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Prison Sentence for Dawlish Man who Microwaved Cat

September 16, 2010

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Prison Sentence for Dawlish Man who Microwaved Cat

  • Category: Animal Welfare
  • Region: International
  • Target: South Devon Magistrates Court
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All material below has been obtained from the BBC website and various newspapers

A south Devon man and two teenagers have appeared in court accused of ‘physically and mentally’ torturing a cat.

The one-year-old cat’s owner – a boy of four – was heartbroken by the cruelty inflicted on his pet.

It’s believed the man who was arrested was his uncle. Police were also quizzing two teenaged boys.

Colin Sherlock, 44, appeared in the dock with two boys, aged 16 and 17.

Sherlock, from Third Avenue, Dawlish, and the two boys from Teignmouth — who cannot be named — are all accused of causing unnecessary suffering to the one-year-old female cat.

Police were alerted after a recipient of the video reported it to the RSPCA.

Investigating officer, Pc Phil Colley, said the footage showed the cat being put in the microwave for 10 seconds before being pulled out and put into a tumble drier for another 10 seconds.

The terrified cat is then picked up by the scruff of the neck and put in a freezer before being shoved into a bowl of dishwater.PC Phil Colley said of the attack in Teignmouth, Devon: “The cat was reportedly smoking after being let out of the microwave having suffered terribly. I was horrified when I saw the footage.” RSPCA Inspector Jim Farr said: “We are not sure what damage has been done inside the animal. It is obviously very traumatised.”

He said: “I felt sick watching it – it’s the worst case of animal cruelty I have seen in 10 years on the job.”

All three defendants appeared before magistrates at Torquay yesterday.

The charge alleged: “You caused unnecessary suffering to a female short-haired domestic cat by subjecting her to mental and physical torture through confining her in a microwave oven which was switched on, a tumble dryer which was switched on and by confining her in a freezer.” The case was adjourned until October 8. No pleas were entered.

The cat is being cared for by the RSPCA.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. TerryW permalink
    September 16, 2010 11:57 pm

    Too bad they can’t put these lowlife’s in a microwave, dryer, dishwasher, and freezer. I don’t see where they were charged with abusing the 4 yr old owner of the cat. Surely this was emotional abuse at the very least, the kid was no doubt traumatized.


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    September 17, 2010 9:16 am

    this sorry sucka and his cronies
    are lower than germs
    to protect the world
    from their amoral virus
    they need life prison terms
    without parole
    for these lowlife a**holes


  3. MAGGIE permalink
    September 17, 2010 10:05 am

    Please send this petition to ALL of your friends!
    We have GOT to get the LAWS stronger and the Sentences more HARSH!

    I agree with TERRY W – If I were the Mother of this child, I would prosecute for my child being tormented!!! (this would be after, of course, I had beat the sh*t out of him).

    There is NO saving for someone like these. All the REHAB in the world will not save him.
    He needs to be euthanized! I dont believe people like this are actually Save-able…
    Just PUT HIM DOWN!


  4. Michael Lockhart permalink
    September 17, 2010 9:42 pm

    This demented individual should not be allowed to walk the streets a free man. He should be incarcerated for the maximum sentence.


  5. john permalink
    January 3, 2011 11:15 am

    I am afraid scum like these three individuals are only a small part of “Broken Britain”. It is time for the government to address problems like these at source, i.e. force the work shy, benefit fraudsters, feckless fathers etc etc into jobs or community/voluntary work.

    I genuinely believe that there is a link between people with a lot of time on their hands and anti social behaviour – including the deplorable behaviour that involved this unfortunate and innocent animal.

    This type of behaviour is all too common in this country yet it is virtually unheard of in other parts of Europe.

    What will Sherlock’s punishment be? A nice cosy cell with access to various facilities that hard working families cannot afford for themselves yet it is these same hard working families who ultimately pay for the likes of Sherlock’s incarceration with the taxes they pay!


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