A WOMAN left her pet cats abandoned and starving in her home after she decided to move in with her boyfriend.
Kirklees magistrates banned Julie Allen from keeping animals after hearing how the bony pets were discovered surrounded by their own faeces.
The Huddersfield bench was told how the 40-year-old was in the process of moving out of her home last August.
An RSPCA inspector visited her address following a call from a concerned member of the public.
The inspector found Allen’s three cats to be underweight and advised her to seek treatment from a vet.
On August 30 another inspector went to Allen’s home at Unity Court in Dewsbury.
Her daughter Jessica Allen answered the door and was reminded that the cats needed to see a vet.
Jessica Allen, of Waingate Park in Linthwaite, also initially faced three charges of animal neglect along with her mother, but these were yesterday dropped by the prosecution.
The inspector was told by Allen that she was moving house and wanted to have two of her cats re-homed.
She was advised that the waiting list with the RSPCA could take some weeks, but replied that this was fine as she was not moving for a while.
However when the inspector returned on October 10 the house was empty.
Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, said: “There was no reply but she could see one of the cats on the window sill.
“She was concerned that there was nobody in the property and put tapes on the door frames to see if anybody came back.”
Two days later the tapes were still intact and on a vet’s advice, the inspector called police to force entry.
Mr Davidson said: “Inside the kitchen there was a rubbish bag which had been ripped open, presumably by the cats.
“In the litter tray there was a large amount of faeces and diarrhoea which was also on the floor.
“There was no food or water, only dirty washing up water in the sink which had congealed fat floating on the surface.”
The female cat, named Minnie, weighed 2.16kgs instead of the average 3kgs and was described as emaciated.
The other cats, an elderly cat named Bobby and a young male called Ash, were also thin and all three had ear mites.
Allen insisted that she had been to feed the cats nearly every day, although she could not explain why the tapes were still unbroken.
Peter Hampson, mitigating, said that his client suffered from mental health difficulties.
He said: “She’s had difficulty coping with everyday living and that included caring for the cats.”
“She does care for the animals, it’s just that the difficulty she’s had caring for the herself has meant that the animals have suffered.”
Magistrates banned Allen from keeping animals for five years as well as ordering the re-homing of her two remaining pets.
They ordered her to pay £250 prosecution costs.