July 2023

Harry Taberner jailed for sickening abuse of cat

A cowardly animal abuser who caused ‘serious harm’ to someone elses pet cat has been jailed and banned from keeping animals for five years.

Harry Taberner, aged 30, caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a tabby called Tallulah, on January 11, 2021 in Chickerell.

It is understood he was looking after the cat for someone at the time.

Taberner, now of of Stamford Avenue, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court in May regarding the sickening offence – but did not show up.

He was found guilty in his absence on May 25 in a prosecution brought by the RSPCA and a warrant for his arrest was issued. 

He was sentenced on Tuesday, July 18 at Chester Magistrates’ Court where he was sent to prison for 20 weeks.

Tallulah suffered injury to the ‘subcutaneous tissues of the back and neck which resulted in significant fluid accumulation and pain’.

There were a number of areas of fur loss and skin abrasion and the vet said it was ‘highly unlikely the injuries occurred accidentally – they would have required human involvement’.

The court was told that on the morning of January 12, 2021 a number of witnesses reported the cat to be distressed with wet fur and some areas of fur missing, which led to the alarm being raised.

Taberner was also told to pay costs of £128 and has been banned from owning animals for five years.

He pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on two occasions in January and March of this year. 

He was sentenced to one week in prison for each occasion which was added to the 18 weeks he received for the animal abuse offence.