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Man who starved kittens is banned from keeping animals for life

One of the three kittens starved by a Northamptonshire man Credit: RSPCA

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.

One of the kittens found emaciated Credit: RSPCA

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.

"Sadly one of the kittens, Sassy, had died in his care. The others we rescued were in a suffering state as they were so underweight. I am pleased to say they are now healthy and friendly felines who are due to be up for re-homing soon. He had denied all the charges, but I am pleased that the court handed Ballard a lifetime ban as he is clearly an unfit person to be keeping animals. These poor kittens were the victims of that. ”

– Inspector Andy Bostock
Smudge (L) and Taska, will soon be ready to be re-homed Credit: RSPCA

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.