Woman who abandoned 20 animals banned from keeping pets

A woman who abandoned 20 animals, failing to feed and clean them, has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

Nicole Williams, 43, of Grace Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty to four offences of failing to meet the needs of her animals at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

She abandoned four dogs, five kittens, nine horses and two donkeys to a livery yard – but within a week, it became clear that she was not attending to clean and feed them.

The animals empty food and water bowls was filed with urine

The RSPCA was contacted, and when inspectors visited the yard they found the animals living in poor conditions.

RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam said: “There were five kittens being kept in a horse box with no food or water. There were no litter trays, so the horse box was filled with urine and faeces, which was also in their empty food and water bowls.”

“There were four dogs being kept in an enclosure which was covered in faeces and urine and all of the dogs were in a poor condition with matted fur and urine stains on their feet.”

“The animals were living in horrific conditions.”

All of the animals have now recovered and are either in new homes or have been reserved by new owners.

As well as the five-year ban on keeping animals, Williams was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay costs of £750 and a £75 victim surcharge.