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Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire: Michelle Smith

#TheList hoarder Michelle Smith, born c. 1982, of Wester Culvie, Aberchirder, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 7RB – failed to provide adequate diet, environment and veterinary attention to multiple animals in her care

Hoarder Michelle Smith of Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire, kept dozens of animals in atrocious conditions and allowed some to starve to death
Evidence showed that Michelle Smith hadn’t fed some of her animals for six weeks. Clearly the tubby hoarder didn’t deprive herself of any food.

In a case involving 63 animals including 19 dogs and 21 cats as well as ducks and chickens, Smith was summoned to Aberdeen Sheriff Court to face charges of neglect.

Smith pleaded guilty to five charges, including failure to provide veterinary attention, failure to ensure animals’ needs were met by being deprived of food and fresh water, by being kept in an unsuitable environment, failure to protect the animals from suffering/injury and disease and failure to provide an adequate nutritional diet which ultimately led to animals being caused unnecessary suffering.

Hoarder Michelle Smith of Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire, kept dozens of animals in atrocious conditions and allowed some to starve to death
Kittens starved to death by hoarder Michelle Smith of Aberchirder, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Commenting on the investigation and court case, senior Scottish SPCA inspector Alison Simpson said, “After receiving a call to our animal helpline regarding welfare concerns I arrived at the locus and was met by three dogs. I noticed a residential caravan which was not used as a residence but rather had cats in pens at the rear interior.

“Opposite the house I saw a rabbit hutch where kittens could be heard.

“I first asked Smith if I could look in the rabbit hutch where I heard the kittens, it was a two-storey hutch and stank of faeces and urine. The kittens were clawing and climbing at the mesh front. Within the hutch there were eight small kittens alive, around four/five weeks old, all were extremely thin, dirty and wet. There were also three dead kittens which appeared to be emaciated.

Hoarder Michelle Smith of Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire, kept dozens of animals in atrocious conditions and allowed some to starve to death
Hoarder Michelle Smith kept animals in atrocious conditions

“After removing the kittens from the hutch and placing them in my van we then entered the caravan and the stench and presence of cat urine and faeces was overwhelming. On initial inspection I noted one kitten running loose and two areas within the caravan which were pens with mesh doors. I also noticed one dead kitten within one of the pens.

“Venturing back outside I noticed four runs containing poultry, in total seven ducks and eight hens, along with two dead ducks. Smith then stated one of the dogs had got into the run that morning which may account for the deaths. The dead ducks appeared extremely thin.

“Upon veterinary examination it was noted that the caravan contained a considerable amount of faeces, both in the litter tray and on the floor which had built up over a period of a minimum of three weeks with little ventilation. There was no food or water available to the cats inside.

“On an initial inspection of the first caravan room and the seven cats inside they were all noted as being underweight, some severely, and there was evidence of chronic eye issues, gingivitis, ear mites and varying degrees of matting/build-up of faeces. The deceased kitten was in an extremely emaciated state.

“Within the second room of the caravan there was another deceased kitten. This room was in a similar state to the first room in the caravan, with faecal matter covering the room and cats. The six kittens in this room were underweight and the deceased kitten was in an extremely thin/emaciated state.

“Once the vet had examined the kittens which had been removed from the rabbit hutch they were found to be in poor body condition and covered faeces and urine. The kittens all had dirty ears and ear mites.

“All poultry examined at the locus were significantly underweight with two being deceased. Two of the hens were quiet, and hunched over, indicating illness. The vet believed the birds had not had their nutritional requirements met for a minimum of seven days. The ducks were in the same condition, two were kept in a pen by themselves as Smith stated they had been injured by a dog earlier on that day. There was a wound on one of the ducks which had scabbed over. We requested food to aid us examining the birds and when we gave this to them, they were ravenous.

“After being removed, the animals were thoroughly examined by a vet and later taken to one of our rehoming centres.

“Smith fully cooperated with our investigation and signed the animals which were removed over to the Society. This meant we were able to rehome them once they had made full recoveries and did not have to wait for sentencing before doing so.

Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill rejected the procurator fiscal’s call for Smith to be prevented from keeping all animals and instead let her keep her eight dogs. She cannot keep any other pets for 10 years.

Sentencing: ten-year ban on owning and keeping animals, excluding dogs, with a further sentence deferred for six months.

Scottish SPCA
The Sun

Washford, Somerset: Heather Stanton

#TheList hoarder Heather Stanton, born c. 1958, of Barn End, Williton Road, Washford, Somerset TA23 0NU – left several animals to suffer in squalor with untreated health conditions

Some of the pets rescued from animal abuser Heather Stanton from Washford, Somerset
Some of the pets who suffered appalling neglect at the hands of their negligent owner Heather Stanton

Stanton was found guilty of the mistreatment of 11 dogs, including a sheepdog, a Jack Russell Terrier, Chinese Crested type dogs and Pomeranian type dogs.

Some of the pets rescued from animal abuser Heather Stanton from Washford, Somerset

The animals had a number of conditions including eye and skin infections which were not treated.

Stanton was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a white lionhead rabbit by confining the animal to the detriment of his wellbeing, to which she had pleaded not guilty.

Stanton pleaded not guilty to causing suffering to a white domestic cat but was again found to be guilty.

She also admitted to the mistreatment of a tortoise and six birds in her care.

Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Jo Daniel said: “This was an upsetting case of extreme neglect for which there can be no excuse.

“Stanton had more animals than she could cope with and was unable to care for them adequately, as a result sadly many of the animals were suffering.

“All owners are responsible for meeting the needs of the animals in their care and we now look forward to finding these animals the loving homes they deserve.”

Sentencing:
Fined £5,000 and £85 costs. Community order of 80 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from owning dogs, cats, birds and tortoises for five years under the Animal Welfare Act.

Somerset County Gazette
SomersetLive

Clevedon, North Somerset: Jennifer Parnell

#TheList Jennifer Parnell, born c. 1944, previously of Beaconsfield Road, Clevedon,  Somerset – a serial hoarder who breached a previous ban on keeping animals after eight cats were found in squalor at her home

Jennifer Parnell is a serial animal abuser of cats, dogs and also, allegedly, horses though she faced no charges in relation to the welfare of those she currently has.
The conditions inside serial hoarder Jennifer Parnell's filthy home
 The conditions inside serial hoarder Jennifer Parnell’s filthy home

In April 2012 Jennifer Parnell, then living in Burnham-on-Sea, was banned from keeping dogs and cats for 10 years after being convicted of cruelty charges relating to three dogs and four kittens. Now her disqualification order has been extended until 2038 after eight cats were found in disgusting conditions at her current address.

Parnell had crudely white-washed the windows of her home in an attempt to hide the faeces-ridden rooms inside the property and the cats who lived there.

But when the RSPCA got into her home, they found the eight cats living in squalid conditions.

One of the cats was so poorly he had to be put to sleep. He had been left to suffer with a blocked bladder.

This unnamed black and white cat had to be put to sleep to end his suffering
 Sadly this little one had been so neglected he couldn’t be saved

Parnell was brought to court but failed to turn up and had to be brought back to court under a warrant.

She was convicted of three charges of causing animal suffering.

“This could have all been avoided if the disqualification order had not been breached,” said RSPCA acting chief inspector Stephanie Daly.

“The courts impose disqualification orders for a reason – to protect animals from suffering and neglect at the hands of people who have been convicted of doing so.

“We rely on the public to inform us if someone has breached a ban and take this very seriously – as do the courts,” she added.

The surviving cats will now be made available for rehoming.

Sentencing:
26 weeks in prison, suspended for two years; £2,000 towards boarding costs. Ban on keeping dogs and cats extended until 2038. 

BristolLive

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Note – 07/12/18: we have been advised that Jennifer Parnell (who has been known to use aliases including the surname Stewart) has now moved to Ashcombe Road, Weston-super-Mare. We understand that this serial hoarder and animal abuser relocates often to avoid detection. Anyone in that road should keep an eye out for those giveaway white-washed windows.

