A cat owner stabbed her pet up to ten times before putting it in a freezer with ready meals and calling the police to confess.
Suzanne Bennett, 48, knifed the black and white moggy, named Poppy, in a drunken attack after she swigged three bottles of white wine.
When officers raced to her home in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, they heard the distressed cat meowing from inside the freezer.
After rescuing Poppy they saw she had stab wounds to her leg and neck and rushed her to a vet, Manchester Evening News reports.
Wigan Magistrates Court heard the poorly cat made a miraculous recovery and is now in the care of the RSPCA.
Bennett, who had two other cats, told the hearing she carried out the attack as she has a ”angel side and a satanic side.”
She said: “I had three cats for ten years, which were ten, nine and eight. I had them since they were eight weeks old.
“I treated them like they were my children. I looked after them before I looked after myself.
“I do not know how many times I stabbed them, by the way.”
She admitted causing unnecessary suffering and was spared jail but must complete a 18-month community order after JPs were told she has severe mental health issues.
Bennett was also ordered to complete a nine month alcohol treatment requirement was fined £100 and told to pay £300 in vets’ bills and £95 in costs.
Anna McDonald, prosecuting, told the court a vet found the cat had been stabbed ‘multiple times’, and had wounds ‘ranging from a one-millimetre puncture to a four-centimetre puncture’.
She added: “It’s the vet’s opinion that Poppy suffered from chronic pain as a result of her wounds.
“The vet also said the cat suffered mentally due to the injuries and from being confined in the freezer.”
Bennett later told police she suffered from depression and, for the past 10 years, had ‘heard voices in her head.’
Ms McDonald added: ”She said on the night in question, she said she had drank three bottles of wine and at 3am had gone into the kitchen, grabbed a a knife and then stabbed the cat.
“She then followed it upstairs and stabbed it again before watching TV and then going to stab it again.
”She said she turned the freezer to a high setting because she wanted to end the cat’s life.
“She said she had an ‘angel side’ and a ‘satanic side’ and the ‘angel side’ had told her to get help.”
Her lawyer Jed Frazer said in mitigation: “This is a distressing incident both for the cat and Miss Bennett because she had three cats.
“She had them for eight, nine and ten years respectively, and none had come to any harm from her.
“She loved those cats and described to me that she loved them as if they were her children. She says they were always well looked after, and often, they were fed better than her.
”In the probation report, it suggests that she said in the interview that she suffered from moderate depression. It’s more than moderate. It’s quite severe.
“She had been in bed for two weeks and didn’t get out, other than to feed the cats. She has a severe mental health problem and doesn’t want to keep any animals again. She is clearly very remorseful.”
Bennett, who has no previous convictions, has been banned from keeping any animals for five years.