Teenagers caught on CCTV letting dog chase and kill cat receive death threats online
The teens appeared in court and were given a 12-month referral order to the youth offending team, as well as banned from owning any animal for 10 years
Two teenagers, who were caught on camera forcing a cat out from underneath a car before setting their dog on it and letting it chase and kill the feline, have received death threats on social media after their identities were leaked. The pair, aged 15 and 17, had recently appeared in court to face charges after admitting to the incident that took place in Gwaelodygrath Lane in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, in May.
This past week, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) released the disturbing CCTV footage of the episode, which was described in court as a "disturbing and deeply sinister attack". It shows one of the teens holding down his dog by the collar as the other walks menacingly towards a parked blue car with a stick in hand.
The latter then gets down and begins jabbing the stick at something, with the dog getting more and more agitated. A cat then pops out from underneath the bumper, and the teen lets go of his dog who chases the cat into the bushes. The chase doesn't last long, and the dog victoriously struts out with the feline in its neck.
The teen then carries the cat, which was later discovered to be a 12-year-old feline by the name of Sully, into full view of the camera before nonchalantly tossing it over the bushes on the other side of the road as the footage cuts off.
Sully's owners said they had been looking for their missing pet for two days before they decided to check the CCTV footage around the area and found that the two teens had murdered their cat. "I'm crying my eyes out watching all this. I'm just shouting run - run for your life. I'm just crying uncontrollably," the family said in a statement.
The pair had made their appearance in court last week and were each given a 12-month referral order to the youth offending team. They were also disqualified from owning any animal for the next 10 years, though the sentencing did little to pacify angry netizens who felt the punishment should have been more severe.
According to Wales Online, after their identities were leaked online, several hundred took the opportunity to post comments on their social media profiles, not mincing their words in the least. One wrote, "Try and hide yourselves boys, we are coming for you. You can’t run far enough."
Another similarly commented, "Dirty little low life animal murderer. Hope someone gets revenge on you for this act of total disregard for life. I hope this follows you and lives with you for all your life, and I only hope it's as short-lived [sic] as the cat's [sic] life."
The boys' addresses were also shared on the internet, with the South Wales Police currently staying mum on the issue. A force spokesperson said, "We cannot comment on individual cases but wherever there are concerns for an individual’s safety, South Wales Police will work closely with partners to ensure that any appropriate safeguarding measures are put in place," adding that "any offenses would be investigated."
(NSFW, the video might be distressing to watch for some):