Mother and daughter banned for life from keeping animals

These pictures landed a mother and daughter with lifetime pet bans
Rabbits had started creating tunnels in faeces in the flat (Picture: NTI)

Knee deep in faeces, soaked in urine and out of control.

These animals were kept in the worst possible conditions and these pictures helped make sure their owners were never allowed to keep animals again.

Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept the animals at their terraced house in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.

FILE PICTURE - The conditions in which Pamela Crisp-Beard kept her pet animals in, at her home in Horncastle, Lincs.  A former mayor and her grown-up daughter have been banned from owning animals after they kept almost 70 pets in squalid conditions at their home.  See NTI story NTIMAYOR.  Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept a menagerie at their cramped terraced property.  Their pets included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, a cat, two dogs, four domestic ducks, a goose and 22 chickens, a parrot and two ferrets.  Neighbours contacted the RSCPA in January last year over concerns about the animals and officers discovered they were living in appalling conditions.  A court heard their home in Horncastle, Lincs., was in such a sickening state that when welfare officers attended it was "knee-deep" in faeces.  The mother and daughter were found guilty of six animal welfare charges at Skegness Magistrates Court in December last year.  On Tuesday (10/3) they were banned from keeping animals for life and given an 18-month conditional discharge at the same court.
The mother and daughter have been banned form keeping animals for life (Picture: NTI)

ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE

  • 15 rabbits
  • Golden pheasant
  • 2 guinea pigs
  • 5 mice
  • 2 rats
  • cat
  • 2 dogs
  • 4 ducks
  • Goose
  • 22 chickens
  • Parrot
  • 2 ferrets

RSPCA officers described the house as being knee-deep in faeces.

The mother, a former mayor, was ordered to pay £10,000 towards the costs of the RSPCA prosecution after they were both found guilty of six animal welfare charges.

Inspectors visited them before giving them three days to make things right. But they didn’t improve the animals’ situation and so were prosecuted.

Magistrates said they took into account the offences was ‘neglect rather than downright cruelty’ after the pair told the court they loved their pets.

Pamela, who also served as a councillor between 2003 and 2011, told JPs: ‘We love our animals. We always have done. All we have tried to do is look after them.’

The court heard the pair kept some of their animals indoors, including in a bedroom, at their home, while others were left in the back garden.

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FILE PICTURE - The conditions in which Pamela Crisp-Beard kept her pet animals in, at her home in Horncastle, Lincs.  A former mayor and her grown-up daughter have been banned from owning animals after they kept almost 70 pets in squalid conditions at their home.  See NTI story NTIMAYOR.  Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept a menagerie at their cramped terraced property.  Their pets included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, a cat, two dogs, four domestic ducks, a goose and 22 chickens, a parrot and two ferrets.  Neighbours contacted the RSCPA in January last year over concerns about the animals and officers discovered they were living in appalling conditions.  A court heard their home in Horncastle, Lincs., was in such a sickening state that when welfare officers attended it was "knee-deep" in faeces.  The mother and daughter were found guilty of six animal welfare charges at Skegness Magistrates Court in December last year.  On Tuesday (10/3) they were banned from keeping animals for life and given an 18-month conditional discharge at the same court.
The animals were all kept in a small terraced house (Picture: NTI)

RSPCA inspector Deborah Scotcher told the court when she visited the house her feet squelched on the hall carpets because they were sodden with urine.

The rabbits had even ‘created a network of tunnels’ through knee deep compacted faeces.

She gave the pair three days to improve the situation but when she returned there was no improvement.

Ms Scotcher returned with two police officers and a vet on January 29 last year, and took the animals away.

