Llanishen, Cardiff: Barbara Herbert

#TheList Barbara Herbert, born c. 1948, 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

Update November 2019: Herbert is now banned from keeping animals for life after breaching her ban. She was caught with two guinea pigs who were being kept in foul conditions. Herbert was also given a 12-month community order with a ten-day rehabilitation activity requirement. She was ordered to pay a £80 fine, £805.22 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge. The guinea pigs were rescued in time and rehomed.

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