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Animal ban for couple who left cats home alone while they went on a minibreak
A COUPLE who left their cats home alone while they went on a Norfolk mini-break have been banned from keeping animals for two years.
A neighbour contacted the RSPCA after becoming concerned about two cats shut inside a house on Church Street, Bishop Auckland, for several days in February this year.
The police broke into the property to allow RSPCA officers to rescue the cats which were owned by Matthew Brocklehurst, 28, and Kelly Dandy, 21.
There were faeces inside the house and no fresh food or water for the cats, which a vet estimated had been left alone for at least three days.
Brocklehurst told Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday, September 18) that they had asked Dandy’s mother to check on the cats while they were away, but she had failed to do so.
He said that they had gone away to help Dandy deal with some emotional problems and that the couple, who now live in Ashton under Lyme in Manchester, also have three dogs which are all well cared for.
The pair admitted four counts each of failing to ensure their animals’ welfare and Dandy sobbed as magistrates banned them for keeping any animal for the next two years.
An order was also made for the cats to be signed over to the RSPCA and Brocklehurst was told to pay £400 in court costs.