Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cruel Cat Torturer Jailed; Animal Was Tormented until Death

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cruel Cat Torturer Jailed; Animal Was Tormented until Death

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AS TIMMY Patrick Sawyer held a cat by its tail and thrashed it against a road, the animal's cries encouraged him to keep going.

The Urangan man tortured the 12-year-old house cat, which belonged to a neighbour, until it was on the brink of death.

It was a form of animal abuse Judge John Robertson described as "extremely cruel" and "just awful" in Hervey Bay District Court yesterday.

Convicted over one charge of serious animal cruelty, the 26-year-old was sent to jail by the disgusted Judge.

The court heard in August of 2016, Sawyer walked down a road in Urangan "swinging" the "little elderly ragdoll cat" by its tail with one hand and holding a milk bottle filled with wine in the other.

While swinging the cat, he forcefully hit its head on to the bitumen repeatedly while yelling "die you f***ing cat, die."

The cat's screams were heard by witnesses, the court heard.

At one point, Sawyer swung the cat overhead like a rodeo rope.

Witnesses told him to stop and Sawyer responded by throwing the cat into a bush. …

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