A family accused of ill-treating their pet cat by allowing its hair to grow too long, have spoken of their relief after prosecutors stepped in and ordered the RSPCA to drop a criminal case against them.
Richard and Samantha Byrnes were threatened with prison after welfare inspectors from the charity seized their 16-year-old cat, Claude, and told them he would have to be put down immediately.
The family claimed overzealous staff even refused to delay the procedure for a few hours to allow their two children to say goodbye to the much loved family pet.
After Claude was put to sleep last May, the RSPCA launched a prosecution against Mr and Mrs Byrnes, from Tring in Hertfordshire, alleging animal cruelty.
It might have been rather a mistake to allow the RSPCA such powers, don’t you think? They being entirely judge and jury over the life of the animals of others?
After all, killing a cat because it needs grooming does strike as being just a little bit extreme, even possibly officious. Certainly, I’f have punched, if not worse, anyone who tried to do that to any of my animals.