Teenager caused unnecessary suffering to cat in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2018

St Albans Magistrates' Court

St Albans Magistrates' Court


A teenager has been banned from keeping animals after a court heard how he had caused unnecessary suffering to a cat in Welwyn Garden City.

Tyler Gilford-Farley denied the offence in January, but was found guilty when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on April 6.

The 18-year-old had failed to seek urgent veterinary care after the cat, named Haze, had suffered significant burns to its face and eyes on October 3 last year.

Gilford-Farley was given 18 months’ detention, suspended for 12 months.

He must take part in up to 25 days’ activity as directed by a responsible officer.

He must also carry out 100 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

The teenager must pay compensation of £1,062.

He was also ordered to pay victim services £115 and £200 court costs.

Haze and a second cat named Kush will be rehomed by the RSPCA.

Gilford-Farley, of Alderney Gardens, Wickford, has been banned from keeping animals, or being involved in their management, for two years.

The order, under the Animal Welfare Act, relates to all animals.

Gilford-Farley also admitted possession of cannabis in Welwyn Garden City on October 3, but there was no separate penalty for this.

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