Katey Cammish, 35, from Scarborough, pleaded guilty in December 2023 to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act. She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, by Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on January 4, 2024.
Officers rescued the lurcher-type dog when they found the emaciated pet living in a kitchen covered in faeces and urine with no water, food or suitable bedding. According to animal welfare experts, the smell would have been nauseating and distressing to the dog.
After being removed from the property, the dog quickly gained weight and is now thriving under the care of the RSPCA, living in a loving home.
Inspector Geoff Edmond, RSPCA lead wildlife officer, said: “The police attended this address and found the dog in an appalling state, living in totally unsuitable conditions. The dog was immediately removed for her own safety, and I would like to thank the police officers involved in this investigation who worked in partnership with the RSPCA to ensure she could receive the proper care and attention she needed.”
PC Sam Thompson, of Scarborough Response Team, led the investigation and seized the dog, stating, “I am so pleased that the dog is no longer suffering. There is simply no excuse for anybody to keep an animal in those conditions, and this case should act as a reminder for all pet owners, they have a duty of care and responsibility towards their animals.”
A second person who cannot be named for legal reasons also pleaded guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act and was disqualified from owning an animal for five years. Cammish was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation course and pay £85 costs and a £154 surcharge.