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Starving cat forced to eat two kittens to survive after cruel pet owner abandoned them

A STARVING cat was forced to eat two kittens after their evil owner abandoned them to die.

Cruel Elizabeth Mary O'Sullivan, 52, has been caged for five months after she callously left behind her three pet felines when she moved out of her flat in February or March.

Local authority housing officers attended on May 16 when they came across the remains of two black and white cats and found another one barely alive.

Shocked RSPCA inspectors attended the grim pad in Moseley, Birmingham, and were shocked to find the dismembered remains of the two animals on the lounge floor.

Another collapsed moggie was in a critical condition having only survived by eating the remains of the others and drinking from the toilet.

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RSPCA Inspector Jonathan Radcliffe took the cat for emergency veterinary treatment where the decision was made to put him to sleep.

O'Sullivan was found at a nearby property ten days later and was arrested by police but she twice failed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

She was tried and found guilty in her absence last Friday of causing unnecessary suffering to three cats contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

O'Sullivan, of Moseley, was arrested two days later and brought before the court for sentencing.

The flat was filthy and the remains of two dismembered cats were on the living room floor. There was also a cat which was barely alive collapsed nearby.

RSPCA Inspector Jonathan Radcliffe

Magistrates described the case as "appalling" as they banned her from keeping animals for life and ordered her to pay a £150 victim surcharge.

Inspector Radcliffe said: "The flat was filthy and the remains of two dismembered cats were on the living room floor.

"There was also a cat which was barely alive collapsed nearby.

"It appears this cat had survived for weeks without food and water by eating the remains of the other two pets as they had died from starvation and dehydration.

"There was no food and water in the flat - but the toilet seat had been left up so the cats may have been able to drink from this, however, as they became weaker they would have been unable to access this water.

"It is incomprehensible to think the suffering these pets must have endured and how terrified they must have been for such a long period of time before dying of starvation.

"It must have been awful for the remaining cat to watch as the others died in front of him and then he was forced to eat their remains in a desperate attempt to survive.

"Sadly this cat was too ill to recover from his ordeal."

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