#TheList Amos Price, born 10/08/1989, of 24a Trevor Road, Pelsall, Walsall WS3 5DB – encouraged his dog to maul a neighbour’s cat to death
Footage of gypsy Amos Price setting his dog on eight-year-old cat Cleo on 23 October, 2019, was shared widely online after it was released in a bid to identify him.
The 30-year-old admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Price, described by police as “a yob”, was also banned from keeping animals for life at Walsall Magistrates’ Court.
The crime was discovered when Cleo’s owner, Gary Truefitt, checked his home’s CCTV footage after he became suspicious that his pet had not come back inside.
The horrific footage shows Price approaching the home with his lurcher-type dog, which he then pulled towards the cat, triggering the brutal mauling.
In a statement, Mr Truefitt said: “I feel as if there is a big part of my life missing.
“I don’t want to go home because I know Cleo is not there.”
He previously described Cleo as “a daft cat in lots of ways” but a companion who “will be very much missed”.
Price was arrested by West Midlands Police following a six-day manhunt sparked by the release of footage by the RSPCA.
West Midlands Police said the attack was “completely mindless, senseless and beyond any justification”.
“As a police force and community we have all been appalled by the sickening actions of Price.”
The unemployed father of two, who has recent convictions for criminal damage and assault, claimed he was drunk at the time.
His defence said he was “extremely ashamed and sorry” and that his family had received death threats after the footage was shared on social media.
Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail. Banned from keeping animals for life.