Teen who torched cat in despicable act of cruelty wants probation

A teenager who torched a cat in a small cage in a despicable act of animal cruelty has asked the court, through his defense lawyers, to serve probation, 100 hours of community service and court-ordered therapy. Miami prosecutors say Roberto Hernandez, 19, who was a minor at the time of the crime, torched the defenseless cat and then fed it to his dogs.

According to the Miami Herald, the State Attorney’s Office is asking the judge to sentence Hernandez to a year in jail.

The video, captured on the a neighbor’s home-surveillance system on July 10, 2016 at the defendant’s home, showed Hernandez “dousing a live cat with some sort of combustible liquid.” Hernandez could be seen flicking lit matches into the cage until it burst into flames. The cat tried to escape while writhing in pain in the cage, and according to the witness, the defendant seemed entertained by the animal’s suffering and sipped on a drink while watching the animal suffer.

“He is seen opening the cage, grabbing the burned animal and throwing it to his pit bulls in order to finish killing the animal or to dispose of its remains,” stated Miami Dade Assistant State Attorney Nicole Garcia in a motion filed last week.

Prosecutors want Hernandez sentenced to at least 364 days in jail and five years of probation. Defense lawyers have stated their client’s troubled childhood. His father was sent to prison and dropped out of school at age 16. In addition, the farm where he lived had cockfighting going on. His lawyers also contend the animal in the cage was not a cat, but rather a rabid raccoon, however Florida laws defines animal cruelty as “unjustifiable pain and suffering” to any animal.

“Even if he was unaware of the statute criminalizing animal cruelty, it should be instinctively known to the average man of his age that burning an animal alive is wrong. It appears he has no regard to the pain and suffering of animals,” wrote Nicole Garcia.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Nushin Sayfie is scheduled to decide the punishment at a hearing scheduled for March 14.

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15 replies
  1. Victoria says:

    No probation, he needs to serve some time inside and have a mental evaluation. He should also be banned from keeping pets.

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  2. pennysdachshauds says:

    ONE YEAR!! He needs to be tossed into the EVERGLADES after a gallon of Honey has been poured on his SORRY ASS!!! Troubled Childhood and Now he is What !! A PSYCHOPATH that will continue this Bullshit Until he is Removed from the ATMOSPHERE!!! FOREVER!!!! By!BY!

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  3. maxiemom says:

    Hmmmm…… If it were a rabid raccoon,then his dogs would ALSO have developed rabies from eating the poor thing, wouldn’t they? Odds are he would have also had problems from handling the poor suffering animal, which surely scratched his miserable a** as it writhed in pain!!!

    The lying POS deserves to spend 364 YEARS in prison, not days, and if I had my way, the only way out would be for him to end up like his victim. Using his background as an excuse is just that: an excuse, and a pitiful one at that. Didn’t he know right from wrong? Have a conscience? Just because your father is a scumbag and in jail, and you have horrors at home, doesn’t mean YOU have to end up a monster! You have a choice, and he chose to be a monster.

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  4. Darla G says:

    This sub-human is a POS. Cry me a river….he had a bad childhood so he’s the victim. I call BS. There are many people who have had a bad childhood who grow up to love and adore animals. Throw this jerk in jail for the rest of his life OR let the real animal lovers put him in a small cage and set him on fire while we sip drinks.

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  5. Stephen Phillips says:

    NO EFFIN’ WAY!
    Punish this cretin to the MAX!
    Boo-hoo, for his poor childhood: This cruelty comes from within… p’raps we could burn it out of him???

