(AUS) Counselling for kitten-killer

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AN intellectually disabled man who today admitted chopping a kitten in half and throwing the remains in a river has been ordered to undergo counselling and treatment programs by a Perth magistrate. Counselling for kitten-killer

20sep05

AN intellectually disabled man who today admitted chopping a kitten in half and throwing the remains in a river has been ordered to undergo counselling and treatment programs by a Perth magistrate.

Gregory Decampo, 29, from Collie today pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty brought by Western Australia's RSPCA, following the death of the animal in April this year.

Perth Magistrate's Court was told how Decampo's girlfriend had been looking after the two-month-old kitten black-and-white kitten for its teenage owner.

After becoming increasingly annoyed at the cat's meowing, the court was told Decampo took the animal to the backyard of his property, placed it on a chopping block and cut it in half with an axe.

He then put the remains of the cat in a bag, and threw it in a nearby river.

 

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After Magistrate Libby Woods was told Decampo suffered from an intellectual disability, she ordered he serve a 12 month community based order with a strict supervision provision.

He will also be required to report weekly to the ministry of justice officials, and will have to undergo counselling.

Emma-Jane Morcombe, spokesperson for WA's RSPCA, said they were satisfied with the punishment.

"Due to Mr Decampo's intellectual disability and personal problems, the RSPCA is pleased he will undergo intensive counselling and supervision, which he would not have received if he had been fined or imprisoned," Ms Morcombe said.

"We hope the counselling may help to prevent Mr Decampo from committing further acts of animal cruelty in the future."