Cat Torturer Given Light Sentence
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Lovey shot 30 times with BB gun
Good morning readers. This is an update on a case that made national news back in September about a cat who was shot thirty times then tossed into McKay Bay in Hillsborough, Florida. On Wednesday this cat torturer was given a light sentence when he had his day in court.
This case made the news not because of the abuse done to the cat, but for the carrier made up to look like a jail cell. On the side of the case were the words "kitty penitentiary, Inmate Mittens and Cell 666."
When this case was first being investigated there was a $1000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest. Records state the punishment could be up to five years in prison.
The cat, Lovey, was found by someone who heard her cries after being thrown into McKay Bay. This person had the heart to take Lovey to a vet where it was discovered she'd been shot thirty times with a BB gun (a type of air gun).
Giovanni Estrada, age 20, was eventually arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
Pam Perry, an investigator with Hillsboro County Animal Services called this cowardly act "a heinous act of animal cruelty."
Giovanni Estrada appeared before Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet on February 23, 2011 where he admitted to the shooting and other abuse he had caused Lovey.
I'm quite upset that Judge Sleet has given this cat torturer such a light sentence. Estrada was sentenced to 364 days in jail, 250 hours of community service and 3 years probation. Plus he must undergo psychological testing and treatment.
Why wasn't he given a harsher sentence? Because the judge felt the need to humiliate Estrada in court (which he did). Estrada says he's sorry and it won't happen again. The judge knew full well that Giovanni Estrada tortured a caged defenseless animal and let him go with a slap on the wrist.
Pedro Estrada, Giovanni's father, says that although Estrada is 20 years old he's still a child. Excuse me, but in this country he turned into an adult at 18. What will they say when his next crime involves a person?
Are any of the readers here fuming mad at this light sentence? I am. Partly because I know how the jail system works in the U.S. There's something called "work side" where the inmates can earn time off their sentence by working while imprisoned. So chances are he'll serve about five months and be released.
I believe he should have been given the maximum five year sentence. If not to punish Estrada, then to serve as a warning for other cat haters like him. We all know there are plenty more where he came from.
What do the readers at pictures-of-cats think would be a fitting punishment? The cat was shot 30 times by a BB gun and thrown away like garbage in a crate it had obviously been punished in many times in the past.
How can the legal system set any kind of an example by giving 20% of the punishment allowed? Can SOMEONE out there just explain how far someone has to go to be punished in this country!!! Many killers began with animal crimes. Doesn't anyone in the legal system study?!!
I'd better close now. I'm starting to ramble. Please comment.
Photos are courtesy of Petabuse.com