TWO friendly residents fell out when one of their cats started using the neighbour’s garden as a toilet, a court heard.
Paul Carter, 29, threw the cat mess back into his neighbour’s garden.
Then he started leaving bags of it on her car.
Calderdale magistrates heard the argument became so heated the woman neighbour in Hope Hall Terrace, Halifax, set up CCTV cameras.
The court was told she had a pet cat and also fed a feral feline. Both were said to have made frequent stops in Carter’s garden. Prosecutor Mark Steeples said Carter’s relationship with his neighbour, who lived two doors down, had initially been friendly. But after October 2011 it broke down and Carter was given a harrassment warning by police.
The quarrel spiralled so far out of control the victim had CCTV set up outside.
In November last year Carter was seen on the footage outside the house shouting abuse and calling the female occupant “a bitch”.
The court heard transcripts from the interview.
Carter told officers the dispute had broken out about eight weeks earlier. He said he lived in the rented property with his partner and six children.
They had a small garden and the cats frequently used it as a toilet.
He admitted scooping up the mess and throwing it into the woman’s garden and even bagging it up and leaving it on top of her car.
Carter admitted disorderly conduct.
Mark Baxendale, mitigating, said: “This was a neighbourly dispute that got out of hand – a mountain out of a molehill.
“As unpleasant as the comments were it’s clear Mr Carter was not well during this dispute.
“A psychiatric report shows that between November 10 and December 13 Mr Carter was mentally ill and requiring psychiatric treatment.”
Magistrates gave him a conditional discharge for 12 months with a restraining order and ordered him to pay £85 costs.
The restraining order means he cannot contact his neighbour or walk on the pavement outside her house.
The yard space has since been treated with cat repellant in an effort to stop the fouling.