THIS video shows the shocking moment a woman hurled a black tom cat at her neighbour’s house as she was annoyed their two cats kept coming into her garden.
April Hawes, 38, was caught by her neighbours’ CCTV throwing their eight-month-old cat ‘Shadow’ 25ft through the air.
2 April Hawes was caught hurling Shadow 25ft through the airCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Shadow landed on the pavement suffering soft tissue damage following the incident on March 1.
He was described as now being “very nervous” by his owners.
On the footage, Hawes could be heard screaming she hoped her neighbours could see it on CCTV.
Hawes appeared at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Friday to admit causing suffering to a protected animal.
Anne-Marie Sheridan, defending, said Hawes suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after the attack.
Hawes, who owns cats herself, said she didn’t wish to cause harm and was remorseful after the incident.
She was spared jail and instead ordered to complete a 12-month community order with 30 days of rehabilitation activity.’DISGRACE’
Shadow’s owners Kevin Yarham, 33, and his partner Sophie Baker, 26, had been having breakfast with their two children, aged one and two, when Hawes picked up and threw Shadow.
Kevin, a shop assistant from Dereham in Norfolk said: “Shadow was scenting near her house. Cats do what they do….they are animals that explore and they’re free roaming.
“She just picked him up and threw him as he was scenting…I have no idea why she did this.”
He blasted the sentence as an “insult”.
He said: “It’s an insult to all animal owners, it’s a disgrace and far too soft.
“It’s also an insult to all people who suffer PTSD…this is no excuse.
“It’s an embarrassment. So much for tougher sentences for animal abuse, clearly the courts don’t care.
“The whole community is disgusted”.
Hawes was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £85.
2 CCTV showed Hawes throwing the cat at her neighbours’ door Credit: SWNS:South West News Service