British Columbia

Mission senior gets probation and 15-year animal ban for cruelty

A Mission senior has been sentenced to three years probation and a 15-year ban on owning animals after being found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty.

Malnourished animals found with 'heavily matted fur caked with feces and urine'

The animals found in Faye Parkinson's care were malnourished and matted with feces, unlike this healthy shelter cat ready for adoption. (Alexander/Flickr)

A Mission, B.C., senior has been sentenced to three years probation and a 15-year ban on owning animals after she was found guilty of animal cruelty.

Faye Delores Parkinson, 75, was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty after the B.C. SPCA seized 18 neglected animals from her property.

The animals included 11 Persian and Himalayan cats, five Chihuahua-cross dogs and two Shar-Pei-mix dogs.

A B.C. SPCA release said the animals were found "suffering from malnutrition, untreated eye, ear and skin conditions, [with] heavily matted fur caked with feces and urine, dental issues and unsanitary living conditions."

SPCA constables reported dealing with Parkinson on several other occasions dating back to 2008, some of which also led to animal cruelty convictions.

This file photo from the SPCA shows a cat that's been abused, kept in a cage with cat litter as bedding. (Mission SPCA)

"We are extremely happy with this sentence, which will prohibit her from having any involvement with breeding, sales or purchase of animals," said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the B.C. SPCA.

"Given Ms. Parkinson's age and the length of the ban we are confident that future risk to animals in her care has been addressed."

Eight years ago the SPCA removed 46 Chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers and 12 felines from Parkinson's home.

In 2011 she plead guilty to causing an animal to continue to be in distress and was placed on a number of conditions, including restricting her to owning no more than four animals.

A conviction of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code can result in a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail.