A TEARFUL pet owner told a court how she was so busy she failed to spot that her cat’s poorly leg had become infested with maggots.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Christine Craven, 46, of Potters Close, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, admitted neglecting her cat Lucy after it was found by the RSPCA and had to be put down.
The mother-of-two said: “I thought I was a good pet owner. I can’t get over the fact I didn’t see these problems. I’ve let her down and will never get over that. All I can put it down to is that I was working so hard I didn’t notice anything. I can’t make excuses.”
Brian Orsborn, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “The RSPCA visited an address adjacent to the defendant’s because of a collapsed cat found with a strong smell. The cat’s left, hind leg had an open wound infected with hundreds of maggots and there was a swelling in its mouth and it was taken to Chapel House vet surgery and it was humanely put down.”
Craven claimed the cat had been seen by a vet for mouth cancer in August but the court heard how the cat’s leg was found rotten in September with maggot infestation which was several days old.
Enable charity worker Craven, who has depression, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to attend to the wound and she was ordered to pay £481 in fines and costs and was banned from keeping pets for five years.