10 Year Animal Ban For Briton Ferry Couple

Pets subjected to "squalid" conditions, with bottles of urine and cardboard boxes of faeces discarded across a filthy property. 

Robert Roy Rickman  and Ceri Ann Rickman, both of Parc Newydd, Briton Ferry, had both previously admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 15 domestic cats, and failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the needs of two dogs were met. 

An RSPCA officer attended a Groves Road property in June 2017, and found cats in an "horrendous" condition roaming the filthy property. Two dogs - one brindle lurcher and a collie-cross - were also living at the home - a "wholly inappropriate environment" in which their needs were clearly not met.

The condition of the property was appalling - with human and animal faeces evident across the property, urine found filling plastic bottles, mess sprawled across rooms and an overpowering smell evident throughout. 

Sentencing took place at Swansea Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (January 30). Both were given a ten-year ban on keeping all animals and a community order. They were each told to pay costs of £300, in addition to a victim surcharge of £85. 

Thankfully, after all animals were signed into the RSPCA's care, they were rehabilitated and sent to animal centres across England and Wales for rehoming.

RSPCA inspector Neill Manley said: "This was a thoroughly grim and hugely challenging case, in some of the worst conditions I have witnessed in my entire life.

"I arrived at the property on one of the hottest days of the year, and was shell-shocked at the squalid conditions in which animals were living.

"Cats roamed the house in a truly horrendous condition, while two dogs were clearly being kept in a wholly inappropriate environment. 

"The property was totally infested with fleas, and a number of the cats had developed an allergic reaction which was not treated. It's a timely reminder as to the importance of seeking veterinary attention in such situations as soon as possible.

"Across the house, there were plastic bottles or urine, plus cardboard boxes filled with faeces and spread across the floors.

"The condition of the animals was absolutely heartbreaking, and it beggars all belief that anyone deemed it acceptable to keep animals in such filthy, squalid surroundings. 

"Fortunately, the RSPCA's intervention ensured all animals were signed into our care - and could go on for rehoming, and a second chance of happiness. That happy outcome is a reminder as to the exact reason why the RSPCA exists." 

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