Man pleads guilty to shooting, killing cat outside Uptown animal rescue

At 4:25 a.m. Wednesday, surveillance cameras caught someone driving slowly by, at least six times. The car was stopping and waiting by her colony of rescued outside cats. Then a gun points out of the driver's window and shoots

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.

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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.

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