Pennsylvania man, 27, is accused of aggravated animal abuse after placing fish hooks in food that he has fed stray cats
- Kenny Rowles is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and bodily harm
- Police officer investigated after getting a phone call about a cat with a fish hook in its mouth
- The cat has undergone surgery and survived but has visible scars around its mouth
- Rowles admitted that he had put meat on the fishing line and hung it on his back porch for cats in a deserted area near his home in Plymouth.
Kenny Rowles, 27, from Plymouth faces indictments, including sharpened cruelty to animals with torture and personal injury
A man in Pennsylvania accused of placing fishhooks in food that he has fed stray cats is confronted with animal abuse.
Kenny Rowles, 27, from Plymouth, is facing charges, including increased cruelty to animals with torture and serious bodily harm.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said a stray cat was found on April 8 in a vacant house in Plymouth with a fish hook in its mouth.
The cat was treated and survived but has visible scars around its mouth.
Two other cats were spotted with a fishing line coming from their mouths, according to Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue.
Authorities said they started investigating Rowles last month after receiving a phone call about the case.
The police went to Rowles' house on East Main Street and said he admitted he had put meat on the fishing line and tied it to his back porch for cats, Fox43 reported.
Rowles was taken to Luzerne County prison and is being held on bail for $ 100,000.
Kenny Rowles admitted that he had used three fish hooks and strings to feed cats. An image shows a cat named Tollie who has been rescued from a house near Rowles & # 39; property and must have removed a hook from his mouth
The cat, whose name is Tollie, was rescued from the released home by Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue and underwent surgery to remove the triple hook hook and hook at Wilkes-Barre Animal Hospital.
Dawn Mandygral, who runs Happy Hearts and Tails Safe, said in April that the cat was staying between 15 cats around an abandoned house when their owners were evicted.
She believed that someone in the neighborhood had fed bats with bait on strings to the stray animals at the property.
Tollie was rescued by Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue and was operated on in April. He is now fully recovered
A picture shows a hookfish with triple fishhooks and rope hanging from a bowl where one of the cats was eating in an empty building near Rowles
She said WNEP in April: & # 39; There was a string with a hook and then he put food on it, dangling for the cat and the cat ate it. He was intentional – he was fishing for cats. That is what he said. & # 39;
Human officers claimed they found only one cat with three fish hooks in his mouth, despite the fact that there were several at the property.
Lucerne County Human Officer Lisa Devlin said other stray cats were found unscathed in an empty building next to Rowles' house.
Rowles apparently told neighbors about his cruel actions and called it & # 39; fishing for cats & # 39;
Rowles reportedly shouted for human officers when he was told that there was a cat with an embedded fishhook in his mouth
She told me Times Leader on Tuesday: & # 39; The accusations are very serious, it was very harmful to the cat. I am grateful that the legal system is now intervening and getting justice for Tollie.
& # 39; The intention was somewhat worrying. Neglect is one thing, but the intention to deliberately cause harm and consciously, just as the law says, it is worrying. & # 39;
On 8 April, human officers received a phone call from Whiskers World Cat Rescue that lured Rowles cats with fishhooks and bragged about the neighbors.
A criminal complaint states that Rowles has admitted that he used pieces of meat on a fish hook tied to a string that he hung on his back porch to eat and play with cats, reports the Times Leader.
He also cried for social workers when he was told that there was a cat with a fish hook caught in his mouth.
During an interview with police and animal welfare officials on April 9, Rowles claimed that he had used three-quarters of fish hooks and cords to feed cats, a complaint said.
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