Cat-lover fined $1,000 for stealing 45 tins of food

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 April, 2002, 12:00am

A woman stole 45 tins of cat food to feed about 70 strays living near her home, a court heard yesterday.

After being fined $1,000 by Eastern Court Magistrate Ian Candy, Ting Man-yee, 55, said she had been feeding the cats near her home on Wah Fu Estate, Aberdeen, for about four years.

The court heard that on Tuesday Ting was seen by security guards in the supermarket of the Jusco Department Store in Kornhill, Quarry Bay, putting 45 tins of Whiskas and Mon Petit cat food and one box of Friskies into a plastic bag. The total value of the items was $286.

Ting was stopped by the guards and later arrested by police. She pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of theft.

Outside court, Ting admitted she had done wrong but said she stole the food as she did not have money to feed cats that depended on her. 'I don't regret what I did. After all, it's not a serious offence,' she said.

Ting said the Housing Department had previously told her to stop feeding the cats.

'They told me not to feed the cats again, but I just couldn't let them go hungry so I decided to continue feeding them.'

Ting, who was unemployed when she committed the offence, has since found a job as a cleaner at $5,000 a month. The mother of four grown-up children said that despite warnings she would spend three-quarters of her pay on feeding the cats every day.