A woman who left a family of cats to live in cramped and filthy crates for two years has been jailed and banned for life from keeping animals.
Pauline Casey, 51, allowed the eight traumatised cats to reach such a state of filth and ill health that they were emaciated and on death’s door.
Left untouched for 20 hours a day in a crate with no bedding and let out only to eat, they were forced to live in their own faeces and urine – completely at odds with a cat’s instinct to keep clean.
Such was their ‘horrendous’ state, the vet who examined them said their case was the worst he’d seen in 30 years.
In a statement read out in court, vet Angus MacKenzie, said: “All the cats were in a filthy state when they were recovered, covered with faeces and urine.
“Their mental state is such that they may never recover.”
He said their ‘horrific ordeal’ had left them seriously underweight, with one at starvation point.
All eight – four male and four female – had ear infections and their matted skin and fur was so filthy that not even fleas were prepared to live on it.
He described their tails as ‘matted ropes’ and their feet were swollen and sore.
It took two nurses 40 minutes to clean each cat. After their rescue, seven cats made a remarkable recovery. One had to be put down.
Appearing before Manchester Magistrates' Court, Casey admitted three counts of causing unnecessary suffering and four of failure to provide for the animals’ needs.
The court heard a visitor to Casey’s home on Bulrush Close, Worsley, spotted the cats.
At first, Casey lied saying they were in the crate for the RSPCA to pick up. But the RSPCA had no record of this and an inspector visited the house.
Prosecuting, David McCormick told the court: “She showed the officer a bedroom and the front of the property and the door had to be forced open.
“There were eight cats. They were filthy, smelly and thin. They had clearly been neglected.” Casey also showed the officer a cockatiel in another room, in a filthy cage living in its own faeces.
Defending, Caroline Wilbraham said remorseful
Casey was the sole carer for her both her terminally ill mother and her disabled sister. She said Casey’s original two cats had had kittens and she had become overwhelmed and unsure how to deal with them.
She said she had locked up the cats to keep them away from her mother’s medical equipment and had not been ‘intentionally’ cruel.
Jailing Casey for six weeks, chairman of the bench Lesley Pickup told Casey: “You have kept cats for 18 years and you understand particularly well the level of care needed.” She said the cats had endured prolonged suffering and one had to be put down as a result.''
Police are investigating after a woman was raped in Salford.
Between 1am and 2am on Sunday April 12, a 33-year-old woman was walking on Worsley Road from the direction of Liverpool Road when a car stopped and the driver offered her a lift.
She got into the car before it stopped on Hall Bank. She was told to get out before she was raped on Bridgewater canal tow path.
The man then drove off. He is described as being a pale, white man, in his late 50's with dark hair that was short and thinning. He had dark eyebrows with stubble under his chin, of average build and was approximately 5'5" to 5'6" tall, wearing black jeans and a long-sleeved dark top.
This was a horrific attack on a lone woman which has been deeply traumatic for her.
We have a team of dedicated detectives working on this case who are pursuing numerous lines of enquiry to identify the person responsible.
However, we need the support from anyone who was in and around the area at that time to make contact with us.
You can contact the investigation team directly on 0161 856 5097 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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While we are only in the early stages of our investigation, we believe this was a targeted attack and can confirm that a hand grenade was used.
Clearly this is something we are taking extremely seriously and I am sure people in the area will be hugely shocked by this news.
There are a large number of officers dedicated to investigating exactly what has taken place here and they will also be speaking to residents in the local area today and over the coming days.
Thankfully no one was injured during this attack, although the occupants of the address are understandably extremely distressed.
Make no mistake that we are going to find out exactly what has gone on here and why, and catch those responsible. This kind of violent behaviour on the streets of Salford will simply not be tolerated.
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An innovative new programme was launched at a school in Salford today to acknowledge and support high schools across Greater Manchester who are working hard to educate their young people about the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation and how to protect themselves.
The Albion Academy in Salford was awarded the first CSE Ambassador accolade, which recognises them as a leading school in CSE education.
They received the accolade after making a three minute video about child sexual exploitation:
Damian Dallimore from Project Phoenix explains how sophisticated some offenders are and that often children don't realise they are being exploited until it's too late:
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A man has been charged with causing racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage after stickers condemning halal meat were placed around a supermarket in Salford.
The stickers reading "beware halal is barbaric and funds terrorism" were placed on food and equipment at a supermarket on Regent Road.