27-year-old Kenny Rowles from Plymouth, Pa. spent much of his time ‘fishing’ for cats, according to the Associated Press. A neighbour confirmed she had spotted Rowles dangling a fishing rod over the balcony of his 2nd floor apartment.
Shortly after the eye-witness came forward the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals carried out an investigation of the property. Officers there discovered a cat with three fishhooks in its mouth and another two cats with fishing line trailing from their jaws.
The cats were all treated at a nearby shelter.
Knowles turned himself in to police on the 21st May 2019 and will appear before a court accused of ‘aggravated cruelty to animals involving torture and serious bodily injury,' writes AP.
In the UK there is a constant demand for longer jail sentences to be meted out to those found guilty of animal cruelty. In response to the report by the BBC in May of this year the RSPCA again called for ‘tougher sentencing’. According to the report just 8% of convicted animal torturers are jailed.
Stuart Winter of The Express writes that those convicted of extreme animal cruelty are very rarely jailed for more than six months.
In 2015 Lance Powell was jailed for just six weeks after beating a cat with a broom and pushing it off his balcony. Although the cat fell only 10 feet to the ground it later died from a fractured skull and internal injuries.
According to reports, Powell was told by a judge at Croydon Magistrates’ Court that his cruelty was of ‘truly horrific proportions’ and that he had acted with a ‘callous disregard for a living animal’.
Two neighbours who witnessed the crime pleaded with Powell to stop hitting the cat but the 63-year-old carried on regardless. At his trial Powell cited the cat’s defecating on his balcony as mitigation.
Powell was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering.