An Aberdeen woman has been banned from keeping animals for a decade after her neglect left two cats with hypothermia.
Tara-Lee Donald, 33, who was also fined £450 when she appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, admitted leaving her two cats, called Smudge and Blackie, unattended.
She also failed to provide appropriate nutrition and hydration or a suitable home environment, leading to the cats suffering from poor body condition, weight loss, dehydration and hypothermia.
Donald also failed to get treatment for a flea infestation that the cats, which she had owned for a number of years, were suffering from. The offence took place between November 8 and 11 last year.
Fiscal depute Anne MacDonald told the court an investigation started after concerns were raised that the cats were alone at the address. SSPCA staff visited the address, but there was no response. They attended a further two times, before deciding to force entry.
Ms MacDonald said: “The premises was forced open and there was a strong smell of animal excrement.
“There was no evidence of food or water for the cats.” The court was told one of the cats had to be hospitalised.
Ms MacDonald said: “It was noted that it was in a collapsed state and could not stand.” It was also found to have vomit on its paws and needed “urgent” vet treatment.
However, it was said its condition improved quickly after receiving treatment. The second cat did not require to be hospitalised.
Defence agent Les Green said things had “got on top” of Donald, whose address was given in court as Kerloch Gardens, Aberdeen.
He said Donald had left the address after encountering problems with a neighbour and had been going back and fore, but “became distracted” after a relative was attacked. Mr Green said: “She loved the cats, she simply could not cope and was not coping.”
He added:”It has been an emotional matter for her, she is absolutely disgusted at what happened to the cats during these days.”
Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona McKenzie said: “We welcome the 10-year ban on keeping animals and fine imposed on Donald. We hope Donald will give serious consideration to her ability to care for animals again once her ban is over.”