An Ipswich man stepped forward on Friday, admitting he was the man captured on video hurling a cat over a fence and into a brick wall. The 19-year-old, identified as Samuel Conroy and referred to as the “cat thrower, stated he wanted to apologize for his actions.
According to 9News.Au., Conroy stated the video had been filmed two weeks ago where he lives. He said the cat belonged to his roommate’s mother, but the cat was destructive by scratching. In the video, he is seen picking the black cat up into his arms. In a swift movement, he forcefully hurdles the cat into the air over a fence and watches the helpless animal slam into the brick wall of the home next door. The man then laughs. During his “apology” explanation, Conroy states:
“It was a case of me letting my anger take over, rather than using my brain. I tried getting it our of our yard and onto the roof, but missed the distance.”
The video had been recorded by one of his friends, and Conroy denied laughing at the throwing the cat – rather at his friends recording him.
The cat allegedly returned ten minutes later unharmed. Conroy said he felt sorry for the pet and fed her and gave her water, although readily admitting he doesn’t like cats.
Spokesperson for the SPCA Queensland, Michael Beatty would not confirm Conroy’s identity as the culprit, but added animal cruelty charges are soon to be levied. Meanwhile the cat is under the care of the RSPCA.
If found guilty, Conroy could face a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment or a $220,000 fine. Mr Conroy said a fine would be “well deserved”.
(Supplied photos of cat thrower via Facebook)
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