A cat breeder who stripped naked and declared herself to be incontinent when RSPCA inspectors raided her Southern Highlands home has been fined $1400 for animal cruelty against 20 cats in her care.
Hill Top resident Dorothy Dearn appeared in Moss Vale Local Court last week on seven charges stemming from the mistreatment of the animals.
When inspectors conducted the raid on July 24, they found 20 cats in Dearn's house, 19 of which were being kept in squalid conditions in cages, pens or hiding among accumulated possessions.
The cats had also been urinating and defecating throughout the house.
The court heard when inspectors began counting and examining the cats, Dearn removed all her clothes and claimed she was incontinent.
Following instructions from her husband to get dressed, Dearn became hysterical and the inspectors called police as a precaution, the court heard.
The RSPCA seized the mistreated cats while Dearn was allowed to keep several others on the provision inspectors would be able to continue to check on their welfare. However, Dearn then moved residence without informing RSPCA inspectors of her forwarding address.
Dearn pleaded guilty and was convicted on all seven charges of animal cruelty.
In addition to the fine, Dearn was placed on a three-year good behaviour bond and prohibited from owning any additional animals for a period of 10 years.