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Monday, Jul 31, 2000
Defendant/Suspect: John Taylor
John Taylor, 27, who kept several rescued cats as a voluntary fosterer with the Rotherham branch of the Cats Protection League (CPL) was convicted of throwing a cat to the ground and killing it. He admitted criminal damage in killing the cat. He was given a 160-hour community service order. Because the cat's death was quick, it would be difficult to prove the cat suffered unnecesarily so he received a criminal damage charge rather than being taken to court under the Protection of Animals Act which allows courts to impose bans.
John Taylor phoned Jacqueline Taylor, a CPL worker, saying Charlie the black cat he was given five days earlier was found dead when he came home from work. Mrs Taylor took the cat to a veterinarian where the truth was discovered and all cats were removed from his home.
The cat had severe head injuries including a broken jaw, damage to to its intestines, liver and kidneys. John Taylor later confessed stomping on the cat to compress it so he could bury it.
Taylor said had told the police the cat had scratched him and he shook it. He appeared to be more concerned with the lack of affection shown by the cat than what he had done to the cat.
David Dennison, chairman of the bench, told Taylor "This was a horrific crime and you were very close to a custodial sentence. We find it unfortuante we cannot ban you from keeping pets."
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