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Case ID: 5018
Classification: Burning - Fire or Fireworks
Animal: cat
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Saturday, Jul 20, 2002

Disposition: Alleged

» Name Undisclosed - Convicted
» Name Undisclosed - Not Charged
» Name Undisclosed

When a neighbor investigated noises she heard in an alley, she saw three youths giggling and a cat squealing. She saw three young people run away from the scene, then she found the singed cat.

The July 20th incident was the second of of its kind this year. There were two youths charged over a July 17 incident which involved a one year old cat that was also burned. The cat recovered.

A 14-year old boy who was charged in the July 20th abuse pleaded guilty earlier in the week to causing unnecessary suffering to a stray cat. He has been ordered to perform 80 hours of community service possibly at the Regina Humane Society. The boy will also receive 10 months probation and a conditional discharge. He is banned from owning a pet or living in a residence where there are animals.

Judge Leslie Halliday said, "This is a serious offence, causing very serious injury to an animal. It doesn't bode well for the future. Cruelty to animals is not a good sign."

The prosecutor said the youths held the cat and took turns using a lighter to set it on fire.

The kitten has recovered from the abuse and has been adopted by a family.

Another youth charged in connection with the same incident has pleaded not guilty and has a trial set for December 18. The third person who was 11 years old at the time of the incident was not charged.

The kitten required numerous operations after being set on fire but has made a fine recovery.

A spokesperson for the Regina Humane Society said she hoped the boy receives psychiatric help.


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