A local man has been banned from keeping animals for life after posting videos on social media of himself laughing as he cruelly threw cats.
25 year old Haider Abed of Saint Dennis Road posted videos on Facebook which depict him coaxing and enticing three different cats before scooping them up and throwing them.
A joint investigation was launched by the RSPCA and West Midlands Police in December 2017 after the videos were posted on Facebook.
Abed was quickly identified by members of the public as the man seen in the videos, which show three different cats being abused.
Last week, Abed pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the cats, contrary to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.
In the first video, Abed pets a cat in the street before grabbing it and throwing it towards a brick wall as he laughs, along with the person filming the scene who can be heard saying “Smash it to the wall”.
In the second, a different cat is enticed by Abed in the street before being tossed high into the air, causing it to spin several times before landing awkwardly in the road, while Abed laughs.
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In the third clip, filmed inside a home, a shirtless Abed entices a black cat, saying “Hello boy” softly as he gently pets and picks up the cat, before hurling it across the room, hitting a lightshade.
Once Abed had been identified, a warrant was issued and his mobile phone was seized.
RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal, who investigated the case, said: “This was a disgusting abuse of trust, Abed can be seen enticing the defenceless pets and then he abuses them and for some reason he derives some kind of pleasure from this.
“These are people’s pets and as we have not traced cats in the videos we don’t know how they have been affected, if they have been traumatised by his actions or indeed if they were injured.
“This court action shows how seriously the RSPCA takes acts of cruelty. We worked in partnership with the police during this investigation and are grateful for their assistance.”
As well as handing Abed a lifetime ban on keeping animals, magistrates also ordered him to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work over the next 12 months and take part in a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement for 25 days. He was also ordered to pay £616 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
If you suspect an animal is being mistreated, please report to the RSPCA online or call 0300 1234 999