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An ‘evil’ Australian man was jailed after duct-taping fireworks to a six-week-old kitten before setting the animal alight. 

Bradley Hackett, 24, of Logan, in south-east Queensland, also filmed the horrific act while drug affected in July of 2020.

The severely dehydrated kitten survived the callous attack with burns to her face and ears before being dumped and left to die in a wheelie bin by the depraved plasterer.  

Sadly, Hackett wasn’t alone when it comes to shocking conduct involving animals and their owners in the Sunshine State.

Recent statistics released by the RSPCA have revealed some suburbs and regions recorded a 60 per cent spike in animal cruelty cases in the past 12 months.

Bradley Hackett was jailed after inexplicably duct-taping fireworks to a six-week-old kitten before setting the animal alight in 2020

Bradley Hackett was jailed after inexplicably duct-taping fireworks to a six-week-old kitten before setting the animal alight in 2020

Bradley Hackett was jailed after inexplicably duct-taping fireworks to a six-week-old kitten before setting the animal alight in 2020

The depraved plasterer also filmed the horrific act on the kitten (pictured) while drug affected

The depraved plasterer also filmed the horrific act on the kitten (pictured) while drug affected

The depraved plasterer also filmed the horrific act on the kitten (pictured) while drug affected 

The worst suburb in the state for reported cases was Caboolture, with 193 welfare complaints, while neighbouring Morayfield and Ipswich in Brisbane’s west both chalked up 140 complaints.

Alarmingly, Inala in Brisbane’s southwest saw a 60 per cent increase in complaint numbers, with 129 calls to the RSPCA to investigate in the past 12 months, the Courier Mail reported.

RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon said education was key to stopping animal abuse.

‘Through community outreach programs we aim to address the root causes of animal welfare issues,’ she said. 

Hackett, who never expressed a hint of remorse for his attack on the ginger kitten, served six months behind bars last year before he was granted parole in August.

At his sentencing in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court, his vile conduct even shocked a number of veteran police officers.

Hackett pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, failing to provide appropriate treatment for injury and breaching a duty of care to an animal.

The court heard that on July 27 in 2020, a drug-affected Hackett filmed himself lighting multiple firecrackers taped on to the six-week old kitten.

A 4cm burn mark was left on the back of the kitten’s head as well as a 2cm burn mark on its nose.

Hackett later dumped the injured animal in a wheelie bin, but was spotted by a witness, who then called the RSPCA.

Hackett was soon arrested, and refused to comment to police when quizzed on the matter.

The kitten, dubbed Charlie, has gone onto make a full recovery. 

Remarkably, the severely dehydrated kitten survived the callous attack with burns to her face and ears before being dumped and left to die in a wheelie bin

Remarkably, the severely dehydrated kitten survived the callous attack with burns to her face and ears before being dumped and left to die in a wheelie bin

Remarkably, the severely dehydrated kitten survived the callous attack with burns to her face and ears before being dumped and left to die in a wheelie bin

'Charlie' defied the odds and has since made a full recovery following the horrific attack

'Charlie' defied the odds and has since made a full recovery following the horrific attack

‘Charlie’ defied the odds and has since made a full recovery following the horrific attack

Source: Daily Mail

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