Painted win­dows hid cat woman’s cruel se­crets

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APENSIONER banned from keep­ing pets tried to hide the fact she was mis­treat­ing eight more cats by paint­ing over her win­dows.

The crude white-wash­ing of win­dows of Jen­nifer Par­nell’s home near Bris­tol was an at­tempt to hide the fae­ces-rid­den rooms in­side, where eight cats were found in what the RSPCA said was an ‘un­suit­able en­vi­ron­ment’.

One of the eight cats was in such a bad con­di­tion it had to be put to sleep be­cause it had been left to suf­fer with a blocked blad­der.

Par­nell, 74, was con­victed of an­i­mal wel­fare of­fences in 2012 and re­ceived a 10-year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion or­der from own­ing cats or dogs.

But when the RSPCA got into her home in Bea­con­field Road, Cleve­don, they found she had eight cats, and they were liv­ing in squalid con­di­tions, de­scribed in the charges as a “mal­odor­ous and am­mo­nia con­tam­i­nated room without ad­e­quate light or ven­ti­la­tion or fa­cil­i­ties”.

RSPCA act­ing chief in­spec­tor Stephanie Daly said: “This could have all been avoided if the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion or­der had not been breached.

“The courts im­pose dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion orders for a rea­son - to pro­tect an­i­mals from suf­fer­ing and ne­glect at the hands of peo­ple who have been con­victed of do­ing so.

“We rely on the pub­lic to in­form us if some­one has breached a ban and take this very se­ri­ously - as do the courts,” she added.

Par­nell was brought to court but ini­tially didn’t turn up - and had to be brought back to court un­der a war­rant.

She was con­victed of three charges: » be­tween Jan­uary 29 and Jan­uary 31 caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a black and white male cat, by fail­ing to pro­vide prompt vet­eri­nary care for an an­i­mal suf­fer­ing pain due to a blocked blad­der

» not tak­ing steps to en­sure the needs of the seven cats for which she was re­spon­si­ble were met

» Own­ing and keep­ing eight cats in breach of a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion or­der made by Taun­ton Deane and West Som­er­set Mag­is­trates’ Court in March 2012 which dis­qual­i­fied her for a pe­riod of 10 years,

Par­nell was sen­tenced to 26 weeks in pri­son, sus­pended for two years, and saw her dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion on keep­ing cats or dogs ex­tended un­til 2038. She was also or­dered to pay £2,000 to­wards board­ing costs for the cats, who will now be found new homes.

In­side the house in Cleve­don; and be­low, one of the eight cats found liv­ing in squalid con­di­tions

The win­dows painted over at the house in Cleve­don

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