Middletown man gets probation for hanging, beating cat to death

Middletown man gets probation for hanging, beating cat to death
Andrew Chilton

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Middletown man found guilty of felony animal cruelty charges for hanging and then beating a young cat to death was sentenced to five years of probation.

Judge Howard also sentenced 19-year-old Andrew Chilton to serve 100 hours of community service at Animal Friends Society in Butler county.

In August, Butler County Dog Warden Kurt Merbs said Chilton’s ex-girlfriend contacted the warden’s office after she was sent a link to a Google photos web page that she said included photos of her deceased cat.

In the photos, the cat, Merbs says, can be seen hanging from a noose in a basement. In other pictures, the cat appears to be bloody, beaten, and deceased.

Merbs says his office launched an investigation and discovered that Chilton had hung the cat from the noose, and when that didn’t kill it, Chilton beat the cat to death with an object.

“This is one of the most heinous acts of cruelty I have seen in this county. I’m proud of the Deputy Dog Wardens for their diligent work and getting this guy locked up. Obviously he has some serious issues if he feels he has to harm an innocent animal,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

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