A Pembroke Dock husband and wife have each been a handed suspended jail sentence for the treatment of their pet cat.
Lee Stephen Partridge, 49, and Allison Sarah Partridge, 50, both of Meyrick Street, pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence, and were sentenced at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court yesterday (10 July).
An RSPCA inspector has said he was “appalled” at the couple’s treatment of their pet cat Frankie, who he said “had the appearance of an 18-year-old cat, despite being only three of four”.
Inspector Keith Hogben attended the Pembroke Dock property to find the cat skeletal, riddled with fleas and struggling with serious respiratory issues. Mr and Ms Partridge had failed to address Frankie’s poor bodily condition and ill health, which vets confirmed had caused a period of suffering.
The cat was signed into the care of the RSPCA. However, due to the extent of Frankie’s condition, the cat had to be put to sleep after failing to respond to urgent veterinary treatment and care.
Other animals at the property were not in a condition which caused concern to the RSPCA inspector.
The pair were given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for one year. They were also told to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work each, and ordered to pay costs of £274.50, plus a victim surcharge of £115.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “I found this poor cat to be in an appalling, miserable condition. Frankie had the appearance of an 18-year-old cat, despite being only three of four.
“The smell at the property was overpowering and it was very quickly clear to me that something wasn’t right.
“Sadly, neither defendant did anything about their cat’s condition – despite an obvious need for veterinary care and help. These problems ultimately cost Frankie’s life, but I feel this situation could have been avoided with a timely visit to the vets.
“This case is another important reminder as to the importance of taking unwell pets to the vet. Owning an animal is a privilege, and people have clear responsibilities towards their animals which, in the case of Frankie, were not met by the owners.”