A 27-year-old West Coast man has admitted filming while a cat was set alight and killed.
Jason Dale Rowling says he was under the influence of drugs when the cat was killed at a Greymouth beach in May last year.
He admitted the charged of wilfully ill-treating the cat by burning it, causing it to die, at an appearance before Judge Jane McMeeken in the Christchurch District Court today.
The incident took place between May 1 and May 15 when Rowling visited associates.
During the visit, an associate discussed killing a cat by burning it, police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Simcox told the court.
He said the group then drove to a beach where a cage containing a cat was taken out of the boot.
Petrol was poured on the cat and it was set on fire. The cage was opened and the cat ran for a time before dying, said Sergeant Simcox.
Anyone involved with that should go to jail. Animal torture is often an indicator for sociopath behaviour.