This is a short note demonstrating how prosecuting authorities treat domestic cats and humans differently. The standard of care required is obviously lower for cats than for people. That would not surprise anybody probably but this is quite a nice example which emphasises the fact.
A couple lived in a condemned property with 111 cats and a child. The couple have been prosecuted for the neglect of a dependent (the child). The child has been placed into the care of the Child Protective Services. The charge for neglect of a dependent is being made because of the living conditions in the house.
As for the cats, a photograph indicates that the house of the complete mess and inadequate for either person or cat. All the cats have been rounded up and removed for adoption. They have been placed in foster care and shelters for rehoming.
But the couple have not being prosecuted for failing to provide adequately for their cats and keeping their cats in a way which is detrimental to the welfare.
The source of the story does not tell us any other facts about how they cared for their child and their cats. But as mentioned the criticism comes from the wholly inadequate living conditions and that applies to both cats and child. It is almost certain that both child and cats were living in an environment which was liable to be injurious to their health.
I feel pretty sure that this couple would have failed the test as set out in the UK’s Animal Welfare Act 2006 as to the provision of care required when keeping domestic cats. Common sense would come to the same conclusion.