#TheList Archie Spencer, born 11/12/1998, and Rebecca Guy, born 11/11/1999, both of Goodwood Drive, Wolverhampton WV10 6GH – for cruelty to a four-month-old kitten, who had to be put to sleep due to the severity of his injuries
Archie Spencer, a man with a temper as short as his height (5ft 2in apparently), abused helpless kitten Wolfie over two months, resulting in broken ribs and a fractured skull.
The kitten finally had to be put to sleep when he was taken to the vets with the skull injury.
The injuries were so severe that the RSPCA was alerted and Spencer was prosecuted.
Spencer pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
His partner Rebecca Guy pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence of failing to protect the cat from pain and suffering.
The court heard how between January 25 and March 28, 2018, Wolfie suffered numerous injuries while living with the pair, who are parents to a three-year-old child.
Guy first took the kitten to a vets with a head injury. Weeks later Wolfie had five broken ribs and on the third occasion, he had a horrific skull fracture that went from one side of his head to the other.
The final injury was so serious the vet decided the kindest thing was to put the kitten to sleep and, believing the injuries had been caused deliberately, alerted the RSPCA.
Inspector Kate Parker said: “The pair had always denied harming the cat, however in court Spencer took responsibility for the injuries to Wolfie – although we will never know what actually happened.
“What we do know is on three occasions Guy took the cat to the vets with serious injuries, each time claiming they were accidental.
“On the third and final occasion the cat was clearly badly injured. The vet took some video showing poor Wolfie who looks barely alive and when she touched him he reacts, which demonstrates he would have felt pain.
“That is when the decision was made to end his suffering and later an X-ray revealed his horrific skull fracture.
“Poor Wolfie was only four months old and in that short life enjoyed so much suffering and pain – it is horrendous to think what he went through. In the end he was barely alive and breathing in his own blood, it was truly awful.”
Archie Spencer: jailed for 12 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for life.
Rebecca Guy: eight weeks in jail, suspended for a year. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Both: total of £524 costs and charges.