A 19-year-old Sydney woman was detained by police overnight after allegedly stabbing a cat twenty times and throwing its body over a second-floor balcony.
In a statement, NSW Police said officers were called to a Dee Why residence around 8.20am yesterday where they discovered the cat’s body.
ABC reports officers spoke with a neighbour upon their arrival, who then took the deceased pet to a vet. The vet reportedly confirmed the animal died after sustaining numerous stab wounds.
The woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Northern Beaches Hospital for a mental health assessment.
She was released into police custody and transferred to Manly Police Station, where officers charged her with torture and causing death to an animal, along with aggravated cruelty to an animal.
The woman was refused bail and was slated to appear before Manly Local Court today today.
Police state a second cat was retrieved at the premises and handed to the RSPCA. Citing RSPCA NSW staff, News.com.au reports that cat is unharmed.
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