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Man sentenced to prison for throwing cat in trash

Posted Sep 01 2009 3:23pm

According to the Chicago Tribune, a Michigan man was sentenced to 18 months to 6 years in state prison for allegedly torturing the family cat and then tossing it into the garbage after he thought it was dead. 31-year-old Joshua James McKinley received credit for 56 days he had already served and was ordered to pay $628 in court fines and costs.

Police said on July 6 McKinley threw the family cat, Whiskey, up to 20 times before it ended up in the garbage can. McKinley said he threw the cat because it was eating dinner on the kitchen counter.

Previously McKinley pleaded guilty to felony animal torture. The injured cat, Whiskey, was taken to the West Michigan SPCA.

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