Gosport pair found guilty of neglecting pet

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A CAT was left covered in scabs and with fur falling out after its owners failed to take her to the vet, a court has heard.

Owners Scott Pearce, 24, and Melanie Hall, 24, were found guilty in their absence of a count each of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of an animal at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

Police confiscated Cookie the cat after calling at the couple’s home in Gorselands Way, Gosport, on unrelated business, but became concerned for the cat when they saw the state she was in.

Both Pearce and Hall admitted in formal interview that they should have taken the 18-month-old cat to the vet, but hadn’t because of money problems.

A vet’s examination revealed the cat was suffering an allergic reaction to being riddled with fleas.

The magistrates were satisfied that the case had been proved in absence and Hall and Pearce had been given plenty of notice of the court hearing. The pair are due to be sentenced next month.