Liversedge, West Yorkshire: Jane Harvey

#TheList Jane Harvey, aged 45, of 5 Twelfth Avenue, Liversedge WF15 8LF – allowed a ferret to starve to death; another ferret also found dead but remains mummified.

Two dead ferrets were found at the Liversedge home of Jane Harvey
Two dead ferrets were found at the Liversedge home of Jane Harvey

RSPCA inspectors found two dead ferrets when they visited the Liversedge home of Jane Harvey, in February 2018.

Prosecuting Andrew Davidson said the inspectors found ‘no sign of food’ when they inspected three hutches in the back garden of the house.

They found one ferret, called Panda, in a ‘mummified condition’ and another ferret called, Buttons, dead and in an ’emaciated condition’.

When Buttons was later inspected by an RSPCA vet evidence of muscle wastage, which occurs when the body uses up its fat reserves, was found.

Mr Davidson added there had been a ‘prolonged’ period of neglect.

Harvey admitted one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal

Sentencing:
60 hours of unpaid work; total of £570 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping pets, other than dogs, for 12 months (expires August 2019).

Huddersfield Daily Examiner