Nine News Aug 28 2011
A South Australian couple will appear in court next week charged with 60 counts of ill-treating cats.
The RSPCA said inspectors removed 79 cats from a Port Gawler property, north of Adelaide, with the majority suffering a myriad of physical and psychological conditions including cat `flu, parasite infestations, skin infections, pneumonia and poor weight.
Forty five of the cats were put down because of the severity of their condition.
It will be alleged in court the couple failed to provide adequate food, water and living conditions and to mitigate harm.
RSPCA chief inspector Simon Richards said the charges were very serious and each count attracted a maximum penalty of a $20,000 fine or a two-year jail sentence.
“Animal owners owe a duty of care to the animals that are under their control,” he said on Thursday.
“A reasonable animal owner and breeder in the position of the defendants would have sought veterinary treatment and assistance.”
In court the RSPCA will also seek an order preventing the couple from having custody of any other animal in the future and will try to recover $45,380 in vet fees.