In a disturbing act of animal cruelty, a drunken man repeatedly slammed his neighbor’s senior ragdoll cat onto the concrete walkway by its tail. The cat had been with his owner since he was a kitten.
On Friday, Timmy Patrick Sawyer, 26, from Urangan in Queensland, Australia, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty. According to the Courier Mail News, the 12-year-old cat’s cries of agony encouraged Sawyer to continue his torturous behavior. In August 2016, Sawyer captured his neighbor’s beloved cat and walked down the road swinging the cat by its tail while “holding a milk bottle filled with wine in the other hand.”
He continued to swing the poor cat repeatedly while hitting the defenseless animal’s head against the sidewalk; yelling “did you f****ing cat, die?” And when witnesses heard the frantic cries of the cat, and ordered Sawyer to stop, he threw the cat into a ditch.
Sawyer’s defense lawyer told Judge John Robertson his client had been a binge drinker at the time and was intoxicated. The judge described the act as “extremely cruel and just awful.”
“When you attempted to touch the cat, its last movement was to lunge at you and you backed away,” the judge stated in the Harvey Bay District Court. “It then died.”
Sawyer was sentenced to nine months in prison, but is scheduled to be released on parole on May 6.
Sometimes there is just no justice for those who cannot speak. Rest in peace innocent kitty. We are sorry that humans let you down.
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