A former animal control officer, Norman Fortier Jr., who drowned a cat in March has been sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to an animal cruelty charge. The man also must serve 100 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine and court costs. If he violates the probation, he would face up to 6 months in prison.
More on the case after the jump.
Prosecutor Steven Preleski said Fortier deserved to be punished, and added that the drowning may have been a “misguided attempt” to end the animal’s suffering. Doherty said that while Fortier may have had good intentions, he violated police department policies by not bringing the cat to a veterinarian.
“You made a judgment that should have been made by someone else,” Doherty told Fortier. “It’s a very upsetting scenario.”
On March 31, there were several police reports of a cat that may have been hit by a car. Fortier found the cat limp and bleeding. He drowned the cat in a bucket of water while another officer looked on.
Fortier resigned on April 20 and under his probation, he cannot work in a job that involves caring for animals.