27/12/2013 08:40 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 01:38 GMT

Kiki Lin, Student, Charged With Animal Cruelty After Cat In A Jar ‘Punishment' Picture Sparks Outrage

A university student has been charged with animal abuse after "punishing" her cat by stuffing the poor creature in a jar and then posting a picture of it on Facebook.

Taiwanese college student Kiki Lin sparked outrage when she posted the picture of her pet stuffed inside the sealed glass container on Facebook, saying she did it because it was a "punishment for misbehaving".

The cat can be seen in distress, with its face pushed up against the sides of the jar.

The image quickly began circulating online and animal protection officials have now charged her.

But the woman has refused to apologise, despite the outcry in response to the image.

"I only have three words for them, ha ha ha," she said of her critics in an interview with the China Post.

"I really don’t see how it is their place to criticise me without even knowing what happened; they have too much time on their hands."

She added that she put her pet in the jar to experiment with different ways of taking it out with her.

Ms Lin could face up to one year in prison or a fine if she is found guilty of animal abuse.