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VIDEO Man jailed for heartless attack on cat
Sunday 2nd March 2014 @ 09:00 by Max Wieland

Callous Tony Delaney has been jailed for 18 weeks after kicking a cat to death after the animal had been hit by a car.

The ‘appalling’ incident was captured on CCTV.

The 30-year-old, of Waterton Lane, Mossley, appeared at Tameside Magistrates’ Court  on Tuesday.

RSPCA inspector Vicki McDonald said: “There was an audible intake of breath when the footage was shown in court.

“This cat had already been hit by a car and two young women had called us and were waiting with the cat until we arrived.

“When a group of people, including Delaney, showed up and started messing around with the cat they asked him several times to leave the animal alone but were intimidated into leaving.

“Delaney then kicked the cat not once, but twice, like a football across the street.”

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, September 22, on Queen’s Road, Ashton.

The cat, a black and white male, tried to scramble away from Delaney, but the animal’s injuries meant it was unable to escape.

The pet died some time afterwards.

The owner was never located, despite the best efforts of inspectors.

Delaney was banned by the court from keeping any animals for five years.

In mitigation, the court heard that his actions were a misguided attempt to put the cat out of its misery.

RSPCA inspector McDonald said: “The witnesses there at the time and all those who have viewed the footage have been shocked and horrified by Delaney’s actions.

“They most certainly were not in the best interest of the cat, as he suggests.

“What he did was an absolutely appalling act of the like it’s difficult to believe.

“This cat should have been shown kindness, not cruelty.”