#TheList Nicola J Lissimore, born 1970, of Mount Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6LU – kept four dead cats decaying inside a flea-ridden house
Lissimore kept her home in such a filthy state that fleas were found jumping at the front door and poo blocked the back door.
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.
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.