One of those cases where I support the death penalty:
Northern Virginia man convicted of stomping a cat to death told a Loudoun County judge yesterday that he regretted what happened, but insisted that his actions were a desperate attempt to stop the declawed, 14-year-old cat from biting his leg.
The argument did not sway Circuit Court Judge J. Howe Brown. In sentencing Peter J. Landrith, 39, to three years in prison, all suspended, and five years’ probation, Brown was emphatic that Landrith maliciously killed the cat.
“There isn’t any doubt about that at all,” Brown said.
Under the terms of his probation, Landrith is required to undergo a mental health evaluation, barred for life from owning animals and obligated to maintain steady employment and a stable living situation.
Landrith was convicted of felony animal cruelty in October, nearly a year after Luke, a tabby who lived in the Leesburg townhouse that Landrith shared with his then-girlfriend and one of her adult sons, died of trauma, his abdomen filled with blood. Landrith faced as much as five years in prison.
Chad Cornell, the son, testified at trial that he found Landrith stomping his foot into a trash can. Luke was at the bottom, bloody and breathing heavily, Cornell said. According to Cornell, Landrith said Luke tried to eat his sandwich and bit him when he shooed the cat away.
This makes me sick to my stomache. There is a special place in hell for people who abuse children and animals, and this sick bastard did both when he killed the family pet.
I know this is upsetting, but just go look at this picture of Fiona and her person and it makes the pain go away.