SAN ANDREAS, Calif. – May 23, 2022 – Alley Cat Allies President and Founder Becky Robinson is calling for maximum punishment for Colton Fontes, who was arraigned today on charges of felony animal cruelty for the shooting and killing of Mr. Meow the cat earlier this year in Calaveras County, California.
“Despite his not guilty plea, the police report states that Fontes admitted to killing Mr. Meow,” Robinson said. “We remain focused on securing justice, including a conviction and maximum sentence and prison time for Fontes. We will be following this case all the way through sentencing.”
The judge in the Superior Court of California for Calaveras County also granted a protective order for Mr. Meow’s owners against Fontes, which shows the gravity of the crime. The owners of Mr. Meow and Alley Cat Allies were in the courtroom for the arraignment.
“Convictions in cases like these is critical to end the epidemic of animal cruelty in our country,” Robinson explained. “Cats suffer and feel pain. Cats are victims. The abusers of these crimes must be prosecuted. Anti-cruelty laws are there to protect all cats, including those who live their lives outdoors in every landscape.”
Alley Cat Allies will continue following the case and providing updates online at alleycat.org.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the leader of the global movement to protect and improve the lives of cats and kittens. Now in our 32nd anniversary year, we are joined by over 800,000 supporters worldwide.
Our President and Founder Becky Robinson is a leader whose vision, thought leadership and innovation have revolutionized humanity’s understanding and respect for the intrinsic value of cats. Becky is working toward transformational societal change with a distinct, but not exclusive, focus on compassion for animals, community empowerment and community cohesion.
Alley Cat Allies believes every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest. We exposed an entrenched system in which animal control agencies and shelters have been killing millions of cats for over a century. Today, the programs we introduced in the United States are mainstream.
To achieve our goals, we collaborate with grassroots advocates, animal shelters, municipal managers, and lawmakers to replace deadly laws and policies with ones that protect cats. We defend all cats by offering cutting edge education online, in person, and through one-on-one dialogue. We advance lifesaving innovations such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR), high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter, microchipping, anti-declawing legislation, and any program that best serves the interests of cats.
Our website is www.alleycat.org, and we are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.