Hong Kong woman who killed cats by throwing them out of the window gets two weeks’ prison

She had thought the animals had cancer and said she wanted to end their suffering

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 July, 2017, 5:42pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 July, 2017, 5:42pm

An unemployed woman who threw two cats from her 40th-floor window, suspecting they had cancer and wanting to end their suffering, was jailed for two weeks on Friday.

Her boyfriend, who punched a police officer sent to the woman’s flat to investigate the killings, got the same sentence.

Ip Man-yi, 48, and her partner Yuen Kam-chuen, 43, were released from Kwun Tong Court, having spent 14 days on remand.

The abuse came to light on April 29, when a young delivery man saw the plastic bag and pillowcase containing the live animals fall to the ground at the Sau Mau Ping Estate, Kwun Tong. Police were called and when they arrived a resident on 39th floor reported hearing some noise before seeing an object fall from above.

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The couple initially denied the offence, but Ip later admitted throwing the cats from the window while they were still alive because both had lumps in their mouth and on their body and she did not want them to suffer any longer.

Medical reports revealed Ip was suffering from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder at the time of the crime, but was not taking her medication properly.

Ip and Yuen earlier pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to animals and one count of assaulting a police officer respectively.

Defence counsel Michael Cheung Kin-bor said the mother-of-two was very remorseful.

“She loves cats, My Lord,” he told Acting Principal Magistrate Don So Man-lung.

Cheung argued that his client, who had five other cats, genuinely believed the pets were ill after noticing they could not eat or walk properly.

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She stupidly and falsely believed dumping the cats was the quickest way to end their suffering, he said, and did not think of having them put down because of the cost.

He noted the cats died quickly and that Ip did not take any pleasure from the incident.

Three of her other cats have since been transferred to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, all of them generally healthy.

Cheung also argued that salesman Yuen assaulted the officer in the heat of the moment, out of concern for his girlfriend.

The magistrate accepted mitigation that Ip genuinely loved cats and committed the offence out of stupidity, and that Yuen only broke the law because of her.

He also acknowledged that Ip, a long-term mental health patient, may not be able to make sound decisions.