Photo of a cat via Pixabay
Photo of a cat via Pixabay

A woman was ordered Wednesday to undergo 24 hours of animal abuse counseling, perform 15 days of community labor and serve three years on probation for mistreating a cat found with its paws taped together.

Kylie Stringer, 26, of Canyon Country, was also ordered to comply with a ban on owning, possessing or having direct access to animals for five years, undergo a minimum six-month drug treatment program and pay restitution to the animal shelter for the costs involved in the case, said Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Stringer pleaded no contest Jan. 13 to one misdemeanor count each of cruelty to an animal and possession of a controlled substance.

Co-defendant Tyler Scott Vest, 23, of Valencia, pleaded no contest the same day to a misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal and a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance.

He is set to be sentenced Thursday in a San Fernando courtroom, and is facing one year in county jail, three years probation and animal abuse counseling.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested the two on Jan. 9 after heroin was found in their vehicle, which was parked near Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads, according to prosecutors.

Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Halloran told reporters he heard the sound of a cat in distress.

“I asked one of the suspects, ‘Is there a cat in the car?’ and she said yes,” Halloran said.

He said he found a cat carrier containing a feline that was upside-down. Her paws had each been individually taped with electrical tape, then both of the cat’s front and hind legs were bound together, the deputy said.

After deputies freed her, Animal Control officers took possession of the cat.

It was not immediately known if the cat has been adopted.

–City News Service

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