A man who abandoned his two cats when he moved house and claimed they had run away has been banned from keeping animals for five years.
Winston Amos, locked his pets Fluffy and Smudge outside his home in Great Ryburgh, in North Norfolk, then moved almost 40 miles away to a new property in Wisbech.
Prosecuting at King's Lynn Magistrates Court Jonathan Eales, said a neighbour in Great Ryburgh first called the RSPCA when she saw Mr Amos and his wife Angela, take some property on the bus and leave the cats in the kitchen, though they did return days later.
The RSPCA advised the neighbour to contact them if it happened again.
The couple were both charged with two counts of failing to meet the welfare needs of a cat or to protect a cat from suffering as a consequence of being left unattended at a property.
The defendants, whose given address is Osborne Road, Wisbech, did not attend the court hearing. It is understood both cats have been rehomed.