Bradford Telegraph and ArgusWoman banned after cat died of neglect (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email

Woman banned after cat died of neglect

A Bradford woman has been banned from owning any animal for five years, after she neglected a cat and tried to dispose of its body in a wheelie bin, a court heard.

Natalie McHugh, 23, of Freemantle Grove, Tyersal, was sentenced at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court yesterday, having previously pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Nigel Monaghan, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court that the body of the cat was found in December last year in a “severely emaciated” state, having been neglected for “weeks to months.”

He conceded that the cat’s death was not a deliberate act, but stated that during a post-mortem examination, nothing was found in the animal’s stomach but foil.

McHugh had also pleaded guilty to a second charge under the Animal Welfare Act, for failing to provide a suitable environment for another cat.

Alongside the ban, she was given a medium-level community order, with a 30-visit activity requirement, and ordered to pay a £100 fine, £90 costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree