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Chatham man banned from owning animals for five years after death of two cats and neglect of two others

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A man responsible for the deaths of two cats that was found to be infected with fleas and worms, and who also neglected two other cats, has been banned from owning the animals.

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Dirty conditions The four cats were kept at an address in Gillingham.  Photo: RSPCA
Dirty conditions The four cats were kept at an address in Gillingham. Photo: RSPCA

Isaac Vihusey, of Chatham High Street, left the four pets in squalid conditions covered in filth and fleas.

The 34-year-old was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering after a trial and sentenced in Midway District Court last Thursday.

RSPCA inspector Deborah Rutherford first investigated it in August 2019 after receiving a call about a dead cat and other cats with matte fur and visible bones on a property in Rosebury Road, Gillingham.

Vihusey explained to the RSPCA officer that he was a landlord living in his house and claimed that his tenant had killed his kitten and so locked the other cats outside to protect them.

On inspection of the property, Inspector Rutherford found two dog crates in the garden with bowls and an area with some lid.

The cats were found in a horrific condition infested with fleas.  Photo: RSPCA
The cats were found in a horrific condition infested with fleas. Photo: RSPCA

There were bricks on top and no kittens inside with litter trays full of excrement.

Midnight, an adult black cat, was presented to PDSA Pet Hospital in Gillingham by her owner for a check-up on August 8, 2019, after she had had kittens three months earlier.

She was underweight and covered in fleas and had diarrhea with burns on her back.

Inspector Rutherford said: “When I got to the PDSA, they had one cat and one kitten that belonged to Mr. Fihosy.

“Unfortunately, they had to put one cat to sleep due to infestation and larval infestation.

Midnight suffered from a chronic prolapse that necessitated surgery.  Photo: RSPCA
Midnight suffered from a chronic prolapse that necessitated surgery. Photo: RSPCA

“The adult cat still had chronic diarrhea and chronic prolapse which required surgery.”

The vet said they struggled to contact Fihosy because the surgery needed approval and it took four days to call.

The adult cat, Midnight, also known as Bacon, had multiple chronic problems and only weighed 1.3 kg when she was supposed to have weighed about 2.8 kg.

Enspa Rutherford added: “I was shocked by the poor physical condition of the middle of the night and the condition of her fur.

“She was an adult cat but she looked like a kitten, she was very young.”

Chandrika, a male midnight cat, also developed a droop and weighed only 600g. Both cats had diarrhea and possible fleas and worms.

Chandrika, a male midnight kitten, post.  Photo: RSPCA
Chandrika, a male midnight kitten, post. Photo: RSPCA

A four-month-old tortoiseshell kitten was presented to the vets two days later and found to be severely underweight with a large area of ​​skin and soft tissue missing from its rear which was infested with worms.

It was in a way so bad that the vets made the difficult decision to mercifully kill this kitten to end her suffering.

Unfortunately, a second female tortoiseshell cat was found dead in her bed. An autopsy revealed that she was in a very weak and afflicted state with fleas.

During the court hearing, a vet report stated that all four cats would have suffered.

Al-Fahousi was convicted of six offenses related to their unnecessary suffering and negligence.

Sentenced to a 12-month community order with 23 days of rehabilitation activity requirements, plus 150 hours of unpaid work.

Both cats, Midnight and Chandrika, were issued a denial order, subject to appeal within 56 days, and banned from keeping all animals for five years. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,300.

The surviving cats are currently still in the care of the RSPCA.

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