A Luton man has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a cat in his care by failing to provide veterinary care and attention.
The RSPCA received calls of concern from the public regarding Alasdair Spence, 44, and on January 28 sent an officer to visit him at his Five Springs, Marsh Farm, home.
The officer was unable to gain access until a third visit on February 7 when she instructed Spence to take the cat to see a vet.
Spence took ‘JC’ to a vet on February 8 and was told to return on February 11 for exploratory surgery.
Yesterday (October 9) Luton Magistrates Court heard that Spence did not fulfill the appointment because it was snowing.
The RSPCA returned on March 9 and Spence was charged under the Animal Welfare Act.
The court heard Spence had not taken JC to a vet in the meantime because the animal seemed “bright”.
On March 11, JC’s swollen abdomen was found to be due to fluid in the uterus. She had to have her uterus removed and 900ml of fluid drained.
The cat is currently in RSPCA care accumulating boarding charges. So far the case has cost £5,368.73, including legal fees and vet bills.
Spence will be sentenced on October 25 pending an interview with the probation service.