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Women plead guilty to cat cruelty

By Steve Blears
Newsbeat reporter

Abused cats at Manchester house
All 48 cats had ear infections and showed signs of neglect

A mother and daughter have pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to 48 cats who were kept in terrible conditions in Manchester.

Magistrates heard that the state of the terrace house where the two women were living with the animals, was horrendous.

RSPCA inspectors went into the east Manchester home of Joan Adams, aged 67, and her daughter Anne who's 43 in March last year.

They were confronted by scenes of extreme squalor with kitchen counters, beds, walls and floors covered in cat faeces.

They found 48 cats, all of which had ear infections and showed signs of neglect.

One cat had a large tumour on its mouth and had to be put down straight away.

Another two kittens were found dead in a kitchen cupboard.

The surviving animals are now being nursed back to health by the charity and are looking for new homes.

The case has been adjourned until next month for sentencing. The RSPCA say it'll be seeking a ban on the women keeping any more animals.



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