Man sentenced after drowning cat in bucket in Crawley

A man from West Sussex has been fined and sentenced to a community order after killing his cat by drowning it in a bucket of water.

David Streeter, 63, of Cherry Lane, Langley Green, Crawley, was found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.

Crawley Magistrates' Court heard he drowned the animal by holding it under the water in his back garden in June 2013 when the cat became ill.

He was sentenced on Monday to a 12-month community order and fined £1,510.

'No excuse'

The court found he failed to provide his female tabby with the necessary veterinary care when she was ill and suffering with diarrhoea and then caused her unnecessary suffering by holding her under water in his garden until she was dead.

He was convicted on 3 October.

The RSPCA was called after a member of the public witnessed the death of the cat.

A spokeswoman for the charity said he was then seen to bury the cat in the garden of his home.

Insp Andrew Kirby said: "There is no doubt this poor tabby's sad last days were full of pain and discomfort."

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