A Scarborough man has been banned from keeping pets for life after keeping cats and guinea pigs in ‘filthy conditions’.
Wesley Dakin, of Eastfield in Scarborough, pleaded guilty to four offences under the Animal Welfare Act last Thursday (July 19) but absconded from court before being sentenced.
He was arrested the following day and appeared at York Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, July 24, for sentencing.
RSPCA Inspector Claire Little, who investigated the case, said: “We were contacted in May last year (2017) with concerns for a number of animals being kept at a property in poor conditions.
“When I arrived at the home there was a strong smell of urine and faeces, and there were piles of excrement throughout the house.
“There was no food available and I was concerned for the welfare of the animals - one cat, two kittens and two guinea pigs.”
Inspector Little added that the animals were all signed over into the charity’s care and a further two cats were later removed from dirty conditions.
“The property was filthy and the animals hadn’t been provided with suitable living conditions”
“Furthermore, both guinea pigs were suffering from fur loss and urine burns to the feet, and the cats were covered in flea dirt.
“One of the kittens had an old wound to her mouth consistent with electrical burns which had been untreated.”
Mr Dakin was sentenced to an 18-month community order with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement, ordered to pay £100 costs and £85 victim surcharge, and disqualified from keeping animals for life.
All the animals - which had not even been given names - were taken in by the RSPCA and successfully rehomed.