A HEARTLESS Coventry resident has been jailed for 12 weeks after mercilessly throwing boiling water over a cat because she went to the toilet in his garden.
Jason Kelly, 46, of Wyver Crescent, Coventry, was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (April 7) after previously pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the cat named Geri earlier this month.
As well as the prison sentence, Mr Kelly was banned from keeping animals for ten years and ordered to pay £538.94 in costs.
The court heard that Kelly threw water over his neighbour’s cat Geri, a 16-year-old tabby, on October 9 last year.
The water caused deep burn injuries to Geri’s skin – resulting in what a vet described as a painful incident for the cat.
The injuries have left permanent scarring to Geri’s body, including a patch on her head which has left a part of her skull exposed.
Mr Kelly admitted to throwing the hot water over Geri because he was fed up of her going to the toilet on his property.
Geri went missing the night before – the next morning her owners discovered her fur was falling out and was clearly suffering from burn injuries.
RSPCA inspector Louise Labram – who investigated the incident – said: “Geri’s injuries were getting worse and the burns started to eat away at her skin.
“This act is completely out of proportion for the offence and caused Geri much pain and distress.
“Geri is still physically damaged and is not herself.
“She no longer goes outside, is very clingy and follows her owner around everywhere – it has not only affected her physically, but it has damaged her mental wellbeing too.”