A 38-year-old man has been accused of launching a pet cat up to seven metres through the air after allegedly picking the animal up and swinging it by its tail.
The alleged incident unfolded about midnight on January 16, 2022, when the accused was walking with three people on Sheldon St in Piara Waters, in Perth’s southeast.
According to the RSPCA, the man was captured on CCTV walking up to the animal, which was out the front of the home where it lives.
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“He is seen grabbing the cat by the tail, swinging her upwards and throwing her approximately five to seven metres in the direction of the group of people walking behind him,” the RSPCA claimed.
“The cat landed on her side on a concrete path.”
The cat was seen to by a vet on two occasions and was provided with pain relief. Her owners say the animal’s demeanour has changed since the alleged incident.
A 38-year-old Piara Waters man has been charged with animal cruelty under the animal welfare act.
The maximum penalty is a $50,000 fine and five years in prison.
The accused is due to appear in Armadale Magistrates Court on November 17.
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