Elsie Nash, aged 79, was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and banned from keeping any cats for life.
She was told by District Judge Khalid Qureshi that she had come within a “hair’s breadth” of being sent immediately to jail.
He said, though, he had taken into account her age and the fact that her intentions, albeit misguided, were honourable.
The District Judge said that, for some reason he could not understand, Nash had fallen out with the RSPCA and had chosen not to get any expert advice, which had resulted in her animals suffering.
He said the pensioner had not expressed any remorse, had previously committed almost identical offences and committed a “flagrant breach” of a previous banning order.
The District Judge told her, if people continued to bring cats to her, she should put a notice on her door and phone the police or RSPCA.
Nash, of Kingsbury Road, Erdington, had previously been convicted of 13 charges of animal cruelty, at the city magistrates’ court.
District Judge Qureshi said conditions at her home had been “appalling”.
Timothy Gascoigne, defending, said that at one time Nash had worked closely with the RSPCA and the police, before they fell out.