A mother-of-four was left with a criminal record after she advertised a cat she had found under a bush for sale on the internet.
Suzanne Gilmore took home the cat, which she believed was a stray, cleaned it up and fed it.
She looked after it for a month but then advertised it for sale on line.
A woman bought the valuable chocolate-pointed Siamese cat which was valued at £400 for £80.
She was later browsing a website called Pre-loved when she saw a picture of the cat she had bought, which was being advertised by its owner as lost.
The owner was contacted, reclaimed her cat, then the police became involved and Gilmore found herself in court.
Gilmore, 30, of Mexford Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft of a cat by finding it.
She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £8 compensation to the woman she sold the cat to, plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates. Alan Godwin, defending, said his client had no previous convictions.