Lady will get 15-year ban from conserving animals after canine and cat present in urine-covered home

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Karen Cresswell, 48, of Bamville Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare abuses when she appeared before the Birmingham Magistrates Court.

The court overheard the RSPCA called on July 16 after reports that the property had pets kept in poor conditions and for health reasons.

The house was dirty, full of animal feces, and covered with urine. There were litter bins around the house, but they were all full and full of poop.

In the living room she found a sleeping elderly cross-breed Bull Terrier dog named Sheba who looked very weak. She had a loss of fur around her eyes and on her back due to an untreated skin condition and a large cyst protruding from under her. Sheba also had long nails, suggesting she hadn’t been exercised, and when Louise carried her into her van she was clearly arthritic.

Two cats, Teddy and Venus, were also found on the property and taken with Sheba to the RSPCA’s Newbrook Animal Center. The other cat was not on the property at the time and has since been rehabilitated.


Animal Rescue Inspector Louise Marston, who visited the house, said, “The general conditions of the house were clearly unsuitable for these pets and they have been taken into our care. The house was cluttered with animal feces and urine on the floors.

“A veterinarian concluded that the cats were in good health, but Sheba was found to have several health problems and that she was in a suffering condition.

“Sheba was taken to the veterinary clinic for immediate treatment and has since been placed in a foster family where she is making great strides with the ongoing medication.

“Teddy and Venus were bathed as soon as the unpleasant smell of the property lay on their fur. They were then taken to the Burton and District Department of the RSPCA where they will soon be available for rehabilitation.

When convicting Cresswell at the January 21 hearing, the judge said there was “a high level of suffering” which was reflected in “the terrible condition of the dog in the photos.”

To mitigate this, the court heard that Cresswell had recently suffered a bereavement.

In addition to being banned from keeping animals for 15 years, Cresswell was given a two-year suspended sentence and compulsory rehabilitation for 30 days. She was also fined £ 80 and had to pay a sacrifice surcharge of £ 34.