A Torrington woman who left her cat without food or shelter while she went away has been banned from keeping animals.

Tigger was left without food or shelter during a cold snap. Picture: ContributedTigger was left without food or shelter during a cold snap. Picture: Contributed

Jodi Christine Griffiths, 40, of Morton Drive, Torrington, was found guilty of failing to meet the needs of her cat, Tigger, during a cold snap in April.

As well as a five-year disqualification from owning animals, Griffiths was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £30 victim surcharge when she appeared before magistrates in Barnstaple on Tuesday, October 23.

She was also deprived of ownership of Tigger.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Suzy Hannaby, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “As night temperatures dropped to near freezing, Tigger was outside day and night without any sort of provision and was spotted waiting pitifully by the door.

“Simply leaving pets outside before going away should never be seen as an option. I find it hard to believe that anyone could ever just abandon an animal who is completely reliant on them to fend for itself, but especially during cold weather.

“Cats should have constant access to the house or to a warm, inside area such as an outbuilding or barn with appropriate heating. Owners should also ensure the cat’s bedding or sleeping area is warm, dry and away from any draughts.

“If pet owners are going away, they must make sure their pets are cared for and have all their needs met.”