Cruel kitten farmer flogged ‘dirty and weak’ animals on Gumtree

A woman who ran an illegal kitten farm and flogged the tiny animals on Gumtree has been jailed and banned from keeping pets for life.

Monika Listos, 26, kept a number of very young and sick kittens in a squalid empty house in Coventry before selling them off on the internet.

Listos would purchase the kittens from online adverts before selling them on Gumtree for a profit.

She was investigated by the RSPCA following 46 complaints about her actions from concerned members of the public.

Prospective buyers reported that kittens were being sold which were too young to be away from their mum and many were gravely ill.


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Animal welfare inspectors attended the address where the kittens were being sold from on Lillington Road, Wood End, on April 27, 2019.

Numerous kittens could be seen in the living room which had just a sofa inside – including one which was very small and was not moving.

Inside there were 18 kittens – believed to be in three separate litters – who were living in poor conditions.

RSPCA Inspector Louise Marston said: “I noticed a very bad smell of illness, diarrhoea and filth.

“There was a small tupperware tub present containing some dry kitten food, an empty plate and an empty plastic double bowl.



RSPCA inspectors discovered the kittens huddled together inside a Coventry house

“There was no water at all, no bedding and no toys for the kittens to play with. There were no adult cats seen and each room was empty of all furnishings.

“The smallest kitten was on the couch huddled between two other kittens. She felt very thin and her bottom was very dirty, covered in diarrhoea.

“There was no way that she could physically access food, water and the litter tray without being taken on and off the couch as she was too small and clearly too weak to climb herself.”

The pets were taken to a nearby vets who found the kittens to be in a suffering state so Louise contacted Listos for her to be interviewed under caution.

Sadly, the smallest kitten found at the address died overnight while in veterinary care.

Some of the other kittens were found to be aged four and five weeks old – which is too young to be away from their mum. This would usually be aged around eight weeks.



RSPCA inspectors discovered the kittens huddled together inside a Coventry house

Twelve of the 18 were found to be suffering from feline parvovirus and also died.

The other six were rehabilitated and re-homed through the RSPCA’s Coventry and district branch.

Last week Listos, of Lauderdale Avenue in Holbrooks, was found guilty of two animal welfare offences following a three-day trial and was jailed for 20 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

She was also banned from keeping animals for life, ordered to pay £10,000 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Louise said: “Sadly, kittens infected with feline parvovirus is something we do see, when kittens’ mothers were not vaccinated before becoming pregnant.

“These kittens were found in a house on their own and many were far too young to be away from their mum and were also at risk from the spread feline parvovirus via contact with contaminated faeces.

“Anyone looking for a new kitten should take time to make sure they have been bred responsibly, to avoid health and behavioural issues further down the line.”

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