A pensioner who kept 40 cats in squalid conditions at her Birmingham home has dropped her appeal against conviction for animal neglect, after costing an animal charity £250,000.
Elsie Nash’s crusade against the RSPCA has cost the charity a quarter of a million pounds since 2003 when she was found with 74 cats in her home and found guilty of mistreating the animals.
In February, the 79-year-old, of Kingsbury Road, Erdington, was handed a life ban on keeping cats, a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and a supervision order for 18 months.
Nash, who was on legal aid, dropped the appeal at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, the first day of a scheduled three-day appeal, and was ordered to pay £2,500 of an £8,000 legal bill.
RSPCA Insp Herchran Boal said most of the cats had been rehomed but added a lot of costs had built up from having to board them, at about £8 a day, because Nash refused to sign them over.