You will not be surprised to learn that, in the case of a Sarnia, Ont., cat that lost an eye after being shot in the head 17 times, there are accusations of savagery, cruelty and inhumane treatment.
But those charges are not coming on behalf of the cat.
They are instead coming from the lawyer representing the 19-year-old man facing two charges of animal cruelty, who says his client has received death threats and is being treated unfairly because of the attention the case has received.
Phillip Millar told CBC News that his client spent five days in jail after being arrested in connection to the Feb. 2 attack on a cat, since named Joe by the Sarnia and District Humane Society.
Millar says his client was eventually released on "conditions that a murderer gets." He further said the treatment seemed extremely severe as a reaction to the public outcry. His client has been the target of death threats and verbal abuse, he added.
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