A WOMAN has been banned from owning cats for five years after she admitted neglecting nine pets.
Julie Lorraine Mellard (62), of Crescent End, Thurcroft, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, September 11.
She pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, by failing to clip the nails of two cats between March and June 2018, allowing them to ingrow.
Mellard also admitted one count failing to ensure the needs of an animal, in that she failed to provide nine cats with a suitable living environment.
Magistrates sentenced her to 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered her to pay £300 costs, as well as imposing the five-year ban.