A man from South Wales has avoided prison after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals after poisoning his neighbours' two cats.
44-year-old Tristian Paul Pearson, of Bargoed in South Wales, was handed an eight-month suspended sentence for poisoning his neighbours' family cats - Luna and Bailey - intentionally luring them into eating ethylene glycol - a toxic substance used in anti-freeze.
Both of the cats died a short time after the poisonings happened in September 2021, when within a week of each other both animals appeared weak and unsteady on their legs.
Bailey, a male Persian cat died before being seen by a vet. Luna, was put down after discovering she had kidney failure that was caused by consuming the concoction made by Pearson.
At a hearing last Friday, Cardiff Crown Court heard how after the cats had died, the owners of the animals, a father, and daughter who lived in two separate houses near Pearson's property, began to search the gardens of their neighbours.
When they looked into the back garden at Pearson's home they saw two pots, one containing a bright blue liquid and another that had tuna in it. The pots were both handed over to the RSPCA who discovered that both of them contained a high concentration of ethylene glycol, a substance that is highly toxic to cats.
In court, Pearson pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals and was handed an eight-month prison sentence that was suspended for 18 months.
He was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and banned from keeping any type of animal for five years and given a £2,000 fine.