On 27 July 2020 at approximately 9:30pm, RSPCA Queensland received a call advising that a kitten had been found discarded in a wheelie bin outside a residential property in Park Ridge.

The kitten was found with duct tape wrapped around its neck, legs and torso and was taken to the RSPCA Wacol Veterinary Hospital. When the tape was removed, veterinarian staff discovered remnants of fire crackers and burn injuries to the kitten’s neck and mouth.

On 29 July, RSPCA Inspectors assisted by Police, executed a warrant at a Crestmead address. The RSPCA seized a number of items including a piece of used duct tape with cat fur matching the description of the kitten located in the bin. A mobile device was also seized which contained a video of the defendant lighting firecrackers which were taped to the kitten.

No animals were located at the property.

RSPCA Spokesperson Emma Lagoon said, “It’s utterly disturbing that anyone could treat an animal in such a sadistic way and toss them away like they’re garbage. It just shows their complete lack of empathy. It’s quite worrying a person like this is out in society to be honest.”

The matter finalised in Beenleigh Magistrates Court today.

23-year-old Bradley HACKETT entered a plea of guilty to a charge of animal cruelty. He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and will serve 2 months before being released on parole on 23 August 2021.

Her Honour stated the sentence needed to be a deterrent to anyone committing similar offences and “cannot accept this as misguided curiosity” as put forward by the defence. Her Honour also stated the footage shown in court today was distasteful and difficult to watch and it was obvious the kitten was distressed.

HACKETT was also prohibited from owning any animals for 5 years.

Shauna Smith RSPCA Qld Prosecutions Solicitor said, “The Magistrate took this matter seriously today and handed down a sentence that will see this defendant experience imprisonment for the first time. We hope this serves as a warning to anyone who thinks this kind of behaviour is acceptable. It is abhorrent and repugnant and completely deserving of imprisonment.

 “I’m pleased to say that thankfully Charlie the kitten made a full recovery from her injuries and a horrific start to life and is now adopted into a loving home.”

If you witness animal cruelty or have an animal welfare concern, report it 24/7 to the RSPCA via 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).