I want to warn other sitters of a disastrous small holding sit, especially as there are more dates being posted.
It sounded great - 4 dogs, 2 pigs, 3 sheep, chickens and reptiles. But when my family and I turned up last week our hearts sank. It was dirty, filthy, squalid and there was nowhere for us to sleep. We were only told when we arrived that there was no internet, no television and loo roll couldnt be put down the loo.
Also the 4 dogs were shut in the house for the previous 24 hours with no food or water. The state of the whole smallholding was disgusting. There was rubbish everywhere.
I reported them to the RSPCA while we were there and also to the Enviroment Agency, Animal Welfare and the Police.
The person taking over from us on Thursday arrived, had a look round and said she wouldn’t be staying as it was so filthy and there was nowhere to sleep.
My deep concern is for the dogs who are left without food or water for I don’t know how long.
This was a very traumatic experience and I was bitterly disappointed that Trusted House Sitters werent there for us with support and advice whenever we tried to ring.