Parnell also apparently keeps four horses in Portbury, near gordano, which were not the subject of the cruelty  case. We also hear that two dogs were in her possession as well but the RSPCA’s prosecution only concerned her keeping of cats.

Please watch out for her. By all accounts this is no confused old lady, but a devious individual who has apparently left landlords, vets, farriers and others thousands of pounds out of pocket. 



Wolverhampton, West Midlands: Nicola Lissimore

#TheList Nicola J Lissimore, born 1970, of Mount Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6LU – kept four dead cats decaying inside a flea-ridden house

Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.
Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.

Lissimore kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.

Pic by RSPCA/Caters News - (Pictured: The disgusting interior of Nicola Lissimores house.) -A woman living in squalor has been banned from keeping animals for life after four cats were found dead in her house - which was so filthy fleas were jumping at the front door and piles of faeces were blocking the back door. Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (November 9). The 49-year-old lived in a filthy house and the court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address after concerns a number of cats were not being cared for. On investigation, four cats were found dead and a further 10 were found in a poor bodily condition. Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window. She could also see piles of faeces and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water. The pets had no access to the outside and she could see fleas jumping up at the front door. The RSPCA monitored property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police. SEE CATERS COPY.

Pic by RSPCA/Caters News - (Pictured: The disgusting interior of Nicola Lissimores house.) -A woman living in squalor has been banned from keeping animals for life after four cats were found dead in her house - which was so filthy fleas were jumping at the front door and piles of faeces were blocking the back door. Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (November 9). The 49-year-old lived in a filthy house and the court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address after concerns a number of cats were not being cared for. On investigation, four cats were found dead and a further 10 were found in a poor bodily condition. Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window. She could also see piles of faeces and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water. The pets had no access to the outside and she could see fleas jumping up at the front door. The RSPCA monitored property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police. SEE CATERS COPY.

Pic by RSPCA/Caters News - (Pictured: The front door with faeces piled behind it) -A woman living in squalor has been banned from keeping animals for life after four cats were found dead in her house - which was so filthy fleas were jumping at the front door and piles of faeces were blocking the back door. Nicola Lissimore, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when she appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (November 9). The 49-year-old lived in a filthy house and the court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address after concerns a number of cats were not being cared for. On investigation, four cats were found dead and a further 10 were found in a poor bodily condition. Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window. She could also see piles of faeces and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water. The pets had no access to the outside and she could see fleas jumping up at the front door. The RSPCA monitored property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police. SEE CATERS COPY.

The home was so bad that RSPCA inspectors ‘gagged’ as they searched the property.

As well as the the four dead cats, another ten were found alive – but in poor health – with many of them suffering from dehydration and other medical issues.

The below video shows the horrifying scene that RSPCA officers were met with:

Lissimore pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences on Friday, November 9, 2018.

The RSPCA were called to her address after concerns were raised of a number of cats not being cared for, the court heard.

Inspector Dawn Burrell went to the address and was unable to contact the owner but could see a number of emaciated cats through a window.

She could also see piles of poo and rubbish in the house and could not find any signs that the cats had food and water.

The pets had no access to the outside and shockingly she could see fleas jumping up at the front door.

The RSPCA monitored the property for a few days and believed no one was attending to the cats so, upon veterinary advice, entry was gained with the help of officers from West Midlands Police.

Inspector Burrell said once inside it was clear the cats were suffering from dehydration, were emaciated and had other untreated medical issues.

“This time a front panel went through and immediately the smell of ammonia hit us as we went inside – it was so strong we were physically gagging.

“We found four dead cats amongst the piles of faeces which was piled high, there was rubbish strewn around and the only water available in the property was from a bathroom tap which was left running but the door was closed so they couldn’t access it.

“This was one of the worst properties I have entered in my thirty years in the job.

“It was so sad to see these dead cats just left in the filth and the others were either emaciated or had other health problems which had not been addressed.”

The surviving cats were signed over into the care of the RSPCA and have now been rehabilitated.

Some have already found new homes and others are still waiting for adopters.

Sentencing:
12-week jail term suspended for 18 months; 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; 100 hours of unpaid work. Total of £415 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for life.

