A pet cat was forced to consume other cats in order to survive after it was abandoned by its disgusting owner in Australia.
Bodycam footage showed RSPCA inspectors as they raided the woman’s home in Adelaide to find just one of her 14 cats was still alive. It was hungry and crying out for help, having apparently eaten the bodies of the other animals just to stay alive.
Inspectors in South Australia explained that the conditions were among the worst they had ever seen and described it as “a heartbreaking case that will remain with RSPCA staff for a long time”.
The region’s chief inspector, whose name is Andrea Lewis, stated: “When RSPCA inspectors arrived at the property, the one surviving cat, completely emaciated, was crying out for us to hurry up and open the door.
“I think if he hadn’t survived it would have been one of the worst days for our people.
“The remains of the other 13 cats were spread throughout the house. It was a devastating sight.”
The surviving cat likely only stayed alive at all by eating the remains of the others, she noted.
The surviving cat was named ‘Trooper’ after the raid back in September 2015 and rehabilitated by the RSPCA, and has since been adopted.
Its former owner, who is 43, who has not been named, failed to show up for numerous court dates. She was sentenced on Tuesday at Port Adelaide Magistrates Court and she is now banned from owning animals.
Magistrates did take into account her mental health problems, the RSPCA stated.
Graphic footage shows shocked inspectors wading through detritus, including feces and empty food bowls as Trooper can be heard wailing loudly in the background.
One asks the other: “Is that a dead cat that’s been eaten by the other cats?” And her colleague replies: “Yeah, there’s a couple.”
Ms. Lewis went on to add: “If you can no longer care for your pets, ask friends, families or neighbors. Call your local council, or take them to an animal shelter.
“You simply cannot abandon animals, you have a legal responsibility for their wellbeing. It should never come to this.”