Man charged with cruelly beating a cat belonging to woman he knew

ULTIMO, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NEWS AND COMMENT: A 25-year-old man, known to a woman who lived with a three-year-old cat, Summer, has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty offences against Summer, who was seriously beaten sustaining broken teeth, missing fur and bruising.

Man known to a woman who has a cat companion is charged with cruelly beating the cat
Man known to a woman who has a cat companion is charged with cruelly beating the cat. Stock photo (Pixabay).

The cat's guardian found her cat in a unit in Ultimo, Sydney at around 4pm on Saturday. Summer was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Police then arrested a 25-year-old man at a home on O'Briens Road, Hurstville after midnight on Sunday. He has been charged with committing an act of cruelty on an animal by reckless beating causing serious injuries. He attended court today Sunday May 9th. His application for bail was refused.

We don't have more details. 

Comment: Without more it appears to be a classic case of a matrimonial dispute with the aggrieved man taking it out on the woman's cat. This happens a lot. The cat is very vulnerable in matrimonial disputes and are almost invariably owned by the woman. If the man is aggressive the cat can be the brunt of his anger. Conversely, women use the children to emotionally hurt the man by withdrawing contact between them and her former partner. The vulnerable are innocent bystanders in matrimonial wars.

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