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22 January 2015, 06:26
A woman from Peterborough has been disqualified from keeping all animals for four years after her cat was found collapsed and ignored eight feet from her front door.
Kirsty Anne Denton (DOB 22/2/94) of Edgcote Close, Westwood, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Friday (16 January) to be sentenced for animal welfare offences for which she had been previously found guilty.
As well as the ban, she was ordered to pay £180 in costs and victim surcharge, and was sentenced to six weeks in a young offenders' institute, suspended for 12 months. She was also issued with a supervision requirement whereby she has to attend a women's emotional specified activity requirement for six days.
The RSPCA was called with concern for the cat in July 2014. We found Buddy, a two-year-old black-and-white cat on her front lawn in an extremely thin and poorly state. The cat was taken straight to a vet who said her state of health was so poor that the kindest thing to do was to put her to sleep to end her suffering.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: "This was the most emaciated living cat I have seen for quite some time.
"She was just left lying on the front lawn, just eight metres from the front door, in a collapsed and terrible state.
"She was found to be suffering from pyometra, an infection of the uterus, and had maggots in her rear. It was horrific.
"How they could have just left poor Buddy there in that state is beyond me. It was as if they just turned a blind eye to her suffering."