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