Psychic tarot card reader from Northampton admits six charges of animal cruelty

Sheba the dog
Sheba the dog

A psychic tarot card chat line operator who kept six cats in cages and a dog tied up with a rope in her kitchen has admitted six charges of animal cruelty.

Barbara Naylor, aged 58, formerly of Greatmeadow, Blackthorn, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday after she was prosecuted by the RSPCA.

Kevin McCole, prosecuting, said an RSPCA officer visited the property on April 15 this year and found six cats in cages in the kitchen and a dog tethered to the wall by a bit of rope.

Mr McCole said the cats were surrounded by their own faeces and appeared to have no access to food and water.

He said: “All of the cats were underweight. They were all pawing at the bars of their cages.”

Mr McCole said one of the cat’s had to been put down as it was suffering from an untreated open wound near its ear.

As well as the cats, there was also a dog called Sheba that had a “poor body condition” and was suffering from a serious infection in its mouth.

The other animal found in the property was a bearded dragon that was kept in a tank that did not have a heat source or an ultra violet light.

Mr McCole said Naylor was interviewed and said she had kept the cats in cages for the past six years and “usually” cleaned them out twice a week.

Naylor, who now lives in Swindon, said she kept Sheba tied up in the kitchen because he was very smelly and had been dribbling on the floor.

The court heard that Naylor had received a caution from the RSPCA in July 2012 after a very underweight dog was found tied up in her garden.

The case was adjourned until next month when a sentencing hearing will take place.