Teen gets life ban after horrifying animal attacks


A Luton teen has been banned from keeping animals for life after horrifying videos of him kicking a cat in the street and brutally beating a dog were found on his mobile phone.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also sentenced to an 18 month Youth Rehabilitation Order at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday– including a supervision order and a three month daily curfew from 7pm to 7am.

He previously pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act relating to an unknown tortoiseshell and white cat and a white and black Staffordshire bull terrier called Tyler.

The disturbing footage was found by police investigating another matter, and was then passed on to the RSPCA.

The first part of the footage is believed to have been filmed in September 2013 and shows the 16-yearold pinning Tyler down in a chair, then repeatedly punching her in the face and chest with brutal force.

He can then be seen yanking her down and holding her by the neck so he can kick and knee her several times more.

There is also footage, believed to have been filmed in April 2013, showing the juvenile forcefully kicking the cat in the face in an unidentified street in Luton.

This video was saved under the title ‘LOL’– an acronym for ‘Laugh Out Loud’.

RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law said the attacks were “utterly abhorrent.”

She added: “I have seen a lot of horrible things in my job, but I felt physically ill watching this footage, it was so distressing.

“I just couldn’t help flinching each time each one of these animals was so brutally attacked.

“What makes it even worse is that he seems to have seen this gratuitous violence as some form of entertainment.

“Not only did he film it on his phone, but saved it under the title ‘LOL’.

“Thank goodness a lifetime disqualification was put in place to prevent other animals from suffering a similar fate.”

The cat– which the RSPCA have been unable to trace– would likely have suffered bruising and soft tissue trauma and possibly physical trauma to the pelvis and bladder, according to a vet.

He said Tyler would have suffered the same extreme distress and bruising and soft tissue trauma, but also likely damage to ribs, eyes, facial nerves, trachea damage.

The dog has now made a full recovery.