Two boys punished for throwing rocks at cat
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Clenching their hands nervously, two boys went before family court judge William Voy where they were punished for throwing rocks at a cat. For the next year, the boys are on probation.
"They're constantly supervised, they're being monitored," defense attorney Jeannie Hua said. "It isn't Club Med."
The judge also ordered the boys to complete 80 hours of community service for the animal cruelty that happened earlier this year - the boys admitted to doing it after school.
"We tossed a couple of rocks and a couple hit the cat by mistake," one boy said. "We weren't really trying to hit the cat."
In October, the case sparked outrage in the community after police linked the boys to the death of six kittens. But Judge Voy said there wasn't enough evidence to prove the boys pelted the kittens with rocks, they are only guilty of cruelty toward the mother cat.
"I think it's more than fair," Hua said. "The district attorney was firm with the boys and the evidence he had."
Animal rights groups that protested outside the courthouse felt the punishment isn't enough. Advocates wanted probation until the boys turned 21-years old plus long-term psychological counseling.
"It's just a slap on the wrist," Stacia Newman, Nevada Political Action for Animals, said. "One year probation is nothing."
Hua said this experience has taught both boys a lesson.
"My client is so scared," she said. "If he needed to learn a lesson he learned it tenfold."
The boys also must write an essay explaining why animal cruelty is wrong. They can't be unsupervised around animals and they can't be in contact with each other for the remainder of the probation.