Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Woman who drowned four cats in a bath while high on drink and drugs is spared jail


Agonising end: The cats (not pictured) were stuffed into a plastic bag and thrown into a neighbour's garden

A woman ‘systematically’ drowned her friend's four cats in a bath while high on drink and drugs then threw their bodies into a neighbour’s garden.

Samantha Browning, 21, from West Bromwich, escaped jail for the cruel act, and so did the 17-year-old owner, who ran the bath.

The incident, which happened between January 1 and February 17 this year, only came to light when the actions were posted on a friend's Facebook status and reported to police.

Cruel: Samantha Browning admitted drowning her friend's four cats, then disposing of their bodies in a nearby garden

The pair were handed 18-week jail sentences, suspended for two years.

The teen, who cannot be named, had owned the four cats for less than a year and had been struggling to support them, Sandwell Magistrates Court heard.

Prosecuting, Nick Sutton told the court the two had been at a friend's party when they returned to the teenager’s house in Tipton, West Midlands.

Browning then drowned the four cats in a bath that her friend had run.
Mr Sutton said: ‘These were sentient intelligent animals.

‘The acts will have been loud and a struggle so those waiting, trapped in the flat, must have had some idea of what was about to happen waiting to die.

‘The cats' bodies were put in a black plastic bag and thrown over a fence into a neighbour’s garden.

‘The owner claims it was Miss Browning's idea to drown the cats, but it happened in her flat, she must have known what was going on.’

Helen Penning, defending Browning, from West Bromwich, claimed she was horrified with her actions and wanted to stop, but the teenager had insisted she finish the job.

They were both also sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work, put under two year supervision orders and banned from owning animals for ten years.

They were ordered to pay £480 court costs each.

source: dailymail

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