A year after they were found living in what the SPCA called "deplorable conditions," 17 cats rescued from a home in Annapolis County have been adopted and their former owners have been banned from future ownership of companion animals for the rest of their lives.
Two people pleaded guilty to causing an animal to be in distress and were sentenced this week at the Annapolis county courthouse.
"It was a bit of a hoarding situation. The animals never received any type of vet care. But I also think it was a case of severe neglect as well," said Const. Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief inspector with the Nova Scotia SPCA.
Landsburg said the SPCA received an anonymous call one year ago that led investigators to the home.
"Urine soaked, feces soaked mom and kittens were confined into a small kennel," Landsburg said. "They had ear mite infestations so badly that their ears were closed over. They couldn't even get medication into their ears."
The cats were promptly removed from the home and taken to a veterinarian. At the time they were rescued, Landsburg estimates the five kittens were only about five weeks old.
It appeared none of the cats had received any type of vet care, Landsburg said.
The former owners have been allowed to keep three cats, and those animals must be spayed and neutered.
"We will go and check on these particular people just to make sure. If they violate that we could look at bringing them back to court and potentially charging them again for breach of conditions," Landsburg said.
If other people find themselves with too many companion animals, like dogs and cats, Landsburg said the SPCA is willing to help in most situations. She said the two people who owned these cats never reached out for help.
The story does have a happy ending.
"We were able to rehabilitate [the cats], get them all back to good health and we were able to adopt out every one of them," said Landsburg.