A MAN has been charged with burning his neighbour’s pet cat alive in a sadistic attack in Far North Queensland.
The 62-year-old is accused of using a trap to catch the domestic cat before dousing it in petrol and setting it alight at a house on Maple Street at Innisfail on Saturday morning.
Police said the cat was found by its owner a short time later, clinging to life with horrific burns.
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The feline was rushed to the local animal hospital where, sadly, it had to be euthanized.
The 62-year-old man was arrested and yesterday charged with one count of serious animal cruelty.
Queensland has some of the strongest penalties for animal cruelty offences in the country.
According to the RSPCA, those charged with committing an act of serious animal cruelty in the sunshine state can face spending up to seven years in jail under s.242 of the Criminal Code 1899.
The maximum sentence that can be handed down under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 is three years imprisonment or a fine of up to $235,600 for individuals and $1.1 million for corporations.
The 62-year-old man is due to appear in Innisfail Magistrates Court on Monday, 18 September.