Animal ban for Slough woman after cats and dogs found caged

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Many of the dogs were in stacked cages that were too small and had no water, food or bedding

A woman found with 23 dogs and cats living in filthy conditions at her home has been banned from owning animals for seven years.

Teresa Reynolds, 55, from Slough, was found guilty of 11 offences of failing to ensure the animals' welfare.

Reading Magistrates' Court heard council officers were overwhelmed by the smell of faeces and urine when they entered her home in June 2017.

They found 16 dogs stacked in cages that were too small and had no water.

Reynolds was also found guilty of two counts of fraud after falsely claiming benefits.

She was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 15-day rehabilitation activity and ordered to pay £2,000 in legal costs.

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Judge Toms said many of the caged animals had "clearly been there for some time"

Pugs, poodles, cocker spaniels, Yorkshire terriers, shih-tzus and chihuahuas were among the dogs found at Reynolds' two-bedroom home.

Three dogs and four cats were held outside, Slough Borough council neighbourhood officer Ian Blake told the court during the trial.

He described finding the dogs inside dirty and "too small" cages, some kept in pairs.

The only crate that was clean and had bedding, food and water inside was empty, Mr Blake added.

He also told the court he found two dead puppies in a wheelie bin outside, which Reynolds told him she had been unable to feed after their mother died.

During the trial, Judge Sophie Toms told Reynolds: "Your house was overrun with animals, many were in cages and clearly all had been there for some time."

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