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A man has been jailed for 12 weeks for throwing hot water over a cat because she went to the toilet in his garden, leaving her with horrific injuries.
Jason Kelly, of Wyver Crescent, Coventry, was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 7 April) after previously pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the cat named Geri earlier this month.
As well as the prison sentence, he was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £538.94 in costs.
The court heard that Kelly threw the water over his neighbour’s cat Geri, a 16-year-old tabby, on 9 October last year.The water caused deep burn injuries to Geri’s skin, resulting in what a vet said would have been very painful for her.
Her owners realised what had happened after she went missing and found her in a lot of pain and distress.
It was only when her fur started falling out and her skin looked sore that a vet said she was suffering from burn injuries, which started to 'eat away' at her skin.
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.
Kelly said he threw the hot water on Geri because he was fed up of her going to the toilet on his property.
Inspector Louise Labram said that Geri’s owners have noticed an obvious change in the cat since the incident.