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Cornwall cat owner banned from keeping animals

Cornwall cat owner banned from keeping animals

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:54pm 15th January 2018. (Updated at 6:38am 16th January 2018)

A Cornwall woman has been banned from keeping animals after 'repeatedly' abandoning her cat... and locking him in a toilet without food or water.

Kim Keat, of St Anns Chapel, Gunnislake, was told she would not be allowed to keep pets for five years.

It comes after Bodmin Magistrates' Court heard how she left black cat Ozzy alone for several days at a time.

The 31-year-old was investigated by the RSPCA in early 2017 and, at the time, she was warned she had a duty to take better care of her pets.

Then, in August 2017, the animal welfare charity's Inspectors found Ozzy in poor bodily condition and dehydrated after she had left him locked in a toilet without food or water.

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RSPCA inspector Claire Ryder said: "Owning an animal is a big responsibility and we hope that this sends a message to others that not taking care of your pets is a criminal offence and you can and will be prosecuted if caught treating an animal in this way.

"Kim Keat callously left Ozzy home alone without food or water.

"We do not know just how long he had been left unattended. The neighbour said it had been a period of 12 days.

"Thankfully he was discovered before it was too late."

Officials say the moggy has since gone on to find a new loving home.

Keat was also fined £300 after being convicted of failing to investigate the cause of Ozzy's poor bodily condition, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and for failing to meet his needs, contrary to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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