A man who microwaved his rabbit because he thought it was the most humane way to kill it has been jailed.
Just five days later he put the animal, named Fluffy George Fudge, into a microwave and switched it on for three minutes.
He stood and watched as the animal “screamed around 30 times” and writhed in agony before dying.
Rogers then bragged to a resident at the guest house about the crime, describing how the animal was “stiff like a board” when he removed it from the microwave. He later added that he believed microwaving the animal was “the most humane way to destroy a life“.
Appearing in Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, he was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail after he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in his care. Sentencing him, district judge Joti Bopa Rai said: “This is one of the most upsetting and unpleasant cases I have dealt with for a long time.
“Animal cruelty is bad enough when people abuse their pets but this has resulted in very extreme suffering by a helpless rabbit.
“You thought about it, you planned it and then decided to carry out this sadistic act, and, not only that, once you put the rabbit in that microwave you watched it while it was squealing in that microwave.
“This case is so cruel and the suffering of that animal is so extreme that regardless of your personal circumstances I cannot suspend any sentence.”
Along with a prison sentence, Rogers was also banned from owning or looking after animals and cannot appeal the decision for 10 years. He was also ordered to pay £200 in court costs.
Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA inspector Philip Mann said: “Obviously we completely welcome the ban, it is the most important thing to make sure the gentleman doesn’t have anything to do with animals again.
“We think the prison sentence is completely appropriate in a case like this where we can only really describe the defendant as clearly evil in what he did. It is one of the nastiest incidents I have come across.”