A TORQUAY man who inflicted 11 injuries on a kitten has appeared before Torquay magistrates.
Jamie Ross, 30, from Braddons Hill Road East injured short haired kitten Shadow so badly that it had to be put to sleep.
Ross pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal when he appeared before Torquay magistrates on Wednesday.
RSPCA prosecutor John Wyatt told the court that the kitten suffered multiple fractures and ruptured internal organs.
Ross had inflicted the injuries and left the kitten for his girlfriend to find eight hours later.
She took the pet to a vet who was concerned about how the animal came by its injuries.
Defending dsolicitor Alan Parsons said that Ross has no previous convictions and accepts the gravity of the situation.
The case was adjourned for sentence on January 15 for pre-sentence reports.
Ross is on unconditional bail.