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A 21-year-old Sydney resident is fined and prohibited from keeping animals after submitting his girlfriend’s cat to horrific torture due to his being jealous of the animal.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 14/07/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:44

Appearing in court in July, the man who is not named was accused of animal cruelty after being found guilty of deliberately inflicting injuries on his girlfriend’s Ragdoll cat. 

On one occasion the man threw Hibala the cat into the garbage chute of his partner’s flat. The cat dropped seven stories into the bins below and suffered catastrophic injuries to its tail. 

According to LadBible, “Hibala suffered wounds that exposed bone, severe inflammation, and a fractured tail. In fact, vets had to remove a large portion of his tail to keep him alive and he was forced to spend four days in a veterinary hospital.”

Posted by RSPCA NSW on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Driven by jealousy

The man claims to have been jealous of the affection his girlfriend was lavishing on the cat. His intention was, assumed the Downing Centre Local Court, to kill the cat. 

On a separate occasion, and after the cat had only just recovered from its first set of injuries, the man again took umbrage at what he saw was attention his partner should have paid to him. 

Writes LadBible, this time the vet discovered Hibala had, “wounds to his front left paw, as well as fractured bones and facial injuries. The unfortunate feline needed surgery on this occasion too, and had to spend another six days in hospital being treated.”

The man was given a fine of AUD $6,000 (£3,300 / US $4,200) and given a two-year community order with three months of intensive corrections. Presiding over the case, the magistrate told the 21-year-old that he was only spared jail because he had entered an early “guilty” plea. 

Summing up, the magistrate said of the crimes committed: “I have no idea what to say to a person who places a cat in a garbage chute.”

Posted by RSPCA NSW on Tuesday, July 2, 2019