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  6. Pamela D says:

    I DON’T GIVE A DAMN IF THIS LOW LIFE SCUM OF THE EARTH WAS A MINOR BECAUSE THE POS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING. LOOK AT WHAT KIND OF FUCKED UP FAMILY HE COMES FROM ANYWAY. IF THESE LAWS ARE SO DAMN IN LOVE WITH CARING FOR HUMANS THEY CAN SEE THIS LITTLE BASTARD IS HEADING TOWARDS MURDERING HUMANS SINCE THE LAW DOESN’T FIND ANIMALS SO DAMN IMPORTANT. I SAY TIE THIS ASSHOLE UP SET THEM ON FIRE ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY LITTLE EVIL POS SCUM BUCKET AND PUT HIM IN HIS HOUSE WITH ENTIRE FAMILY SO THEY CAN ALL BURN TO DEATH. HIS FATHER IS A COCKFIGHTER AN OTHER USELESS BASTARD I WOULD LOVE TO MEET. THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE LOW LIFE FAMILY WHO IS PROBABLY ON WELFARE COWARD LOW LIFE LAZY BASTARDS. HOPE THEY READ THIS SO WE CAN MEET. TAKE THESE PITBULLS AWAY FROM THIS SHIT FAMILY BEFORE HE KILLS THEM ALSO. THEY ALL DESERVE TO DIE.

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  7. Patricia says:

    Seems he is following in his dad’s footsteps. He should serve 99 years for such a cruel act. The only good thing is being such a little b he will NEVER make that five year probation.

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  8. Dalma Bugg says:

    Juvenile almost adult – knew exactly what he was doing. Father’s upbringing is totally irrelevant to the case, as is his own. He needs to man up, take it on the chin because he planned his actions – containers of fuel don’t just get left lying around in case someone might be inspired to kill a cat, he brought the fuel to the cat. Five years jail, two years parole after that. Nothing less in my opinion plus pay all costs of case.

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  9. Bev Woodburn says:

    Animal torturing psychopathic depraved vile and evil Roberto Hernandez, 19 must be put to death by the same unimaginble torture and suffering this vile and evil monster from hell committted against an innocent and helpless little cat. There is no excuse for this monsters sadism and evilness. And this animal torturing monster from hell has asked the court, through his defense lawyers, to serve probation, 100 hours of community service and court-ordered therapy. Miami prosecutors say Roberto Hernandez, 19, who was a minor at the time of the crime. There is no excuse and this monsters plight must be ignored. The vile and evil animal torturing monster must be put to death. This vile and evil animal torturing monster torched the defenseless cat and then fed it to his dogs while still alive and suffering in excruciating agony while this monster enjoyed watching the helpless and innocent little cat writhing in agony. The vile and evil monster must be put to death. And making the excuse of his hard upbringing is an absolute disgrace. Kill the evil bastard before he tortures another defencless and inocent cat or any other innocent animal to death..
    This monster Roberto Hernandez, 19 deliberately and heinously tortured this precious and innocent cat by burning the precious and innocent cat while the helpless little creature tried to escape from this monsters sadism an evilness. Then the vile and evil Monster Roberto Hernandez, fed the helpless agonising dying little cat to his dogs.This vile and evil monster Roberto Hernandez must be tortured to death and let this evil bastard die in excruiciating agony as his helpless and innocent little victim endured. Die you vile and evil monster Roberto Hernandez and burn in hell for an eternity. Come on someone kill the vile and evil monster Roberto Hernandez, so this vile bastard cannot torture another innocent cat or any other precious animal by the vilest of heinous animal torture and suffering that this vile and evil monster can commit.This is sadism and evilness at its worst. Absolutely sickening and unforgivable.
    This animal torturing psycho monster must be eradicated from our planet earth.
    RIP little pussy. You have crossed the beautiful Rainbow Bridge into beautiful Animal Heaven where their are no monsters like this evil psycho monster Roberto Hernandez. Fly high beautiful Pussy.

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  10. Linda Szymoniak says:

    He may have been a minor at the time, but it seems only a sociopath could do what he did. There is NO cure for that and he needs to be locked up for the better good. NO probation. Only some serious prison time. Of course, while I don’t really believe in it, one of my first thoughts was an-eye-for-an-eye

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