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CONVICTED: Was justice served?
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Sunday, Apr 30, 2000
Defendant/Suspect: 13 year old girl
A 13-year old unidentified girl has been charged with a series of cat mutilations. She pleaded guilty on May 31, 2000 to one charge of animal cruelty, as well as an unrelated charge of robbing a 16-year old girl at knifepoint and another unrelated charge of theft under $5,000.
Buffy Rodgers defense lawyer said in court the girl says she was only responsible for one of the six incidents in which five cats died and one survived.
Rodgers said, "Her brother is responsible for the other animals that were mutilated." The boy forced his sister to watch him kill the cats and made her clean up their remains.
The defense laywer said it's a traumatic experience in what has been a traumatic childhood for the girl. Judge Albert Lavoie sentenced her to 33 days time served and two years' probation.
The girl will be treated at a residential facility for troubled children.
- The Edmonton Sun - Jun 30, 2000