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Andres Wiltz Gets Probation for Beating Kitten to Death

Categories: Animals, Crime

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This is not the kitten who died, but it was probably just as adorable.
A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to hitting a kitten so hard, that it had to be euthanized. He'll serve probation for the cruel deed.

On December 9, 2013, Andres Wiltz brought a five-month-old, short-hair feline into the St. Louis Cat Clinic. According to a probable cause statement, "the feline was pale, cold, and straining to breathe." Veterinarians determined that the suffering kitty had a bruised chest, a large hematoma on its kidney and a torn lung.

The animal docs took x-rays, too. That showed a broken pelvis and broken ribs.
The kitten was too far gone, and the decision was made to put it to sleep.

Asked what happened, Wiltz, 23, said he tried to discipline the cat. His methods apparently involved hitting a small animal several times to near death. Police were called, and Wiltz was charged with felony animal abuse.

See also: Missouri Critter Hoarder Convicted of 75 Counts of Animal Abuse

"The defendant purposely caused injury or suffering to a feline and the suffering caused was the result of torture consciously inflicted by the defendant while the animal was alive," the Circuit Attorney's office said at the time.

But on Monday, Wiltz struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse and was given a one-year suspended jail sentence, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Wiltz will now do a two-year, unsupervised probation stint and attend counseling, as well as an animal-care class during his first year of probation.

The judge also said Wiltz can't own pets anymore.

See Also: Photos: Animal Cruelty in Missouri and Rescues from Abuse

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24 comments
Chad Dye
Chad Dye

Dear RFT: Why do I have to know about this? It's horrible, yes, but who could possibly benefit from reading this article? This just makes me sad, and for no good reason. Sincerely, Chad.

Christy Kirk
Christy Kirk

It is interesting that he took the animal to the vet. It shows at least some level of humanity. I'm not agreeing with what he did. But I think it is a good thing that he is to attend counseling and animal care class. It is better to educate people like that than to just punish them alone.

Vivian Brotherton
Vivian Brotherton

This guy shouldn't be walking the streets. He's the next kidnapper, serial killer.

Kevin Baker
Kevin Baker

The dude above me is an ass hole cat killer too....

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

so stupid. doesn't he know you are supposed to drown kittens not beat them

Mary E Kaufmann
Mary E Kaufmann

Definitely not. His kind just makes you sick to your stomach.

Jamie Brockman
Jamie Brockman

Slap on the hand.... Makes me wanna vomit. What could that kitten have possibly been doing to deserve that? Just wait till he has kids... I'm sure we will see his name in the news again because he will probably beat it to death too.

Kerry Russell
Kerry Russell

Probation?!!?!?!? Can't wait to see what crime this guy commits next. Maybe next time it will be a child's head or maybe his lovers....way to go STL...keep the abuse coming. DUMB!!!

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

why do people like him get to breath the same air we do? special place in hell for him just waiting....

Adam Woehler
Adam Woehler

Probably still allowed to father and raise children

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

can't we just throw him in a pit and get him off our planet?

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