A man who was filmed on a mobile phone forcing a cat to inhale cannabis before swinging it round his head like a lasso has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Jobless Mark Kane (20) was handed a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, for his “appalling” cruelty by South Tyneside Magistrates.
The attack — described by the prosecution as “vile” — was carried out at his South Shields home in January, filmed on his mobile phone and later uncovered by police investigating another matter.
On the short video clip a voice could be heard, in between laughter, shouting: “This cat is getting stoned off its head” and “Get him stoned to f***”.
Kane admitted two counts of animal cruelty at a previous hearing.
Clive McKeag, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court how Kane got the cat, put it in a draw-string bag and then blew cannabis smoke into it. Kane then swung the bag around his head. Since the incident the cat has disappeared, the court heard.
Kane told police he was looking after it, although it did not belong to him.
Outside court, RSPCA inspector Claire Hunt said: “He had a complete disregard for this animal's welfare.”