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Sadly, it all started on September 10, 2018 when a kitten called Biscuit was taken to Animal Emergency Service (AES) by the offender and his partner. The offender stated that Biscuit had fallen down some stairs and started sneezing blood and was quiet. The veterinarian noted that Biscuit had a mild nose bleed and mild right eye bleeding. The vet prescribed oral pain medication, stated to them to monitor the cat’s situation and recommended a check-up in two days’ time at their regular veterinarian.
By September 30, Biscuit was brought back to AES by the offender. He advised the veterinarians that the kitten had been caught in a door that was slammed shut and suffered injuries by accident. Whilst the offender and his partner opted to proceed with treatment for Biscuit’s sustained injuries, despite the veterinarians’ best efforts, Biscuit’s condition did not improve and he was sadly euthanased that night.
On October 13, the offender’s partner brought a kitten called Maple into a veterinary surgery. Her partner, the offender, had told her that Maple had fallen down the stairs and may have hit the railing on the way down.
The veterinarian examination showed that Maple had breathing distress, a low temperature, fluid around the lungs and bruising of the lung with three fractured ribs on the right and one on the left.
The veterinarian referred Maple to AES for treatment and pain management. Maple was released to the original veterinary surgery two days later and released to the offender and his partner.
On October 20, the offender and his partner returned with Maple to the vet for a re-check and Maple appeared to have improved. But, two days later, the partner presented Maple to AES with bloodshot eyes. The offender and his partner were concerned Maple had ‘fallen off the bed’. The veterinarian assessed Maple once again and stated that the kitten’s condition had been caused by fresh trauma causing bilateral hyphema and inflammation in the middle layer of the eye. Maple was hospitalised for treatment.
Once Maple was released from AES to the veterinary clinic, the RSPCA was contacted about injuries that Maple sustained not being consistent with the explanations provided by the offender and his partner. RSPCA Inspectors began investigations and tried to make contact with the offender and his partner at their property.