Cat faced amputation after stay at boarding facility

The owner of a cattery where an animal was seriously wounded has pleaded guilty to running an unlicensed facility.

Published: Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Paul Jarvis of Heathfield, near Kidlington, was ordered to pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge at a hearing on Monday 25 November at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

Following complaints from two former customers, including from the owner of the injured animal, council licensing officers found that conditions at Catisfaction posed a safety risk. The council informed Mr Jarvis of the improvements that were required. These included repairs to damaged pieces of wood within the pens, but Mr Jarvis refused to comply. The animal that was wounded at the establishment had to have a limb amputated and has since been put to sleep.

Richard Webb, Cherwell’s assistant director for regulatory services, said: “It is really important that animal boarding establishments are regulated and held to high standards.

“We will crack down on unlicensed catteries and kennels, and the fact that one poor cat was seriously injured while staying at this one goes to show why that’s important.

“I know that more pet owners will be leaving their furry friends at kennels and catteries over Christmas. Now is the perfect time for people to do their research and make sure they choose a safe establishment that has been checked by our licensing team.”

A failure to provide ramps to raised areas of the pens may have been the cause of the injury to the complainant’s cat. These ramps are a requirement of cattery licenses, and a council report found that the animal’s injuries may have been avoided had the business been licensed.

Catisfaction has now ceased trading and his criminal record will affect Mr Jarvis’ ability to run animal boarding facilities in future.

Cherwell runs a five-star ratings scheme for animal boarding establishments. People wanting to find a safe place to leave their pet can download a list of licensed premises, and how well they score, from the council website: bit.ly/AnimalLicensing