Angela Guthrie, 53, is a “standard cat hoarder”. There are thousands of them on the planet. She kept 69 cats in a mid-terrace house in Scotland. There were two cat litter trays and predictably cat faeces throughout the house; frankly just typical cat hoarder stuff. Interestingly, on her Facebook page, she complained about the lack of animal welfare in China. Somewhat hypocritical.
Well, she was found out and prosecuted under Scottish law and convicted for “failing to take such steps as were reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the needs of her cats were met to the extent required by good practice”.
As for sentencing, the prosecution will demand that she is banned from keeping pets for life. The judge (called a “sheriff” in Scotland) will make his decision after reports are submitted by social workers. I think a psychiatrist should write a report too. The case returns to court on the 8th October.
The sheriff may well hand down a life ban. Now wouldn’t that be good. I believe that all those convicted domestic, companion animal abuse should be banned for life from keeping companion animals and the sentence should be mandatory. It should be fixed in the legislation. Too many cat abuser get off with light sentences if they are caught which is unlikely.
The source of the story is the Express Newspaper “Woman with 69 cats faces lifetime ban on keeping pets”