A Northamptonshire man who starved three kittens, causing the death of one of them, has been banned from keeping animals for life.
29-year old David Ballard from Rockingham Road in Kettering was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the cats as well as three charges of failing to meet their welfare needs between August and October 2017.
The RSPCA rescued two cats, Smudge and Tsska who were around three months old, from Ballard's home after concerns for their health.
But within days Ballard had taken on a new kitten called Sassy, who was under-fed and died in his care the following month.
The two rescued cats Smudge and Taska have been cared for at the RSPCA's Blackberry Farm Animal Rescue Centre near Aylesbury and will be ready for re-homing soon.
As well as a lifetime disqualification order, Ballard was also handed a 12 month community order fined £500 costs and ordered to pay a £85 victim surcharge.