SPCA: Woman banned from owning animals after 18 cats were rescued in Kings County

The Nova Scotia SPCA says a 58-year-old Kings County woman has been handed a lifetime ban from owning animals after pleading guilty to one count of causing an animal to be in distress.

Officials removed 18 cats from the New Minas area property of Johanna Steadman last August after someone had contacted the SPCA.

The home was filled with debris, and officials wore full hazmat suits and respirators due to the severity of the hoarding.

It took around three and a half months to remove all of the cats from the property, and the SPCA says several skeletal and intact animal remains were also discovered.

The SPCA says the cats were suffering from a number of medical ailments, including parasitic infestation and malnutrition, but all were rehabilitated and adopted.