Magistrates in Huntingdon have jailed a man for 56 days after he put his partner’s cat in a tumble dryer and recorded it spinning around; an incident which gave the feline a tongue injury and a broken tooth.

A man who put his cat in the tumble dryer and then filmed it being whirled around was jailed for 56 days yesterday (November 13, 2012).

Staughton spun the cat in the machine three times.Alan Staughton, 23, of Saunders Close, Huntingdon, Cambs, was also banned from keeping animals for life, at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court. He had admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the cat at an earlier hearing.

At yesterday’s hearing, magistrates viewed film of the cat being put into the machine as Staughton said it it was going for “a tumble”. The machine was then turned on and the cat spun inside for 12 seconds before the door was opened. The cat was on its back in the bottom of the machine with its legs in the door and was meowing. However, the court heard Staughton spun the machine twice more.

After the first spin, which lasted 12 seconds, the cat was lying on its back and meowing. However, Staughton continued the ordeal.Staughton was caught after he uploaded the footage of the incident to YouTube, which led to complaints to the RSPCA. When first questioned about what he did, Staughton told RSPCA inspectors that he thought the incident was “funny“.

The cat, Princess, suffered a broken tooth and a tongue injury from the incident, while the vet who attended to her, Helen Dennis, of the Cromwell Veterinary Group, said she would have been severely traumatised by the ordeal and it would have been akin to a form of torture for the feline.

The court heard Staughton suffered from ADHD and a conduct disorder. The cat had belonged to Staughton’s partner of four-and-a-half years. The relationship broke down over the incident and he moved out.

The RSPCA has now found a new home for Princess.

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