A 73-year-old man was on trial this Wednesday morning in the Saint-Brieuc Correctional Court for ill-treatment of a pet and abandonment of a corpse in the wild. Secretary of the hunting society of Bréhat (Côtes-d’Armor), the septuagenarian is accused of trapping a cat in a cage before shooting him with his rifle on April 10, 2021 on the island. He then threw the body into the sea. It was a man looking for his cat who had witnessed the scene and alerted the gendarmes.
At the hearing, the accused first indicated that he saw a stray cat he wished to adopt. According to him, the cat was in a bad condition, so he would have followed the advice of a veterinarian who would have advised him to euthanize him on the spot. Defended by Maître Grillon, the associations Stéphane Lamart and the Société Nationale de Defense des Animaux are civil parties in this business.
At the end of the hearing, the prosecutor requested a three-month suspended sentence against the hunter as well as a ban on detaining an animal for five years and a withdrawal of its hunting license for three years. The decision will be made on June 15.