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UPDATE: Man gets up to 2 years in prison for shooting 2 kittens (IA)

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    {Original alert: http://www.peta.org/alert/automation/AlertItem.asp? id=469 } Man gets up to 2 years in prison for shooting 2 kittens By Todd Ruger /
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 20, 2002
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      Man gets up to 2 years in prison for shooting 2 kittens

      By Todd Ruger / QUAD-CITY TIMES



      A Davenport man faces up to two years in prison for shooting two
      kittens in the head with a pellet gun before burning them alive in
      his burn barrel in April.



      Christopher R. "Jake" Woodworth, 39, of 3119 Homestead Ave., also
      was fined $600 and required to pay $752 in restitution after he
      pleaded guilty July 9 in Scott County District Court to one count of
      animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor. He was sentenced this
      week.



      The 12-week old kittens, Daisy and Molly, belonged to Woodworth's
      neighbor, Davenport police said.



      One of the kittens survived by jumping from the barrel after the
      neighbor removed the lid while helping his two children search for
      the kittens, police said. One kitten already had died in the
      barrel.



      When the neighbor's children told their father April 19 that the
      kittens were missing, they also said Woodworth had made a comment
      about shooting cats earlier that day, police said. The neighbor's
      daughter also said she had been in Woodworth's garage to get her
      handlebars fixed when she saw a hangman's noose with papers
      underneath with red drops, police said.



      The neighbor said he chased down the kitten after it jumped out of
      the barrel, police said, and he found it had burned paws and a
      gunshot wound to the head.



      Veterinarians at Bell Animal Clinic treated that cat for burned
      paws, and an X-ray revealed a pellet embedded in its brain, police
      said. The cat still is alive, they said.



      Police took the kitten found dead in the barrel to Whitehaven Vet
      Clinic, where an autopsy revealed particulate matter and burned
      debris in its lungs, indicating it was alive when thrown into the
      barrel, police said.



      X-rays revealed a pellet imbedded in the kitten's brain, police
      said.



      Police executing a search warrant on Woodworth's residence May 1
      found a pellet pistol with a box of pellets, a tan-colored boot
      lace in the garage tied in a hangman's noose and graffiti on the
      garage wall reading "Cats = 0, J = IIII," police said.




      Police also found cardboard with pellet holes, a live trap used for
      catching animals the size of cats, a small amount of marijuana and
      two pipes with hobby fuses, police said.



      (Reporter Marc Chase contributed to this article.)




      "Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love to our hearts,
      and warmth to our souls."

      Colleen Klaum

      "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with
      men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
      Immanuel Kant
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