‘Sadistic’ cat killer, 32, who put moggy in a washing machine before dumping it near cemetery is banned from keeping animals for life

‘Sadistic’ cat killer, 32, who put moggy in a washing machine before dumping it near cemetery is banned from keeping animals for life

  • Robert Lay, 32, carried out the killing at his address in West Yorkshire
  • The cat called Buddy, who did not belong to him, died of his injuries  

A ‘sadistic’ man who killed a cat by putting it in a washing machine before dumping it near a cemetery has been banned from keeping animals for life.

Robert Lay, 32, carried out the cruel killing after being told by his then-girlfriend that she would break up with him if he didn’t put the cat through a wash cycle.

Bradford Magistrates’ Court heard how on February 11 last year, Lay had put the cat in the machine at an address in Queensbury, West Yorkshire.

And the cat, named Buddy, who did not belong to him, tragically died from multiple injuries inside the drum.

The court heard how Lay, who is disabled, later took the cat to nearby Queensbury Cemetery, in an attempt to ‘put things right’.

‘Sadistic’ cat killer, 32, who put moggy in a washing machine before dumping it near cemetery is banned from keeping animals for life

Pictured: Robert Lay, 32, leaves Bradford Magistrates Court after appearing on animal cruelty charges when he put a cat in a washing machine

But prosecutor Phillip Brown said that a woman, who was out walking her children, had noted a man acting suspiciously near the graveyard

And when she returned the next day, she found a dead black cat in the bushes.

Mr Brown concluded that the facts of the case showed how Lay had committed a ‘sadistic act of cruelty’.

The cat’s owner was later found on social media, but she was too ‘devastated’ and ‘traumatised’ to provide a statement to the court.

Buddy was found to have suffered injuries consistent with blunt trauma, skin lacerations and rib fractures.

The cat named Buddy, who did not belong to him, tragically died from multiple injuries inside the drum (Pictured: stock image of a black cat)

The cat named Buddy, who did not belong to him, tragically died from multiple injuries inside the drum (Pictured: stock image of a black cat)

A report conducted by Dr Shaun Taylor said the cat suffered from fear, distress and pain for several minutes before its death.

It had attempted to claw at the drum as it was going around on a program ‘likely of high heat’ in the washing machine, the court heard.

Messages from a group chat showed how Lay said he had committed the act because the cat had scratched him.

And his girlfriend had threatened to end their relationship if he didn’t carry out the sickening crime, the court heard.

Lay carried out the cruel killing after being told by his then-girlfriend that she would break up with him if he didn't put the cat through a wash cycle

Lay carried out the cruel killing after being told by his then-girlfriend that she would break up with him if he didn’t put the cat through a wash cycle

After considering his mitigation, the magistrates gave Lay a sentence of 14 weeks which was suspended for 12 months – along side his ban on keeping animals.

He must also complete 30 RAR days and must pay a total of £554.

RSPCA Inspector Natalie Taylor said following the verdict: ‘This was a deeply distressing case involving intentional harm and cruelty to a defenceless cat.

‘ It is heartbreaking to think about the pain and suffering Buddy endured. We are grateful to the people who worked with us on getting this case to court.’

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