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A man has been fined $2000 for hurling a cat several metres through the air during a night out with friends in Perth.
The shocking moment Jesse Tann, 38, picked up the family pet by the tail and launched it occurred on Sheldon St in Piara Waters and was caught on CCTV.
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His friends can be heard laughing in the background.
The cat, called Blossom, landed on her side on a concrete path and required pain relief after being checked over by a vet.
Its owners said the incident had changed the animal, who was now noticeably more clingy.
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Tann pleaded guilty to the shocking act of animal cruelty in December and was in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday to learn his fate.
The court heard he was “ashamed and remorseful”, before he was granted a spent conviction.
Tann has offered to pay Blossom’s vet bills and also made a $1000 donation to the RSPCA.
RSPCA WA inspector manager Kylie Green said the community would not stand for such “cruel” behaviour.
“Thankfully most people can see that acts such as this are downright cruel and there’s nothing clever or funny about them,” she said.
“This would have been a terrifying ordeal for Blossom and distressing for her owners to see.
“I’m glad they have all received some justice with this decision today.”
A man has been fined for throwing a cat in Piara Waters. Credit: RSPCA
The punishment was issued just weeks after a woman was jailed for throwing her dog from a rooftop carpark in Perth.
The 26-year-old was caught on CCTV throwing Princess, a 10-year-old Maltese shih tzu, off the two-storey carpark at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on April 7, 2022.
Princess fell 9m off the roof and was found by a passerby, who thought she’d been hit by a car.
She had to be euthanised.