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    Woman admits to drowning kittens

    NewsGeneral Cat NewsThursday 30 May 2013
    Dawn Swinscoe, 41, has been given a suspended prison sentence for drowning kittens (not pictured) in Littleham, Exeter.
    She admitted two charges of being cruel to animals at Exeter Magistrates Court on Tuesday May 21 after an incident occurred where 4 young kittens were drowned in a basin. She was charged jointly with Glen Williams who is from Torquay. Williams failed to attend court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
    Swinscoe told Magistrates that she only went along with the vicious act because she feared that Williams would be violent towards her if she failed to comply.
    It was said that the incident happened around September the 20th 2012 and both Swinscoe and Williams were round a friend’s house. They believed that the kittens were not being cared for properly so decided to be “cruel to be kind” and took them to a basin where drowned them. During the ordeal the kitten’s bodies wriggled. Afterwards the bodies of the kittens were then dumped under a bridge.
    A vet, whose statement was read out to the court, said that the kittens would have suffered during this ordeal.
    When the kitten’s owner was interviewed, he said that the kittens were doing all right and that he had been making arrangements to re-home them.
    The defence said that Swinscoe and Williams were in a relationship and that Swinscoe had been beaten up regularly by Williams. It is claimed that she had been told what to say to police by her boyfriend. Williams also faces charges of assault.
    Swinscoe received 18 weeks imprisonment which has been suspended for 12 months and banned from owning animals for three years.

    Source: Exmouth Journal
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