A mother who killed her cat by putting it in the washing machine was jailed for six weeks.
Holly Thacker (34), from Norwich, broke down in tears as magistrates told her a prison sentence was the only option after she "deliberately caused intense suffering".
Norwich magistrates heard that Thacker, a mother-ofthree, put Fluffy in the washing machine on a boiling wash and then dumped the black cat in her wheelie bin.
The RSPCA were alerted after she told her ex-husband what she had done in front of her horrified daughters, then aged 15 and five.
The court heard the terrified cat broke all her claws as she struggled to find her balance when the washing machine drum rotated. A vet estimated it would have taken between five and ten minutes for the animal to die, during which time "the cat must have been frightened and terrified".
Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Rob Melloy said: "In the seven years I have been working for the RSPCA as an animal inspector, I have never come across anything as heartless as this."
Jonathan Eales, prosecuting, told the court Thacker's ex-husband alerted them.
Mr Eales said: "A conversation took place in which she said 'I haven't got my cat any more'. He said 'Why?'. She said 'The cat scratched me so I put it in the washing machine'. She then laughed and said 'I put it on a f****** boiling wash as well'"
The court heard she had denied cruelty, but was found guilty at an earlier hearing.
Thacker was also banned from keeping household pets for life.
The sentence also includes one day in lieu of £675 in outstanding fines unrelated to the cruelty case.