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Case ID: 19866
Classification: Drowning, Shooting
Animal: cat
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Judge(s): William H. White

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Sunday, Apr 8, 2012

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted
Case Images: 1 files available

Defendant/Suspect: David J. Krawiec

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

An Oil City man is charged with animal cruelty because police say he tried to drown a caged cat in a garbage can containing water after he first shot it with a BB gun repeatedly.

The cat was shot with a BB gun 30 times in the head and nearly drowned before being saved by a neighbor Sunday night.

"I was in tears," said Latisha Adams. "I was knocking on the door because the door was locked. I'm like, 'Honey, open the door. I need the phone. I have to call the police. You can't believe what our neighbor did to this cat.'"

The BBs were pulled from the cat's face, and veterinarians said he suffered a ruptured eardrum and a broken jaw, and his eye will have to be removed.

"We have since removed four more (BBs) that have become infected and and we were able to get out," said Elissa Wright, of Happy Trails Animal Health Center.

Donations have been coming in, with some from anonymous animal lovers, Wright said.

"Cats are amazing, and he's amazing. It's a miracle he's alive at this point," she said.

Police identified the suspect as David Krawiec, 60.

Case Updates

According to court records, the Oil City man who was convicted of torturing a cat in April of 2012 can avoid going to jail by paying restitution and completing community service.

Records indicate on March 8, 61 year-old David J. Krawiec, of Oil City, was sentenced to four to twenty-four months in jail.

This sentence was suspended, though, as long as Krawiec completes 360 hours of community service and pays $8,883.07 in restitution to Happy Trails Animal Health Shelter located at 4871 on State Route 322 in Franklin, the clinic that nursed Sunny back to health.

According to the shelter, Sunny will permanently live with multiple BB pellets in and around his face.

Krawiec will also serve two years probation.

His case will be reviewed in 6 months to see if a substantial amount of the restitution has been paid and if the community service hours are being done.

Krawiec allegedly trapped Sunny in a raccoon trap and was in the process of drowning it in a garbage can filled with water.

According to police, a neighbor foiled Krawiec's plans and interfered after hearing the cat crying and called Oil City Police.
Source: Explore Venang - March 22, 2013
Update posted on Mar 30, 2013 - 11:57PM 
According to court records, an Oil City man has been convicted of a first class misdemeanor of cruelty to animals stemming from an incident in April of 2012.

David J. Krawiec, 58, was facing one count of cruelty to animals, where he allegedly trapped a cat (known as Sunny) in a raccoon trap and was in the process of drowning it in a garbage can filled with water. He was also accused of shooting the cat with a BB gun multiple times.

A neighbor called the Oil City Police after hearing Sunny crying.

Sunny was transported to Happy Trails Animal Shelter for treatment, and reports indicate he is doing well.

According to the shelter, Sunny will permanently live with multiple BB pellets in and around his face.

After a two-day trial before Senior Judge William H. White, Krawiec was convicted by a jury of a first class misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.

Court records indicate a sentencing date has not been determined.

Before the actual sentencing, a pre-sentencing report is required.
Source: Explore Venang - Jan 17, 2013
Update posted on Mar 30, 2013 - 11:56PM 


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