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Woman jailed for cooking her kitten in a microwave

A woman who killed her kitten by cooking it in a microwave after it attacked her pet goldfish has been jailed for 14 weeks.

Laura Cunliffe, 23, admitted putting black-and-white Mowgli into the oven and turning it on for five minutes, Barnsley Magistrates' Court heard.

This was an act of utterly horrendous cruelty on your part on an animal that, as far as I could see, had come to trust you and rely on you.

– District Judge John Foster, Barnsley Magistrates' Court

Ms Cunliffe said she rescued the kitten after about a minute, when she realised what she had done, but the animal died later.

District Judge John Foster said he had to jail Ms Cunliffe today as a deterrent - a decision that caused outrage among her family in the public gallery.

Cunliffe's solicitor, Alan Greaves, argued that she has long-standing problems with psychotic depression and has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 20 times.

She was also banned from keeping animals for life.

Pets ban for man filmed bouncing cat like yo-yo

A man has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after he was filmed bouncing a cat up and down like a yo-yo.

Matthew Coffin, 27, was recorded abusing one-year-old Daisy the cat by his friends at his flat in Southampton.

RSPCA inspector Penny Baker said: "The 10 year ban handed down by the court shows how seriously they viewed these offences.

"Daisy was less than a year old at the time and didn't weigh much. If he had done that when she was older and heavier then he could have caused serious damage to her spine."

Mr Coffin admitted to a magistrates' court that he had been showing off.