Birmingham Mail
Metro

Meir, Stoke-on-Trent: Natalie Keenan and David Knight

#TheList Natalie Keenan, born c. 1989, and David Knight, born c. 1977, both of Sandon Old Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 – kept 23 pets – including a barn owl, a fox and a raccoon dog – inside a smelly and flea-ridden house of horrors

David Knight and Natalie Keenan of Meir, Stoke kept 23 pets - including owl, fox and raccoon dog - inside 'smelly and flea-ridden' house of horrors

David Knight pleaded guilty to five charges related to animal cruelty, while Natalie Keenan admitted four offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

The pair’s mini-zoo was discovered by chance when a utility company official went round to the Meir home to execute a warrant as they hadn’t paid their gas bill.

He alerted the RSPCA, who were confronted by the stench of neglect, with piles of dog poo in the kitchen, rotting chickens in a snake tank and animals covered in fleas.

David Knight and Natalie Keenan of Meir, Stoke kept 23 pets - including owl, fox and raccoon dog - inside 'smelly and flea-ridden' house of horrors

Other creatures – from pets to exotics to wild animals – were being kept in tiny filthy cages, with barely enough room to move and without ready access to water.

A raccoon dog kept in a foul cage by Natalie Keenan and David Knight from Meir, Stoke

One terrier-type dog, called Lexi, was in such a poor condition that she had to be put to sleep.

Hazel Stevens, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said Lexi was experiencing ‘significant suffering’. She was virtually blind, emaciated with protruding bones, had little fur and an infected tumour that was hidden underneath a ‘foul-smelling mess’.

The dog was found curled up on a pile of dirty nappies and had to be carried out of the house as she couldn’t walk.

The couple also had:

  • another dog, Mocha the French bulldog
  • a cat called Gizzy, who both had skin and flea problems;
  • a barn owl caged up in a bedroom
  • a fox living in a cage in another room;
  • a racoon dog
  • a rat
  • a bearded dragon
  • five snakes
  • eight degus;
  • and an African grey parrot called Charlie.

David Knight and Natalie Keenan of Meir, Stoke kept 23 pets - including owl, fox and raccoon dog - inside 'smelly and flea-ridden' house of horrors
Lexi was in such poor condition she had to be put to sleep

RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “When I arrived at the property the couple wouldn’t let me inside so I waited outside for over two hours until police arrived.

“During that time the family carried bin bag after bin bag of rubbish out of the house.

“When I finally went inside it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Even though they’d been clearing out for two hours it was still absolutely filthy and the animals were being kept in horrifying conditions.

“There was cage after cage and animal after animal. The rooms were strewn with rubbish, all of the animals’ accommodation was filthy and their welfare needs were clearly not being met.

“It was disgusting and it was mass-scale neglect.”

The other animals remain in RSPCA care and can now be rehomed or moved to suitable keepers.

“Many of these animals simply shouldn’t be kept as pets let alone kept like this,” Inspector Melvin added.

“To see these poor animals living in such squalor was heartbreaking. I’m just glad they can all now have a second chance at find loving new homes where their needs will be properly catered to.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order including a 30-hour rehabilitation requirement. Total of £235 each in costs and charges.  Both were disqualified from keeping animals for three years.

Stoke Sentinel
Signal1

Basildon. Essex: Lee Thompson

#TheList Lee Thompson, aged 36. of King Edward Terrace, High Road, Laindon, Basildon, Essex SS5 – kept more than 50 exotic animals in appalling conditions; 17 animals died

Lee Thompson from Basildon Essex, who is known as 'Snake', kept cobras, copperheads, pythons and a Madagascar giant hognose in appalling conditions in a bedroom.
Lee Thompson, who is known as ‘Snake’, kept cobras, copperheads, pythons and a Madagascar giant hognose in appalling conditions in a bedroom.

Thompson was charged with two counts of breaching a ban on keeping a dangerous wild animal, two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, and two counts of keeping a dangerous wild animal without a licence.

In November 2015 officers attended a unit Thompson rented in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, where they found 45 exotic animals in a very poor condition.

