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7 March 2013

A woman has been convicted of 59 counts of ill-treating cats, and banned from owning any more

animals until further order.

In the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today, Kathy Roberts was also ordered to pay the RSPCA

$5000 for the care and treatment of 79 cats, seized from her property in February 2011.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Inspector Simon Richards said the actual cost was over $55,000.

“It’s disappointing that the RSPCA was not awarded more. Under the Animal Welfare Act we are

entitled to be reimbursed up to $20,000 and even that would be a significant shortfall,” he said.

“Our primary concern, as always, was the welfare of the animals involved. We hope the

conviction and ban on animal ownership will send a strong message of deterrence to others.

“The RSPCA will always do whatever is necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals in


The RSPCA argued Ms Roberts failed to provide adequate food and water, and failed to provide

adequate living conditions for the cats in her care.

Approximately three quarters of those seized were euthanased for health reasons. The

remaining cats were rehomed.

Approximately 12 elderly cats, still on the property, will remain under the supervision of the

RSPCA for the next 12 months.

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