Evil cat killer who strangled pet to death with jogging bottoms cord

A cruel pet owner who strangled his cat to death with a trouser cord before burying its body in a shallow grave has been banned from keeping animals for life.

Wicked Michael Tognetti, 23, used the cord from his jogging bottoms to choke the life out of his tortoiseshell cat called Ruby on October 12 last year.

JPs heard the RSPCA were called after receiving a report from a member of the public that he had killed his pet and buried her body in the garden of his home.

Officers from the animal charity attended his address on Main Street, Wolston, Warks., and discovered an area of fresh soil in his garden with a spade lying next to it.

RSPCA animal rescuer inspector Helen Smith took off some top soil and found Ruby’s body in a shallow grave.



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The body was taken to a vet’s for examination which revealed she had died due to strangulation.

Tognetti admitted it took about 30 seconds to kill Ruby which he did because she was elderly and he felt she needed to be put out of her misery.

But Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday (23/10) that a vet report described the cat to be of a good bodily weight.

Tognetti pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and was banned from keeping animals for life.



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He was also handed a community service order for 24 months and was ordered to pay £300 costs and £90 victim surcharge.

Another cat at the property, a male called Oscar, was signed into RSPCA care and has since been re-homed.

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In mitigation, the court heard how in his mind Togenetti thought he was putting the cat out of its misery and had cooperated with the RSPCA.

Helen said: “Anyone with concerns about an animal coming to the end of their life should seek veterinary advice and putting a pet to sleep to end any suffering should be done in the most humane way possible.”