An unemployed Hong Kong woman was on Monday barred from returning to her flat, where she was accused of killing two cats by throwing them down 40 floors last month. The Kwun Tong Court heard Ip Man-yi, 48, told police that she dumped the cats because they were ill and she could not afford to put them down. She was not required to enter a plea on one count of cruelty to animals. This was her first court appearance. Why Facebook needs to stop feeding us animal-cruelty videos Prosecutors alleged Ip cruelly treated the two cats and caused them unnecessary suffering at Sau Mau Ping Estate on April 29. Court documents showed that Ip was an unemployed claimant of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. Her boyfriend Yuen Kam-chuen, 43, a dim sum chef, was also charged with one count of assaulting a police officer on the same day. Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung adjourned the case to July 10, as requested by the prosecutors, pending animal autopsy reports and additional legal advice. The pair were released on HK$10,000 bail, on condition that they reside in their other reported address and do not leave Hong Kong. They are also barred from returning to the flat, where the offence was said to have taken place. Cruelty to animals is punishable by a HK$200,000 fine and three years’ imprisonment.