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:
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.