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Seventeen pets found in ‘squalid’ property filled with urine bottles and faeces

A couple from Briton Ferry have been banned from keeping animals for a decade after several pets were found in a ‘squalid’ property filled with urine bottles and faeces.

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Fifteen cats and two dogs found at the property in Groves Road.

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Robert Roy Rickman and Ceri Ann Rickman, both of Parc Newydd, Briton Ferry, had both previously admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 15 domestic cats, and failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the needs of two dogs were met.

A brindle lurcher and a collie-cross were also found at the property. Credit: RSPCA

Two dogs - one brindle lurcher and a collie-cross - were also living at the home.

Officers discovered human and animal faeces, urine-filled plastic bottles, mess sprawled across rooms and an overpowering smell.

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The RSPCA inspector who found the animals said they were in some of the 'worst conditions' he had seen.

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I was shell-shocked at the squalid conditions in which animals were living.

Cats roamed the house in a truly horrendous condition, while two dogs were clearly being kept in a wholly inappropriate environment.

The property was totally infested with fleas, and a number of the cats had developed an allergic reaction which was not treated. It's a timely reminder as to the importance of seeking veterinary attention in such situations as soon as possible.

Across the house, there were plastic bottles or urine, plus cardboard boxes filled with faeces and spread across the floors. The condition of the animals was absolutely heartbreaking.

Fortunately, the RSPCA's intervention ensured all animals were signed into our care - and could go on for rehoming, and a second chance of happiness.

– Neill Manley, RSPCA inspector

Both were given a ten-year ban on keeping all animals and a community order at Swansea Magistrates' Court.

They were each told to pay costs of £300, in addition to a victim surcharge of £85.

All animals were signed into the RSPCA's care, rehabilitated and sent to animal centres across England and Wales for rehoming.