Man convicted for shooting, killing cat on Freret Street

Updated: Dec. 13, 2017 at 12:23 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans man has been convicted for shooting and killing a cat on Freret Street, according to the district attorney.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office said Wednesday that Kyre West was convicted for deliberately killing a cat in a drive-by shooting outside a Freret Street pet care center back in October.

West, 19, pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated cruelty to animals.

Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich imposed the following sentence:

  • A four-year prison term, suspended;
  • A $5,000 fine, plus $276 in restitution to the cat's caregiver;
  • 60 days in the Orleans Justice Center jail;
  • 400 hours of community service;
  • A psychiatric evaluation and written apology for his conduct

West admitted shooting a neighborhood cat named Blackie with a pellet rifle from his passing car at 4:23 a.m. on Oct. 4.

The killing of the animal was captured on video surveillance cameras outside the Uptown pet care center Zeus' Place, where the feline often was found, according to the report.

West was arrested two days later by New Orleans police officers who spotted him driving the same vehicle shown on the recording.

"Mr. West deserves to pay for his outrageous actions against a defenseless animal, and we applaud the seriousness of the sentence imposed by Judge Zibilich," Cannizzaro said. "Such despicable conduct offends not only pet and animal lovers, but the sensibilities of our community as a whole."

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