A cruel cat owner has been banned from keeping animals for 15 years after abandoning her dying tabby in a filthy, empty home.
St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how Court left her emaciated cat Fluffy behind to fend for herself when she moved house.
We just hope that this sends a message to others that not taking care of your pets is a criminal offence and you can and will be prosecuted if caught treating an animal in this wayRSPCA inspector Louise Showering
RSPCA inspectors attended the house daily after receiving reports that a cat had been abandoned inside but, despite repeated efforts, were unable to contact the defendant.
When the RSPCA and the police finally gained access to the house, Fluffy was found cowering in the living room and had clearly been left there for some time.
The house had a terrible stench and parts of the room were completely covered in faeces.
Tucker, 29, of Long Meadow in Eccleston, has now been banned from keeping animals for 15 years. She was also fined £440, plus a £60 victim surcharge, and ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.
RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said: “When I entered Miss Tucker’s property in June last year, I found Fluffy in a terrible state in the living room. She was weak and completely emaciated but she still just about mustered enough strength to come across to me to say hello, a testament to the fact that she had a truly sweet nature.
“It was clear to me on first sight though that this was a very sick cat and that she needed urgent attention. As I picked her up I could literally feel her bones protruding through her fur, the poor thing must have been starved almost to death.
“I rushed Fluffy to the vet but unfortunately she was actually suffering from a terminal illness, made worse by the fact she had not been properly cared for, and she sadly died not long after arriving.”
Inspector Showering added: “Owning an animal is a big responsibility and many people just do not fully appreciate the time and effort required to provide animals with even their basic needs. In this case Miss Tucker not only failed to meet the very basic needs of her pet but she actually left this poor cat behind in disgusting conditions. Fluffy was left completely vulnerable and dying all alone.
“We just hope that this sends a message to others that not taking care of your pets is a criminal offence and you can and will be prosecuted if caught treating an animal in this way.”