Man jailed for killing a cat

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A spiteful husband has been jailed for stabbing his wife’s cat to death after a row.

Brute Andrew Beese, 60, used a knife to kill five-year-old Koko before throwing the cat’s body over his garden fence.

Beese, who told investigators he attacked the pet because it scratched him, was jailed for 14 weeks by JPs at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

But prosecutor Nick Sutton said he attacked the animal because of a bust-up with his wife.

He said: “The position is that he simply killed this animal as a matter of spite. It is as simple as that.”

Mr Sutton said that a neighbour saw Beese attack the animal in front of his kitchen window.

He said: “He was clearly holding something as he stabbed the cat.”

The court heard how the neighbour described seeing the cat get away from Beese but he cornered it and picked it up again.

When police arrived at Beese’s house, he told officers: “Look what it did. It scratched me, so I killed it.”

Mr Sutton said: “In the first interview the defendant maintained that the animal attacked him and he claimed that he feared for his life and he simply strangled it. “He feared for his life, it was a bloody pussy cat not a tiger, moron!”

But the court heard the animal had been stabbed and not strangled.
Beese, of Bisley Old Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, showed no emotion as he was led away to begin his sentence.

Chairman of the bench Peter Langman told him: “We are concerned as to the risk you pose to others.” “So why only 14 weeks prison? Totally agree with banning him from keeping animals for 20 years, wish all Judges were so keen, but 14 weeks jail for killing a sentient being is not enough!”

Beese was also banned from keeping animals for 20 years.

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DA: Jermel Miller Of New Cassel Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty, Other Charges

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A New Cassel man has pleaded guilty to animal crueltyand other charges after officers discovered a severely emaciated pit bull in his apartment.

Jermel Miller, 33, will serve six months in jail for animal cruelty and resisting arrest, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Riceannounced Friday.

Bronco, a 3-year-old pit bull, when he was first rescued. (credit: Nassau County District Attorney’s Office)

Back in January, police were called to a domestic disturbance at an apartment in Elmontwhere they found the emaciated 3-year-old pit bull named Bronco.

The dog’s ribs, spine, and hips were clearly visible through his fur, said authorities. He had open sores on his paws and Rice said Bronco’s toenails were so long, they curled under his paws and he needed help to stand.

When cops tried to arrest Miller for animal cruelty, Rice said he “violently resisted.”

Bronco was taken to Central Veterinary Group in Valley Stream where he was treated for malnutrition, a skin infection and moderate dental disease.

When he was taken, Bronco only weighed 29 pounds. Veterinarians said a healthy 3-year-old pit bull should weigh between 60 and 65 pounds.

“It is incredibly sad to know that this defendant watched an innocent animal wasting away, yet refused to simply open a can of food for him,” Rice said in a statement.

Bronco has since recovered and is now in a new, loving home.

As part of his plea, Miller is prohibited from owning, harboring or having custody or control of any animals for five years.

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Jail Time for Thailand’s “Cell Phone” Tiger Poachers – Wildlife Conservation Society

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Jail Time for Thailand’s “Cell Phone” Tiger Poachers - Wildlife Conservation Society

The evidence for their crime was grim: Two poachers posed proudly over a dead tiger, shotguns in hand. The photo was found on one of the men’s cell phones last summer, damning proof that eventually led to their conviction.

Now, Thailand is hoping to send a new warning to the criminal gangs that continue to pursue the world’s last wild tigers. Thai authorities have sentenced the two poachers, who were arrested in July, to prison.

The sentence was handed down after a lengthy trial. One poacher, a Thai Hmong will serve five years in jail, while the second, a Vietnamese citizen, will serve four. These are the most severe punishments for wildlife poaching ever handed down in Thailand.

The tiger killed last summer was an animal being tracked by WCS conservationists in Thailand’s Western Forest Complex. Researchers were able to confirm its identity by examining the stripe pattern depicted in the cellphone photo—a visual thumbprint unique to each tiger. The poachers had alleged the tiger was shot in neighboring Myanmar, but the matched stripe pattern proved otherwise.

The sentences are the latest achievement of an ongoing operation known as the SMART patrol, a systematic, evidence-based adaptive management program designed to increase monitoring and enforcement in areas important to conservation.

“The jail sentences show that Thailand is serious about stopping poaching of its wildlife,” said Joe Walston, WCS Executive Director for Asia Programs. “WCS commends the dedicated park guards and enforcement personnel who made this conviction a reality.”

Thailand serves as a training ground for guards from other Asian countries seeking to protect their own resources. WCS collaborates with the Thai government in the training of enforcement staff from China, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Last December, WCS released incredible camera trap video footage of a rich gallery of wildlife from the forests of Thailand confirming that anti-poaching efforts are paying off.

WCS work in Thailand is supported by the Multinational Species Conservation Funds of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of State, Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation‘s Save the Tiger Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, The Cattail Fund, and other private donors.

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