Woman banned from keeping animals after 196 found dead or dying in cages at her own flat

A woman was banned for 10-years after she killed 196 animals in cages, it is thought others could die.

The woman named as Charmaine Collins was brought before a judge at court and was charged with 6 animal welfare charges and banned from having animals for 10-years with no appeal.

After an investigation had taken place animal welfare inspectors saw the animals in cages in her filthy flat

Collins from Bournemouth has begun to train as a vet and attended events so she could buy more animals, she even went to holland to pick up 70 rodents.

Animal Welfare Inspectors and the police came to her flat and was taken back by the intense stench of ammonia from the dying animals.

The animals that died were, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbals, ducks and chickens, there was an outside shed with dead animals inside it.

She has taken on too many animals and it is claimed she ignored help that could have saved these innocent animals.

Inspector Patrick Bailey has said: “Unfortunately, Collins did not show the care needed to look after the sheer number of animals she had taken on but refused to seek help before it was too late.

“The conditions inside the flat were shocking – cages filled with dead and dying animals were stacked everywhere and the smell of ammonia was overpowering.

“Animal owners have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure their pets’ needs are met. This includes providing an appropriate environment, a suitable diet, the ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns, a need to be housed with or without other animals as well as protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.”

Collins was also sentenced to a 12-month community order with thirty days of rehabilitation activity and was also ordered to pay £250 costs and a £80 surcharge. Collins cannot appeal to have her ban lifted for five years.


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