A teenage thug who kicked and burned a cat to death after downing a bottle of whisky has walked free from court.
Lance Elgar, who was living on a farm in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, ‘lost it’ after rowing with his mother before kicking the animal three times with steel toe-capped boots.
While the cat lay paralyzed from the vicious assault on April 21 last year, the 19-year-old then picked it up and threw it on a fire.
The animal, which belonged to the owners of a farm where Elgar was living, died after suffering broken bones, fractures, internal bleeding and a severed spinal cord.
The landscape gardener was handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
He was banned from owning animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £2,353.15 court costs and a victim surcharge of £80.
Northampton Magistrates Court heard the cat died after enduring ‘extreme pain and suffering’.
District Judge Tim Daber told Elgar it was ‘completely incredible’ someone would take their anger out on ‘a defenceless animal’.