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Man Sentenced to Community Service After Mutilating a Cat

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

81-year-old Francisco Benitez has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of probation for mutilating a cat.

Officials say Benitez was frustrated at neighbors for letting it roam into his yard and wanted to send a message.

So he reportedly chopped off its ears and tail.

Officials say Benitez admitted to the act and to killing others. Reports show a witness saw some dead felines hanging on Benitez's storage unit and even saw a pile of tails next on the ground nearby.

The cat, named Athena, has since been adopted out.

NewsWest 9's Anum Valliani will have more details at 5 and 6.

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