#TheList Jodi Christine Griffiths, born c. 1978, of Morton Drive, Torrington EX38 7AS – left her pet cat to fend for himself in freezing conditions
Jodi Christine Griffiths was found guilty of failing to meet the needs of her cat, Tigger, during a cold snap in April 2018.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Suzy Hannaby, who investigated the case, said: “As night temperatures dropped to near freezing, Tigger was outside day and night without any sort of provision and was spotted waiting pitifully by the door.
“Simply leaving pets outside before going away should never be seen as an option. I find it hard to believe that anyone could ever just abandon an animal who is completely reliant on them to fend for itself, but especially during cold weather.
“Cats should have constant access to the house or to a warm, inside area such as an outbuilding or barn with appropriate heating. Owners should also ensure the cat’s bedding or sleeping area is warm, dry and away from any draughts.
“If pet owners are going away, they must make sure their pets are cared for and have all their needs met.”
Total fines, costs and charges of £230. Five-year disqualification from owning animals.