Couple who kept cats in squalid home banned from having animals 

Couple who kept four flea-ridden cats in squalid, stinking home piled high with hundreds of empty pet food tins and caked with faeces are banned from keeping animals

  • Tony Peck, 41, and wife Helen, 52, kept their four felines in filthy conditions  
  • Cans of cat food were piled up almost to the ceiling at their home in Nottingham
  • Four cats were in stinking rooms covered in faeces and urine and filed with flies
  • One room had 300 empty cat food tins in it which could have injured the cats
  • RSPCA rescued the cats and all four felines will be rehomed

A couple have been banned from keeping animals after they left their cats living in squalid conditions – including one room packed with 300 empty tins of pet food.

Tony Peck, 41, and wife Helen, 52, kept their four felines in filthy and cramped conditions at their home in Clifton, Nottingham.

Shocking pictures show cluttered rooms covered in faeces with cans of cat food piled up almost to the ceiling.

The RSPCA were contacted by a worried member of the public who raised concerns about the conditions the animals were living in.

A warrant was obtained by the police after the animal charity was unable to gain access to the property to check on the animals’ welfare.

Tony Peck, 41, and wife Helen, 52, kept their four felines in filthy and cramped conditions at their home in Clifton, Nottingham

The rooms were piled high with hundreds of empty cat food cans which could have injured the animals, the RSPCA said

Rotting food, cat hair, faeces, urine and rubbish also covered the floors and all surfaces of the filthy, stinking home

The court heard that the RSPCA was contacted by a member of the public, who raised concerns about conditions for the cats

When RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond and the police entered the house, in Southchurch Drive, on January 18 this year, she was shocked at the conditions.

Inspector Hammond said: ‘Two of the cats were in one bedroom, and the remaining two were in a separate bedroom – both rooms had faeces and urine everywhere and the smell was incredibly strong.

‘One of the rooms had approximately 300 empty cat food tins in it, and it is lucky that these tins didn’t injure the cats.

‘There were flies everywhere and the cats were riddled with fleas.

The house was so full of empty cat food cans that authorities estimated there were approximately 300 in just one room

Police obtained a warrant after the RSPCA was unable to gain access to the property to check on the animals’ welfare

The couple pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences – one of causing unnecessary suffering to the four cats by failing to treat flea infestation, and two of failing to meet the cats’ needs by failing to provide a suitable environment and by failing to provide adequate parasitic control

‘The conditions they were living in were far from ideal – not only was it filled with rubbish, but there was little ventilation and light.

 ‘Both Tony and Helen Peck knew that the cats had fleas but rather than seeking veterinary treatment, they tried to treat this themselves using lemon juice and olive oil – an idea they had got from the internet.

‘Keeping animals in these conditions is not acceptable, nor is it OK to try and treat your pets yourself using advice from the internet instead of taking them to a vet.

When RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond and the police entered the house, in Southchurch Drive, on 18 January this year, she was shocked at the conditions with faeces and urine all over the rooms

The RSPCA said the cats could have gotten badly injured and very sick in the filthy house and they were taken into care

The couple were banned from keeping animals for three years at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Friday

‘These poor cats were covered in fleas and suffered as a result.’

The couple were banned from keeping animals for three years at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Friday.

They pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences – one of causing unnecessary suffering to the four cats by failing to treat flea infestation, and two of failing to meet the cats’ needs by failing to provide a suitable environment and by failing to provide adequate parasitic control.

The four cats – tortoiseshell Minnie, tabby Hettie, ginger cat Ollie and cream cat Logan – have now been signed into the RSPCA’s care, where they will be put up for rehoming. 

 

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