Hoarder kept 37 cats, dogs, ferrets and decomposed snakes in ‘filthy’ home avoids jail

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The RSPCA were met with an “overpowering stench of faeces and urine” after attending the home of 39-year old Alan Packenham where animals were living in “filthy, unhygienic conditions”

A man has been banned from keeping animals after RSPCA inspectors found 37 animals in his home.
A man has been banned from keeping animals after RSPCA inspectors found 37 animals in his home.

A man who kept more than 35 pets in his filthy home has avoided jail after RSPCA inspectors found animals living in “filthy, unhygienic conditions”.

Alan Packenham, 39, was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on April 14 after pleading guilty to four offenses of causing unnecessary suffering to animals – and one of failing to take steps to ensure the needs of the animals were met.

He was given a suspended 16-week prison sentence after the RSPCA discovered 20 cats and three kittens, four dogs, three ferrets and snakes living in “filthy, unhygienic conditions”, Liverpool Echo reported.

The RSPCA were met with an “overpowering stench of faeces and urine” after attending the home of the 39-year old after he was admitted to hospital.







The RSPCA were met with an “overpowering stench of faeces and urine”
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When RSPCA inspectors Lisa Lupson, Anthony Joynes and Nadine Pengilly entered the property on August 31, 2021.

They discovered two female cats, one severely underweight, in the bathroom, along with three kittens inside an open draw – they were infested with fleas and in need of immediate medical attention.

As a result of Packenham’s neglect, two kittens died when being treated by vets and officers found four out of five snakes were in a decomposed state.

A vet examined the animals and said it would have taken two full-time animal workers with help from volunteers to look after such a large number of animals.







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A court heard two of three German Shepherd dogs, being kept with a cross breed dog, had also been left muzzled.

There were also three ferrets left in a filthy rabbit hutch in a conservatory and the inspectors found the carcasses of four snakes left to rot in a bedroom.

In her witness statement, Inspector Lupson said: “There seemed to be faeces and rubbish on every available surface.

“None of the vivaria were switched on, but I was shocked to see what appeared to be very decomposed snake carcasses inside some of them.







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“Some were very difficult to make out due to their extreme level of decomposition and one black snake appeared to be coiled around a log and to have just died in this position.”

Inspector Pengilly said in her statement: “The kittens were crawling with fleas and appeared weak and lethargic. I had to check that they were not dead.

“There was no litter tray in the bathroom so the cats had been pooing and weeing in the bath.”

Veterinary surgeon Vanessa Whitfield, based at the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, concluded the three kittens, five of the cats and two of the German Shepherd dogs had all been allowed to suffer by their owner.

The court ordered Mr Packenham to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 court costs and a victim surcharge of £95.

He was also banned for life from owning animals.

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