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Couple jailed for caravan cruelty to cats and dogs

A COUPLE have been jailed for four months and banned from keeping pets for life after cramming 34 cats and seven dogs into a 7ft by 12ft caravan.

William Cannon, 47, and Angela Edwards, 50, both now homeless, were themselves living in a tent at Todmorden Cricket Club, west Yorkshire when they were arrested for 15 animal cruelty offences of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of the animals.

The pair were each jailed for 16 weeks and banned from owning or keeping any animal for life by Calderdale magistrates last week. Douglas Brill, chairman of the bench, said the animals lived in ‘appalling conditions’.

The animals were discovered at the Crown pub caravan site at Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire, in May last year.

Some of the animals were later signed over to the RSPCA, rehabilitated and re-homed.
Twelve of the cats had to be put down.

The couple left the caravan in North Yorkshire and were found in Todmorden after a Crimewatch appeal and were arrested. Stephen Warrington, for Cannon, said his client was not cruel or unkind. He just could not cope.

Both received a lifetime disqualification from keeping animals with a ten year restriction from applying to a court to have it removed.