A woman has been banned from keeping animals after leaving her cat in a sea of filth.
Kelly Chester’s flat was disgustingly dirty with a mattress and surfaces covered in cat faeces, plus overflowing black bins and rubbish scattered all over the place.
Officials who got into the flat found a black and white male called Khan inside with no food left out for him.
When asked why she had not cleared up the cat muck, Chester said she could not get the hang of it.
Chester, a 20-year-old care worker, formerly of Lord Street, Blackpool, who told the court she had no fixed address, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the welfare of an animal.
She was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work for the community and told to pay a £150 court charge with £250 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
She was also banned from keeping or caring for any animal for five years by Blackpool magistrates and presiding magistrate, Jean Adam, told her: “This was reasonably long-term neglect and you did not respond to numerous requests from the RSPCA to contact them.”
Jonathan Fail, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said a landlord’s agent entered Chester’s flat and found it in disarray in mid August.
He took photographs of the cat because he was so concerned and after he left the flat he found he was infested with fleas.
RSPCA inspectors tried repeatedly to contact Chester about the cat and left their cards on the flat door.
Her father eventually phoned an inspector saying his daughter had been away and the cat was staying with a friend.
At the end of September police entered the flat and found it in a disgusting condition with faeces and rubbish strewn all over.
The cat had no food and it was taken to the RSPCA.
On October 1 officials met Chester at an address in Rossett Avenue. She said she was moving from the address, but had been into the flat every day to feed the cat.
The prosecutor said: “When asked why she had not scooped up the cat muck she said she could not get the hang of it. She asked for a goodbye meeting with the cat and signed the cat over to the RSPCA.”
Robert Castle, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had admitted her guilt from the outset.
Mr Castle added: “There was a lack of care of the cat and perhaps a lack of comprehension of the care the cat should have had.
“The cat was reasonably healthy. My client showed affection for the cat, seeking to see the cat before it was re-homed.”