A couple from Nottingham have been banned from keeping animals for three years after neglecting four cats at their home.
The pets were left infested with fleas, the rooms in which they were kept were found covered in urine and faeces, and one room in the house had approximately 300 empty cat food tins inside.
Tony & Helen Peck, who live on Southchurch Drive in Clifton, were sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences.
A warrant was obtained by the police after the RSPCA was unable to gain access to the property to check on the animals’ welfare in January.
When RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond and the police entered the house on 18 January this year, she was shocked at the conditions.
Inspector Hammond said:
“Two of the cats were in one bedroom, and the remaining two were in a separate bedroom - both rooms had faeces and urine everywhere and the smell was incredibly strong. “One of the rooms had approximately 300 empty cat food tins in it, and it is lucky that these tins didn’t injure the cats. There were flies everywhere and the cats were riddled with fleas. The conditions they were living in were far from ideal - not only was it filled with rubbish, but there was little ventilation and light. “Both Tony and Helen Peck knew that the cats had fleas but rather than seeking veterinary treatment, they tried to treat this themselves using lemon juice and olive oil - an idea they had got from the internet. “Keeping animals in these conditions is not acceptable, nor is it OK to try and treat your pets yourself using advice from the internet instead of taking them to a vet. These poor cats were covered in fleas and suffered as a result.”
The four cats - tortoiseshell Minnie, tabby Hettie, ginger cat Ollie and cream cat Logan - have now been signed into the RSPCA’s care, where they will be put up for rehoming.
The three animal welfare charges admitted by 41-year-old Tony Peck, and his 52-year-old partner Helen were; one of causing unnecessary suffering to the four cats by failing to treat flea infestation, and two of failing to meet the cats’ needs by failing to provide a suitable environment and by failing to provide adequate parasitic control.
Whilst they have been banned from keeping animals for three years, the magistrates gave the couple permission to keep two budgies.