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Cat cannabis attacker sentenced

Video of the incident was released by the RSPCA

A South Tyneside teenager who stole a cat and forced it to inhale cannabis by trapping it in a bag has been given a suspended sentence.

Mark Kane, 19, was filmed on a mobile phone carrying out the "sadistic attack" on the tabby cat in January.

Kane, of St Aidan's Road, South Shields, had earlier admitted causing unnecessary suffering.

He was given a three month sentence, suspended for two years, and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

He was also ordered to pay £100 in costs.

Magistrates on South Tyneside were told Kane had stolen the cat from a friend of his girlfriend.

The court was shown a video in which Kane was seen putting a cat in a bag, inhaling some cannabis and then blowing that cannabis into a bag, sealing the bag and then swinging the bag round his head like a lasso.

'Real stress'

The cat survived the attack but ran off and has not been found, the court heard.

Clive McKeag, prosecutor in the case brought by the RSPCA, described the attack as "sadistic and wicked".

Passing sentence, Ken Buck, chairman of the bench, said: "We do think the charges of animal cruelty are appalling in nature and caused real stress and unnecessary suffering to a domestic pet which was in your care."

Outside court, RSPCA inspector Claire Hunt said: "He had a complete disregard for this animal's welfare.

"He thought it was a funny thing to do to a defenceless animal."

She said she was pleased with the sentence, and added: "It deters people from doing the same thing."

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