Alley Cat Allies Calls for Felony Conviction and Justice for Mr. Meow in Copperopolis, Calif., Cat Cruelty Case
COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. Alley Cat Allies President and Founder Becky Robinson is calling for the maximum punishment allowed by law in the case of Colton Fontes, a California man accused of a felony of animal cruelty that was unlawful, malicious and intentional in the shooting and killing of the cat Mr. Meow earlier this year. Fontes filmed his torture, shooting and killing of Mr. Meow a disturbing, bloody video –and circulated it on social media.
“This was an intentional act of cruelty that demands a vigorous prosecution and the maximum penalty from the courts,” Robinson said. “Cats suffer and feel pain. The abusers of these crimes must be prosecuted. Cats are victims. Anti-cruelty laws are there to protect all cats, including those who live their natural lives outdoors in every landscape.”
“Violence toward cats and other animals are frequently just the starting point for additional criminal behavior,” Robinson added. “Well established research has identified the link between violence against cats and violence against humans, which is why it is so important for the criminal justice system to deliver the maximum penalty. It is important to prevent cruelty to more animals in Calaveras County, and the only way to ensure justice in Mr. Meow’s death.”
Robinson also called for the judicial system to prohibit Fontes from ever being allowed to own or be near animals again.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said on March 11 that Fontes admitted to the killing.
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