Woman Jailed for Microwaving Kitten
She did so because it apparently killed her goldfish
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2014 12:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – A court case out of England is pretty awful on all fronts: A judge sentenced a 23-year-old woman to 14 weeks in jail because she put her kitten in the microwave as punishment, reports the BBC. The 4-month-old cat initially survived the minute-long ordeal but died what vets said was probably a terrible death within two hours, reports Metro. And what did it do to deserve the punishment? The cat's owner, Laura Cunliffe, found her goldfish on the kitchen floor in pieces.

"This was an act of utterly horrendous cruelty on your part on an animal that, as far as I could see, had come to trust you and rely on you," said the judge in Barnsley. What's worse is that Cunliffe has a history of "psychotic depression," and a family member shouted, "She hasn't a clue," as she was being led away. Cunliffe set the microwave for 5 minutes but realized her mistake after a minute, removed the cat, and tried unsuccessfully to cool it down with water, reports the Irish Independent. The judge banned her from having pets for the rest of her life.

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Mar 18, 2014 12:17 PM CDT
I'd like to see a mandatory, automatic 5 year term for deliberate cruelty to animals. That should be on the table in the next voting session. And don't give me this 'depression' mental illness excuse. This woman knew what she did, before and after she did it!
Mar 15, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
5 minutes in the electric chair ... wait , maybe only one ...
Mar 14, 2014 11:01 AM CDT
Glad it wasn't MY cat she did that to. She'd be dead by now, or wish she was. Nobody messes with my cat. Who happens to be looking at me with her beautiful gold eyes right now.