Animal lovers beware: This story will wrench your heart with sadness.
On April 20, a young college student reported the cruel abuse and murder of her pet cat, Saya, to media outlet Insight. This horrid act was done by none other than the student's ex-boyfriend, who struck Saya's head with a soju bottle until the cat died. Saya, bleeding profusely from the head and in agonizing pain, eventually passed away after being neglected.
The student only discovered that her pet had died when she found Saya's limp, lifeless body in a black plastic bag after she returned home from a night out. The ex, instead of apologizing for murdering Saya, only told the student brazenly, "I told you that I would kill the cat."
In a phone call with Insight, the student claimed, "Every time my ex drank, he would get violent. He acted especially vile toward Saya. He would hit Saya simply for the reason that he didn't like the cat. When I tried to stop him, he'd threaten to kill the cat and strangled and kicked me."
Insight tried to reach out to the man to get his side of the story but as he had entered training for his mandatory military service, getting in contact with him was difficult.
The student reportedly said, "Saya was like family to me. I can't even bear to go into my own home thinking of how cruelly Saya died," and fumed, "What make me even more angry is the fact that he went to sleep after striking Saya on the head. It makes me so mad that I don't think I can endure it any longer."
The police officer in charge of the case informed Insight in a phone call, "We've confirmed that the guy has entered training for military service. Once he's properly conscripted as an ROK soldier, we'll take up the matter with the military police."
Meanwhile, Saya's owner revealed that she has buried Saya's ashes at a park, saying, "I felt sorry about just burying Saya in the ground so I cremated the body. I hope that [my ex] won't be let off with a light sentence."