A woman who lived in Accrington, Lancashire, United Kingdom has been banned for life from having any pets after pleading guilty to have abandoned 20 dogs and cats living in “filthy”conditions at her home. Catherine Allsagar, 37, became the focus of an investigation in March by RSPCA officials, after they heard from a local rescue, she had sent five cats to be cremated in a short amount of time. Allsagar pleaded guilty to five animal cruelty charges and two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
According to the Daily Mail, when inspectors arrived at her home, they were shocked at the appalling conditions the animals had been living; dogs and cats only had their own urine to drink. There was no food or water available. In addition, two dogs had been kept in small cages barely able to move. Only three cats were still alive.
During a court hearing this week at Blackburn Magistrates Court, the attorney for Allsagar stated his client had been undergoing periods of psychiatric treatment and care. Allsagar was sentenced to a six-week jail sentence, suspended for one year. In addition to having been banned for life from ever caring for or owning any pets, she was ordered to complete 35 days of rehabilitation guided under probation officers.
Shortly after the case, Allsagar surrendered her dogs and cats which will be made available for adoption. In relation to the same case, Malcolm Ogden, 58, was reported to have had four dogs living in disgusting conditions after Allsagar sent a photo of a dead dog in filth lying in the man’s house. The RSPCA then executed a warrant to inspect the man’s home and found:
“… a trail of feces from the front door to Ogden’s car and that four dogs were found inside in an ‘awful state’. Cat litter trays were filled with feces which had ‘turned white’ and that dog feces ‘inches high’ were strewn on the floor. The dogs also had no access to water and the bathroom was ‘covered in feces and smelled horrendous.'”
Allsagar had been caring for Ogden; both had issues that required help and the removal of all animals. Ogden pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty, and told authorities he was trying to clean up after the dogs and cats.
(Photos of abandoned dogs and cats screenshots via Daily Mail and RSPCA)
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