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Hong Kong men sentenced to jail for egregious torture of stray cat

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So Pak-lam, 23, and Yeung Kiu-yue, 26, were sentenced to 16 months in jail in a Kwun Tong court for torturing and kicking a stray cat on the 11th floor of the Tin Chi House at the Shun Tin Estate according to Friday's South China Morning Post.

The jail sentence is the heaviest punishment Hong Kong has ever passed for an animal cruelty charge. According to Mark Mak Chi-ho, the executive chairman of Making Veterinary Service Society stated:

. "I admire the judge for her boldness in passing a heavier sentence than in past cases of animal abuse. Animals have the same rights as humans to live healthily."

The tragic story dates back to October 2012 when the two men pleaded not guilty to cornering a cat on the 11th floor and kicking her around as if she were a soccer ball. As the cat ran away, the men continued to abuse the animal and laughed as a witness described the cat crying out in agony only moments before she fell to the floor unconscious and obviously in shock.

The men later posted pictures of the suffering cat online.

The cat was found bleeding profusely and paralyzed with irreparable damage done to her kidneys and lungs. The next day she was humanely euthanized.

A young woman, Kong Ka-man, 18, will be be sentenced on Jan. 18.

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