Charges Send Clear Message Animal Abuse & Neglect Not Tolerated
Wednesday July 18, 2012
Jeric Flores, the 21-year-old, who admitted to Metro Police and investigators from Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) to shooting Gabby, a cat, with a bow and arrow in March pled guilty in Circuit Court. Flores was charged with and pled guilty to animal torture, tampering with evidence and cruelty to animals in the second degree.
The terms of his plea deal include: felony diversion (resulting in five year’s probation plus five years served if another violation occurs), restriction from owning any animals for the length of the probation (five years), full restitution to Shamrock Arrow Fund for Gabby’s veterinary care and the surrender of his current animals to LMAS.
“Our officers’ deal with these abuse and neglect cases on a daily basis,” said Justin Scally, director of Louisville Metro Animal Services. “As a department we will continue to do whatever it takes to send a clear message that these types of acts will not be tolerated and we will continue to use all our resources to find the people responsible. We hope this sends a clear message to the community that if you abuse animals you will face consequences.”
Thankfully, Gabby is doing well and is happy and healthy in a new, forever home. Flores gave up custody of his other animals: a cat, Tinkerbell, and her three kittens. They are up for adoption at the Animal House Adoption Center. LMAS is hoping the community shows its support by helping these and other animals in need.
In an effort to help find these and other animals a home, LMAS is offering adoption specials. All cats six months and over are $9 and kittens are $35 with an approved application (effective until July 30, 2012).