A woman has been banned from keeping animals after pets were found in this squalid, faeces-covered home.
Maria Warren, 53, ended up in court after an RSPCA investigation found the animals in the terrible environment.
Warren was found guilty in her absence and was given a lifetime disqualification from keeping animals during a hearing at Truro Magistrates’ Court in Cornwall.
The cruel pet keeper from Pengegon, near Camborne, Cornwall, was also ordered to pay £300. She will not be able to appeal her ban for three years.
Warren was given a warning on May 3, explaining that the needs of the animals were not being met in respect of their need to live in a suitable environment.
The RSPCA said that advice was not followed and access to the property was denied, leading to further concerns for the welfare of the animals inside.
Shocking pictures released by the RSPCA show the conditions inside the house, with rubbish piled high and a thick layer of filth over every surface.
In the pictures, discarded bottles can be see laying around and there isn’t an inch on the floor not covered in rubbish.
On June 7, a warrant was executed by the police where two cats, known as Midge and Smudge, and a dog, known as Finlay, were rescued.
Subsequent examination by a veterinary surgeon concluded that Midge was suffering as he was underweight, with extensive fur loss, scabbing and live fleas.
RSPCA Inspector Paul Kempson said: “The ground floor living room and kitchen were extremely messy with what appeared to be bags of general rubbish covering all of the floor area to a depth of about two feet.
“This rubbish was also covered in what appeared to be cat and dog faeces in various places.
“The kitchen was in a state of complete disarray with rubbish all over the floor, every work surface and the sink was piled high with unwashed dishes.
“Throughout the ground floor there were many hazards for the dog and cats inside the property, including empty dog and cat food tins all over the place.
“This case highlights how pet owners must follow advice, or seek help and support if they are struggling to cope with a situation they find themselves in.
“By failing to do this, and by displaying incompetent care, these animals were found in these awful conditions.”
In mitigation, the court heard that this was well intended but incompetent care and that the neglect of the animals was not deliberate.