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Former Owner of Abused Cat Sentenced to Jail

Williams So of La Puente was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and sentenced to 36 months probation.

The former owner of a gray-hair tabby cat who was repeatedly from the has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, according to Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control officials.

The defendant in the case was identified as 18-year-old Willis So of La Puente. He accepted a plea deal at his pre-preliminary hearing in El Monte Court on Dec 20.

So also received 36 months summary probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. He must further perform 300 hours of community service and pay $100 in restitution.

"Lily, now re-named Pepper by her new owner, is acclimating nicely and recovering on schedule, according to their family veterinarian,” Marcia Mayeda, director of the agency, said in a press release. 

“Our officer made a home visit to the new owner, which revealed a loving and safe environment for her. She had it rough in her last home….she is a deserving little girl,” Mayeda said.

Authorities said , which they said happened quite often. He punched the animal, slammed her against the wall and threw her across the room.

The LA County Department of Animal Care and Control is asking the public to call their local animal control agency if they suspect animal cruelty in their neighborhood.

Anyone interested in adopting a pet should call the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter at 626-962-3577, visit its location at 4275 Elton St., or go to the shelter's Web site for more information.

David Braun December 29, 2011 at 04:04 PM
How someone could want to hurt that little cutie is beyond my comprehension.
Carlos Aviles (Editor) December 29, 2011 at 04:41 PM
At least in this case, justice was served David, but you are right. It is hard to understand.
Nelson Brana December 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM
only 180 days ?? geez .. usa justice sucks
maria December 30, 2011 at 07:14 AM
there should be a web-site to keep a record of all the animals abuser: like their picture, birthday, town,first name, midle name,most important his full last name. Just like the public web-site, that is free for the public to check as a back ground. Because a person that is abusive to: people,children,animals,and the earth as well. 18 months is not enough, although the pain that the poor kitty went thru when he throw her against the wall among the rest of the things he had done to him before that should be added to his sentences. such as no Television, no phone calls, no visits, and maybe a story book with written stories and pictures about how sad they look and the fact that they can't ask for help, when they are been abused. like baby animals, specially a picture of the kitty that he has abused in the first place, just locked him in a small room without going out of his room for two weeks on a row and having someone watch every second of the 2 weeks, and most important give him a safe pencil and plenty of paper so he just write what he has done wrong. This way he will learn not to abuse another animal, nor another human been, it is very possible and the sensation of having a guilty mind. he just may learn to be a better citizen and a respectful human been, for the community sake.
Syl Sidewinder March 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM
I could be mistaken, but it's highly possible that Willis So, is the by-product of a highly dysfunctional family, marred by long history of domestic violence. Children raised a midst violence and abuse, often become desensitized to it. To them, it's "normal", for "daddy to beat mommy", or for "mommy and daddy" to beat them, and all living creatures under the same roof. The female offspring, many of whom begin to "breed" at age 15-16, tend to attract USELESS ABUSIVE mates. Usually, both are high school dropouts, unable to support themselves", much LESS a child, yet they often proceed to give birth to a LITTER of kids. Hence, the "family tradition" (along with its defective genetic strain) "lives on", at the expense of the taxpayers! Typically, the male children start the cycle of violence during puberty. Their first victims are defenseless innocent animals--usually the family dog and/or cat! Soon thereafter, these "stellar male role models" (yes, that was sarcastic), become spouse "BATTERERS", child abusers and/or sexual predators. Sadly, their adulthood is a continuum of revolving doors, which vacillates between jail, prison, and the judicial system. Fortunately, there's a "happy ending" in this case. The cat was removed from an abuser, treated for injuries, and adopted by a family who DESERVES pet ownership! However, the question and the grim reality of the many innocent helpless victims who continue to suffer, still remains.
Syl Sidewinder March 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I commend the citizens who alerted the authorities, and I'm glad the perpetrator is now on record. Was his punishment was too light? Considering the cat was the victim of ongoing abuse, ABSOLUTELY. However, we must MUST be mindful that children learn by example, which leads me to believe, that Willis So, also endured abuse. Would a harsher sentence help him become a more sensitive respectful individual? I doubt it. In most cases, these kids rarely receive praise for their accomplishments, or good deeds. Poor behavior SHOULD warrant suitable discipline, and a clear explanation of why it was as such. After a short time, the parent(s) and the child should discuss the situation, and the alternatives which favor better decisions in the future. It's crucial that the child has ample opportunity to share, ask questions and to be heard! Instead, of discipline which aims to teach, these kids are beaten, threatened, and bullied on a regular basis. The "perfect" breeding ground for budding sociopaths, void of a human conscience, who only see the world for what they can get out of it! @Maria--Hello. The manner in which you expressed yourself, tells me that you care about how others feel and you respect all forms of life. THIS IS GOOD! I, too, hope Mr. So learns the respect of which you speak, but I'm afraid my optimism isn't a strong. Granted it's possible, esp. if So was just 3 or 4 years younger, but given the fact he's 18, I fear his bad behavior are already in place!
Jose April 20, 2013 at 07:27 PM
This is totally wrong. His mother loved the cat more than his own son. He accidentally kicked the cat while he was running to the bathroom and the cat's leg became injured. He argued with his mother and he brought up that he will threaten the cat because it was more important than he was. That's when she called the police on him and lied that he was abusing the cat. He couldn't stand up for himself cause they saw the cat was already with a broken leg. This record will mess him up in the future. You people don't know the true reason of what happened in this situation. All I can say to you people who believe this crap....fck you.
Jose April 20, 2013 at 07:29 PM
read my comment and think about what you said twice.

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