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Man strangled his cat to death with trouser cord and buried her in garden

A cruel pet owner who strangled his cat to death with a trouser cord and buried its body in his garden has been banned from keeping animals for life.

Michael Tognetti, 23, used a cord from his tracksuit bottoms to choke the life out of his cat called Ruby on October 12, 2019.

Birmingham Magistrates Court heard a member of the public reported Tognetti to the RSPCA, claiming that he had killed his pet and buried her body in the garden of his home.

Officers from the animal charity attended the address on Main Street, Wolston, and found fresh soil in his garden with a spade lying next to it.

Animal rescuer Helen Smith took the spade and dug into the spot and found a shallow grave with the body of the tortoiseshell cat in it.

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The body of the animal was taken to a veterinary clinic for examination, which revealed Ruby had died due to strangulation.

In a confession, Tognetti admitted he had killed Ruby, using a cord from his jogging bottoms to kill the animal, claiming it took just 30 seconds.

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He said he had decided to take the animal’s life because she was elderly and felt as though she should be put out of her misery.

In mitigation, the court heard how in his mind Togenetti thought he was putting the cat out of its misery and had cooperated with the RSPCA.

Helen said: "Anyone with concerns about an animal coming to the end of their life should seek veterinary advice and putting a pet to sleep to end any suffering should be done in the most humane way possible."

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The court heard Ruby, although old, was described as being of a good bodily weight, rendering Tognetti’s acts unnecessary.

Tognetti pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and was banned from keeping animals for life.

He was also handed a community service order for 24 months and was ordered to pay £300 costs and £90 victim surcharge.

The 23-year-old's other cat, a male called Oscar, was signed into RSPCA care and has since been re-homed.

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