FILE PICTURE - The conditions in which Pamela Crisp-Beard kept her pet animals in, at her home in Horncastle, Lincs. .  A former mayor and her grown-up daughter have been banned from owning animals after they kept almost 70 pets in squalid conditions at their home.  See NTI story NTIMAYOR.  Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept a menagerie at their cramped terraced property.  Their pets included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, a cat, two dogs, four domestic ducks, a goose and 22 chickens, a parrot and two ferrets.  Neighbours contacted the RSCPA in January last year over concerns about the animals and officers discovered they were living in appalling conditions.  A court heard their home in Horncastle, Lincs., was in such a sickening state that when welfare officers attended it was "knee-deep" in faeces.  The mother and daughter were found guilty of six animal welfare charges at Skegness Magistrates Court in December last year.  On Tuesday (10/3) they were banned from keeping animals for life and given an 18-month conditional discharge at the same court.
The house was also soaked with urine (Picture: NTI)

Pamela also pleaded guilty to two further charges of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

Prosecutor Jim Clare said the first offence took place when a man was walking his poodle which was attacked by a lurcher-type dog owned by the Crisp-Beards.

He added: ‘The lurcher had sunk its teeth into the poodle which was yelping and defenceless.’

The second incident involved a 13-year-old Daschund which was also attacked by the lurcher while Pamela walked her two dogs.

FILE PICTURE - The conditions in which Pamela Crisp-Beard kept her pet animals in, at her home in Horncastle, Lincs.  A former mayor and her grown-up daughter have been banned from owning animals after they kept almost 70 pets in squalid conditions at their home.  See NTI story NTIMAYOR.  Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept a menagerie at their cramped terraced property.  Their pets included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, a cat, two dogs, four domestic ducks, a goose and 22 chickens, a parrot and two ferrets.  Neighbours contacted the RSCPA in January last year over concerns about the animals and officers discovered they were living in appalling conditions.  A court heard their home in Horncastle, Lincs., was in such a sickening state that when welfare officers attended it was "knee-deep" in faeces.  The mother and daughter were found guilty of six animal welfare charges at Skegness Magistrates Court in December last year.  On Tuesday (10/3) they were banned from keeping animals for life and given an 18-month conditional discharge at the same court.
Some of the animals were even kept in a bedroom at their home (Picture: NTI)

For these offences she was also given an 18-month conditional discharge and will also have to pay vets costs of £330 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Ruth Harrop, defending, said both mother and daughter had suffered from metal and physical distress because of the case.

She added: ‘Their inability to cope was neglect rather than cruelty.

‘They struggled to cope because of the sheer number of animals, many of which had been handed to them as rescues.

‘They were not just pets but family members.’

FILE PICTURE - Pamela Crisp-Beard outside Skegness Magistrates Court.  A former mayor and her grown-up daughter have been banned from owning animals after they kept almost 70 pets in squalid conditions at their home.  See NTI story NTIMAYOR.  Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept a menagerie at their cramped terraced property.  Their pets included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, a cat, two dogs, four domestic ducks, a goose and 22 chickens, a parrot and two ferrets.  Neighbours contacted the RSCPA in January last year over concerns about the animals and officers discovered they were living in appalling conditions.  A court heard their home in Horncastle, Lincs., was in such a sickening state that when welfare officers attended it was "knee-deep" in faeces.  The mother and daughter were found guilty of six animal welfare charges at Skegness Magistrates Court in December last year.  On Tuesday (10/3) they were banned from keeping animals for life and given an 18-month conditional discharge at the same court.
Pamela Crisp-Beard (Picture: NTI)
FILE PICTURE - Maria Crisp-Beard outside Skegness Magistrates Court.  A former mayor and her grown-up daughter have been banned from owning animals after they kept almost 70 pets in squalid conditions at their home.  See NTI story NTIMAYOR.  Pamela Ann Crisp-Beard, 63, and her daughter Maria, 24, kept a menagerie at their cramped terraced property.  Their pets included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, a cat, two dogs, four domestic ducks, a goose and 22 chickens, a parrot and two ferrets.  Neighbours contacted the RSCPA in January last year over concerns about the animals and officers discovered they were living in appalling conditions.  A court heard their home in Horncastle, Lincs., was in such a sickening state that when welfare officers attended it was "knee-deep" in faeces.  The mother and daughter were found guilty of six animal welfare charges at Skegness Magistrates Court in December last year.  On Tuesday (10/3) they were banned from keeping animals for life and given an 18-month conditional discharge at the same court.
Maria Crisp-Beard (Picture: NTI)

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11 March 2015 | 12:53 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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