A woman cooked her kitten in the microwave
Laura Cunliffe, an unemployed 23 years old from Hoyland in South Yorkshire, has been accused of throwing her kitten in the microwave for more than a minute because she thought it had attacked her goldfish.
The four-month-old black and white kitten, Mowgli, did not die immediately.
"The kitten was in a distressed state when Miss Cunliffe took it out of the oven. She took the animal to a relative's home,” said RSPCA prosecutor Brian Orsborn. “The animal could not get its breath and died about 90 minutes later of radiation.
Miss Cunliffe made arrangements for the body of the kitten to be taken away to be buried.
"It is a particularly horrendous case because the period of suffering for the kitten would have been awful," Lynsey Harris, a RSPCA inspector.
Cunliffe has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
“In the 13 years I have been in the job I have never dealt with a case like this before,” said Lynsey Harris, RSPCA deputy chief inspector. “It is particularly horrendous because of the period of suffering for the kitten which would have been awful…the exposure to the radiation in the microwave would have cooked the animal's internal organs and that will have been pretty horrendous.”
Cunliffe, who has a history of mental illness including psychosis and depression, according to her defense, will return to court in March to be sentenced.