A cruel cat owner who abandoned his pet in a locked house has been fined £420 and banned from keeping cats for just one year.
Stephen Smith told people that his pet cat Molly was lost, but she was found dead under a bed in a filthy, neglected house in Newarthill, Lanarkshire.
Smith, 44, had been living in another property elsewhere in the village. The Scottish SPCA was informed by a neighbour that he left his cat locked up in the house for long periods.
SPCA officers were shocked when they entered Smith's filthy house.
Inspector Dawn Robertson told the Daily Record : "There was an overwhelming stench of ammonia and faeces.
“The property was in an appalling state. The floor wasn’t visible due to rubbish, damaged furniture and appliances throughout.
"There was faeces and dirt everywhere. It was no place for a human or animal.
“The living conditions were some of the worst I have ever encountered.
"There was only one litter tray and it was overflowing. The bathroom was covered in faeces and it would appear this is where Molly had been toileting.”
Smith claimed that his cat had gone missing, but her "extremely thin, malnourished body" was found under a bed.
Inspector Robertson added: "It would have taken at least two months for her to be in this condition.
“Smith said he had not been living in the property but returned to feed Molly every few days.
"But, due to the extent of her condition, we believe she had not been fed at all over the two-month period."
The animal welfare organisation is "disappointed" with the sentence.
Inspector Robertson stated: "We were hoping for a sentence that reflected the level of neglect in this case.
“Molly’s death was entirely avoidable if Smith had provided her with even the most basic of care.
“We hope he will carefully consider his ability to look after any animal in the future.
“If anyone is concerned about an animal, please do not hesitate to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”
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