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Melksham couple receive suspended sentence for animal cruelty

Simon Franoux and Lisa Clarke of Market Place, Melksham, were sentenced at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on Monday 19th January in respect of animal suffering/cruelty.

The pair, formally of Woodthorpe Avenue, Boston, Lincolnshire, were found guilty at an earlier hearing on 27th November 2014.

As well as both receiving a 12 week sentence, suspended for 12 months, they were also disqualified from keeping all animals for six years and made to pay £280 costs each.

The RSPCA was called in October 2014 regarding concerns about a number of animals living at their former address in Lincolnshire, after a tip off from a member of the public.

RSPCA inspectors removed 31 cats and one dog from the property as they were suffering from cat flu and respiratory illness. The court found that all the animals were suffering as a result of the conditions in which they were living.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Chambers said, “This was a grim case. The property was a two-bedroom bungalow, there were no litter trays present and it was covered in animal faeces and urine.

“All owners have a legal responsibility to provide a clean, safe environment for their animals and there is no excuse for leaving animals to suffer like this.

“If people are struggling then please contact the RSPCA or another animal charity for advice and information.”