Hong Kong pet proprietor sentenced to group service for placing cat in washer

A lady has been sentenced to group service for placing her cat within the washer. (South China Morning Submit photograph)

HONG KONG: A lady has been launched from jail final yr for having her cat caught in a washer as punishment for defecating on her garments at a flat in Hong Kong.

Insurance coverage agent Yuki Wong Yi-Ting acquired 80 hours of group service on a cost of animal cruelty in Tuen Mun Courtroom on Monday after a Justice of the Peace discovered that the 29-year-old had abused her pet out of “momentary malice.”

Wong landed himself in court docket on February 7 final yr after posting a video on his Instagram account that confirmed his cat locked inside a spinning washer for 14 seconds in his flat on the Tin Chak property in Tin Shui Wai was.

The animal could be seen urgent its muzzle towards the clear lid of the top-loading machine, at which level the machine is opened and the animal is instantly ejected.

The girl laughed on the abuse with a caption claiming that it was solely a “prank” performed with the animal because it defecated the place it should not.

Deputy Justice of the Peace Henry Fung Lim-wai refused to settle the case with a high-quality, noting that not solely had Wong turned a blind eye to his cat’s struggling, he additionally inspired cruelty to animals by sharing the video on-line. did.

However Fung accepted the probation officer’s suggestion {that a} brief interval of group service was adequate to indicate Wong’s culpability and given her restricted accidents to the cat and the defendant’s willingness to hunt assist from animal trainers after the incident. To cease committing crimes once more.

He additionally famous Wong’s excessive instructional {qualifications} and the household’s assist that the crime was inconsistent along with his regular habits.

The Justice of the Peace additionally ordered Wong to pay HK$27,000 (111,500 baht) in medical bills to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

In final month’s trial, Wong tried to absolve herself by claiming that her pal was liable for the abuse and later despatched her the video.

However she refused to reveal her pal’s full title and their relationship, saying she had gone overseas and was unable to help within the investigation.

Wong stated that her cat had defecated on her garments earlier than the video was made, however added that she was a cat lover and that the Instagram submit was a joke.

The Justice of the Peace rejected his declare saying that his alleged affection for animals contradicted the actions achieved by him. He additionally discovered that it was inappropriate for Wong to stay silent throughout the police investigation, when he had the chance to clear his title by revealing his pal’s function within the crime previous to his alleged emigration.

However he rejected prosecutors’ request to go away the cat within the care of the SPCA as a result of the case was “not significantly critical”.

The punishment for animal cruelty is as much as three years.

The respondent is the 2019 Miss Hong Kong, the elder sister of Carmine Wong Ka-man.

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