Search

Highbury woman is banned from keeping pets after neglecting cats

13:10 14 September 2012

Tuesday

Tuesday

Archant

A woman has had her two cats taken away after they were found infested with fleas and so thin their bones were showing.

Jade O’Hagan, 50, of Kelvin Road, Highbury, lost her pets Tuesday and Bear and is banned from keeping animals for two years after being found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Friday.

Both felines were “crawling with fleas” to such an extent the RSPCA officer was bitten 25 times while conducting the interview.

The court heard how the officer went to O’Hagan’s house after a tip-off from a neighbour about the state of the animals.

The was no sign of the defendant, but when the officer returned the following day he found Tuesday, a 16-year-old female tabby, lying on the pavement outside O’Hagan’s house – infested with fleas and very thin.

They took the cat to a boarding establishment, then picked up Bear, a 14-year-old male black cat, who a vet found to be extremely underweight, with his spine, ribs and pelvis noticeable.

In a later interview it transpired that neither cat had been to the vets since being neutered when they were two, the prosecutor for the RSPCA told the court.

In O’Hagan’s defence, her solicitor said there was no question of cruelty and she had tried to deal with the fleas without success, but a lack of money had prevented her from taking the cats to the vet.

The court issued a deprivation order, meaning Tuesday and Bear will be handed over to the RSPCA, banned O’Hagan from keeping any pets for two years and put her under a 12 month community order.

The RSPCA had asked the court to award almost £6,000 in damages to the charity to cover the cost of veterinary treatment and boarding – but this was denied. She was however ordered to pay the court £500. A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “There is no excuse for cat owners to neglect their animals by not getting veterinary treatment. Pets rely on us for their every need and we have to provide that.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 09:00
Prince Andrew talking at Pitch@Palace

Tech City is the third-largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street roundabout. This week, Victoria Ibitoye talks to Tim El-Sheikh, the founder of the bio-tech start-up Scicasts, who pitched to Prince Andrew at Pitch@Palace

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Rising Star: Little Simz, real name Simbi Ajikawo

Islington rapper Simbi Ajikawo, more commonly known as Little Simz, speaks to the Gazette after becoming the first independent rap artist to feature in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Priscilla 'Sapphira' Silcock, of Blackstock Road, Highbury, is leading a world record attempt for the biggest ever burlesque dance. She is pictured centre with Joy Flatt, left, and Justine Lamond, right

An ambitious dancer and singer from Highbury is organising a 300-strong burlesque spectacular a week today – so she can attract the attention of Sir Richard Branson.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan visited Islington Bunhill Energy Centre, annoucing the creation of 'Energy for Londoners', a not-for-profit company that will take a lead on clean and green energy across the city.

Mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan today outlined how he would address youth violence and the housing crisis in Islington.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Caledonian Park Clock Tower, Cafe and Toilets Project - 2016 Artist's Impression

Designs have been finalised for a controversial visitor centre at the foot of the Caledonian Park clock tower – despite fierce local opposition to the plans.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Lucy Padfield, energy services manager at Islington Council, speaks to Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan outside Bunhill Energy Centre

London mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan today visited Islington as he pledged to become the city’s “greenest ever mayor”.

Friday, February 5, 2016
From left, Maddy Morgan and Rhiannon Faith. Photo: Roxanna Ross

Choreographer Rhiannon Faith is chatting happily on her mobile to me about her experimental performance piece.

Friday, February 5, 2016
(Picture: Getty)

Maintenance workers on London Underground have announced a wave of strikes lasting until June in response to safety changes that they say “will lead to someone being killed”.

Most read news

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe