A woman has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to her cat, Mickey, by failing to provide him with veterinary treatment for an injured tail.
Hazel Clear aged 61, of Front Street, Slip End, was also fined £75 and ordered to pay £500 towards costs by Luton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Mickey was found in March 2013 with an injury to his tail which had been left for so long without being treated that most of his tail had rotted away.
He was left with just a three inch infected stump where the tail had been.
The stump then had to be amputated completely by a vet.
Clear said that she could not afford to get Mickey treated so had not taken him to a vet.
RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher said: “It seems that this cat’s owner just wasn’t interested in getting him vet care or trying to find the money for it. There seems to be little point in owning an animal if you are not prepared to provide them with basic needs including veterinary care.”
Mickey was rehomed through the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre near Aylesbury.
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