He was arrested by police in July this year after the â€œWatchdog Thailandâ€ Facebook page posted complaints by animal lovers that the cats under his care were tortured and killed.
Investigation by police led to his apartment on Soi Mahatthai 13 in Wang Thonglang district where carcasses of the cats were dumped in the apartmentâ€™s bin.
Phanuwat pleaded guilty to the charge, saying he sought the cats for raise from a poster on â€œHomeless Cat Helpers Clubâ€ Facebook page.
The club became suspicious after Phanuwat could not be contacted and hence could not follow up if these homeless cats were well or ill-treated by him.
It then sought police help to search his apartment room.
Phanuwat was then arrested and charged separately for each case of brutal torture and killing of each cat.
At todayâ€™s hearing the court handed down the highest penalty on him under the Anti Animal Cruelty Act 2557.
He was givenÂ four months for each case he was charged, amounted to a combined 36 months in jail.
But as he pleaded guilty to all charges, the jail term was then commuted to 18 months, with no suspension.
He was then escorted to the courtâ€™s detention centre pending bail.
Source: Thai PBS