Cat breeder can keep pets

A CAT breeder won permission to keep her hobby after a court heard how a sick kitten was found caged in her home.

A judge was told it was caked in excrement and a policeman said the ‘stench of urine was almost unbearable’ in the house on Brookhill Street, Stapleford.

Because of the amount of faeces attached to its rear, the kitten could not stand properly.

The scene was so disgusting that RSPCA inspector Laura Kirkham was ‘physically sick’ when she visited.

Owner Christina Gillott, 55, was ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work and pay £600 prosecution costs to the animal charity. She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the animal between February 5 and 9.

Deputy District Judge David Noble, sitting in Nottingham, said he decided not to use the court’s power to ban her from keeping animals.

He had been told the kitten had been born with a defect which would have prevented it reaching maturity.

The judge told her last Tuesday: “I accept this was a one-off isolated incident and I am reassured the RSPCA will continue to visit you and you welcome these visits.

“You also have a close working relationship with your vet,” added Mr Noble.

Andrew Cash, prosecuting, said the British blue kitten, known in court as LK1, had to be put down. It weighed 660g but had 80g of faeces stuck to its fur as well as severe internal problems.

Gillott’s vet said it was one of a litter of British blues which suffered from fading syndrome, causing severe diarrhoea and poor growth.

“Despite this, the kitten was bright eyed and able to hold its own among litter mates.”

Gillott and her vet ‘accepted it would have to be euthanised at some point’ but felt it should be allowed to live while it appeared happy.

David Gittins, mitigating, said she had family problems at the time, including the breakdown of an eight-year relationship.

The police visit was not related to the kitten’s condition.

She had tried to give the kitten the best life it could have but he told the court: “She failed in her duty and is mortified.”

Mr Gittins said Gillott breeds cats as a hobby and not a business. There had been no problems before and the RSPCA was happy with her efforts since the discovery of the kitten.