A South Australian woman has been imprisoned at a breeding facility after discovering more than 100 cats in “appalling” conditions.
The 66-year-old breeder was found guilty in Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Thursday of maltreatment of an animal and failure to comply with breeding requirements.
RSPCA South Australia claims 118 cats have been discovered living at the Lewiston property in squalid and unhygienic conditions.
At the premises were found widespread cat faeces, urine stained furniture, dirty bedding and three dead kittens.
Several cats have suffered from significant health issues including dental complications, abscesses and infections.
RSPCA SA Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis says the conditions would “shock” everyone who had bought a kitten from the breeder.
“If you don’t see for yourself what kind of operation the breeder is running, you risk supporting the kind of animal suffering evident in this case,” she said.
She has encouraged anyone interested in buying a kitten to see the facilities firsthand.
A six-month suspended sentence was given to the breeder on a two-year good behaviour bond.
She got permission to keep three cats, which the RSPCA would control.