Three people have pleaded guilty to separate cases of animal cruelty, one of which lead to the death of a kitten.
In the first case, Dezhi Zheng, 43, pleaded guilty to felony animal neglect after three dogs were seized from Zheng's backyard, which was also being used as a marijuana grow, in November 2017.
According to the District Attorney, Zheng allowed one dog to suffer deep cuts around its neck from a wire that was being used as a collar. Bradshaw Animal Shelter performed surgery on the dog to remove necrotic tissue.
In the second case, Tyler Blankenship, 23, pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty after killing a kitten on November 12, 2018.
According to the District Attorney, Blankenship was angry after he learned that his girlfriend could not keep the 6 to 8-month-old kitten he had given to her as a gift. He grabbed the kitten from his girlfriend and slammed the animal into a fence as hard as possible.
The kitten's skull was fractured in multiple spots. It died immediately.
In the third case, Elias Rocco, 22, pleaded guilty to felony animal neglect for abandoning a dog and cat in an apartment after he had been evicted.
According to the District Attorney, when the animals were found in June 2018, the dog had been left in its own filth in a small crate. Neither animal had any food or water, both were in very poor condition.
Zheng, Blankenship, and Rocco will be placed on 5 years formal probation and will not be allowed to own, possess, reside with, maintain or care for any animals for 10 years. Blankenship will be ordered to complete 12 anger management classes as well.
Sentencing for incarceration for Zheng and Blankenship are pending at this time.