27-year-old Pennsylvania man, who & # 39; on cats & # 39; with bait hooks & # 39 ;, pleads guilty of animal abuse after three animals with horrific injuries were found
- Kenny Rowles from Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to animal abuse on Monday
- He was arrested in May after rescuers found stray cat in the mouth
- At that time two more cats were found with fishing lines hanging from mouths
- Rowles admitted putting meat on the fishing line and dangling it from his cat back porch in an abandoned building near his home in Plymouth
- Officials said he will be sentenced on December 2 in the Luzerne County Courthouse
A man from Pennsylvania who & # 39; on cats & # 39; has fished with bait hooks that he has placed in their feed, has been guilty of cruelty to animals.
Kenny Rowles, 27, introduced his guilty plea for aggravated cruelty to animals with torture and serious bodily injury on Monday in Luzerne County.
Rowles will be sentenced on December 2 in the Luzerne County Courthouse.
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Rowles apparently told the neighbors about his cruel actions and called it & # 39; fishing for cats & # 39;
His guilty plea comes months after he was arrested in May for the aforementioned animal abuse.
Authorities said they first started investigating Rowles in April after receiving a phone call about the case.
On April 8, The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported that he had found a stray cat in a vacant house in Plymouth with a fish hook in his mouth.
The cat was treated and survived but suffered visible scars around its mouth.
At the time, two other cats were found with fishing lines coming out of their mouths, according to Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue.
Human officers then received a phone call from Whiskers World Cat Rescue that Rowles fed fish hooks and bragged about it to neighbors.
This photo shows a cat named Tollie who was rescued from a house near Rowles' property
Tollie was rescued by Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue and was operated on in April. He is now fully recovered
An image shows a triple fishhook and rope hanging from a bowl where one of the cats was eating on an empty area near where Rowles lived
During an interview with police and animal welfare officials on April 9, Rowles claimed that he used bait triple fish hooks (right) and rope to feed the cats
During an interview with police and animal welfare officials on April 9, Rowles claimed that he used triple fishhooks and rope to feed the cats.
A criminal complaint stated that Rowles admitted that he used pieces of meat on a fishing hook that was tied to a rope and that he hung on his back porch to feed and play with cats.
At the time, a woman also reported that her neighbor was holding a fishing pole on his second-floor porch and said he was about to start & # 39; fish on cats & # 39 ;.
Rowles also cried for welfare officials when he was told that there was a cat with a fish hook in his mouth.
A criminal complaint stated that Rowles admitted that he had used pieces of meat on a fishing hook that was tied to a rope and that he hung on his back porch to feed and play with cats
One of the cats is called Tollie, who has been rescued by Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue.
Tollie was operated on to remove the triple tooth hook and rope at Wilkes-Barre Animal Hospital.
Dawn Mandygral, who runs Happy Hearts and Tails Safe, said in April that the cat was among the 15 cats that were left around an abandoned house when their owners were evicted.
She said WNEP back in April: & # 39; There was a string with a hook, and then he put food on it, hanging in front of the cat and the cat ate it. He intentionally – he fished for cats. That is what he said. & # 39;
Human officers claimed that they had only found one cat with a triple fishhook in its mouth, despite the fact that there were several at the accommodation.
Lisa Devlin, the human officer of Lucerne, said that other stray cats were found unscathed in an empty building next to Rowles' home.
Mandygra told it Times Leader in May: & # 39; The allegations are very serious, it was very harmful to the cat. I am grateful that the legal system will now intervene and get justice for Tollie.
& # 39; The intention was somewhat worrying. Neglect is one thing, but the intention to do damage intentionally and consciously, just as the law says, it is about. & # 39;
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