A man from Southampton who was filmed swinging his cat by the tail has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Matthew Coffin admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Daisy the cat after he was filmed man-handling the animal in his studio flat in September last year.
The 27-year-old, of Vanguard Road, claimed at first that he was not showing off, but was preparing the cat for a visit by someone who had a tendency to pull cats’ tails.
However, while he maintained his reason for pulling the cat’s tail, he admitted before the magistrates an element of bravado when he acted in the way that he had.
Coffin was fined £150 and also ordered to pay £257.50 costs.
Pablo, from Lewisham, who travelled over 400 miles to Fife in Scotland, is being reunited with his owner in Sussex today.
Danielle Draper from the National Centre for Cats Protection explains how he made such great strides.
A cat from Lewisham, who ended up over four-hundred miles away in Scotland, is being reunited with his owner in Sussex today.
Pablo went missing last year but thanks to his microchip, his owners were identified and he is being flown back home.
Tracy Shiells, Regional Development Manager at Cats Protection in North Scotland said, "We have learned that a lady living in Lewisham mistook Pablo for a stray and took him into her home. She then moved to Rosyth in the last few weeks, bringing Pablo and her other cat with her."
For a nation of animal lovers we're doing a pretty bad job. Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated.
The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals. David Johns reports, speaking to Christine Dooley and Adele Collier from the RSPCA in Kent.
To help re-home a cat or any of the other animals, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0751 or visit www.rspca.org.uk
Animal centres in Kent say they have run out of space to care for abandoned, sick or injured cats. This cat was found abandoned in a taped box when it was just five weeks old.
Becky Blackmore, from the RSPCA said, "our local RSPCA branches never put a cat to sleep if it can be rehomed. However, resources are now so stretched that we need the public to support us to ensure we can continue to provide this service for unwanted, abandoned sick and injured cats in Kent."
Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated. The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals.
The RSPCA in Kent is becoming over-run with abandoned cats.
A rapidly moving rental market means cats are being left behind as the owners move on to another property.
The animal shelter in Kent is full to capacity with more than 350 unwanted cats waiting for homes.
A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Ferndown, Dorset, leaving the pellet lodged in his jaw muscles just behind his eye.
The RSPCA say they are hunting the person responsible for the shooting. Sandy, a one year-old cat, was found last week by his owners with the bullet wound.
They rushed him to the emergency vets where he underwent treatment. He is now making a good recovery.
However, the RSPCA warns that there has been a spate of shootings in the area and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
RSPCA Insp Graham Hammond said: "Since the owner reported this incident, we have learned that there have been a number of similar incidents in the local area – so we are asking people to be vigilant.
“This cat appears to have been shot deliberately and could have been killed."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 1238018.
Cat lovers Dawn and Railton Elliott will give anyone who can help them find their pet cat Omar Sharif a lifetime's supply of chocolate. The couple from Whitney own a chocolate company and hope that the unique reward will return their shy pet to them.