These were 35 different species of snake, one Nile lizard, seven species of spider, one bullfrog and one snapping turtle.

In January 2018 officers searched a bedroom Thompson rented in a house in Burdett Avenue, Westcliff, and found a 4ft long spectacled Caiman in a makeshift pen.

There were also 23 snakes and a fat-tail scorpion. Seven of the snakes had died and been left to decompose.

Thompson had previously been convicted of keeping dangerous wild animals without a licence in 2009 and was banned from keeping them for ten years.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Thompson kept wild animals in appalling conditions, ultimately causing 17 to die. Not only did he keep them without a licence but showed no care for their wellbeing or their survival.

“He then twice attempted to evade justice.

“We want to thank the RSPCA, particularly RSPCA inspector Rebecca Benson, for their assistance in helping to ensure the remaining animals were appropriately cared for.”

Echo News
ITV News

 

Chesterfield, Derbyshire: Sarah Burnham and Louise Wood

#TheList Sarah Burnham, 27, and Louise Wood, 61, formerly of Hunloke Road, Holmewood, Chesterfield S42 5RZ – mistreated 19 dogs and 3 cats who were kept in filth and squalor

Together with Louise Wood Sarah Burnham kept 19 dogs and 3 cats in appalling conditions
Together with Louise Wood Sarah Burnham kept 19 dogs and 3 cats in appalling conditions

Wood and Burnham pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the 19 dogs and three cats by subjecting them to an environment which was detrimental to their wellbeing between October 2017 and January 2018.

The animals were kept in appalling conditions in their own excrement in dark rooms.

Sentencing
Burnham,  now of no fixed abode, and Wood, now of Edensor Court, Middlecroft, Chesterfield, were both fined £360 each and were each ordered to pay a £36 victim surcharge and £300 costs. Both Wood and Burnham were also disqualified from keeping animals for life and no application to lift the order will be allowed for ten years.

Derbyshire Times

Slough: Teresa Reynolds

#TheList backyard breeder Teresa Reynolds, aged 55, of 274 Long Furlong Drive, Slough SL2 2PR – kept dogs and cats in dirty and undersized cages.

Backyard breeder Teresa Reynolds of Slough, Berkshire
23 dogs and cats were removed from backyard breeder Reynolds’ property. Two dead puppies were found in a bin.

Reynolds was convicted of 11 offences of failing to ensure animal welfare. She  was prosecuted after a complaint regarding the breeding and selling animals was investigated by the neighbourhood services team of Slough Borough Council (SBC) in 2017.

The court heard how council and Thames Valley Police officers were overwhelmed by the smell of faeces and urine and the sheer number of animals in Reynolds two-bedroom council home.

When Reynolds was asked how many pets there were, she did not know.

Pugs, poodles, cocker spaniels, Yorkshire terriers, shih-tzus and chihuahuas were among the animals found.

SBC Neighbourhood manager Ian Blake told the court how he found 16 dogs stacked up in dirty cages that were too small for them and had no access to water. Some of the animals were caged in pairs.

More animals were found in the garden including a large poodle, who had no access to the property due to a stairgate blocking the way. The only water present for her was in a bucket which contained other items.

Four cats were discovered in a bird aviary in the garden, whose overflowing litter trays were placed next to their water bowls.

The only clean crate found with bedding, food and water inside, contained no animal.

During the trial, it was revealed that officers found two dead puppies in a wheelie bin outside the house.

Reynolds told Mr Blake that she had been unable to feed them after their mother had died.

All 23 cats and dogs were removed from the property and transported to the Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Maidenhead, where it was noted that several dogs were heavily soiled, two of the female cats were pregnant.

A tom cat’s fur was so heavily matted it needed to be shaved to prevent long-term suffering.

Documents seized from the home indicated that Reynolds was selling animals from her home and that more than 250 animals had been handled within the property over two years.

Receipts were found for dogs being sold for £1,200, £900 and various other amounts, as well as bank statements with transactions indicating the sale of puppies and kittens.

Complaints about Reynolds breeding and selling animals have dated back to 2010, but this was the first time there was evidence for a prosecution.

