Baltimore man gets jail time for beating cat with pole

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty to beating a cat with a metal pole and putting it in a trash bin and was sentenced to jail time and probation, the State's Attorney's Office said Friday.

Veterinarians at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter treated the cat, which made a full recovery, according to prosecutors.

A district court judge sentenced Anthony Brown, 54, to 90 days in prison, half of which will be suspended, and 18 months' probation. Brown is banned from having a pet while on probation and has been ordered to pay BARCS $520.87 for the cost of treating the cat, prosecutors said.

On Jan. 24, a man saw Brown striking the cat in the head with the pole and followed a blood trail from Brown's apartment in the 4900 block of York Road to a Dumpster where he found the animal. Police and animal control officials responded and recovered the cat.

Last week, a mayoral commission issued a critical report on the city's efforts to eliminate animal abuse. And five members of the panel — including its chairwoman and a former judge — resigned to protest the lack of action by city agencies.

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