A TEENAGER who butchered one of his girlfriend's cats and thrust another into a washing machine has been jailed for 20 months.
Peter Bebbington, 18, of Timbrell Avenue, Crewe, was sentenced after admitting two counts of animal cruelty and one of affray.
Chester Crown Court heard how he kicked and punched one of the cats, calledSocks,to deathbeforehidingits body under the stairs.
When his girlfriend, Michelle Tomkinson, came home and found the dead cat he picked it up and started to 'dance around the room' with it.
Bebbington, who has worked in an abattoir,then tied a piece ofstring around its neck and let the cat drop to the floor, saying: 'You have been found guilty'.
Later he fetched a knife from the kitchen and chopped off its paws before stabbing it repeatedly in the stomach and slitting its throat.
At one point Miss Tomkinson tried to escape with another cat, called Clover, saying she was taking it into the bathroom to 'give it a wash'.
But as she tried to barricade the door with a chest of drawers so she could climb out of the window Bebbington became suspicious.
He burst through the door and grabbed the cat, taking it downstairs to the kitchen where he put it in the washing machine on a spin cycle.
The cat was only saved when Miss Tomkinson unplugged the machine and waited for the door to unlock so she could release the cat.
Matthew Corbett-Jones, prosecuting, described how she was also attacked during the assault at her home in Barthomley Crescent, Crewe on December 27.
She tried to flee through the back door but Bebbington grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back to the house and into the living room.
Mr Corbett-Jones said: 'The defendant then moved the knife to the cat's throat and said to her 'if you do that again I will do you too'.'
A post-mortem examination revealed that Socks had died of heart failure. The animal's liver and kidneys had been damaged, it had suffered blows to the nose and its whiskers had been snapped off.
Patrick Thompson, defending, told Friday's hearing Bebbington had been 'brave enough and mature enough to face up to these allegations'.
Judge Elgan Edwards ordered Bebbington to serve his sentence in a young offenders'institute and banned him from keeping animals for life.
He told the teenager: 'I have had the misfortune to hear many distressing and upsetting cases but I can honestly say, in relation to animals, I have never come across a case quite as despicable as this.'