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Cat boarder admits to ill-treatment charges 5.4.2012
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 10:56:54 AM »
Cat boarder admits to ill-treatment charges
By Loukas Founten

Posted April 05, 2012

Kathy Roberts admitted to 59 charges Photo: Kathy Roberts admitted to 59 charges (ABC News: Loukas Founten)
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A cat breeder has admitted in court to 59 charges of animal ill-treatment.

Kathy Roberts and her husband Phillip Roberts, of Port Gawler, were each charged with ill-treating an animal after the RSPCA removed 79 cats from their boarding and breeding business.

Charges against Phillip Roberts were dropped in Elizabeth Magistrates Court in Adelaide.

Kathy Roberts pleaded guilty to 59 charges.

An RSPCA prosecutor said she had failed to provide the cats with adequate food, water and other care and had failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate harm.

The court was told some of the animals were flea-infested and suffering from conjunctivitis, ear mites and ringworm.

Roberts's lawyer asked she be sentenced in a mental health diversion court because she suffered from anxiety.

Vicki Kay, who entrusted Roberts with her two cats, said one of them died and the other was extremely unwell.

"I'd like to see her not be able to have animals again, which is horrible because I can't imagine having to live without animals in my life," she said.

The case will return to court next month.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-05/cat-breeder-court-kathy-roberts/3934278