Frank Lewis, a sadistic and dangerous teenager, broke into a cat sanctuary in Wales and stole ten cats in a cage. He cut their legs to make them lame so that his hunting dogs could catch them. Three cats were mauled to death in different places near the Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary. Four cats were found alive. Three are missing presumed dead.
The judge said that:
“You then broke into a cat sanctuary and stole ten cats. You used them as bait for your dogs. They are acts of great cruelty amounting to sadism”
The prosecution said in the trial that Lewis has…
“extreme right-wing views on race and sexuality”
Theresa Ahmed, the sanctuary owner said:
“The burglary has changed my life for ever. The sickening realisation that cats were missing and what had happened to them will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
Ms Ahmed had built the sanctuary in the grounds of her home in 1990. She had fallen when searching for her cats and hurt her back. She may have damaged her spine.
Before his act of sadism on rescue cats, Lewis had strung a sheep upside down from a tree and then beheaded it with a machete. An accomplice had taken a photo of himself and the sheep which he posted on Facebook. The desire to show off one’s criminal behavior on Facebook seems to be trending. Think of Kristen Lindsey.
Lewis pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage. I am not sure why ‘criminal damage’ is referred to except that cats are treated as chattels under the law but the Animal Welfare Act 2006 would have allowed a prosecution for animal cruelty rather criminal damage. This must have been a technical issue.
He was sentenced to 30 months in a young offenders institution. As I understand it this sentence allows Lewis to lawfully hide his conviction from employers, and others, five years after his release from prison. In addition the vast majority of criminals in the UK only serve half their sentence before being released on license. I don’t know if this will apply in this instance.
Personally I’d argue that he deserves 5 years behind bars. And five years should mean just that. He should also receive treatment – lots of it. He is likely to hurt animals again if he has a psychiatric disorder.
Frank Lewis will go down in history as one of the infamous animal abusers.