Man, 70, charged with killing a stray cat after disturbing footage was shared online showing the animal drowning in a garbage can
- A man from Coffs Harbor was arrested yesterday and charged with animal cruelty
- A social media post about catching ‘feral’ cats was reported by a local
- Previous posts show another trapped cat and a dead cat propped up on a board
- The 70-year-old man will appear in Coffs Harbor court in August augustus
A man who posted on social media about drowning what he described as a ‘feral’ cat has been charged with animal cruelty by NSW police.
The 70-year-old man was arrested yesterday at a home in Coffs Harbour, on the north coast of NSW, and charged with torture, beating and causing the death of an animal.
A member of the public notified local police of the man’s posts, one of which shows a small ginger-white cat trapped in a cage.
A social media post earlier this week featuring a cat trapped in a cage led a member of the public to report the man to police
“The first wildcat of the season,” the caption read.
“I saw it on one of my video cameras last night, lured the cat trap with a small can of food, woke up this morning meowing.
“Fill the green bin with water so I can teach him swimming lessons and mercifully euthanize him in 15 seconds in the sinking cat trap.”
The man has since muted or deleted his numerous social media accounts.
Daily Mail Australia has seen previous reports from the same person showing other cases of animal capture.
An August 2020 post showed another cat trapped in a cage alongside the caption: ‘This hefty feral cat was caught overnight in my trusty cat trap as the first of the spring season.
“Led in at 4 a.m. by a can of cat food, he pulled the trigger that locked it and is now basking in the sun, waiting for the wheelie bin to fill with water for its last swim…”
Yet another post showed what appeared to be a dead cat leaning against a sign that read “Nothing inside is worth dying for,” above a photo of a shooting human silhouette.
“This hefty feral cat was caught overnight in my trusty cat trap as the first of the spring season,” reads an August 2020 post
A social media post appears to show a dead cat leaning against a warning sign
“New security guard at the front gate greets people and warns cats,” the message read.
Several Coffs Harbor residents responded to the news of the arrest by posting photos of their missing cats.
The man has been released on parole to appear in Coffs Harbor court on Monday, August 16.