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Man Who Beat Cat Gets Probation

The feline was left with a brain injury after it allegedly bit the man.

By City News Service

A Northridge man who beat his girlfriend's cat after the animal bit him pleaded no contest today to animal cruelty and was placed on three years probation.

Nieves Rivera was also ordered to undergo a year of pet counseling and perform 45 days of community service, according to the nonprofit Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

Officials with spcaLA said Rivera tried to remove the cat, named Umechan or "little plum," from a closet by force. When the animal bit him, he attacked her. The cat suffered traumatic brain injury and missing teeth, according to the spcaLA.

His girlfriend wasn't home at the time of the alleged attack in December but discovered her bloody cat when she got home from work. She took Umechan to a vet and the cat survived.

Charles Murray December 11, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Despicable act, and the punishment is not nearly sufficient. As a result of this man basically "getting away with it", I hereby predict that the next bloodied victim of the man, may be a human being (the girlfriend herself, possibly if she stays with him). A slap on the wrist as in this case, will not fix a twisted and cruel personality.
Einie December 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM
So the cat was hiding in a closet (minding it's own business & staying away from HIM!)....he tries to remove it (WHY?!) and it bites him....so he beats it so severely that it has brain injuries & has it's teeth knocked out! AND he just leaves it there - bleeding - without going to the vet?!?!?! LADY - GET AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS FOOL AS YOU CAN!!!! 45 DAYS OF "COMMUNITY SERVICE" & A YEAR OF "PET COUNSELING" IS N-O-T GOING TO CHANGE HIM!!!!! YOU'RE NEXT, SWEETIE! At least when YOU'RE dead he'll get a decent sentence....The judge's hands were tied by the incompetent laws that are written to "protect" animals - or they might have thrown this idiot in jail!!!! Take your cat & RUN!!!!!!!!!!!
Claire Frémont-Hampton December 11, 2013 at 08:15 PM
An eye for an eye is the better punishment, I say. Put him in with a lion if he enjoys beating creatures. Let's see how his behavior plays out with something closer to his own size.
rubberband January 26, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Damn straight, again. I'd go full mental if someone hurt any animal like that in front of me. I'd like to see this a$$ try this with my mini-cougar she devil cat....she once sent a Marine to the E.R......When I take her to the vet, they have to "gas" her a little bit in her pet carrier to get her out, and they use leather gauntlet gloves to get her out....I invite this moron to go a round with my mini-cougar....She'd light him up, lick her paws, and use him as a litter box.

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