A Bradford woman has been banned for life from keeping animals after admitting 15 charges of animal cruelty.

Eileen Colman, 62, faced charges under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, including 12 of failing to ensure the needs of animals in her care were met.

She was found guilty of an additional three charges related to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog and two hamsters.

Animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, a hamster and a ferret were seized from her flat and collected by the RSPCA.

In addition to the lifetime disqualification, Colman was handed a three-year conditional discharge on May 6 at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court.

The hearing heard Colman failed to get veterinary care for a dog with conjunctivitis, a hamster with neurological problems and another hamster with dermatitis and inflamed skin.

Nigel Monaghan, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said a further 24 animals had been seized from Colman’s address: “Miss Colman has been known to the RSPCA for a number of years.

“She has got more and more animals. We are not saying that she deliberately set out to be cruel to animals.”

Raj Kumar, defending, said: “She was doing her best for the animals. She is a caring person. The animals have accumulated and she cares for them so much. She just wants to take them in.”

Colman also produced a petition of signatures from neighbours claiming she was a caring person.

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