Friday, August 27, 2010

Woman charged for beating cat with rake

From The Times Leader

A woman is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday on charges she injured a cat with a metal rake. Jessica Pachucki, 23, of North Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals by the SPCA of Luzerne County.
The charges were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 5.
According to the criminal complaint:
Robert Kennedy, of Logan Street, reported that a woman on North Meade Street beat his 13-year old cat with a metal rake on July 30.
Kennedy took his cat to a veterinarian and learned the feline suffered a fractured leg that required amputation and puncture wounds, the criminal complaint says.
Kennedy had the cat euthanized at the SPCA.
Pachucki called the SPCA and admitted she struck the cat with a rake. She claimed she was attempting to keep the cat away from her dog, a pit bull, the criminal complaint says.
A witness told an animal control officer, according to the criminal complaint, that she witnessed Pachucki beating the cat with a rake, and that the pit bull was tied to a dog house, about 30 to 40 feet away from the cat.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled on Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.

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