Ban call over dumped cats

Two of the animals owned by Sharon Gregory.

Two of the animals owned by Sharon Gregory.

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A WOMAN cruelly dumped five cats – two of them blind-outside an animal sanctuary in darkness so they would not be traced by RSPCA investigators.

Mother-of-two Sharon Gregory had 10 other cats at her home which went through pain and suffering because of her lack of care.

Two of the animals owned by Sharon Gregory.

Two of the animals owned by Sharon Gregory.

Jonathon Fail, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said he would apply for a ban on the 55-year-old, of Ribble Road, Blackpool, having pets again saying: “Animals deserve to be protected from this woman.”

Gregory admitted five charges, brought by the RSPCA, who together with police and council enforcement staff raided her home.

The group had to wear protective clothing when they went into the property which was piled high with rubbish.

District Judge Alex Simmons adjourned sentencing on Gregory so reports can be prepared, but warned the defendant she was at risk of going to jail.

Mr Fail said the house was raided as a result of flies being seen at a window by council staff. The court heard a vet examined the rescued felines and found them to have low weights, be riddled with infestation and had severe teeth and eye problems.

Two of them, Angela and Princess, had to be put down.

Mr Fail said one charge related to Gregory dumping five cats in a carboard box outside the Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary on Queensway,St Annes. Another vets examined these cats and two were completely blind with eyeballs missing.

The court heard Gregory, who works for the Department of Work and Pensions, had kept cats for 10 years.

In interview Gregory admitted abandoning the cats the night before the RSPCA were to visit her home and that the cats she had dumped were in the worst condition.

Mr Fail said the charity would be asking for £4,603 in costs.

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