A PET cat left in agony to go lame was in such a bad condition it had to have a leg amputated.
Vets described Jess, a tabby and white female cat, as under weight with a flea infection, dermatitis and a swollen back leg which was causing it significant pain.
At Bridlington Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, owner Katrina White, 37, of Parkfield Drive, Bridlington, was banned from keeping any animal for 10 years with a minimum disqualification period of five years.
She was also given a six month curfew order between the hours of 7pm and 7am and to pay a contribution to costs of £500.
White had pleaded guilty at a hearing on December 2 to causing unnecessary suffering to the cat in a prosecution brought by the RSPCA and appeared in court last Thursday for sentencing.
Magistrate Ian Male told her: “This is an animal which has been well and truly neglected and suffered goodness knows how much pain.
“These are defenceless animals and they rely on owners to treat them with love and care, something which you have not done. Because of your callous attitude we are banning you from owning any animals for a period of 10 years.”
Phil Brown, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court RSPCA Inspector Geoff Edmond, who covers the Bridlington and Scarborough area, visited White’s home on May 21 last year and noticed the severely lame cat in the garden.
When interviewed by the inspector, White she said she had been trying to get a cat box and a taxi to take her to the vets. She had taken it to the vet with an eye problem some time before, but the bill had put her into debt. She confirmed she had owned Jess for seven years and she had been limping for about five weeks or more.
She had agreed to let Inspector Edmond take the cat to Priory Vets in Old Town, Bridlington.
They found it to be under weight at just three kilos with fleas, dermatitis and there was the bone disease osteomyelitis in the rear right hand leg caused by a bacterial infection, which was causing it great pain.
“Failure to have this treated when it first arose was causing the cat unnecessary suffering. As a result of the chronic infection the leg had to be amputated,” said Mr Brown.
He added that Jess, who was taken into the care of the RSPCA, had made a full recovery and was now fit and healthy.
He said White’s reasons for not taking the cat to a vet included not having a cat basket, transport problems and insufficient funds. Jess had been registered with the PDSA clinic in Bridlington, but she did not feel she had enough money to make a donation.
“She has said she did not realise the cat was in any great pain and despite the nature of the treatment she still hoped to have the car returned to her,” said Mr Brown.
He said the costs to the RSPCA were in the region of £2,500, including a vets bill of around £1,070, boarding costs of £1,025 and legal costs of £400.
In sentencing, magistrate Ian Male also ruled that Jess should be made the subject of a deprivation order, meaning she will remain with the RSPCA to be rehomed.
His final words to White were: “I only hope you never suffer in your life like you have made this animal suffer.”