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article imageMan admits to putting cat in microwave, freezer and dryer

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 11, 2010 in Crime
Torquay - A 44-year-old UK man who admitted that he put a cat in a switched-on microwave, tumble dryer and freezer, and filmed it on his mobile phone has said it was "drunken, stupid drugged-up mistake."
Amazingly, the one-year-old cat called Roxy survived the ordeal and was taken in by the RSPCA.
Colin Sherlock, from Dawlish, Devon admitted to the cruelty when he appeared at Torquay Magistrates Court.
SWNS reported that John Wyatt, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court that Sherlock “caused unnecessary suffering to a female short-haired domestic cat by subjecting her to mental and physical torture through confining her in a microwave oven which was switched on, a tumble dryer which was switched on and by confining her in a freezer.”
Chairman of the bench Rita Hannaford said sentencing was adjourned because reports from the probation service are needed, but told him he was probably looking at custody for the matter.
The footage he recorded on his mobile phone shows the cat being placed in the microwave for 10 seconds and the dryer for 10 second, before being pulled out by the scruff of the neck and put in a freezer for about 20 seconds.
Investigating officer, Pc Phil Colley, had earlier been quoted by BBC News as saying: "I felt sick watching it. It's the worst case of animal cruelty I have seen in 10 years on the job."
Police were first alerted after a recipient of the footage reported it to the RSPCA.
Sherlock was remanded on unconditional bail until November 5 when he will return to court for sentencing.
“I put my hands up to it. I have made a mistake and I am going to be punished for it,” SWNS quoted him as saying when leaving the court.
”It was a drunken, stupid, drugged-up mistake and if I have harmed anyone I apologise.”
A 16-year-old and 17-year-old youth were also charged with cruelty related to the incident. They entered pleas of not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal when they appeared at Torquay Magistrates Court.
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