Doncaster pet cat dies in ‘act of cruelty’

R2, the cat who died following a dog attack
R2, the cat who died following a dog attack

A Doncaster teenager has been spared custody after a ‘deliberate act of cruelty’ during which a dog under his control killed a cat.

Lewis Carpenter led the animal to fatally attack the pet, a court heard. He wept in the dock as he was told he will be banned from keeping animals for five years.

CCTV still

CCTV still

Carpenter, of Winchester Road, Dunscroft, had been walking two dogs, one on a lead, with a friend on Troon Road, Hatfield, just before midnight on September 11 last year.

Joanne Lewis-Crookes, prosecuting, at Doncaster Magistrates Court said the horrific incident was captured on a neighbour’s CCTV camera and Carpenter was arrested when he was identified after the footage was shared on Facebook.

Carpenter, who denied owning the dogs, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Matt Gelder, the cat’s owner, found his pet R2 lying in his kitchen, covered in blood the next morning, the court heard.

Vets operated on R2, but he died several days later – leaving Mr Helder with a £2,400 bill for treatment.

Pari Ceeley, defending, said Carpenter was remorseful and loved animals.

He was given a 12-week sentence suspended for a year, told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay Mr Gelder £305.76 in compensation.

Carpenter was told by the chairman of the bench: “This was a deliberate act of cruelty. You showed the dog to the cat and led it to him. The results were horrific. You are very lucky you are not going to prison.”

After the hearing Mr Gelder said he was glad Carpenter had been caught but appealed for anyone with information about the other man’s identity to contact the police.

He said: “The other person is still out there, so justice has only been part done for R2.”

Mr Gelder told The Star he was planning to donate his compensation payment to the RSPCA.