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Equestrian centre worker admits failing to feed cat

Socks the cat Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption Socks has now been rehomed

An equestrian centre worker has admitted failing to give her emaciated cat enough food or water.

Kayleigh Rutherford, 27, failed to take steps to ensure the animal - named Socks - was living in a suitable environment at her home in Aberdeen.

The property was covered in animal faeces, dirty clothes and bags of rubbish when animal welfare officers arrived.

The cat, which was also suffering from a flea infestation, has been rehomed.

Rutherford admitted a breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 when she appeared at the city's sheriff court.

Her lawyer Iain Hingston suggested to the sheriff that a background report would be of benefit to the court before she was sentenced.

The stable hand admitted failing to ensure that the needs of the cat were met between 1 April and 26 June last year.

Sheriff Kenneth Stewart ordered background reports and deferred sentence on Rutherford until next month.