Man Jailed After Being Caught on Camera Urging His Dog to Brutally Maul Neighbor's Cat to Death

A man who set his dog to savagely maul a neighbor's cat to death has been jailed for more than four months.

Amos Price, 30, was arrested on Tuesday after he was caught on surveillance footage setting a dog loose on the cat in Walsall in West Midlands, U.K. on October 23.

Price was jailed for 18 weeks after pleading guilty to a charge of animal cruelty at Walsall Magistrates' Court on Thursday, West Midlands Police said. He was also banned from keeping animals for life.

CCTV footage of the incident showed Price leading the dog towards the cat, named Cleo, then running off as the animal was viciously mauled.

Gary Truefitt, Cleo's owner, said he has been seriously affected by the loss of his beloved cat, ITV News reported. The court that Prosecutor Helen Shipley told the court that Truefitt watched the surveillance footage after he was unable to find his cat.

"The attack has affected my sleep," he said in a statement that was read out in court. "I don't want to go home because I know Cleo is not there. I feel a big part of my life is missing."

The court also heard that Price, an unemployed father of two, had claimed to be drunk during the incident. His defense attorney told the court that he is ashamed of his actions and would not have triggered the attack if he had been sober.

Following the sentencing, Walsall Police Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons thanked those who raised awareness of the appeal and provided information that led to Price's arrest.

"As a police force and community we have all been appalled by the sickening actions of Price. It was completely mindless, senseless and beyond any justification," he said.

"We are grateful to the support we received from the public who played a vital role in assisting our investigations and making sure he was brought to court to face punishment."

In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesman for animal welfare charity the RSPCA said: "We'd like to thank the members of the public that came forward with information about this very distressing attack on a much-loved pet cat, who must have suffered terribly.

"The outcome today is as a result of multi-agency working with the police and we are grateful for their help in bringing this prosecution."

Amos Price
Amos Price was jailed for 18 weeks after pleading guilty to animal cruelty. West Midlands Police