Markyate pet owner receives ban for animal neglect

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A man has been disqualified from keeping animals for three years after he neglected a cat, a collie dog and two tortoises.

Neil Raines, 44, of Dammersley Close, Markyate, had previously pleaded guilty to neglecting Sue, a two year old black cat, Lucky, a 14 year old black and white collie dog, and two tortoises, all of which havebeen rehomed.

He appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday and was also given a six month community order with a week curfew from 8pm to 8am and made to pay £780 costs.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “The needs of these animals were just not being met. A suitable environment had not been provided for Sue, who was kept enclosed in a cat basket over a litter tray and not allowed to roam. She was also suffering from extreme weight loss and had not been taken to a vet to be treated for this.

“Lucky, the not-so-lucky collie, had not been given a suitable environment or diet and the two tortoises had not been given the light or heat that they need to survive.

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“The message here is that taking on the care of any animal is a big responsibility and it is important to remember the animals involved are completely dependent on this care.

“Anyone taking on such a duty needs to think carefully to make sure they have the time and resources to do so.”

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