NEW ORLEANS -- A man now faces thousands of dollars in fines, a psychiatric evaluation, and community service after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a cat outside an Uptown animal rescue.
Kyre West, 19, pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals charge Wednesday.
West admitted to shooting a neighborhood cat named Blackie with a pellet gun on Oct. 4. Security cameras at Zeus’ Place caught the incident on camera.
"My blood went cold. I got goosebumps," said Zeus’ Place Owner Michelle Ingram when she watched the video.
Doctors said Blackie was in a coma before he died. X-rays showed pellets in the animals’ skull.
Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich sentenced West to a four-year suspended prison term, a $5,000 fine plus $276 in restitution to the cat’s caregiver, 60 days in the Orleans Parish jail, 400 hours of community service and a psychiatric evaluation, as well as a written apology.