Mallory COULD have been charged with felonies and COULD have faced FIVE YEARS IN PRISON, but prosecutors probably thought 'they were just cats, it's not like they were children'.
With this plea he only has to spend 18 months in the county jail - county jail is a lot more laid back than prison. Also, as with typical sentencing guidelines, as long as he follows the rules and doesn't get into trouble, he'll only have to do 1/3 of that time - 6 months.
I don't see anything in this article that he was forced to get psychological evaluation and treatment. You and I both know as soon as he gets out HE WILL DO THIS AGAIN - but just be more secretive about it.
Wayne Mallory Jr. was arrested and charged with three counts of animal cruelty last week in South Charleston for killing, dismembering and torturing cats.
It’s been called the most disturbing case the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association has ever seen. The shelter took four cats - one was stomped on, killed and dismembered, two were tortured by skinning it alive and torture stabbing it in the face and head and through the eye and one appeared to be healthy - Mallory hadn't yet had a chance to do anything to it. The cats are recovering and will eventually need to find good homes.
It was an unexpected guilty plea and many are glad the maximum penalty was given. Still though, it's difficult for a lot of people to wrap their minds around how someone could ever do this.
When asked why he would do this to innocent animals, Mallory had nothing to say after he pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced. He also can’t own or live with animals for the next 5 years.
“The deceased cat was dismembered. One of the live cats was perfectly healthy, one of them had begun to be skinned alive and one was stabbed through the forehead, through the eyeball, and then down into the gum line so it was really, really heinous," Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association Executive Director Chelsea Staley said.
The surviving cats that Mallory tortured are now in the loving care of the Humane Association.
Association staff members said it’s the most cold-hearted case of animal abuse they have ever seen, especially because these cats may have belonged to someone else.
“It is said in the community that the woman who owns the cats is now in a nursing home. But they're incredibly friendly cats as you might expect, you couldn't do this to cats that weren't. Very, very sweet cats and we think we'll find them loving homes soon," Staley said.
The cats now have a chance for a life they deserve. “Willow" is healthy and ready for adoption. "Jenkins" was stabbed and will need eye removal surgery. “Star,” who was skinned around her neck, is being fostered by animal lover, Kate Lucas.
“I’ve never seen one that’s been wounded to that degree that’s been done by a human being so that’s distressing, but her personality makes up for it and she’s doing better," Lucas said.
While this cruelty is sickening to many, this outcome is a win for animals and animal lovers in West Virginia.
“It makes me feel wonderful and hopeful, hopeful that people will finally understand you can’t abuse animals. I don’t care if you don’t like animals or not, it’s against the law and you will be punished and it makes me feel hopeful people might learn that," Itty Bitty Kitty Committee President Dorella Tuckwiller said.
Staley said it's a case that the court and the public takes seriously.
“If anyone witnesses something like this, say something because the animals can’t and one day is an eternity if an animal is in distress," Staley said.
The cat “Willow, is available for adoption, but the other two will not be available until they recover from their injuries.
(MyFox28 Columbus - Dec 23, 2016)