#TheList Rosalind Cormack, born 28/03/1956 of 12 Wellgarth Walk, Knowle, Bristol BS4 2TA – left 16 pets including cats, rabbits and a dog to starve to death inside her abandoned home
RSPCA inspectors found eight dead pets in Rosalind Cormack’s filthy home – and a further seven had to be put down.
Prosecuting for the RSPCA, Lindi Meyer said RSPCA inspector Kimily Walters went to the property on August 14, 2014.
“She noticed there were flies on the window and a strange smell,” Ms Meyer said.
“The inspector attended again the next day and there was no reply. She returned the following day, on August 16.
“A tortoiseshell cat was at the kitchen window trying to get out. Another cat was at the letterbox, clawing to get out of the property.
“She looked in a black bin outside the property and saw the head of a black cat. Police were called.”
One police officer said: “The stench was unbearable, making it impossible to breathe through my nose.”
There were several bowls of food and water around the cluttered home, which was strewn with animal faeces and corpses.
The tortoiseshell female cat, named Mimi, was trapped in the kitchen as a dead tan collie dog was wedged in the door.
A white kitten was found dead on the stairs, covered in fleas. A white cat was discovered dead in Cormack’s bedroom, and officers also found a dead tan hamster in a filthy cage in a front bedroom and two rabbits dead in their hutch in the garden.
A further dead kitten was discovered in Cormack’s lounge.
In interview, Cormack said the dog had been dead for up to a month, while the rabbits and hamster had died up to four months earlier.
She claimed three of the dead cats had been alive when she left, though admitted they were thin and had fleas.
Tests on the dead animals could not establish a cause of death due to the degree of decomposition, Ms Meyer said.
Inspectors took the eight live cats for treatment and found all were suffering from cat flu, fleas and had behavioural problems.
“All but one had to be euthanised,” Ms Meyer added.
Cormack pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to Mimi, not providing a suitable environment for a further eight cats, all of whom were alive on discovery, or for three cats which had died.
Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. Costs and charges totalling £1,080. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.