly. There were cats everywhere I looked – in corners, behind furniture and even in the ceiling. Most were in a pitiful state, extremely thin and with lots of eye problems.’

    The RSPCA had visited the house before and it was known to be a problem. They were not however allowed full access and were told that the Fosters only had 6-9 cats and that the house was cleaned daily. After the police visited later on an unrelated matter they alerted the RSPCA who made another visit to the house who only then uncovered the full scale of the problem.

    Rebecca Plant who took the job of defending the Fosters said that it was a relief that they had finally been prosecuted. Things had gotten out of control and that they tried to do the best to look after and neuter the cats but things had spiralled in a way they did not expect. They were also afraid of losing their house if the situation ever was made public.

    Both Margaret and Kara Foster were pet obsessed and both have received strong punishments. Both women received a 12 week prison sentence which is suspended and also they were ordered to pay £500 costs and the daughter must do 160 hours of unpaid work. 

     

     

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    Source: Daily Mail

     

     

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