Berlin plumber gets 7 months in jail for killing cat

Berlin plumber gets 7 months in jail for killing cat
Fluffy. Not amused. Photo: DPA
A plumber who killed his ex-girlfriend's cat by hurling it from a fifth-floor balcony has been sentenced to seven months in jail, German news media reported Thursday.

The 37-year-old man, identified only as Torsten F., said he threw the fluffy black-and-white tomcat called Popeye to its death in a fit of anger because it had soiled the apartment, Bild newspaper reported.

“I just blew a fuse,” he told the court in Berlin’s Tiergarten district.

But Judge Monica Pelcz ruled that an example had to be set. “This was an incredibly brutal act towards a helpless animal… People have to realize that they are not allowed to take out their anger and frustration on those weaker than themselves,” she said.