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Eighty hours unpaid work for Taunton couple who left cat to suffer with skin condition

Snowy was suffering from a painful skin condition that could have been treated from as little as £5 a month. Credit: RSPCA

A couple from Somerset have been ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work after leaving their cat to suffer with a painful, untreated skin condition.

Paul Addicott and Rebecca Jeffreys were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to their pet cat Snowy following a hearing at Taunton Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard the couple, who live in Massingham Park, Taunton, could have helped their cat by paying as little as £5 a month for treatment.

Snowy was left to suffer by his owners. Credit: RSPCA

But despite earning a “significant joint annual income”, the pair allowed their cat’s condition to worsen - which prompted the RSPCA to intervene.

Sadly Snowy was left to suffer and had painful scabs and sores all over his body, which could have easily been avoided by seeking suitable veterinary care.

The bench were incredulous that they had failed to get treatment that would have cost approximately £5 a month when they have a significant joint annual income.

Pet owners have a responsibility to address any health conditions - animals can’t help themselves and are reliant on their owners to provide the care they need.

– RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel

Addicott and Jeffery were also ordered to pay £385 each and deprived of ownership of Snowy, who has since recovered while in the care of the RSPCA at West Hatch Animal Centre.