Man Accused of Swinging Cat By Tail Goes Free

A British judge has thrown out charges against 20-year-old Riain Richards, who is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a 2-year-old cat named Mowgli. Richards was charged with swinging Mowgli by his tail 17 times in 30 seconds in front of a pub, The Camden Arms, in Ramsgate, Kent, while friends looked on and laughed, on October 29. The Daily Telegraph describes the abuse, which was captured on CCTV and released by the Royal Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA):

In the 17 second clip, the animal’s attacker seemingly dances down the road with the black cat at arm’s length.

The animal is then seen colliding with the arm of another man. The cat’s head nearly hit parked cars and a brick wall as it was violently swung around….

Witnesses testified of seeing a group of youths swinging around what looked like a cardigan before realising it was in fact a pet cat.

Mowgli’s owner, IT teacher Michelle Buchanan, said that he was not injured but has been “traumatized” physically and mentally and is no longer willing to go outside. She also said that Mowgli now cries when she tries to pick him up, even eight months after the incident, according to Agence France-Presse.

One of Buchanan’s neighbors, Lynne Jarvis, heard “horrible laughter” during the attack and went outside. She said that the other people with Richards “were jeering and loving every minute of it”; the RPSCA said he only put down the cat after Jarvis swore at him.

Richards, who was unemployed at the time of the alleged incident, has denied the charges against him. If convicted of the charges against him, he could have faced a jail sentence of up to 51 weeks and a fine of up to £20,000 (about $31,584).

The CCTV footage was said to be “of such poor quality that it is hard to identify any distinguishing features,” said the chair of the bench, Gillian Monk. After Richards gave permission, his home and computer were searched but no evidence was turned up. Dover Magistrates’ Court says that there is no case to answer.

Buchanan described herself as “very disappointed, very upset and very angry” after the judgment. Thanking those who had supported her, she said that “there has been no justice done.”

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masayuki tanaka
masayuki tanaka2 years ago

Hang these as******!!

LISA E3 years ago

That piece of shit "human", should be swung by his damn nuts! May he get shot in his head. P.S. ~ This all applies to the worthless pieces of crap that let him free, too. Dumb asses!

Margaret snowden
3 years ago

After sitting up all night with our cat who had been part of the family for 16 years and losing Scooter at 4.30am on Good Friday, crying our eyes out and comforting our three rescued dogs who all adored him - for us this is a vile and cruel act and my heart goes out to the lady who adopted him and lost him because of vicious and mindless Thugs. I cannot imagine what Mowgli endured - but we rescue animals in Spain so we are not shocked just totally saddened. We Are Their Only Voice and we have got to carry on protecting these lovlies.

Gabriela V.
gabriela v3 years ago

thank you for posting

Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago

that is so sick, what message does this leaves to abusers, that it is alright to harm animals. what a sick evil bastard do this

Julie Wilson
Julie Wilson4 years ago

I remember seeing the cctv footage of this just after it happened. Considering that there has been an official report now stating that deliberate cruelty to animals is at an all time high in the UK, it's even more incredible that judges are not taking these incidents seriously. What kind of a message does that give out. I've come to the conclusion that a lot of these judges are a joke and it's disturbing to think they have the final say

Mariniki Liani
Past Member 4 years ago

unacceptable,thank you for sharing-2/6

Frank Payne
Frank Payne4 years ago

This is a disturbing situation following on the recent reports of British citizenry's increased incidents of animal abuse. The judge involved ducked this issue and could have sent a strong message to perpetrators of abuse. It seems to me that there was more than enough evidence to make a case. Not finding evidence at the accused's home meant nothing, compared with the eye witness testimony given. decidedly a judicial cop out and cock up in my opinion and one that the judge should not be proud of.

Linda P.
Linda P4 years ago

This is wrong, there was no justice for this innocent cat. He got off and so he learned nothing and will do something again to an animal and maybe worse. This was torture for this cat and he should have been punished. It wasn't okay to do that, it needs to stop. They are not just animals, they are living, caring, creatures that feel pain.