Horspath man fined for drowning a pet cat


A man has been fined for drowning a cat.

Prosecutors said Patrick Reilly, 43, killed the tabby, called Simba, in Oxford on August 26 last year.

Appearing before the magistrates’ court this afternoon, Reilly, of Gidley Way, Horspath, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

He was fined £80, ordered to pay £119 in victim surcharge and costs and was banned from keeping animals for five years.

The full charge, which was brought by animal charity the RSPCA, read that Reilly caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a tabby cat known as Simba, by an act namely drowning and he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so. 

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire’s court and crime reporter.  

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