Orrin Lloyd has been charged with inflicting blunt trauma on Puss the tabby cat, but was cleared after a trial.
The 31-year-old was, however, found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering when he did not seek help despite clearly being in distress.
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The Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard vets consider slaughtering the cat because of the seriousness of the injuries, but after spending 15 days in an animal hospital he is’ doing well ‘.
Prosecutor Kyra Badman said medical evidence indicated the injury was caused by “blunt trauma,” but said Lloyd was found not guilty of inflicting the injury after a trial.
Ms Badman said Lloyd’s mother Tracy Lloyd came to his house with a cat basket after “receiving a call from her son saying the cat was injured”.
Ms Lloyd said on arrival the cat “was crying, in pain and barely moving”.
She took him to the vets the next morning where they discovered “several pelvic fractures” and his “heart and respiratory rates were high.”
The cat was also unable to stand on its hind legs and needed pain relief.
Ms Badman said there was a fracture where the pelvis attached to the cat’s spine and the cat’s pubic bone, adding that “the animal was clearly in pain” which was “prolonged by the disability of the accused to provide appropriate care ”.
An expert said it was likely the injury was caused between 48 and 72 hours before it was taken to the vet.
A veterinarian said the cat was “clearly in distress” and in “painful condition”.
Ms Badman said: “The vet team were discussing euthanasia at one point, such was the severity of the injuries. “
Lloyd had claimed that he thought the cat was “in heat” rather than in severe pain.
Calling for Lloyd to be banned from keeping any type of animal, Ms Badman said: ‘There was some concern in a statement from the accused’s mother, in relation to other animals.
“In her statement, his mother talks about his concerns, on one occasion he threw a mouse down the stairs. “
She said he also kept a rat in a closet and his mother found it without food.
Ms Lloyd said he also kept a pet rabbit in an apartment in Southport “without food or water” and “she was worried about a pet parakeet she described as extremely thin”.
She said there was also another cat who was “extremely nervous” and was found without “food or water”.
Lloyd, 31, has previously been convicted of criminal damages and assault and battery.
Nick Archer, defending, said that in general the cat had been “well groomed”.
He said: “He hadn’t eaten because of the injuries, but before that he was slightly overfed.
“In terms of general care, there had been no negligence. “
Mr Archer said Lloyd eventually called his mother because he “realized there was a problem and took action”.
He said Lloyd worked part-time as a maintenance worker in Liverpool.
Mr Archer added that during part of the time the cat was in pain, he was with Lloyd’s mother.
He said during his cross-examination of an expert at the trial that they said it “was not uncommon for inexperienced owners to think that an animal was in heat” and that they could not “Make a clear difference”.
Mr Archer said the expert also told a court it would not be possible to determine whether the cat was in heat.
Lloyd, of Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Sentencing District Judge Duncan Birrell said: “It is not clear exactly how these injuries occurred, but this is your cat and was in your possession at the time of the incident. “
Lloyd has received a 12-month community ordinance and must complete 30 rehab activity requirements and 80 hours of unpaid work.
He has been banned from keeping an animal for 10 years and has to pay a fee of £ 500 and a victim fine surcharge of £ 95.
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