In Charleston, West Virginia, officers from the Kanawha Charleston-Humane Association charged a man on Tuesday with animal cruelty after an investigation concerning several cats that had been tortured, mutilated and/or killed. According to WvahNews, Wayne Mallory Jr. faces three counts of felony animal cruelty for torturing cats.
On Monday a search warrant was issued for Mallory’s home after neighbors stated they had witnessed animal cruelty.
In a press release, the KCHA, stated there were four cats seized – three were still alive and one cat was dead. The cats had been stabbed, stepped upon and/ or skinned. The dead cat had been dismembered. A necropsy has been ordered to ascertain the cause of death. Staff veterinarian Jamie Totten stated the injuries to the animals were all inflicted by humans. Chelsea Staley, the executive director of the organization, posted the following statement:
“This is the most disturbing case of animal abuse our investigators have ever seen. This appears to be the most malicious case that we’ve ever had to deal with, and we really hope to bring justice for these animals. To think someone in our community is capable of such violence toward animals is unsettling. Our team is committed to ending animal cruelty, and we’re hopeful this investigations spared the lives of countless future animal victims…”
The surviving cats are now under the care of the Kanawha Charleston-Humane Association and are being treated. They are expected to make a full recovery. If found guilty of the charges, Mallory faces a maximum $6,000 fine and up to 18 months in prison.
Rest in peace innocent cat. (Photo for torturing cats via screenshot by Fox News and KCHA)
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