A man who viciously beat his girlfriend's three-month-old kitten to death at her flat in Birmingham is facing a prison sentence.
City magistrates were told the horrific attack on the animal was one of the most serious incidents of brutal cruelty the RSPCA had had to deal with.
Nick Sutton, prosecuting, said Mark Murphy's girlfriend left her flat on the morning of August 16 last year.
He said later on she received a telephone call from the defendant who told her the kitten, called Leo, was dead.
Mr Sutton said the owner returned to the premises to discover that the defendant had gone.
Mr Sutton said a vet who examined the kitten discovered it had suffered numerous injuries including a torn liver and a broken neck.
He said they were consistent with the animal having been struck repeatedly about the head and body with considerable force.
Murphy (27) of Teviot Tower, Newtown, who admitted a charge of animal cruelty, was told by magistrates that they were considering a prison sentence. They remanded the case until March 2, for a report to be prepared. n An RSPCA inspector caught a man giving such a vicious beating to his dog that the animal lost the sight in one of its eyes, Birmingham magistrates were told.
Following complaints Inspector Herchran Boal called at John Hall's home in Erdington in August last year.
Nick Sutton, prosecuting, said when she arrived she could hear "yelping and screaming," noises coming from a back room and the defendant swearing.
Hall (19) of Hunton Road admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog.
The case was adjourned until March 2 by the magistrates for reports to be prepared. Hall was warned that he could face a custodial sentence.