The council’s fraud team became involved, who discovered that Reynolds had failed to update the benefits team that she was receiving income from her trading.

As a result, she was additionally found guilty of two counts of fraud after falsely claiming benefits.

Having been signed over to the council, all the animals have been re-homed and are doing well.

Sentence: 12-month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 15 day rehabilitation requirement, £2,000 in legal costs.  Seven-year ban on owning any animal.

Slough Express

Bourne, Lincolnshire: Maxine Cammock

#TheList Maxine Cammock, born May 1964, of Foss Farm, 2 Dyke Grove, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0BL – kept dogs, chickens and pigs in horrific conditions; 176 animals found dead.

RSPCA Inspector Kate Burris initially attended Maxine Cammock’s farm after some of Cammock’s pigs escaped, but discovered a scene of unimaginable horror in which 176 animals were found dead and dozens more living in shocking conditions.

Inspector Burris said: “I went to Cammock’s home in October last year [2017] after a call from a police officer who had been involved in rounding up a number of escaped pigs and returning them to her.

“The officer was extremely concerned by what he had seen, and rang us.

“It is a large property with several buildings on site. There were the remains of dead animals everywhere, most in such a state of decomposition it was impossible to establish how they had died.

“Several collie type dogs were in a shocking state in filthy pens in one of the buildings. Two of the dogs were dead, one in a pen with two other dogs, Julie and Martin.

“A pig who had eaten a bucket of rat poison was dead in another of the buildings. Cammock realised what the pig had done and, rather than seek vet treatment, locked him inside.”

Only twenty-five animals were found alive and were immediately removed.

However, a month later even more animals were found in distress including chickens who had been packed into plastic containers with the lids weighted down.

A total of 55 eggs had been hatched and the chicks were seen living in cardboard boxes and containers.

The charges made to Maxine Cammock

  1. between 10 September and 10 October 2017, causing unnecessary suffering to seven dogs by failing to provide adequate nutrition;
  2. between 10 September and 10 October 2017, failing to meet the needs of seven dogs by housing them in a urine and faeces contaminated environment;
  3. on dates before 10 October 2017, failing to meet the needs of a pig by failing to house him in an environment without rat poison and failing to protect him from pain, suffering, injury or disease once he had ingested rat poison;
  4. between 27 October and 8 November 2017, failing to meet the needs of 10 chickens by housing them in an environment that didn’t allow them to stand properly or stretch their wings and did not provide adequate food or drinking water;
  5. between 27 October and 8 November 2017, failing to meet the needs of 55 chicks by housing them in cardboard boxes or plastic containers which did not provide a suitable environment for their needs.

Cammock pleaded guilty to five offences contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 relating to a total of nine dogs, a pig, ten chickens and 55 chicks.

Sentencing: 24-month community order; 30-day rehabilitation requirement; total of £335 costs and charges. Lifetime disqualification from keeping animals.

LincolnshireLive

Llanishen, Cardiff: Barbara Herbert

#TheList Barbara Herbert, age unknown, of 2 Beverley Close, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 0RL – kept 29 guinea pigs in squalor

Guinea pigs lived in squalor at Barbara Herbert's filthy home in Llanishen, Cardiff

Barbara Herbert was banned for keeping animals for 10 years after 29 guinea pigs were found living on a pile of filth in a “squalid” bedroom.

More than a foot-and-a-half of straw and debris was piled up in the “squalid” room where the guinea pigs were being kept.

The conditions were so bad RSPCA staff had to wear breathing equipment to go into the bedroom.

It took them a day to clear the room.

Herbert admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the animals during August 2017.

The animals were found living in a 1.5ft (45cm) high pile of straw and debris that took RSPCA officers an entire day to clear.

A few of the guinea pigs died, but the charity is caring for the remainder and hopes to rehome them soon.

RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil said: “These 29 guinea pigs were kept in an upstairs bedroom in a squalid and entirely inappropriate environment.

“Fortunately, we were able to intervene and most of the guinea pigs now have a second chance of happiness in a new forever home.”

Sentencing:
Two-year conditional discharge; £320 in fines and costs. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

BBC News
Wales Online