GUILTY PLEA: Keith John Burnett.
GUILTY PLEA: Keith John Burnett.

Cat killer fine angers RSPCA



KEITH John Burnett bludgeoned five cats to death in a shocking case of animal cruelty.

But yesterday the 59-year-old walked away from Rockhampton Magistrates Court smiling after receiving little more than a moderate fine.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer handed Burnett a $1800 fine and ordered him to pay more than $2400 in court costs after he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

RSPCA barrister Mark O'Sullivan told the court when the animals were found dumped in a bag outside a Gladstone Road, Rockhampton, charity bin, four were dead and one needed to be euthanised immediately.

He said the dead cats suffered broken ribs and serious head injuries, while one had its throat cut.

The animal that was still alive was bleeding from its eyes and was in so much pain it "screamed'' when RSPCA inspector Shayne Towers-Hammond touched it.

The fine angered the RSPCA that vowed to appeal what it called a "paltry'' sentence.

"We believe the sentence is very much on the light side and we will definitely be appealing,'' Inspector Towers-Hammond said.



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